As a successful player with a multi-sport background, Don brings extensive experiences as both a player and coach for over 25 years. Don has coached boys and girls at all levels at the community, high school and post-secondary environments. Along with coaching, Don has acted as a consultant in developing various sports programs and weight room facilities in schools and community throughout the province.
Don brings a wealth of experience to SurDel. As a former technical director with Surrey Breakers Athletic Association (SBAA) and Central City Breakers FC (CCBFC), he has created, facilitated and executed successful technical development programs and development pathways for both players and coaches from U5 through to adult levels of soccer. He was responsible for strategic planning, management and communication liaison with governing bodies BCSA, BCSPL, District, Community and Club. As a coach, Don has reached successful campaigns assisting numerous teams in achieving A, B and District Cup Championships reaching successful campaigns at the youth levels through his tenure with SBAA & CCBFC.
Don is a Strength and Conditioning Coach, has his NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and his Provincial B License. He also holds an NSCA – CSCS and NCSA – CPT. Don has been active in a girls club for many years which will be an asset to SurDel. Don has also served as a Technical Director at the above mentioned clubs and his knowledge will be very valuable to SurDel as we launch new and exciting programs for our players.
Mark Pennington is a former youth professional player from Sunderland in England. He currently holds a Canadian Soccer Association National A License and an F.A. Coaching Certificate from England. Mark studied at the University of Northumbria completing a degree in Sports Development and Coaching in 2003 while playing for the University men’s soccer team. Mark also played in the European Student Championships in Paris 2001 and Amsterdam in 2002.
Locally Mark has worked in numerous elite level environments including the Vancouver Whitecaps, TSS, BC Soccer, and as an assistant with the Canada U20 Women’s team. Mark is currently coaching the U18 Girls and U13 Girls Intake team with our Regional Partner Coastal FC in the BC Soccer Premier League. As a Coach Mark has led his teams to 5 Provincial Championship’s, and a National Championship title in 2008. He will be trying for another National Championship with his U18 Girls who have just qualified for the Nationals.
Mark brings a wealth of experience and is a Learning facilitator for BC Soccer, conducting numerous coaching courses in the lower mainland. He is qualified to train Coaches in active start, learn to train, soccer for life and fundamentals.