Vancouver Whitecaps FC recently announced that Reynold Stewart has been appointed as associate head coach of the Kootenays Academy in Nelson supporting current Kootenay associate Head Coaches Sam Heap and Drissa Bouare and Whitecaps Academy Centre Associate Head Coach Brett Adams.
Stewart moved to the Kootenays to attend University in 2016 after a successful career on the pitch. Originally fromTsawwassen, Stewart was on the 2004 Super Y League team that made it to the North American Championships in Florida.
He went on to play for the Whitecaps USL PDL team in 2012 and 2014. During that time he also joined Douglas College where he was twice named player of the year before transferring to UBC where he was named Canada West Player of the year and helped them to two national championships.
Stewart has been working for over two years in the Kootenay centre under Adams in a part time role. “Reynold has achieved a lot of success in the game and he has worked hard with me over the past two years in developing as a coach,” notes Adams. “With our programs and partnership with Nelson Youth Soccer growing, this is a perfect time and opportunity to bring Reynold into a more active role, allowing us to work more closely with the community, clubs, local players, and partners.”
In his new role as Associate Head Coach Stewart will support the growth of the West Kootenays Academy as well as supporting the Whitecaps technical contract with Nelson Youth Soccer Association”
“I’m very excited to continue to develop my relationship with the Whitecaps, as a former player and now coach, adds Stewart. “ I look forward to the challenge and deepening our clubs relationship with the community.
Whitecaps FC Academy Centres are a network of regional Whitecaps FC training hubs linked through key staff, curriculum, and standards that provide professional supplemental training for serious, motivated players.
The Kootenay Academy recently sent female teams to a Prospects Tournament in Seattle, where the squads experienced impressive results.
For more information on the Whitecaps FC Kootaneys academy programs visit whitecapsfc.com/academy.