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Cavalry FC Tommy Wheeldon Jr

Cavalry Inks Award-Winning Head Coach Wheeldon Jr To Multi-Year Deal

By on April 11, 2024 0 831 Views

With Canadian Premier League side Cavalry FC finishing as the regular season champions last season, it’s no surprise to see the Alberta-based club secured head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. to a brand new three-year deal.

The club’s head coach has picked up two Coach of the Year awards whilst in Canada’s top flight, where he’s one of just two original head coaches left standing amongst the league’s original launch teams who kicked off in 2019.

Under Tommy’s guidance, Cavalry has secured itself a strong reputation as a consistent title contender and a premier developer of domestic talent, with many players progressing on to play at higher levels while the club has retained a constant postseason presence.

Cavalry FC Nik Ledgerwood Tommy Wheldon Jr
Photo Credit: Canadian Premier League

Cavalry picked up the first-ever regular season title in 2019, repeating the feat last season by a margin of some thirteen points to hoist the first-ever CPL Shield, though they fell to rival side Forge in the playoff final.

“Many things in professional sports are difficult; working alongside Tommy Wheeldon Jr. is not,” said Cavalry COO and President Ian Allison, who describes the head coach as part of the club’s DNA.

“His success on the pitch is obvious. He has recruited, mentored, and coached more than 100 players, coaches, and support personnel through our system, and we are delighted that he will be doing so for at least the next three years. His belief in the game, this community, in the Canadian Premier League, and in our club’s values, goals and objectives align perfectly. We are delighted he will continue to play a vital role in next chapters in Cavalry FC history.”

Even on the coaching side, those who have worked with Tommy have progressed: former assistant Martin Nash now leads York United, while assistant Leon Hapgood recently left for a position at Major League Soccer’s New York City FC. Current assistant Nik Ledgerwood has made it no secret he’d like to earn a head coaching opportunity, too.

Cavalry FC Tommy Wheeldon Jr 2022
Photo Credit: Canadian Premier League

Tommy has also helped develop several players who have gone on to play abroad at high levels, like players like Victor Loturi (Ross County), Aribim Pepple (Luton Town), and Goteh Ntignee and Victor Loturi (to Ross County), and now Goteh Ntignee (FC Annecy) who all landed in Europe, or players like Joel Waterman (CF Montreal) and Mohamed Farsi (Columbus Crew) who are making waves in MLS.

“I am delighted to sign an extension with a club and a city that I love, and I can’t wait to continue this great journey that we are on,” adds Wheeldon Jr. himself. “I am thankful to our ownership for their constant support and continued strive for excellence, particularly Linda Southern-Heathcott, for her and her family’s vision in building something special for our community and beyond.”

“Whilst we have come along way and achieved so many great things in our short history, there is still do much left to pursue and that’s what keeps me hungry to continue growing this special football club. I am humbled to be able to work alongside the leadership of our President Ian Allison and our senior management team, in developing the future of the game in this country.”

The gaffer describes working with the club as a dream come true, with the reigning CPL Coach of the Year set to lead the club into its sixth season this weekend.

It’ll be a match Tommy will be salivating for – an away trip to league rivals Forge FC. A fitting challenge for one of the league’s best.

Header Image Photo Credit: Mike Sturk

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