Bob Lenarduzzi has had an outstanding career as a soccer player, and has been called one of the 10 most influential people in sports in British Columbia. He has earned the respect of many people as one of Canada’s premier athletes, and presently as an executive who regularly supports his community.
Mr. Lenarduzzi’s name is synonymous with soccer due to his talent on the playing field, his success as a coach, and his enormous efforts to nurture and promote the game in B.C. and across Canada. His dedication and vision have provided positive role models for generations of young people and professional players in B.C., and he has given his time to countless charitable causes and events.
Mr. Lenarduzzi represented Canada in the 1984 Olympics and the 1986 World Cup, and played professional soccer for 10 years, during which he was the first Canadian to be named North American Player of the Year. He was twice named the Canadian Soccer League’s Coach of the Year, as head coach of the Vancouver 86ers and Canada’s national men’s team. He was also voted among the Top 30 Players of the Century in the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football region by international media.
Bob Lenarduzzi has received many awards and honours, including induction into the Soccer Hall of Fame, the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame, the North American Soccer Hall of Fame, and the United Soccer League’s Hall of Fame, and was recently named A-League Executive of the Year.