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Jay Wheeldon Reunites with Cavalry As Assistant Coach, Technical Director

By on March 4, 2024 0 799 Views

Jonathan ‘Jay’ Wheeldon is back with Cavalry FC, but his new role with the club isn’t directly on the pitch.

The former Cavalry defender will stand alongside Tommy Wheeldon Jr. as an assistant coach while also taking on the technical director mantle, effectively replacing Leon Hapgood on the coaching staff following his move to New York City FC.

The move had been largely suspected after the 35-year-old had assisted the side during their continental foray against Orlando City last month.

Wheeldon had been with the Calgary Foothills Soccer Club before the newly-confirmed move, where he’s held a variety of roles since 2012 which capped off with his promotion to the Technical Director post two years ago.

Holding a Canada Soccer ‘A’ Coaching license, he led the Calgary Foothills to the title in the inaugural League1 Alberta exhibition season last year, while also helping the 2002 girls in 2016 and 2002 boys in 2019 to national championships.

“Jay is a talented football coach with an intelligent tactical brain,” says Tommy Wheeldon Jr. of his younger brother. “He has proven himself to be a very good developer of talent and has an incredible rapport with players. His track record shows he is able to combine development with winning, attributes that are a key part of our Cavalry DNA.”

The club’s new assistant coach will join another former Cavalry player, Nikolas Ledgerwood, as part of Tommy’s coaching staff. The club has proven to provide a great pathway for its players following their playing careers, with Mason Trafford transitioning to a front office role and Oliver Minatel finding a staff role there, too.

Wheeldon had made 32 appearances as a player through Cavalry’s first two seasons, helping the side pick up the 2019 regular season title and featuring in their history-making Canadian Championship win over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

“I am very delighted to join a club that I care about deeply on a full time basis,” adds Jay himself. “I have been around the club since day one as both a player and member of the coaching staff within the pathway to help guide players into the first team.”

“I understand the values and DNA of the club and look forward to continuing a strong connection with our supporters. Cavalry FC bleeds success on and off the pitch and I am proud to be part of such an organization with amazing ownership, leaders, staff, and players,” concludes the new staff addition.

The club’s coaching staff also includes goalkeeper coach Jake Davis, who replaced Jordan Santiago in the role last summer.

Cavalry will kick off the club’s sixth-ever CPL season away to league rivals Forge FC on April 13.

Header Image Photo Credit: CFC Media / Tony Lewis

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