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FRANK ONASANYA

Frank was born in Ibadan, Oyo State located in the western part of Nigeria. His soccer career began there when he was only five years old. He continued to play and eventually ended up training with the National Training Centre, with the hope of one day playing with Nigeria’s national soccer team.

At the age of twenty-four, Frank immigrated to England to pursue a new life. In his early years there, Frank pursued post-secondary studies, which led to him playing semi-professional soccer in Cambridge. He studied Advanced Accounting at Corpus Christi in Cambridge and obtained a Certificate in Accounting as an Account Technician with the Association of Accounting Technicians in England.

In 1996, Frank immigrated to Canada. Shortly thereafter, Frank earned a Diploma in Business Management, a University Certificate in Project Management, and a BSc in Human Resource Management from Capella University. While in the Toronto area, he began coaching Amateur and Minor League soccer. In 2000, he moved to Kemptville where he became part of the Kemptville District Soccer Club (KDSC) as their Head Coach and Technical Director. After seven years, Frank started his own training academy in Kemptville, known as Frank’s Soccer Training Academy or FSTA.

After leaving KDSC, Frank took a position with the Ottawa International Soccer Club as a Club Staff Coach for three years. For two of these years, he was also the Head Coach of the Ottawa International's Women Premier team. Frank also worked as a Certified Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) Learning Facilitator for two years. Upon joining the Department of National Defence, working in the Human Resources department, Frank also became the Head Coach for the Department of National Defence’s Women’s Soccer Team. August 2016, the women captured gold in St. Jean, Quebec at the Canadian Armed Forces Women's Regional Championship, which would take them to Borden, Ontario in September, where they would capture gold at the Canadian Armed Forces Women's National Championship.

Frank, his wife Rhonda, and their two children, currently reside in in the Kemptville area, and have been for the last ninteen years. Frank knows the community very well and is constantly working to make a difference in its future. During his time in Kemptville, Frank has volunteered his time in his children’s schools, with the local Kinsmen Club, and with the Kemptville Youth Centre. He was elected as a Councillor for the North Grenville Municipal Council in October 2014, and joined the Kemptville District Hospital Board of Directors in January 2015. Outside of the Kemptville community, Frank is also a member of the National Capital Region Visible Minority Group, and the Isokan Yoruba of Ottawa (a Nigerian culture group).

Frank is very passionate about his family, his community, and of course, the game of soccer.  He currently possesses a Provincial 'B’ License and is also certified in Making Ethical Decisions (MED), Respect in Soccer, and Making Headway in Soccer.

Photo Courtesy of NG Municipality