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Daniel Clitnovici

Director of Coaching/GU17 Head Coach
Phone: (716) 655-7529

Coach Clitnovici took on the Director of Coaching role with the Flash Academy in the 2015-16 season after successful stints with the Colorado Rapids and Northern Colorado Soccer Club, Coach Clitnovici has over 13 years of elite level coaching experience and will look to lead the Flash Academy to the highest levels possible on the national stage.  As the Director of Coaching, Clitnovici will oversee the development of the Flash Academy including players and coaches for the U9-U18 age groups. Daniel has an outstanding reputation across the USA and players throughout Western New York will benefit greatly from his knowledge, passion and teaching of the game.

His professional playing resume spans over 10 years and includes stints with Gold Coast United FC in Australia, Universitatea Craiova in Romania, Barnsley FC in England and Apollon Athinon in Greece. His final professional season came in 2008-09, playing in Spain for Elche CF and CF Illicitano.

After his playing career ended, he entered into the world of coaching. Professionally, he began his coaching career a head coach for the Colorado Rapids W-League Women, where he would compile a record of 25-10-3. During that span, he was also the Head Coach of the Colorado Rapid’s U20 Girls to a 2012 USL U20 National Championship, the first national silverware that the club has won on the girls side to date.

Clitnovici would not stop there. In 2014, he became the head coach of the Colorado Pride Women in the USL W-League leading the inaugural season franchise to the Western Conference Championship game. Clitnovici built a fortress at home as the Colorado Pride Women had shutouts in all of their home games. His stellar coaching was rewarded as he was named 2014 W-League Coach of the Year.

In his personal time Daniel enjoys horse racing, playing tennis, and cheering on his favorite soccer teams, the WNY Flash, and Tottenham Hotspur. 

His coaching education includes: US Soccer Federation “A” License, NSCAA Advanced National, FFA National Youth License, FFA Goal Keeping Level 1 License, and FFA Grass Roots Diploma.

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