Forge FC Hamilton assistant coach Peter Reynders will not return for 2021 season

Published March 26, 2021 at 11:14 am

Forge FC Hamilton assistant coach Peter Reynders will not return for 2021 season

Forge FC Hamilton announced Friday (Mar. 26) that assistant coach Peter Reynders will not return for the 2021 season.

Reynders, the first technical hire by Smyrniotis with Forge FC in March of 2019, brought over 30 years of experience in Belgian football to Hamilton.

“We want to thank Peter for his tireless efforts as part of our technical staff these last two plus years. He played a very important role in the build out of our club and all our accomplishments here in Hamilton since it officially began in 2019,” said Bobby Smyrniotis, Technical Director and Head Coach.

“Peter’s close relationship with our players and commitment to their continued development on and off the field was really special. Ultimately he wanted to return home to Belgium to be closer to his family during this ongoing pandemic. We respect that and wish Peter and his family nothing but the best moving forward.”

Reynders spent the better part of his tenure with Forge on the defense after he was accused of making racist statements by several Cavalry FC players after a post-match melee following a Canadian Championship qualifying-round game on June 4, 2019.

Reynders was serving as interim head coach while Bobby Smyrniotis was in Europe at a coaching course.

He denied the charge and a guilty verdict by Canada Soccer’s Disciplinary Committee was overturned by a third-party review panel.

Reynders helped contribute to two successful Forge FC seasons that included back-to-back Canadian Premier League championships and numerous achievements in Concacaf League play, capped by the team becoming the first-ever CPL squad to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament in 2020.

Forge announced on Mar. 15 that Kyriakos “Kyt” Selaidopoulos would join the staff as an assistant coach.

Selaidopoulos, 43, has served as Technical Director for Club de Soccer Mont-Royal Outremont since 2008 and as Head Coach of the Canadian Futsal National Team since 2016.

Prior to his coaching career, the Montreal, Quebec native had a 15-year professional playing career (1995-2011) with stints in the USISL D-3 Pro League, National Professional Soccer League, USL A-League, Canadian Professional Soccer League and the Major Indoor Soccer League.

Among his achievements was assisting the former Montreal Impact of the United Soccer League to a 12-game winning streak, an A-League title and a Voyageurs Cup in 2004.

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