Former Trident Ryan McCurdy Takes Van Isle Wave Position
One of Pacific FC’s inaugural squad members will remain close to the club through the Van Isle Wave Program.
Former Tridents defender Ryan McCurdy – who made ten league appearances for the club in its inaugural season before retiring – will now lead the Van Isle Wave Boys’ program as its technical lead, though he’ll also assist the female side while the academy seeks out a permanent female technical lead.
The Belfast-born defender developed with Northern Irish side Linfield FC, where he won the Youth League and Youth Cup before setting sail for Canada. He spent time in Ontario and became a CCA All-Star with Algonquin College while also featuring for League1 Ontario’s Kingston Clippers, and then trekked out west, playing alongside Victor Blasco and winning a national championship with the Vancouver Island Mariners. He also captained the Victoria Highlanders in the USL League 2 era, too.
“I am thrilled to announce the appointment of Ryan as our Technical Lead,” said Shawn Fiddick, who was recently appointed as Pacific’s Executive Director of Youth Programs. “In addition to the Wave Program, Ryan will help oversee our Trident Development Programs across the Island. This is an exciting opportunity for Ryan and highlights the role of Pacific FC in terms of developing our coaches into the coaching pathway, and creating future leaders in the game across Canada.”
Since hanging up his boots as a professional footballer, the 31-year-old has already helped both the Wave and Trident programs in the past and has helped the Pacific FC first team technical staff on occasion, too. He arrives to his new post after stepping down as Prospect Lake Soccer Club’s technical director, a role he held for two years.
He isn’t the only Pacific FC player to migrate to a sporting career off the pitch in conjunction with the club, with team captain Jamar Dixon transitioning to a front office role this season.
McCurdy has accrued his CSA National B License and BC Soccer Technical Director Diploma, and is currently working towards both his A License and the National Youth License, too.