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Pacific Hires Victoria Native Trevor Stiles As Goalkeeper Coach

By on February 14, 2024 0 722 Views

Pacific FC has named its next goalkeeper coach to succeed Pedro Guerreiro in the role.

The Vancouver Isle-based club has looked local for the post, hiring Victoria native Trevor Stiles to the coaching role.

The 42-year-old is the founder of Victoria’s own Keeper Culture academy and the CEO of sporting equipment supplier Aviata Sports, with Stiles’ own playing career having seem him feature for the Canadian Para Soccer national team following a concussion injury.

“I am thrilled to join Pacific and to begin work with two exciting keepers like Emil and Sean,” said Trevor himself. “I look forward to pulling from my playing experience as a goalkeeper and a member of Canada’s Para Men’s National Team, as well as from my post-playing experience at my academy, to help these keepers continue to develop between the posts for Pacific.”

While born in Los Angeles, Stiles moved to Victoria as a young teenager and had played for the program which evolved into the Vancouver Island Wave Program, representing the province from 13-17 years old.

Wining a U SPORTS national title with the University of Victoria Vikes in 2004, he turned professional and featured for the likes of the LA Galaxy reserves, Miami FC, Ventura County Fusion, and even the A-League’s Sydney FC.

A return home saw him play for the Victoria Highlanders in 2010, but a serious concussion injury against the Portland Timbers U-23 team curtailed his professional career and saw him transition to a sanctioned para athlete, logging 1,681 of time with the Canadian Para Soccer Men’s natonal team.

He also become a co-owner of the Highlanders themselves back in 2018.

“Trevor comes to us with great passion for nurturing local talent,” said PFC head coach James Merriman. “He has built a great network in North America and is well respected within the goalkeeper development industry.”

Pacific FC Emil Gazdov 2023
Photo Credit: Sheldon Mack

Stiles will be helping young goalkeeper Emil Gazdov through the 2024 CPL season, with the 20-year-old coming in fresh from his first season as a number one goalkeeper. His competition will be another Victoria native in Sean Melvin.

Pacific has gone through more goalkeeper coaches than any other CPL side: Marius Rovde held the post 2019, with Mark Village assuming head goalkeeper coach duties following his retirement that season. He held that firm till leaving for rival side Vancouver FC at the end of 2022, after which the club has now gone through Daniel Ortiz and Pedro Guerreiro before the arrival of Trevor Stiles.

He will join head coach James Merriman and returning assistants Armando Sa and Chris Merriman, while the club also confirmed Vitor da Costa Ferreira as Head of Performance Analysis, Julian Micolta as Lead Athletic Therapist, and Chris Hinton as the club’s Strength and Conditioning coach.

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