VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Thursday that Chris Sargeant has been named head coach of the Girls Elite Regional EXCEL (REX) Super Centre in partnership with BC Soccer.
Sargeant has worked as a coach in the Girls Elite REX program since 2015, as well as acting as assistant technical director with Mountain United FC. Sargeant was previously head coach of the Quest University women’s soccer team, and assistant coach with the Simon Fraser University women’s team.
“Chris is very well liked by the current and former players in our program, and highly respected by parents, staff and colleagues in the soccer community,” said Dan Lenarduzzi, Whitecaps FC director of soccer development. “He has tremendous familiarity with the program and will continue to build on the positive momentum of our development structure. Not only is Chris an excellent and personable coach, but he also brings great experience and leadership in building programs through his previous roles. Overall, we are very pleased to have an excellent team of coaches leading the way.”
In addition to his duties overseeing the Super REX program, Sargeant will continue as head coach of the Pre-Girls Elite team.
Joining Sargeant is assistant coach Amy Harrison, who came to the club in September. Harrison previously served as director of high performance & female programs with Winnipeg South End United and as video and opposition scouting analyst with Valour FC of the Canadian Premier League. As a player, she captained the University of Tennessee, played professionally with Heart of Midlothian and Rangers in Scotland, and was a team captain for Canada at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
Leading the goalkeepers is coach Erin McNulty. The former Whitecaps FC women’s team player has worked with Cliff Avenue United FC, while also operating her own goalkeeper training. As a player, she played at Penn State University and Florida State University, as well as with Whitecaps FC, Seattle Sounders FC, and Norwegian clubs Arna-Bjørnar Fotball and Lillestrøm Sportsklubb. At the international level, the Winnipeg native was a member of Canada’s teams at both the 2004 and 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cups, while earning multiple call-ups to Canada’s senior women’s national team.
Also added to the group is Chelsey Hannesson as a staff coach. Hannesson has been assistant technical director at Langley United since 2016, while previously working with Surrey United SC in the BC Soccer Premier League. During her playing career, Hannesson played at Eastern Washington University, receiving the team’s player of the year award in 2010.
Interim head coach Mike Norris has concluded his time with the program to begin a full-time role as goalkeeper coach with Canada’s senior women’s national team.
"We are thankful to Mike for his incredible work and dedication," added Lenarduzzi. "We wish him the very best in his new role with Canada Soccer."