Head Soccer Coach: Sam Tojaga
Coach Tojaga enters his 13th season as Varsity Head Coach. Tojaga is a native of British Columbia, Canada, where he was a member of two National Championship teams. Tojaga played Collegiate Soccer at the University of Louisville where he was a two-year captain and is currently on the Soccer Alumni Board at UOFL. Tojaga has been a Club coach in Kentucky, Indiana and most recently, is in his 22nd season with the Erie Admirals Soccer Club, where he is now the co-owner and Coaching Director of the Club. Tojaga holds an Advanced National NSCAA Diploma.
Tojaga is married to Emily Polito Tojaga (Villa’89) and has three children: Marina (Villa ‘17), Sammy (Prep ’18) and Alexa aged 12.
Goalkeeping Soccer Coach: Mike Kickel
Goalkeeping Coach Kickel is entering his 6th season with Prep. Kickel was a four-year player at Prep and followed that up with a Collegiate career at Gannon University. Kickel is also the goalie coach for the Erie Admirals Soccer Club.
Head JV Soccer Coach: Vinnie Padalino
Coach Padalino is entering his 13th season as the Head Junior Varsity Coach. Padalino, a Buffalo native, played Soccer at Gannon University and was a member of their Final Four team. Padalino is a staff coach with the Erie Admirals Soccer Club and brings over 22 years of High School and Club experience. Vinnie is married to Natalie Polito (Villa ‘91) and have two boys, Dominic 14 and Vincent 12.
Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach: John Rees
Coach Rees is entering his 13th season as the Varsity Assistant Coach. Rees played 4 years at Cathedral Prep followed by 4 years at Mercyhurst College, where he appeared in two Final Fours. Prior to Prep, Jon was an assistant at Villa. John is married to Lana and has two children, Zeke 8 and Molly 6.
Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach: Mark Shokalook
Coach Shokalook is entering his 7th season as a Varsity Assistant Coach. Shokalook, a native of Strongsville Ohio, played Collegiate soccer at Mercyhurst College, where he was a team captain.
Shokalook has coaching experience with the Erie Strikers and the last three seasons with the Erie Admirals Soccer Club, where his is also a co-owner. Mark is married to Carrie and has two sons, Nathan (Prep ’18) and Jason (Prep ’21).