Lucio Ianiero

Lucio Ianiero (born 13 December 1966) is a Canadian retired soccer player and coach who played in the Canadian Soccer League, American Professional Soccer League, Canadian National Soccer League, National Professional Soccer League, and the Canadian Professional Soccer League.

Lucio Ianiero
Personal information
Full name Lucio Ianiero
Date of birth (1966-12-13) 13 December 1966
Place of birth Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1991 Hamilton Steelers
1993 Toronto Blizzard 23 (0)
1994 Toronto Rockets 7 (1)
1995–2006 St. Catharines Wolves
1996–1997 Toronto Shooting Stars (indoor) 17 (5)
National team
1986–1992 Canada 17 (2)
Teams managed
1999–2004 St. Catharines Wolves
2015– Brock Badgers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 September 2009
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 September 2009

Club career

Ianiero played for the Hamilton Steelers in the original Canadian Soccer League and was the league's 12th best scorer with 9 goals. After the demise of the CSL he played in the American Professional Soccer League for the Toronto Blizzard in 1993, and featured in 23 matches.[1] When the Blizzards folded he signed with Toronto Rockets in 1994, and featured in seven matches and recorded one goal.[2]

He also played indoor soccer for the Toronto Shooting Stars of the National Professional Soccer League, where he appeared in 17 matches and recorded five goals.[3]

International career

Ianiero participated in the 1985 FIFA World Youth Championship [4] and the inaugural 1989 Futsal World Cup in the Netherlands.[5] He made his senior debut for Canada in an August 1986 Merlion Cup match against Singapore and went on to earn 17 caps, scoring 2 goals.

Coaching career

Ianiero was named Canadian Professional Soccer League Coach of the Year for the 2000 season, as head coach of the St. Catharines Wolves.[6] In 2001, he helped lead the Wolves to the league title. He was the team's player-coach from at least 2000 to 2006. On August 12, 2015 Brock University appointed Ianiero head coach for the men's soccer team.[7]


Ianeiro is currently a high school teacher at St. Catharines Collegiate Institute and Vocational School,[8] as well as coaching at St. Catharines Jets Girls Soccer Club. Ianiero also coaches one of the province's top 1999 girls teams with the Niagara Regional Soccer Program, where he also serves as one of the technical directors.[9]In 2018, he was inducted into the Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame.[10]


  1. "Lucio Ianiero |". Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  2. Lodes, Kirk J. (2008-01-01). The American Soccer Guide. Kirk Lodes. ISBN 9781930852099.
  3. "Lucio Ianiero Statistics on". Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  4. FIFA, Tournaments: FIFA U-20 World Cup, USSR 1985
  5. FIFA, Tournaments: FIFA Futsal World Cup, Netherlands 1989
  6. RUMLESKI, Kathy. "LFP Sports: Croatia bags Primus Cup by upsetting Olympians". Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  7. "Ianiero named new Brock men's soccer head coach". Brock University. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  8. Centennial Alumni Grad
  9. Niagara Regional Soccer Program
  10. "Lucio Ianiero". Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2019-03-12.
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