A former Vancouver Whitecaps FC player and associate coach with over 25 years of playing and coaching experience, Craig Dalrymple is technical director of the club’s Academy. Dalrymple first assumed the role of assistant technical director with the Whitecaps FC Academy - formerly known as the Residency program - on November 3, 2010, having initially joined the full-time program as an interim head coach on May 7, 2010.
A native of Langley, BC, Dalrymple’s coaching credentials include 'A'-level License certification from the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), United States Soccer Federation (USSF), and the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), as well as his Academy Managers License from the English FA, and Elite Formation Coaching License (French Football Federation) via the MLS league-wide initiative.
Born in Melton Mowbray, England, Dalrymple spent one year as an academy staff coach with England's Portsmouth FC.
Prior to time on the south coast of England, Dalrymple spent 10 years as technical director of Surrey United Soccer Club in Surrey, BC. As technical director of Surrey United, Dalrymple’s responsibilities with the 2,400-player club were wide ranging, including being in charge of developing a complete club infrastructure, serving as director of coach and player selection, education, and mentorship, and overseeing Surrey United Academy's seasonal camps and annual tournaments. Additionally, Dalrymple served as head coach for the club's men’s and women’s team, as well as Surrey United's U-14, U-18, and U-21 select squads.
In 1999, Dalrymple founded PURSUIT Training and Rehabilitation, a conditioning and rehabilitation resource for local athletes.
From 2002 to 2009, Dalrymple was a staff coach with the BC Soccer. During his time, he served as a head coach in the provincial team program, a guest coach with the CSA's National Training Centre (British Columbia region) program, a member of the BC Soccer Technical Committee, and a coach certification course instructor. From 2007 to 2009, he was also a consultant with the CSA, and a member of the Canadian U-17 men's national team coaching staff.
A Simon Fraser University (SFU) graduate, Dalrymple returned to the Burnaby, BC, post-secondary institution in 2001, when he became the men’s soccer team’s associate coach. As a certified strength and conditioning specialist, Dalrymple conducted preseason and mid-season physical fitness assessments, designed off-season conditioning training programs, and assisted in varsity prospect evaluation and recruitment for the SFU Clan men's team.
After spending six seasons with SFU, Dalrymple joined the Whitecaps as an associate coach for the 2007 season. With the men's club, Dalrymple assisted in team training, game analysis, and scouting, and was a member of the coaching staff when the 'Caps drew 0-0 with Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy in November 2007.
Before embarking on his career in coaching, Dalrymple enjoyed a playing career in both England and North America. A member of the famed Ipswich Town FC youth academy in England from 1986 to 1992, Dalrymple moved to Vancouver and spent a season with Capilano College, where he was named the Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1993. He then joined the SFU men's team in 1994. Dalrymple was a standout with the Clan, as he led the squad to National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national championship appearances in 1994 and 1995. The Whitecaps, who were then known as the Vancouver 86ers, took notice of Dalrymple’s performances with SFU and drafted the midfielder in 1995. Dalrymple was a member of the 86ers for four seasons, while he was also selected to the Canada's U-23 Olympic team player pool in 1996.