Langley United director to stay on five years

Langley United Soccer Association will have its technical director on board for another five years.

Mark Parker have agreed on a five-year extension to his contract to direct all aspects of the club’s growth and development in all areas soccer.

The contract was signed recently and continues through to 2019.

“We are pleased to announce that Mark Parker will continue on in his mandate of technical director for Langley United Soccer Association,” said Arnout Stams, the club’s first vice president, overseeing the technical department.  

“Mark was one of the original authors of the CSA’s LTPD governing document, and we know how fortunate Langley is to have one of the best technical directors in the country as we continue to develop a leading soccer club for boys and girls, and men and women.”

 â€œI am thrilled to be signing on for the next five years,” said Parker, who LUSA believes is one of Canada’s most highly qualified coaches, holding a Canadian Soccer Association A licence, a Brazilian Institute de Futbol A licence, the FA International Coaching license as well as the UEFA B licence.

The CSA also recently appointed him to the coaching staff of the national mens’ U18 and U20 teams, following a four-year stint with the U17 national team which participated in the last two U17 World Cups.

“I could not have found a better home than a leading progressive club like Langley United and consider myself to have one of the better soccer jobs in B.C.,” Parker said.  

He added that, from a soccer standpoint, working under the leadership of LUSA president Dave Kasper, and technical leadership of VP Arnout Stams, and director of grassroots programming Scott Moye, along with all LUSA board members that he directly interacts with, makes this “the best job in B.C.”  

“The board is progressive, not afraid to take on challenges, and always strives to do what is best for the kids, making LUSA one of the best clubs in B.C. and the country,” Parker said.

A lot has changed at Langley United since Parker first joined the club in 2009.

The first change came with the introduction and implementation of the CSA’s Long Term Development Program (LTPD) at Langley United, which the association notes is the only club in the Fraser Valley to fully implement the program.  

This was an unprecedented change to Langley soccer, and as the program took hold, the growth within LUSA has been among the best in the province, in LUSA’s opinion.

LUSA has grown from 1,350 members to more than 2,600, which includes 2,350 boys and girls.

According to LUSA, its grassroots coaching education development program is now “second to none in the province and a key reason why kids aren’t switching to other sports as they get older.”

On the development side, the club has a strong partnership relationship with Surrey United in the British Columbia Soccer Premier League. 

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