With more than a decade of experience coaching young players in British Columbia, Steve Meadley began coaching with the club in 2005 and has been with Whitecaps FC Residency since the program's inception in September 2007, while also spending three years as an assistant coach with the club's USL professional team, Whitecaps FC 2.
Meadley has helped the Residency program garner a burgeoning reputation in the professional development of young players in North America. During his tenure with Whitecaps FC, Meadley has assisted with the day-to-day coaching and training of Whitecaps FC Residency players, and guidance towards a career in professional soccer. He has also conducted scouting of potential Residency players at the local and national level.
Those efforts include undefeated trips to Japan (December 2008) and Spain (November 2009), as well as competitive visits to Germany. He also helped the program to a berth in the U-19 Super Group final of Dallas Cup XXX (April 2009) and a playoff semifinal berth during their inaugural season in the United Soccer Leagues (USL) Premier Development League (PDL) in 2008.
A former coach in the Whitecaps FC Academy and summer camp programs, Meadley began coaching with the club in May 2005 when he joined the 'Caps USL Super Y-League program. As coach of the club's U-16 boys team, Meadley led the young 'Caps to three consecutive Super Y-League North American finals. In 2006, he assisted Chris Bennett in leading the Whitecaps Reserves to the Pacific Coast Soccer League (PCSL) Premier Division regular season title.
Meadley's youth coaching career began in 2001 when he worked with Coquitlam's Eagle Ridge Rogues U-16 Metro side. It was under his guidance that Eagle Ridge Rogues won the Metro league and BC Coastal Cup titles. In 2007, he was chosen by US Youth Soccer to coach at their Olympic Development Program (ODP) selection camps for U-15 and U-16 boys in Florida.
Born and raised in Leeds, England, and a lifelong supporter of famed English club Leeds United FC, Meadley played schoolboy soccer for the Leeds City team before joining the youth set-up at Leeds United. After immigrating to Canada, he played senior amateur and Masters (Over-35) soccer in both the Vancouver Metro Soccer League and Fraser Valley Soccer League.
Away from the soccer pitch, Meadley enjoys spending time with his family.