CALGARY, AB – Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that Ewan Fisher has been named head coach of the club's Alberta Academy Centre, replacing Ricky King who has joined the Whitecaps FC full-time Academy program in Vancouver as head coach of the club’s U-19 team.
A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Fisher moves from his current role as Whitecaps FC Northern Academy Centre head coach, where he oversaw the operations of three Northern-based academies, primarily based out of Prince George. He joined Whitecaps FC in 2017 from fellow Major League Soccer (MLS) club New York Red Bulls, where he worked together with King. He currently holds UEFA B licence and is currently completing his UEFA A license.
Fisher will transition with King in the next month and take over all Whitecaps FC Alberta Academy Centre programs. As part of his role, Fisher will lead the Boys Residency Prospects, and support the Girls Elite REX Prospects programs in partnership with the Alberta Soccer Association. King’s knowledge of the Alberta program and players, as well as his relationships in the market will also support more opportunities for Alberta players in the full-time Vancouver program.
"In addition to a player pathway, we believe in a coaching pathway,” said Dan Lenarduzzi, Whitecaps FC director of soccer development. “While we know that Ricky has done a great job in Alberta, he deserves the opportunity in Vancouver with our full-time academy program.
“As for Ewan, we couldn’t have found a more perfect fit for our Alberta centre,” added Lenarduzzi. “He has worked in our club now for two years and previously with Ricky in New York. He is a people person and a relationship builder. Our club values the Alberta market and our relationships with the Alberta Soccer Association, Calgary Minor Soccer Association and the local clubs and associations. We really believe Ewan is the right person to take the lead from Ricky and continue to grow these relationships and drive our partnerships and programs in Alberta forward."
For more information of Whitecaps FC Academy Centres, please visit whitecapsfc.com/academy.