March 12, 2009 CSL new coaches (from CSL media release)

More top coaches join the CSL


Ugur Cimen of Turkey's Konya Spor FC now with Astros

Two CSL teams have announced important coaching changes for the upcoming 2009 season.

North York Astros have signed Ugur Cimen, a highly-rated coach from Turkey, to take over its first team from the departed Rafael Carbajal, while Trois-Rivieres Attak have added coaching strength to the earlier appointed head coach Philippe Eullaffroy by the more recent appointment of assistant coach Christophe Dutarte.

Cimen, 34, a coach at various levels with Konya Spor of the top-flight Turkish Super League from 1995 until January of this year, has been with Konya’s first team since 2003. He arrived in Toronto recently with his wife, Tugba and one-year old son, Kagan and came to terms with the Astros early March.

In Quebec, Philippe Eullaffroy took over from Marc Dos Santos who was elevated to assistant coach of the Montreal Impact, while Dutarte was announced March 11 following 12 years with the Université du Québec à Montréal. He earlier played in France and Quebec and his coaching credentials followed courses at Racing club of Lens, the Olympique of Marseille, AJA Auxerre, Stade de Reims and the ESTAC of Troyes.

The Attak is the reserve team of the Impact.

North York Astros’ general manager Bruno Ierullo spoke highly of his new coach at the signing on March 6. “We are delighted to have Ugur in the Astros organization. He brings a wealth of experience with one of Turkey’s top clubs and we are confident he will raise our level of the last two years even higher.”

Ugur Cimen becomes the ninth coach in North York’s 19th year history and Ierullo considers the club may now be well positioned for a top placing in the CSL’s National Division. The Astros have signed a number of players returning from last year’s first team and eight players have been confirmed for the important second string in the CSL Reserve Division. Ierullo expects to have most of the club’s roster complete by training camp on April 1 and the training will hit a more serious note when North York plays its first exhibition game at Esther Shiner on April 19, a 5 p.m. kickoff.

Trois-Rivieres Attak, which won the CSL’s National Division and was a finalist in the 2008 championship game, expects to kickoff its season with two away games mid-May when the 2009 CSL campaign gets underway.

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