COLUMBUS, Ohio – Daniel Clitnovici will be joining the Ohio State women’s soccer staff as an assistant coach, head coach Lori Walker announced Tuesday. Clitnovici previously spent the 2015 season as an assistant coach with the Western New York Flash of the National Women’s Soccer League.
“We are thrilled to welcome Daniel, his wife Mindy and their son Daniel to Buckeye Nation,” head coach Lori Walker said. “This was a unique opportunity to hire a big-time candidate and I appreciate the support of our administration to hire the best. Daniel is a key addition to our staff as we begin spring training. His coaching demeanor and interaction with players caught my eye a year ago when I observed his training session with the Western New York Flash.”
Clitnovici brings more than 15 years of coaching experience with him to Columbus. He began his coaching career as head coach of the Colorado Rapids W-League Women, tallying a 25-10-3 record. During that time, he also was head coach of the Rapids’ U-20 girls, leading them to the 2012 USL U-20 national championship.
“Daniel’s experience working with women at the highest level brings an expectation of excellence while his knowledge of youth development as an academy director presents a vast diversity of perspective,” Walker added. “Daniel has an organized professional approach that will match the chemistry and culture of our staff. His domestic and international networks will add to the depth of our recruiting base and we can’t wait to integrate Daniel into the framework of our future. “
In 2014, Clitnovici was head coach of the Colorado Pride Women, where he led the team to a Western Conference championship game appearance while earning 2014 USL W-League Coach of the Year laurels. Last year, Clitnovici served as the main assistant with the Western New York Flash while leading the Flash’s Academy as Director of Coaching.
“I want to thank head coach Lori Walker and associate head coach Chris McLain, as well as associate athletics director Janine Oman and the rest of the hiring committee for entrusting me with the opportunity to join the Buckeye family,” Clitnovici said. “I am fully aware of the high standards, exciting Buckeye culture and tradition that come with the women’s soccer program and the University. I am honored to accept this position and am excited about the opportunity to work with an elite level organization and coaching staff. Lori has created an outstanding soccer program and I plan on contributing to the continued success and development of the players and team while making sure we collectively push for a national championship. I am looking forward to working with each player and helping them improve both on and off the field. My family and I are thrilled to be joining the Buckeye family as we know this is the right place for us to be."
Before getting in to coaching, Clitnovici spent 10 years playing professional, including time with Gold Coast United FC in Australia, Universitatea Craiova in Romania, Barnsley FC in England and Apollon Athinon in Greece. In his final professional season in 2008-09, Clitnovici played in Spain for Elche CF and CF Illicitano.
Clitnovici holds a US Soccer Federation “A” License, NSCAA Advanced National License, NSCAA Advanced National GK License, NSCAA Director of Coaching License, FFA National Youth License, FFA Goal Keeping Level 1 License and an FFA Grass Roots Diploma.