Casey Downey

Head Coach of the Burlington Force 2005/06 Girls team


Case Downey, Head Coach of the Burlington Force 2005/06 Girls team, is a graduate of McMaster University (B. Commerce) and University of Regina (B. Education).  This is his 31st year of coaching after representing Burlington as a competitive player for 15 years.  Downey holds a Provincial ‘B’ License and Soccer for Life Certificate.  He was a Technical Staff Coach for the BYSC from 2006 to 2014. 

Downey started his soccer coaching career in 1990 at the community level with the Burlington Youth Soccer Club, while still playing competitive soccer with the Burlington United Men’s team that won a Provincial Championship a few years earlier (1986) as an under-17 team under the guidance of Don Davison.  Apprenticing for a few years as an assistant coach at the rep level, he was part of a team (Magic) that won three consecutive Ontario Cups and two Canadian National titles in 1994 and 1995.  Ontario Championships would be added in 2004 (Xtreme), 2006 (Heat), 2008 (Sting), 2017 (Bayhawks 2000G), and 2018 (Bayhawks u21 and u17).  He was named BYSC Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2016.  Downey’s teams have won 9 Ontario Cup titles, 8 National Championship medals, 3 Ontario Youth Soccer League titles, and 3 Ontario Women’s Soccer League titles.   

A high school teacher, Downey has enjoyed a very successful coaching career at Notre Dame Secondary School with thirteen Halton titles and twelve trips to OFSAA, including eleven top-four finishes and championship titles in 2009, 2015, 2017 and 2019. 

In his involvement as both a Club and High School coach, he is especially proud to have coached and helped in the recruiting of more than one hundred players who have earned NCAA Division I scholarships and many more who have or currently play in Canadian universities and colleges.

Downey is married to Mare Messinger and has two boys, Odis (17) and Beck (11).