LUSA BCSPL Coaches

Here are the contact details and Bios of the BCSPL Coaches for the LUSA Teams across all of the age groups. For more information on the BCSPL within LUSA visit our core BCSPL Page here.

Mark Slater

Teams – 2003 & 2007 BCSPL Girls – [email protected] & [email protected]

Certification:

Provincial B License (2013)

Playing background:

  • Simon Fraser University (1992-95) Top goal scorer 1993, 1994, 1995
  • Under 23 Canada National Team & (NTC) 1994-96
  • Team Canada World University Games Japan 1995
  • Vancouver 86ers 1995

Coaching Experience:

  • Poco Euro-Rite FC Club Head Coach 2010–2014
  • Poco Euro-Rite FC Academy Coach 2010-2014
  • Poco Euro-Rite FC Head Coach 2003 girls (2009-2018) – Select A,
  • Metro Provincial A Cup Champions U15
  • U16 Poco Euro-Rite FC Head Coach 2007 girls (2013 – 2018) – Development, Select A,
  • Fraser Valley Premier Head Coach 2003 girls U17 (2020)
  • Fraser Valley Premier Head Coach 2007 girls U13 intake, U13 (2019, 2020)

Yuri Vasilevski

Team – 2004 BCSPL Boys – [email protected]

Certification:

Canada Soccer National B (2004)

Playing background:

  • FC Dynamo Kiev
  • FC Torpedo Moscow
  • FC Kuzbass Kemerovo
  • FC Tom Tomsk
  • FC Obolon Kiev
  • FC Veroa Veroa (Greece)

Coaching Experience:

  • Lower Island Soccer Association head coach (Metro teams)
  • North Shore District Centre head coach U16-U18 Selects / Staff coach
  • FC Vancouver / FC Fusion-Head coach selects / BCSPL teams & staff coach
  • PMSC – Head coach development teams & U13-U18 selects teams
  • NCUSC- Technical director/Head coach, FVP- head coach 04,06,07s & Assistant TD

Dave Hleuka

Team – 2005 BCSPL Girls – [email protected]

Certification:

Pre B License (2005)

Playing background:

  • Men’s Premier
  • PCSL Open

Coaching Experience:

  • Player/Coach at Surrey United Men -2008
  • Peace Arch Premier 2010-2015

Brenda Stratton

Team – BCSPL 2006 Girls – [email protected]

Certification:

  • Current Canada Soccer Youth Licence (expected date of completion 2022)
  • ISPAS-Level 1 Applied Performance Analyst – 2021
  • Canada Soccer B Provincial – 2017  
  • BC Soccer Fundamentals/Learn To Train – 2016      
  • Canada Soccer B Provincial Prep – 2016 
  • BMS Beast Mode Soccer Coaching Certification – 2014 
  • BC Soccer Fundamentals – 2012 ASEP Coaching Certification – 1999 
  • BC Soccer C license – 1993

Education:

  • University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX – M.Sc. Honors in Kinesiology  

Coaching Experience:

  • Owner-Director, Beast Mode Soccer 2015-present 
  • Founder-Director, Stratton Soccer Camps 2000-present   
  • Head Coach, Metro 2007 Girls, SGU – 2020-present 
  • Head Coach 2010 Boys, SUSC – 2019–present 
  • Asst. Coach BCSPL 2005 Girls, SUSC – 2019-2021 
  • Head Coach U9&U12 Boys, WCAGFC – 2014-2019 
  • Asst. Coach Metro Women’s, PCEFC – 2000-2018 
  • Mini Program Director, PCEFC – 2011-2014  
  • U11-U12 G Select Coach, PCEFC – 2013-2014  
  • Club Academy Coach, PCEFC – 2011-2104  
  • Graduate Assistant Coach, University of Texas at El Paso – 2001-2002      
  • Student Assistant Coach, University of Texas at El Paso – 1999-2000   
  • Head Coach, Texas Youth Soccer Association – 1999-2000  
  • Camp Instructor, University of Texas at El Paso – 1998-1999 
  • Assistant Coach/ Team Trainer, Capilano College – 1996-1997  
  • Head Coach-Girls Jr Varsity, Santa Barbara High School – 1994-1996 
  • Instructor, Alan Meter Soccer of Excellence Camps, Santa Barbara – 1994-1996   

Jag Gill

Team – BCSPL 2007 Boys – [email protected]

Certification:

  • Provincial B License
  • Youth License (currently enrolled)

Playing Background:

  • 2005 National Champions (Douglas College)
  • 3x All-Canadian (Douglas College)
  • BC Player of the Year (Douglas College)
  • 2x Provincial Champions (Surrey Pegasus)
  • Provincial Finals MVP (Surrey Pegasus)

Coaching Experience:

Over 10 years of coaching experience throughout the lower mainland


Ian Knight

Team BCSPL 2006 Boys – [email protected]

Certification:

  • CSA Nat B License
  • CSA Children’s License (Candidate)
  • UEFA B License
  • Respect in Sport Commit to Kids (Canadian Centre for Child Protection)
  • Safe Sport Training (NCCP)

Playing Background:

Professional Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday FC 1985-1990
  • Grimsby Town FC 1990-1992

Playing Honours:

England U21 (2 caps)

Coaching Bckground:

  • Community Development Officer – Grimsby Town FC 1993-1995
  • Sheffield Wednesday FC 1995-1996
  • Head of Youth Development – Grimsby Town 1997-2002
  • Technical Director – Greater London Soccer Club, Ont. 2003-2005
  • Chilliwack FC 2005-2010
  • Abbotsford Soccer Association 2010-present
  • Fraser Valley Selects (Female teams)  2015-present

Tara Phillips

Team BCSPL 2008 Girls – [email protected]

Certification:

Provincial B License (2012)

Playing background:

Current player with Surrey United Masters team, played premier ladies until 2014, played with the Vancouver Ladysixers in 2000, various PCSL teams during 2001-2006. Also played on the Canadian team for the Gaelic Football International (World Cup) in 2005 that took place in Ireland.

Coaching Experience:

Coaching since 2000 throughout the lower mainland with various teams.


Araz Hajiyev

Team BCSPL 2008 Boys – [email protected]

Certification:

UEFA C from Azerbaijan

Playing background:

  • 1986-1995 – various clubs in Azerbaijan at the youth level.
  • 1995 – 2000 Professional soccer clubs in Div 1 and Div 2 in Azerbaijan Football league

Coaching Experience:

Over 10 years


Chelsey Hannesson

Assistant Technical Director & BCSPL 2008 & 2009 Girls Head Coach – [email protected]

Chelsey comes with an equally outstanding coaching resume with 10 years of coaching already under her belt and is one of only 4 females in Canada to have achieved the highest level of certification, that being the Canada Soccer A Licence. She is also a BC Soccer Learning Facilitator for the BC Soccer Coach Education Program and recently added the Canadian Soccer Children’s License Certification to her credentials.

Chelsey’s current roles within Langley United are:

  • Grassroots Coordinator U4-U10
  • BCSPL 2008 Intake Girls Team Head Coach
  • Soccer for Life & New to Canada Program Coordinator
  • Spring and Summer Camp Coordinator
  • …. and so so much more including being very active for LUSA on social media!

Azad Palani

Assistant Technical Director & BCSPL 2008 & 2009 Boys Coach – [email protected]

Azad has been coaching with LUSA for 8 years and in total since 2007.

As a BC Soccer Learning Facilitator Azad runs all of LUSAs in-house coach certifications programs TD DiplomaCurrently on the Youth Licence

Passionate and caring, Azad is deeply involved in the fabric of LUSA with his roles of ATD of LUSA U15 teams, Adults & Skills Centre coordinator, our U12 BCSPL Development Program coordinator (and now team coach), Men’s Premier Coach and Women’s Div 2 Coach

Azad holds:

  • Canada Soccer National B License
  • Technical Director Diploma