KW Soccer Academy Director

Mario Halapir

Academy Director, Mario Halapir, is highly regarded in Southern Ontario for his dedication to elite athlete development and his approach to teaching the technical and tactical elements of soccer.  Mario, a CSA National B-License coach, is also the long-standing Head Coach for the Wilfrid Laurier University Men’s Varsity Soccer team, and the Director of the Elite Academy for the Kitchener Soccer Club.   While coaching at the collegiate level, Mario has led teams to several National and Provincial titles, and also received an award for Soccer Coach of the Year from Ontario University Athletics.   In 2015, Mario was an integral member of the coaching staff for the North American Champions K-W United, playing in the PDL - part of the United Soccer League system that is considered the top U23 men’s league in North America.   He has also been involved with MLS franchise, Toronto FC, as a scout.  Before focusing on coaching, Mario played in the Canadian Soccer League.

Mario Halapir oversees the coaching staff and directs all initiatives for player development.