Alan Alderson Named Technical Director and Head Coach of Abbotsford United Soccer Club
ABBOTSFORD, BC – Abbotsford United Soccer Club announced today that Alan Alderson has been named technical director and head coach for the club as indication of its intention to build on its already strong spring and summer programming and expectation of a significant expansion of its September through March programming.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Alan back to Abbotsford and to have him lead our club into our aggressive expansion into our winter programming,” said President of the AUSC Manjit Sohi. “Alan was part of the Abbotsford soccer scene back when it was one of the country’s leaders in the development of young players and we are excited to have him back in Abbotsford working with the players in our community. He is a coach with a tremendous reputation of working with young players and building exciting high performing communities and we look forward to a promising future for soccer in Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley.”
A Canadian Soccer Association national ‘A’ license trained head coach with more than 25 years of experience, Alan most recently was working for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC as the Head Coach of their London Youth Academy Centre in Southern Ontario where he lead the highly successful launch of their club and academy as well as coaching their flagship ’99 Boys’ team to an OSA U18 Indoor Provincial Championship and to a first place finish in the OYSL U17 Outdoor League and having one of his ’99 boys sign for the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency Program. Before his time in London, Alderson spent the previous three years as head coach of the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) men’s soccer program, leading the Timberwolves transition from the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) into Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). Prior to his time at UNBC, Alderson led a similar transition for the Trinity Western University men’s program, turning the Spartans from CIS newcomer to perennial national contender including finishing or being ranked in the top 3 of Canada in all his last six seasons. On the women’s side, Alderson has served as head coach at Indiana Wesleyan University in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and assistant coach at the University of the Fraser Valley, helping UFV to a Canada West Championship and a third-place finish in CIS.
“I am really excited to be a part of the Abbotsford United Soccer Club, a dynamic and growing organization who intend on being on the cutting edge of player development in the Fraser Valley,” said Alderson. “I have seen firsthand the excitement and enthusiasm that a high performing soccer club can bring to a community. I look forward to helping generate the same enthusiasm that I have seen in Southern Ontario and Alberta and that I used to be a part of here in Abbotsford and I’m honoured to play a part in helping young players in this community strive to reach higher standards and develop their abilities while having a great time playing this beautiful game.”
In addition to his university roles, Alderson has also been president of the CIS Men’s Soccer Association, director of coaching for the Abbotsford Soccer Association’s USL Super Y program, director of coaching for National Sport Development in Calgary, and head coach for Alberta’s U-16 boys’ provincial team.
Alderson played professionally with the Calgary Strikers and the London Lasers of the former Canadian Soccer League, as well as Indiana Blast of the United Soccer Leagues. Collegiately, Alderson played at both the University of Victoria and Trinity Western University.
Alderson will begin his coaching duties on May 15th.
Registration is now open for details and more information on the Abbotsford United Soccer Club, visit www.abbotsfordunitedsc.com.