Assistant Coach - Martyn Pert
Birthplace - Norfolk, England
Hometown - Norfolk, England
Citizenship - English
Seasons with Whitecaps FC - 2014
Acquired - 2014.01.27
Previous club - Cardiff City FC (English Premier League)
A coach with a wealth of experience both both as an assistant coach and fitness coach, Martyn Pert joined Vancouver Whitecaps FC as assistant coach on January 27, 2014.
Hailing from Norfolk, England, Pert has previously served as an assistant coach with English Premier League outfit Cardiff City FC, Football League Championship side Coventry City FC, and the Bahrain senior men’s national team.
The former Norwich City FC youth player joined Cardiff City in the summer of 2013 as an assistant coach/head of conditioning to help the 2012-13 Football League Championship winners prepare for their debut season in the English Premier League. At Cardiff, Pert was also responsible for player recruitment, opposition scouting, the planning and implementation of team training sessions, as well as match-day tactics and strategy.
Prior to his post at Cardiff, Pert spent 13 months as an assistant coach with the Bahrain senior men’s national team. Under former Leicester City FC and England U-21 manager Peter Taylor, Pert helped Bahrain win two tournaments: the 2011 Arab Games and the 2011 Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Games – the first time Bahrain’s national team had won a regional competition.
A graduate of Loughborough University’s Sport & Exercise master’s program, Pert has held head of conditioning/sports science positions with Watford FC, Fulham FC, and Cardiff City FC. With Cardiff and eventually Watford, Pert served the duel-role as head of conditioning and assistant coach.
Additionally, Pert was the reserve team manager with both Watford FC and Coventry City FC.
The 36-year-old, who has also previously served as a youth coach with Cambridge United FC, Norwich City FC, Cambridge City FC, and West Bromwich Albion FC, is fluent in Spanish and holds a Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Pro License – the highest and final coaching qualification available.