BC Soccer Hires Chris Cerroni as Director of Soccer Development

Vancouver British Columbia, February 23 2015 – BC Soccer is pleased to announced that it has recruited Chris Cerroni as the Director of Soccer Development.  Chris joins BC Soccer from his previous role as the Regional EXCEL Talent Manager (West) with Canada Soccer and fulfills the role vacated by Michael Findlay who joined Canada Soccer as Assistant Coach Men's National Team.

“We are very pleased that Chris has agreed to join BC Soccer as its Director of Soccer Development,” said Roger Barnes, BC Soccer President. “Chris is a UEFA A licence coach and comes to BC Soccer with a wealth of coaching and playing experience. With the Director of Soccer Development being such an important role we really look forward to benefitting from his experience and providing the leadership and oversight in helping us to achieve the soccer development priorities within the BC Soccer strategic plan.”

As Canada Soccer’s Regional EXCEL Talent Manager (West) Chris worked closely with both BC Soccer and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC to implement the Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX programme in Partnership with BC Soccer which was launched in January 2015.  Prior to the role with Canada Soccer, Chris was the Technical Director at Central City Breakers FC in Surrey for four years and coached in the EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League with Mountain United.  Chris has also worked for BC Soccer in various capacities over the past few years as a Grassroots Tutor, Coach Educator and Head Coach of Boys U15 Provincial Development Program (now known as the BC Soccer High Performance Program).  

“With his wealth of playing and coaching experience in both grassroots and high performance roles across BC, Canada, North America and Europe, Chris will be a great addition to the already highly respected and professional soccer development staff that we employ at BC Soccer,” said Paul Mullen, BC Soccer Executive Director. “We appreciate the support and cooperation Canada Soccer has provided as part of the transition to BC Soccer and believe that he will be a significant asset to the soccer community as we work collaboratively to implement agreed programming and initiatives”.

The Director of Soccer Development is responsible for leading all aspects of technical development within British Columbia that align with BC Soccer’s strategic objectives and Canada Soccer’s Long term player development model. The role is responsible for leading the Soccer Development team and BC Soccer’s three priority pillars of activity, High Performance, Grassroots and Coach Education.

Chris Cerroni will commence his role with BC Soccer as the Director of Soccer Development on March 2.

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the promotion and development of the game in British Columbia. The professional not-for-profit society is committed to developing the game by inspiring British Columbians to lifelong active, inclusive and team play. Its vision is to pursue Canada’s foremost integrated soccer development system built upon club, school, varsity and professional team excellence.

BC Soccer is comprised of 150 member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, spanning more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,500 referees, and thousands of coaches and other volunteer administrators and soccer leaders. Working with these member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, BC Soccer will operate under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer will promote the integral soccer values of authenticity, unity and integrity.