BCSPL Coach Bios

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Niall Thomson

Boys U13 Intake (2010) Team 

Surrey United Soccer Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Niall Thompson as the 2010 Boys BCSPL Intakes Head Coach for the 2022 season.

 

In addition to his past experience as a professional soccer player, Niall has also been a long-standing coach with the club. He also has past experience with BCSPL Intakes and this experience will come in very valuable for our 2010 boys.

Head Coach

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Tom Lowndes

Head Coach

Boys U13 (2009) Team

  • CSA B National License 

  • UFV Men's Soccer Head Coach (2015-Current)

  • Head Coach Abbotsford Middle School Soccer Academy

  • Assistant Coach - Baker University (2012-2013)

  • 2018 Premier Provincial Cup Champions - 2001 Girls 

  • 2017 BCSPL League Cup Champions - 2001 Girls 

  • 2018 & 2017 Premier Provincial Cup Finalists - 2003 Boys 

  • Canada West Final Four - Bronze Medal UFV - 2015 

 

Tom is currently the Head Coach of the Men's soccer program at the University of the Fraser Valley. He has led them to two Canada West final four appearances and in 2015 his squad won the Bronze medal, the highest achievement for the program to date. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science from Baker University (Kansas) after completing a successful career as a student athlete. He was a First-Team All Conference All Star for his junior and senior year and reached the NAIA National semi-finals ending the year with a #3 National Ranking. After graduation and completing his eligibility, Tom remained in Kansas and was an assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs at Baker. In 2012 he was apart of the coaching staff which took the women's program to the NAIA National Sweet Sixteen, and coached two All Americans during this time. ​

 

Tom has coached at Surrey United for over 6 years, during this time he has been an academy coach whilst also helping with our SGU Metro program and playing on the Men's Premier team, Tom currently coaches our 2003 boys and our graduating 2001 girls team. 

Tom currently holds a CSA National B License and will pursue his CSA National A License in near future.

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Ravi Mehan

Head Coach

Boys U14 (2008) Team 

  • Current SUSC Club Coach 

  • SUSC Coach Development Facilitator

  • SUSC Development Stream Lead

  • SUDA Academy Coach

  • BCSPL High-Performance Academy Coach

  • B License (Provincial)

  • Bachelor of Education BEd

  • Bachelor of Science BSc

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Ronan Kelly

Head Coach

Boys U15 (2007) Team 

  • Guided South Melbourne FC U16's to 2nd place after 8 games in the NPL

  • Coached South Melbourne FC U16's to victory over professional youth side Melbourne City FC

  • Provincial Champion with Fusion FC 02 Boys (First time in Fusion FC history on the boy’s side)

  • Provincial Runners up with Fusion FC 01 Girls

  • Two-time Coastal Cup Runners up with VFC 03 Boys

  • Two-time Metro league Runners up with VFC 03 Boys

  • Qualification for Metro Provincials with VFC 03 boys

  • Qualified for National Championships with KPU as Assistant coach (first time in KPU history)

  • Nationally ranked for the entire season with KPU as Assistant coach (first time in KPU history)

  • 2nd place finish in the Fraser Valley U’21 league with Coastal FC U21’s

  • Current SUSC Assistant Technical Director

 

Ronan has over 6 years experience of coaching at several different levels: youth, university, and adult. He achieved his Uefa B license 3 years ago and is currently completing his UEFA A license through the IFA (Irish Football Association). 

Head Coach

Tom Lowndes

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  • CSA B National License 

  • UFV Men's Soccer Head Coach (2015-Current)

  • Head Coach Abbotsford Middle School Soccer Academy

  • Assistant Coach - Baker University (2012-2013)

  • 2018 Premier Provincial Cup Champions - 2001 Girls 

  • 2017 BCSPL League Cup Champions - 2001 Girls 

  • 2018 & 2017 Premier Provincial Cup Finalists - 2003 Boys 

  • Canada West Final Four - Bronze Medal UFV - 2015 

 

Tom is currently the Head Coach of the Men's soccer program at the University of the Fraser Valley. He has led them to two Canada West final four appearances and in 2015 his squad won the Bronze medal, the highest achievement for the program to date. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science from Baker University (Kansas) after completing a successful career as a student athlete. He was a First-Team All Conference All Star for his junior and senior year and reached the NAIA National semi-finals ending the year with a #3 National Ranking. After graduation and completing his eligibility, Tom remained in Kansas and was an assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs at Baker. In 2012 he was apart of the coaching staff which took the women's program to the NAIA National Sweet Sixteen, and coached two All Americans during this time. ​

 

Tom has coached at Surrey United for over 6 years, during this time he has been an academy coach whilst also helping with our SGU Metro program and playing on the Men's Premier team, Tom currently coaches our 2003 boys and our graduating 2001 girls team. 

Tom currently holds a CSA National B License and will pursue his CSA National A License in near future.

Boys U16 (2006) Team

Boys U17 (2005) Team

Graham Roxburg

Head Coach

Current:

 

  • Head coach of Trinity Western University Women’s Soccer program 

  • 5 time National Champions, 7-time Canada West Championship

  • 4 time Canada West Coach of the year, 1 time CIS, National Coach of the year 

  • Director of Spartan Soccer Academy - current 

Former Coaching Roles:

 

  • Head Coach, Team Canada at FISU Games (World Student Games) in 2009 (Serbia) and 2011(China) 

  • Coach of Men’s Fraser Valley Action PCSL 1996 to 2010 

  • Assistant Coach: TWU Men’s Soccer program, 1993, 1996-1998 

  • Coached International Travel team through AIA and TWU that has played Professional/National teams from Thailand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Russia, India, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam.


Coach Licensing/ Education: 

  

  • Masters of Leadership – TWU (2016) 

  • Bachelor of Arts – Wheaton College (1993) 

  • Advanced National Diploma from United Soccer Coaches Association (formerly NSCAA) 

 

Head Coach

Mike Newton

  • CSA B National Coaching Certification (2015)

  • Assistant Technical Director – Guildford Athletic Club (Current)

  • Assistant Coach – University Of The Fraser Valley (Current)

  • SGU Metro Head Coach (5 Years)

 

Mike is the currently the Assistant Technical director with Guildford Athletic Club, in addition to that role he is also the Assistant Coach with The University Of The Fraser Valley's men's soccer program. Prior to his role with Guildford, Mike spent time with NSSDC in North Vancouver.  Mike spent 5 years coaching boys and girl's teams in the SGU Metro Program, which included a Provincial Cup Championship in 2014. Mike played his University Soccer for both the Kwantlen Eagles, as well as the Capilano Blues program. He was a conference all-star in his rookie season in 2008. In his post-University soccer, Mike has played for EDCFC's VMSL Premier and PCSL soccer teams. 

 

Boys U18 (2004) Team

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Girls U13 (2009) Team 

Ronan Kelly

Head Coach

  • Guided South Melbourne FC U16's to 2nd place after 8 games in the NPL

  • Coached South Melbourne FC U16's to victory over professional youth side Melbourne City FC

  • Provincial Champion with Fusion FC 02 Boys (First time in Fusion FC history on the boy’s side)

  • Provincial Runners up with Fusion FC 01 Girls

  • Two-time Coastal Cup Runners up with VFC 03 Boys

  • Two-time Metro league Runners up with VFC 03 Boys

  • Qualification for Metro Provincials with VFC 03 boys

  • Qualified for National Championships with KPU as Assistant coach (first time in KPU history)

  • Nationally ranked for the entire season with KPU as Assistant coach (first time in KPU history)

  • 2nd place finish in the Fraser Valley U’21 league with Coastal FC U21’s

  • Current SUSC Assistant Technical Director

 

Ronan has over 6 years experience of coaching at several different levels: youth, university, and adult. He achieved his Uefa B license 3 years ago and is currently completing his UEFA A license through the IFA (Irish Football Association). ​

Ari Adams

Head Coach

Girls U13 Intake (2010) Team

  • United States Soccer Federation National “B” License

  • Assistant Coach – Simon Fraser University women (2011-2014)

  • Surrey United Academy Staff (2009 – current)

  • U14 National Finalist (2016)

  • U15 National Champions  (2017)

  • Current SUSC Assistant Technical Director - Female Development

 

Ari enjoyed a highly successful soccer career with Simon Fraser University Women’s Soccer from 2007 to 2011 where she was a starter for 4 years and team captain for the last two years. She is well known in our club and has played on our Women’s premier team since 2008, winning multiple Provincial championships and a National Championship in 2011. In addition, Ari has been part of our technical staff since 2009 and has worked in our academies throughout that time.

 

Ari Adams

Head Coach

Girls U15 (2007) Team

  • United States Soccer Federation National “B” License

  • Assistant Coach – Simon Fraser University women (2011-2014)

  • Surrey United Academy Staff (2009 – current)

  • U14 National Finalist (2016)

  • U15 National Champions  (2017)

  • Current SUSC Assistant Technical Director - Female Development

 

Ari enjoyed a highly successful soccer career with Simon Fraser University Women’s Soccer from 2007 to 2011 where she was a starter for 4 years and team captain for the last two years. She is well known in our club and has played on our Women’s premier team since 2008, winning multiple Provincial championships and a National Championship in 2011. In addition, Ari has been part of our technical staff since 2009 and has worked in our academies throughout that time.

 

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Muchtar Ganief

Head Coach

Girls U14 (2008) Team

  • BCSA Provincial B License Coach

  • Surrey United Development / Select Coach - 7 years Staff

  • Coach for Surrey United - 2.5 years

  • Youth Coach with NDSC & Surdel Girls - 5 years

 

Muchtar has been coaching youth teams at North Delta, Surdel and Surrey United for over 12 years. While at Surrey United, Muchtar became involved with the Development program and has had great team success along with developing some highly technical and skilled players for the last 6 years, most recently the Select 1 2007 boys team. He has also been on Surrey United Technical coaching staff since 2017. 

Girls U16 (2006) Team

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Alireza Kordi

Head Coach

  •  CSA C & Youth National Coaching Certification

  •  CSA B National Candidate

  •  AFC C License (2014)

  •  Assistant Coach – Capilano University Men’s Soccer Team (Current)

  •  Assistant Coach – FC.Tigers Men’s Soccer Team - Fraser Valley Premier League (Current)

  •  BCCSL Head Coach (Guildford Athletic Club)


Ali has previously worked with professional academies and teams and spent 8 years coaching in youth and senior level in Iran and Canada. Ali is the currently the Assistant Coach with Capilano University and also the Assistant Coach with FC.Tigers in Fraser Valley's men's soccer premier league. He holds B.S in Physical Education and Sport Science from Azad University (Tehran). Ali currently holds a CSA C & Youth National License and will start his CSA B National in May 2022.

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Girls U17 (2005) Team

  • BCSA Provincial B License Coach

  • Surrey United Development/Select Coach - 7 years Staff

  • Coach for Surrey United - 2.5 years

  • Youth Coach with NDSC & Surdel Girls - 5 years

 

Muchtar has been coaching youth teams at North Delta, Surdel and Surrey United for over 12 years. While at Surrey United, Muchtar became involved with the Development program and has had great team success along with developing some highly technical and skilled players for the last 6 years, most recently the Select 1 2007 boys team. He has also been on Surrey United Technical coaching staff since 2017. 

Muchtar Ganief

Head Coach

Head Coach

Rob Giesbrecht

  • Former head coach of UFV Women’s Soccer Program

  • Head Coach Concordia University, Nebraska Women’s Soccer 2005-2010

  • Assistant Coach TWU Women’s Soccer 1999-2005

  • Head coach U17/U18 BCSPL team for Magnuson Ford Mariners/Fraser Valley Premier – 2012-2014

  • Current Head Coach Abbotsford Middle School & Abbotsford Secondary School Soccer Academies

  • Coaching Licensing / Education

  • United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Diploma

  • Masters of Education – Concordia Univ, Nebraska 2009

  • Bachelor of Education – UBC, 1998

  • Bachelor of Arts – TWU, 1996

 

Girls U18 (2004) Team