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VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that Jhon Ardila has been named head coach of the Okanagan BMO Academy Centre.

Ardila, a native of Colombia, holds a Canadian A License, and joins Whitecaps FC from Ontario where he has spent over 18 years in the game. Ardila replaces Brendan Teeling who has moved to Vancouver as the Whitecaps Boys MLS Academy U-17 assistant coach.

“Having someone of John’s quality, and experience both in Canada and Colombia, will help us to continue to grow our programs and opportunities for players and our association partnerships in the Okanagan,” said Mike Ayyash, Whitecaps FC BMO Academy Centres director. "The Okanagan is a very important region for the club, and having someone as talented, passionate and personable as John will help us to build our relationships and opportunities for players to our full-time academy programs in Vancouver. ”

Ardila’s most recent coaching experience in Ontario includes time with the Solo Talentos Soccer Program, and Ontario Soccer as a learning facilitator and coach developer. He also spent over 15 years with the North Mississauga Soccer Club, most recently as a technical head coach. Before going to Ontario, Ardia spent time in his hometown of Bucaramanga-Colombia, with Santander Football Association and Saint Thomas University.

In addition to his Canadian A License , Ardila holds a Professional Coaching Degree from the Football Coaches Association of Argentina-South American Football Confederation, and a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) in Health and Physical Education

For more information on John Ardila click here.

For more information on the Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System, visit whitecapsfc.com/academy.