Tulsa SC President, Barry Williams, announced the appointment of Tony Colavecchia as Boys Director of
Coaching & ECNL. “Tony provides us some needed leadership on the boys side along with the necessary
experience to help us implement important club initiatives that will allow us to continue to develop
professional and collegiate players,” said Williams.
Friend, professional colleague, and current Tulsa SC’s Executive Director of Soccer Operations, Adam
Burke approached Tony about the Boys DOC position. Both Adam and Tony had worked and coached
against each other in the Phoenix metropolitan area for over 10+ years, and when Adam approached Tony
to join forces at Tulsa SC it was an opportunity that excited both tremendously. “Tony has coached at the
highest level in the youth game and at the Collegiate level for many years and without doubt is going to
bring a wealth of experience to our Tulsa SC staff. Tony has produced professional players, National Team
players, countless NCAA Division I, II and III as well as NAIA players throughout his career,” said
Adam. “Tony is a student of the game as much as he is a teacher of it. The knowledge he will be able to
share with the players and Staff is just another step for us, Tulsa SC, in showing our commitment to our
players and families. I have no doubt Tony will make an immediate impact on our club and our city.”
Tony comes to Tulsa SC from SC del Sol, one of the largest clubs in the Phoenix metropolitan area, where
he has worked for the past 12 years. Prior to SC del Sol, Tony served as the Men’s Head Soccer Coach at
the University of Louisville for 10 years. “My wife Kim and I are very excited about the move to Tulsa. We
both love Phoenix and will be sad to leave our friends and colleagues, but the opportunity to come work
alongside Adam, and for a quality club such as Tulsa SC was just too good to pass up. Tulsa SC has a really
bright future ahead, a lot of great things coming through the pipeline, and I am excited to help this club
grow and become one the elite soccer clubs in the country,” said Tony.
Schellas Hyndman - Former FC Dallas Coach & current Grand Canyon Univ. Head Mens’s Coach
“Tony and I go back a long way during our collegiate coaching days. His playing experiences, knowledge
and love of the game have helped him develop him into a premier level coach in the US”.
Raised in the small seaside town of Skegness, England, Tony played for Lincoln City Football
Club until his decision to leave and receive a collegiate education at St. Pauls College in
Cheltenham, England. After graduation Tony’s work experiences included 4 years as a Social
worker while playing semi-professional soccer and studying to obtain the England Football
Association Coaching qualifications. Tony made his way to the United States in 1986 after being
transferred from Harlaxton College (PE Teacher/Sports Coordinator) to the parent campus of the
University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. Tony served as the Men’s Assistant Coach for the
University of Evansville Men’s Soccer Program, beginning his collegiate coaching career.
Tony’s passion and talent for coaching was quickly recognized and he was offered the Head Men’s
Soccer Coach at the University of Southern Indiana (NCAA D2) where he went on to have 8
successful seasons which included 3 seasons as a NCAA D1 program. So successful in fact, that
the University later inducted him into the Southern Indiana Hall of Fame in 2013.
In 1996 Tony was hired as the Director of Soccer for the University of Louisville’s Men’s and
Women’s programs. For 10 years Tony led the Louisville’s Men’s program to unprecedented
heights, was voted the Conference USA Coach of the Year in 2002 and laid down the foundation
for what today is one of the most successful Men’s Collegiate Soccer programs in
America. During his tenure as the U of L Head Coach, Tony also served as the Technical Director
for Javanon Soccer Club.
In 2006, Tony decided to leave the University of Louisville in search for a new challenge where
he could still impact the game of soccer and ended up accepting the role of Executive Director for
the Idaho Rush (Boise ID). In 2008 Tony accepted the Director of Coaching role for the State
Association of Arizona. After getting to know most of the clubs and coaches throughout the state
of Arizona, he determined that he wanted to get back into coaching players and teams and was
hired by SC del Sol in 2010 where he has remained until accepting this position at Tulsa SC.
Tony will begin his duties with Tulsa SC on February 22nd. When asked about coming to Tulsa
SC he said, “I am thrilled for the opportunity to work alongside the talented leadership and coaches
already in place. Hopefully, my experience and leadership will compliment these group of coaches
and have a positive, synergistic effect on the players development and overall success of the TSC
teams,” said Tony.
Tony holds a USSF A License as well as an NSCAA Premier License and has been the Director
of the SC del Sol’s College Advisory Program. Tony also served as the Head Coach of their top
boys’ team, a U23 team that plays in the UPSL, plus Head Coach of 2 boy’s teams that compete
in the MLS Next League.
Ian Barker - Director of Coaching Education, United Soccer Coaches Association.
“Tony Colavecchia is an outstanding coach, clinician, and educator. His professional qualifications
and experiences are truly exceptional. Beyond his soccer expertise and more importantly, Tony is
a man of integrity and commitment. He is a friend and peer who I first worked with at the toplevels USYS ODP several decades ago. Tony is a true “soccer person” and a great character and leader. I am delighted he has the opportunity to develop players with the Tulsa Soccer Club”.
Chris Blundell Current AZ Coaching Director
“Tony was an instrumental figure in player development for Arizona Youth Soccer. His dedication
to his players goes beyond the field. Tony is a leader, motivator, and most importantly a teacher
of the game.”
Sean Holmes - Head Men’s Coach St Cloud State University & Region 2 Staff Coach ’91 - present
“Tony has been my role model in the coaching profession for 2 decades. As pure a teacher as there
is, his knowledge of the game at so many levels, combined with his passion and commitment are
unmatched. Tulsa SC is so fortunate to have him become part of their organization”.