Coach Chris Bennett

Bennett1.jpgCoach Chris Bennett is the Director of our soccer program and Head Coach of the Glenfir Soccer Academy. Students from kindergarten to grade twelve will all be able to learn from his experiences and grow as soccer players under his expertise through Glenfir's Soccer Program. Beginning in September 2009, students from grades seven to twelve have had the opportunity to join Glenfir's Soccer Academy and train alongside Coach Bennett.  Bennett_Old_2-Small.jpg

A former Canadian international and an original member of the Vancouver Whitecaps, Chris Bennett has over twenty years of coaching experience, with many years at the international level. He spent 12 years as a coach with the Canadian Soccer Association, including three years as National U-20 Boy's Assistant Head Coach (1998-2000), and 11 years as a coach at the CSA High Performance Centre at Simon Fraser University (1988-1999).

A striker in his playing days, Bennett earned nine caps with the Canadian National Team from 1973 to 1975, scoring twice. He spent time with famed English club Chelsea in 1970-71 and played several years in the North American Soccer League, starting with the Vancouver Whitecaps in 1974. Chris Bennett led the Whitecaps Women to the 2004 W-League Championship, which earned him a place in the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Chris remained with the Whitecaps organization in 2005 becoming the Head Coach of the new Whitecaps Men's Reserve Team.

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"The Original Whitecaps Team 1974"

Chris Bennett runs an elite soccer academy out of Port Coquitlam, BC, and focuses on the all-round development of elite soccer players from the age of 11 upwards, boys and girls. His academy is limited in numbers, much like Glenfir, to guarantee quality and provide every child with the special attention they require and deserve. Chris uses his twenty years of coaching experience to nurture each player, developing their weaknesses and extending their strengths. Chris's objective as the Director of Glenfir's Soccer Programme is to find and develop the soccer stars of tomorrow.

A Message from Chris Bennett
Soccer has enriched my life and I owe very much to the game, the skills and abilities that I offered my last employer had a lot to do with the tremendous apprenticeship I served working in and around the game. A large part of my life has been dedicated to Soccer, as an Amateur and Professional. I have great pride in my accomplishments, special honors and recognitions. These experiences have prepared me for the education of life, and have equipped me with the skills relevant to effectively perform the position of Director of Glenfir's Soccer Programme.

"Canadian Olympic Team 2000"

Coaching Career

2008

Whitecaps Regional Head Coach

2008

 South Okanagan Youth SoccerAssociations Technical Director, SOYSA.

2004-2005             

Head Coach Whitecaps F.C.   Men's Reserve Team/First Place P.C.S.L

2004-2005

Head Coach Whitecaps F.C.  Women W-League Champions 7th Best Club Team in the World, Womensworldfootball.com

2001-2007 

Technical Director North Coquitlam United Soccer

1999-2000

Head Coach Canadian U-16 Team

1998-2000  

Assistant Coach Canadian Olympic Team

1999 

Assistant Coach Pan American Games Team

1998 

Interim Assistant Coach World Cup Team

1997  

Assistant Coach Canadian U-20 World Cup Team in Malaysia 13th World Finish

1995-1996 

Assistant Coach Canadian U-20 Team C.O.N.C.A.C.A.F. Finals in Mexico "Gold Medal"

1993-1994 

Assistant Coach Canadian U-20 Team C.O.N.C.A.C.A.F. Finals in Honduras "Bronze Medal"

1992  

One of the Assistant Coaches Canadian U-16 Team

1987-1999  

National Training Center at Simon Fraser University

1988  

B.C. Staff Coach Canadian Youth Team

1982 

Head Coach S.F.U. Alumni, Pacific Coast League

1982  

B.C. Senior Men's National Schreyer Cup Champions

1980 

Head Coach Langley F.C. Pacific Coast League

1980-2005

Head Coach to many club teams as a parent/coach

 

"Whitecaps W-League Champions 2004"

Special Recognition

2007

B.C. Sports Hall of Fame Inductee/Team Category

2004-2005

B.C.  Soccer Association Director's Coaching Award

2001-2002 

Coquitlam "Coach of the Year"

1997

Coaching Association of B.C. 3M Coaching Recognition Award

1978  

State of Arkansas, "Governor's Award" for Youth Soccer Development

 

"U15 Boys Provincial Champions"

Certification

1982-1992  

Level 1, 11, 111   N.C.C.P. Theory, Technical, and Practical Certification

1982   

National "B" License Course Vancouver

1988   

National "A" License Course Victoria

1980-1987

Instructor of N.C.C.P. Program in British Columbia

 

"U16 League and Coastal Cup Champions Vancouver"

Professional Playing Career

1978

M.I.S.L. Cleveland Force

1977 

Memphis Rogues N.A.S.L.

1976   

Seattle Sounders N.A.S.L.

1974

Vancouver Whitecaps N.A.S.L.

1973-1976  

Senior Men's National Team

1970-1971

Chelsea Football Club (reserve team)

Many Provincial and Select Teams as an amateur

 

"Seattle Sounders 1976"