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GEORGE BROWN'S LESLIE FITZPATRICK NAMED OCAA CENTRAL DIVISION COACH OF THE YEAR

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Leslie Fitzpatrick was named the OCAA's central division coach of the year at Thursday nights women's soccer awards banquet.

Fitzpatrick oversaw an incredible transformation during his first year heading up the program, leading the Huskies to a crossover play game for the first time since the program was reintroduced in 2013-14 and a much-improved 3-5-2 regular season record.

The women's program was so much better on both sides of the ball, one of the biggest one-year leaps in the entire province. Fitzpatrick oversaw the program have two women named OCAA All-Stars - veteran Cynthia Pellegrino and one of the best young players in the province, Brianna Samuels-McLaughlin. 

He directed a vastly superior defensive unit, one that was stingy throughout the season and continued to get better as the year went on. With players now having a year playing under Fitzpatrick's system, things are looking nothing but up.

Fitzpatrick came in with a wealth of experience, having spent years with Toronto Skillz FC of League 1, holding the title of General Manager/Technical Director for all five seasons and Head Coach for the past two. He also played professionally with both Real Salt Lake and Columbus Crew of the MLS, and his experience shone through in his first season as bench boss.

The Huskies clearly have a lot to look forward to heading into Fitzpatrick's second season as head coach.