Capilano University Athletics and Recreation announced Tuesday men’s soccer coach Alexander Elliott has decided to take on new opportunities in 2020.
The Blues went 12-6-6 under Elliott’s watch, including an 8-2-2 mark in the 2018 season that saw them capture the PACWEST provincial title and advance to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) national championship in Prince Edward Island.
Several Blues earned provincial and national accolades while playing for Elliott, including a 2018 CCAA national player of the year award for Keith Jackson plus PACWEST all-star honours for Jackson, Hudson Nelles, Patrick Izett, Andres Romo, Adrian Sahagun and Eric Swanson. In 2019, the CCAA recognized Jackson, Aidan Haigh, Nick Luongo, Sam Peters and Andrew Shoring for their academic excellence with National Scholar recognition.
“Alex delivered a PACWEST gold medal in his first season with us and developed several of our athletes into outstanding players and young men,” said Milt Williams, head of CapU’s department of Athletics and Recreation. “He has seen even greater success in his interests outside of our university however and we wish him well as he continues to grow his company.”
Elliott co-founded Urban Soccer Centre in 2018 and in light of recent growth and new developments, he has decided to focus on new opportunities. The core coaching philosophy and mentorship Elliott honed at Capilano University will undoubtedly influence future successes.
“I’ve always believed sport is the great equalizer that enables people of all socioeconomic backgrounds to come together to strive for a common goal,” said Elliott. “I’ve enjoyed coaching university soccer for the past six seasons based on this ideology. When you enter an environment where everyone feels they have the freedom to express their passion and love through sport, you end up with rewarding experiences.”
Elliott says he’ll continue to follow the soccer program he helped shape over the last two seasons and knows it offers a valuable coaching experience to whomever succeeds him.
“I feel part of the Blues family for life,” said the 32-year-old. “The PACWEST and the CCAA have given me a platform to move on to a few new exciting roles in the soccer community and I hope they will continue to do the same for other young coaches.”
The Blues search for a new head coach for the men’s soccer program begins immediately.
Interested applicants may submit resumes (three references required) to the Blues Department of Athletics and Recreation.