Richard Grootscholten applaud UBC Thunderbird Stadium
Bob Frid

Richard Grootscholten moves on from Whitecaps FC Residency program

VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that Richard Grootscholten, Residency technical director and head coach, will end his coaching responsibilities with the club effective Friday, April 27, 2012. Grootscholten's contract with Whitecaps FC is expiring soon, but he will remain with the club in an advisory capacity to assist with the transition, after which time, he will move on to pursue other opportunities.

“Richard has been a key member of Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s Residency program and has done a great job assisting with the restructuring of the program over the past two years,” said Bob Lenarduzzi, Vancouver Whitecaps FC president. “With many of the building blocks now in place, and many goals achieved, Richard has decided to move on to new opportunities. We thank Richard for his time and his many contributions to the club.”

“I have enjoyed every minute of the past two years with the club and am thankful for the opportunity and warm support I received,” said Grootscholten. “My family and I will keep following the club with interest – we will be fans for life! We wish the club, my colleagues, and the players all the best in their future.”

Grootscholten’s coaching responsibilities will be shared amongst current Residency and first team coaching and technical staff until further planning is done for the new program cycle.

Grootscholten, 46, was appointed to Whitecaps FC in October 2010.


MLS LIVE now only $7.99

Decision Day presented by AT&T is Sunday. But, one thing is already decided. MLS LIVE is the best way to watch all the out-of-market action on Decision Day (October 22)*. You can watch multiple games on multiple devices or watch four games on one screen with your laptop. Subscriptions are only $7.99 (or $4.99 if you use our iOS app). *Some blackout rules apply.

MLS Decision Day presented by AT&T

Sunday, October 22 at 4:00pm ET

Decision Day is the only day of the season when every team plays at the exact same time. The result is the most intense and dramatic two hours of the MLS season as teams fight for playoff positions. Watch MLS's thrilling end to the season on TSN & MLS LIVE.

Secure your playoff seats!

Are you ready to rise #ForVancouver? The ’Caps are bringing playoffs back to our city! Be a part of the best sporting atmosphere in Vancouver when the ‘Caps play in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs. Get your tickets now.