LUSA Technical Team

Mark Parker

Technical Director – [email protected]

Mark Parker is the former Surrey United Technical Director leaving them in 2000 to join BC Soccer in the roles of High Performance Coach and ending as the Director of Grassroots for the Province. 

Mark joined Langley United in 2009 as the Technical Director. He earned his Scottish FA Youth Certificate, Goalkeeping Certificate, and Early Touches Certificate in 2000… earned his UEFA Coaching B Licence from the Scottish FA in 2001… earned his Institute of Brasilian Football Coaching B Licence in 2003 and his A Licence in 2006 in Brazil, earned his Canada Soccer Coaching B Licence in 2002 and his Canada Soccer Coaching A Licence in 2007 and renewed his Canada Soccer A Licence in 2019 also earned his International Coaching Licence from England’s The FA in 2012.

  • In 2019 he was awarded the BC Soccer Technical Directors Diploma
  • 2002 Women’s U16 Canada National Team Eastern and Western Training Camps
  • 2010 to 2014 Men’s U17 / U18 / U20 Canada National Team Program

Highlights included:

  • 2 x U17 CONCACAF World Cup qualification tournaments (Bronze and Silver) 
  • 2 x U17 FIFA World Cups 2011 in Mexico and 2013 in Dubai 
  • BC Provincial Team from 2000 to 2009 medaling every year.  

Mark is a BC Soccer and ViaSport facilitator and coach mentor.


Chelsey Hannesson

Assistant Technical Director – [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-U12
  • BCSPL 2008 & 2009 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 – [email protected]

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

Youth Soccer Coordinator U13 – U18

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