Board of Directors

Alex Motut

President and Coach

Alex discovered soccer at age 6 and has never lost her passion for it. She has been coaching with NUTMEG since its inception in 2016, and brings to the organization a commitment to grassroots community sport, youth volunteer mentorship, and teaching/coaching. She has completed NCCP’s Soccer for Life course, High Five training, and coached with the East York Soccer Club. She grew up playing competitive youth soccer in Vancouver, B.C. and now plays in the Women’s District Soccer League (Premier Division) in the Toronto Soccer Association, for the Islington Rangers, who are her Toronto soccer family! Alex recognizes the transformative power of sport for kids in developing their physical literacy, confidence and social skills. She is committed to promoting gender equity in sport, and wants kids of all genders to be able to grow up inspired by role models they identify with and who reflect them. Alex also teaches writing and linguistics at the University of Toronto and has expertise in post-secondary teaching support and curriculum development. She is currently completing her doctorate in the Department of Linguistics.

Javier Díaz

Co-founder Director and Coach

Javier was born and raised in Mexico City where he learned to play the sport and started his love for the game. He moved to Toronto in 2007 to increase his experience in the fields of biology and human health, as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto. He quickly became involved in initiatives using soccer as a tool to integrate adult immigrants and Canadians. Javier and his co-founders, Jon Ellis and Alicia Luciani, launched NUTMEG Soccer in 2015 to help families to provide recreational activities to their children in a fun and safe environment. Javier has had various backstage roles at NUTMEG, but ultimately, he enjoys putting pieces together to help the NUTMEG team to do their magic at every NUTMEG session. He has also been a coach at NUTMEG, because nothing equals the joy of those smiling little faces learning soccer and gaining confidence inside and outside the field!

Alicia Luciani

Co-founder Director and Coach

Alicia has been playing soccer since the age of 8, and played competitively in the CGSL, OYSL, and OWSL with Vaughan Azzurri. She now plays competitively with the Islington Rangers at the Premier level in the Toronto Soccer Association’s Women’s Division Soccer League. She began coaching with a 10-13 year old recreational co-ed team at Sorauren Park in 2013, where she discovered her love and passion for coaching children. In 2014, she began her rep coaching journey as assistant coach with SC Toronto’s U11 girl’s rep team, and is now absolutely delighted to be assistant coaching the SC Toronto 2003 Girl’s Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) team. Her growth mindset motivates her to continuously build knowledge and capacities to coach as well as share her knowledge and learnings with newer coaches! Alicia’s personal goals with respect to soccer are to harness the unifying and transformative power of the game to help develop young leaders. She studied at McMaster University and the University of Toronto and holds an M. Sc. in Exercise Sciences. Alicia holds Learn to Train (U9-U12) and Soccer for Life (U13+) NCCP recognized Community Coaching Workshop coaching certifications, and will soon be in training for the C License.   Fave team: Man United!

Caitlin Cassie

Director and Coach

Caitlin is a proud west coaster, where she grew up playing soccer outside all year round, often in the rain. She loves the versatility of football, and how there’s always an opportunity to become a stronger, faster, and more well-rounded player. As a natural born fullback, Caitlin is big on the belief that defence wins games – but she definitely appreciates a beautifully executed goal as much as the next girl! Caitlin is so excited to support the development of the next generation of soccer players at NUTMEG, and she is proud to be part of a team that believes in the power of football to build skills both on and off the field. Caitlin is inspired by the inclusive atmosphere that NUTMEG has created, and she looks forward to working with players of all genders every week! Soccer is for everyone, and NUTMEG has been established to promote this message. Let’s hit the field!

Alexander Nathan

Director and Coach

Growing up in London, England, Alexander’s love of soccer started at about six years old and has only got stronger over the years. Since moving to Toronto in 2006 for university, he’s been excited to see the visible growing popularity of the game in Canada.
He graduated from and now works at the University of Toronto, and co-hosts/co-runs a soccer website and podcast in his spare time. You can hear him talking English, European and Major League Soccer every week on The Coshcast!
After finding out about NUTMEG from a poster on McCaul street, Alexander has loved helping to coach the kids and pass on his enthusiasm for the sport, and believes strongly in the value of free sports and social programs.

Heini Davies

Director and Coach

Heini’s love of soccer developed as a youngster watching her dad coach the local city team in Wales. She has previously coached and captained a university women’s shinty team in Scotland (a fantastic traditional Scottish stick and ball game) and as an assistant coach with Ardudwy field hockey club (6-16 years old) in North Wales. These days, Heini plays soccer in recreation and pick-up leagues here in Toronto.

Heini is excited about using these experiences and skills as a coach with NUTMEG. Passionate about keeping girls and women participating in sport, she is excited about working with an organisation that recognises how sports can promote the development of social, mental, emotional and physical well-being in a friendly, supportive, diverse and accessible environment.

Sarah Dickson

Director and Coach

Sarah has been playing soccer since she learned to walk and grew up watching Christine Sinclair and Kara Lang pave new roads for Canadian women’s soccer. Raised in Victoria, BC, Sarah was lucky enough to be able to play outdoor soccer year round (and learned to love playing in the rain!). She played competitive soccer to the end of high school and coached a young girls team in her spare time. Sarah switched to recreational leagues when she went to university and plays when she can in Toronto. She is thrilled to be a part of the Nutmeg family and help children find joy and empowerment in the beautiful game of soccer.

Niamh Curran

Director and Coach

Soccer, or football, has been a part of Niamh’s life since she can remember- the first song her dad taught her was the Chelsea FC song! And yes, she’ve been a fan of both soccer and Chelsea ever since. Niamh have played since she was four in House League, Rep, and high school levels. While Niamh hasn’t coached soccer before, she has coached swimming to children of various ages for almost 10 years. Niamh looks forward to combining that experience with her love for soccer at NUTMEG!

Former Board Members

Jonathan Ellis

Co-founder Director and Coach

Jon was born in England but moved to Toronto in January 2008, his love for soccer and its power to unite people has led to many new and wonderful friendships. Since moving to Canada Jon has started his own family and now his 3-year old daughter shares his passion for soccer. He has played in and organized many soccer tournaments for both local and international charities. Jon’s personal values with respect to soccer are to always demonstrate respect, fair play and honesty and to make sure everybody has fun! Jon has gained coaching experience with Royal York Soccer Club and Oasis Community Centre, which led to a desire to inspire people to achieve their goals on and off the pitch. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a PhD in Biology and now works at the University of Toronto. Fave Team: Norwich CIty!