Nilton Terroso

Head Coach

  • Date Joined: 6th November 2018
My name is Nilton Terroso, I am a Portuguese and a Canadian citizen. I was born in France, however my family decided to move to Canada after I turned just 1 year old. I grew up in British Columbia, Canada from 1980-1995. In 1995 I moved to Portugal to play professional soccer. When I was younger I represented the British Columbia provincial team at the Canadian National Championships, I was invited to training camps for the Canada u-15 & u-17 team, and I also represented Canada u-23 at they 2001 Francophone games.

I lived in Portugal playing professional football from 1995-2002, after my playing career and decided in 2005 to pursue my education and qualification in High Performance football Coaching in the United Kingdom. I spent the next ten years (2005-2015) in the U.K., initially educating myself academically in football specific sports science and high performance soccer coaching at the University of Glamorgan and South Wales. I began my coaching career as Head of Sports Science at Cardiff City FC academy, while also being assistant coach and fitness coach to the U-18’s and head coach of the U-15’s. In 2011 I was invited by Mr. Malky Mackay to join the Cardiff City FC senior management coaching staff as head of Sports Science and Fitness Coach. I fulfilled that role for the next three seasons including reaching the English league cup final against Liverpool in Wembley stadium (2011/12) and the 2012-2013 season in which we were champions and ensured our promotion to the English Premier League. In 2014, while continuing to work alongside the senior team, I was appointed the Head Coach of the Cardiff City Professional Development Squad (U-23 team) by the senior team manager Ole Solskjaer. In 2015 I moved back to Portugal to pursue my coaching career, I was invited to become head coach of Atletico Clube de Portugal in the Portuguese second division. I have coached professionally in Portugal ever since.

I believe I am capable of bringing a very strong methodology and philosophy based on my principles, modern scientific research and my own personal beliefs. I have a holistic coaching style and a detailed approach based on discipline, trust and organization. I consider myself an "educator" as I believe coaches are teachers and players are the students that need to learn the game. I can successively transfer and apply my knowledge to improve player performance on and off the pitch in a pragmatic manner within the given context. My experience with younger developmental age groups allows me to competently create "pathways" and understand transition from academy to senior professional football.

Having worked at the highest levels of European football I can bring that understanding, experience and knowledge to help develop and implement day to day protocols, training methodologies, and create a football culture (whether that be club or country) within any given context. I can create a football culture for not only increased probability of immediate results but for the foundation of a stronger and more successful team (club or country) in the future. I want to continue to learn, develop my methodologies and seek experiences within other soccer cultures. I enjoy surrounding myself with people who can help me develop and learn by sharing experiences and knowledge.
I am determined and motivated in my work to attain my goals and objectives. My rise in European football coaching over the last 10 years demonstrates that.
Nilton Terroso


  • UEFA: A Licence

    A Licence

  • University Of South Wales: BSc Football Coaching & Performance

    University Of South Wales
    BSc Football Coaching & Performance

  • University of Glamorgan: Football Coaching & Performance Foundation Degree

    University of Glamorgan
    Football Coaching & Performance Foundation Degree

Career History

  • SC Olhanense

    SC Olhanense
    Head Coach
    2017 – 2018

  • Atletico Clube de Portugal

    Atletico Clube de Portugal
    Head Coach - Portugal 2nd Division (Segunda Liga)
    2015 – 2016

  • Cardiff City FC

    Cardiff City FC
    Head Coach U-23 Development Squad
    2014 – 2015

  • Cardiff City FC

    Cardiff City FC
    Head of Sports Science and fitness - Senior Coaching staff
    2011 – 2014

  • Cardiff City FC

    Cardiff City FC
    Head of Academy Sports Science
    2009 – 2011

Key Achievements

  • Power English Championship winners gaining direct promotion to the English Premier League - 2013
  • League cup Finalist vs. Liverpool Fc in Wembley Stadium - 2012
  • Winner of the PDL South League as Head Coach of Cardiff City FC U-23 in 2014
  • Published Author on Scientific Research Paper "Predicting player responses to changes in small sided game configurations in english premier league footballers" - Journal of Sports Science - Volume 32/2014

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