CLUB PLAYING CAREER
Bob turned professional in 1971 with Reading of the English Football League, before
returning home to join the NASL’s expansion Vancouver Whitecaps in 1974…He spent
11 seasons with the Whitecaps (74-84), setting a NASL record for games played (288). He was the NASL’s North American Player of the Year in 1978 and a member of the All-Star team in 1979, the year the Whitecaps won the Soccer Bowl….After the Whitecaps folded,Lenarduzzi spent 3 seasons with the MISL Tacoma Stars (1984-86), before signing on as the playing coach of the fledgling 86ers in 1987. He retired as a player following the 1988 season when he was voted to the CSL All-Star Team.
INTERNATIONAL PLAYING CAREER
Bob realized a childhood dream when he stepped on the field against France in Canada’s first game at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico…. played the full 90 minutes in all 3 Canadian games in Mexico….Also a key member of the Canadian team at the 1984
Olympics in Los Angeles….He wore the Canadian jersey for the first time August 1, 1973 against Poland….He finished his international playing career with 47 full caps and 11 “B” caps for Canada.
In his 5 seasons coaching the 86ers, Lenarduzzi has compiled an amazing regular season winning percentage of .762 (85 wins, 18 losses, and 25 ties)….The winning has continued in the playoffs, where the 86ers have an all-time W-L-T record of 12-1-2, including four straight M1TA Cup titles…Named the CSL’s Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1989, and the league’s General Manager of the Year in 1991 in voting by the national media….dedicated to playing attractive, attacking soccer, reflected by the fact that the 86ers have lead the CSL in scoring for five straight seasons….served breifly as the interim coach of Canada’s National Team in 1989 and was recently named Coach of Canada’s World Cup and Olympic Teams…got off to a great start in his new job when our World Cup team blanked South Korea 2-0 and blasted China 5-2 in a pair of “friendlies” in Nanaimo and Victoria.
Bob lives in North Vancouver with wife Deanne, son Ryan (Nov 1/83) and daughter Sunny
(June 5/87). He was recently inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame.
Source: Vancouver 86ers Media Guide