Clitnovici brings more than 15 years of professional coaching experience to the CRUSA/FC Bucks. Most notably with the Major League Soccer outfit the Colorado Rapids and head coaching the Colorado Rapids Women from 2011 through 2014, and also Assistant Coach of the Western New York Flash from 2014 to 2016 where he was also the WNY Flash Academy Director of Coaching, Clitnovici was the interim head coach representing the WNY Flash during the 2016 NWSL Draft.
During the 2014 season Clitnovici head coached W-League expansion side Colorado Pride Women to a Western Conference Playoff Final and he established a defense that did not concede a single goal at home. He was named 2014 W-League Coach of the Year. Clitnovici also led the Colorado Rapids’ U-20 ladies team to the USL U-20 national championship in 2012. Crowing the Colorado Rapids Ladies as North American Champions.
During his years coaching professional soccer, he coached with and against some of the best players in the world, the likes of Carli Lloyd, Sydney Leroux, Abby Wambach, Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Whitney Engen just to name a few. He has also helped developed senior national team players including, USA’s Lynn Williams, Abby Dahlkemper, Sam Mewis, Kristen Hamilton, Jaelene Hinkle and Canada’s Sabrina D’Angelo, Lindsey Agnew, and Nichelle Prince.
He is currently an Associate Head Coach at Division 1. powerhouse Villanova University Women's Soccer but has worked previously with The Ohio State University Women's Soccer team. During his tenure at the Ohio State University, Clitnovici, played a key role in the successful seasons that the Buckeyes had. Helping lead them to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament in 2016, he also assisted in helping seniors Lindsey Agnew and Nichelle Prince move into their professional careers into the NWSL.
Before getting into coaching, Clitnovici spent over 10 years playing professional soccer, including time with Gold Coast United FC in Australia, Universitatea Craiova in Romania, Barnsley FC in England and Apollon Athinon in Greece. In his final professional season Clitnovici played in Spain for Elche CF and CF Illicitano in the Spanish segunda division.
COACHING EXPERIENCE - ELITE YOUTH
Northern Colorado Rush - Technical Director / Director of Coaching 2008-2014
Colorado Rapids (MLS) U20 – Head Coach National Champions 2012
Western New York Flash (NWSL) ECNL Academy - Director of Coaching 2014-2016
Lower Merion Soccer Club - Girls Director of Coaching 2017-2020
U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Instructor 2010-Present
COACHING EXPERIENCE - PROFESSIONAL
Assistant Coach Colorado Force (W-League) 2008-2011
Head Coach Colorado Rapids (W-League) 2011-2014
Head Coach Colorado Pride (W-League) 2014
Assistant Coach Western New York Flash (NWSL) – 2014-2016
Interim Head Coach Western New York Flash (NWSL) - 2016 NWSL Draft
COACHING EXPERIENCE - COLLEGE
Rocky Mountain College Assistant Coach – 2010-2012
The Ohio State University Assistant Coach – 2016
Villanova University Associate Head Coach - 2017-Present
United Stated Soccer Federation Senior “A” License
UEFA "A" License
United States Soccer Federation National Youth License
NSCAA Advanced National License
NSCAA Advanced National Goal Keeping License
NSCAA Director of Coaching License
Football Federation Australia Grass Roots Diploma