York United Hires Expansion MX Coach Jorge Villalpando As Sporting Director
York United has made its first brand new big staff hire following the arrival of new ownership, with the Nine Stripes adding veteran Liga MX goalkeeper Jorge Villalpando as its new Technical and Sporting Director.
The 38-year-old arrives to York Lions Stadium having spent the last one-and-a-half years as the head coach of Mexican second division side Coyotes Tlaxcala, a position which he left in October.
“I want to express how excited I am to join this incredible project, especially considering the significant growth that the CPL has experienced in recent years,” said Villalpando himself.
The 2024 Canadian Premier League season will see York United helmed once again by head coach Martin Nash, who retained his coaching staff for the upcoming campaign.
The sporting director role was previously part of the duties of Angus McNab, York United’s former club president who donned a lot of hats in his role over the last four seasons. He had replaced original President Preben Ganzhorn following his departure after the club’s inaugural campaign.
Like the club’s trio of Mexican owners, Villalpando will be relocating to Toronto for the role.
“I appreciate the trust placed in me and I’m committed to contributing my skills, dedication and hard work towards our collective success,” added Villapando.
“As a former player, I’ve witnessed the substantial evolution of the game in Canada and I’m eager to see what the future holds and the role we can play in shaping it. I want to be a part of history and York United FC is the perfect place to achieve that goal.”
The newest Nine Stripes executive holds an MBA in Sports Management from Valencia’s European Sport Business School, which came after he completed a BA in Mexico’s own Universidad del Distrito Federal.
York United’s first forays into the transfer market whilst under new ownership have turned heads, with the Nine Stripes signing Liechtenstein international Dennis Salanovic and multifaceted full-back Juan Cordova.