Assistant Coach and Head of High Performance - Gordon Forrest
Birthplace – Dunfermline, Scotland
Hometown – Dunfermline, Scotland
Citizenship – Scottish
Seasons with Whitecaps FC (Residency program) – 2012, 2013
Acquired - 2012.10.17 (Residency program), 2014.01.09 (assistant coach)
A coach with vast experience in youth development, Gordon Forrest was added to the club’s Major League Soccer (MLS) coaching staff as an assistant coach on January 9, 2014. Forrest also continues in his role as head of high performance, overseeing the technical side of the Residency program and development of the club’s young talent.
Forrest’s coaching credentials include a UEFA ‘A’ Licence, Scottish Football Association Youth Licence, and a Scottish Football Association Advanced Children’s Licence.
Whitecaps FC first welcomed Forrest on October 17, 2012, as U-18 Residency head coach and manager of coaching development. In his first season at the helm, Forrest led the U-18 team to a second consecutive appearance at United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) Finals Week.
The native of Dunfermline, Scotland, was later named Whitecaps FC head of high performance. Among his duties, Forrest has run the High Potential Player (HPP) program, providing additional individual coaching to the club’s top young talent.
Forrest has been involved in soccer development for nearly 10 years, previously working with the Scottish Football Association and New Zealand Football. During this time Forrest was involved in the planning, organization, and implementation of a number of different programs and initiatives, including working with talented players on long-term player development pathways. Additionally, Forrest has also delivered a number of coach education courses and coach mentoring programs.
Before coming to Vancouver, Forrest served as football development manager for the Northern Football Federation, which saw him manage a football development team that was tasked in delivering New Zealand Football’s ‘Whole of Football’ plan – a national development structure designed to benefit soccer participants at all levels throughout the country.
In 2012, Forrest served as assistant coach with the New Zealand women’s national team that made it to the quarterfinal stage of the Olympic Summer Games before losing to eventual gold medallists, the United States.
As a player, Forrest had a 10-year professional soccer career in which he played for Raith Rovers FC (Scotland), Livingston FC (Scotland), KS Leiftur (Iceland), East Fife FC (Scotland), and Berwick Rangers FC (Scotland).
Throughout his professional playing career, Forrest has held coaching positions at all of the clubs he has played for, ranging from youth team level to first team coaching – including the role of assistant coach at East Fife FC in the Scottish Second Division.