Italian joins first team coaching staff to bring a holistic focus on mental performance for coaches and players
CHARLOTTE, NC (Thursday, February 23, 2023) – Charlotte FC today announced Andrea Cannavacciuolo as the Club’s Head of Mental Performance.
He joins Head Coach Christian Lattanzio’s coaching staff in a unique role focused on mental and psychological performance for the Club’s coaches, technical staff, and players.
"We're excited to welcome Andrea to our Club in a role that is incredibly valuable to all of us at Charlotte FC. When you think of professional athletes and coaches, the first thoughts are about their performance and results on the pitch--but who they are as human beings is even more important,” said Sporting Director Zoran Krneta. “It is crucial having Andrea here on a daily basis to help not only the players, but also the technical staff, develop as individuals in every facet of life. His work has already proved immensely beneficial following a preseason that has been challenging for us all."
The Italian has been a key member of the coaching staff throughout preseason, having joined full-time in early January and traveled for the team’s preseason trips to Fort Lauderdale and California.
Cannavacciuolo began his career as a physical performance coach, but soon saw the need for a more holistic approach that focused on the mental and psychological side of sport and transitioned his specialty to this area. He went on to work in mental performance roles for various Italian clubs across the professional pyramid, including stops at AC Monza, FC Sudtirol, Palermo FC, and UC AlbinoLeffe, among others.
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