Reynold Stewart is joining the coaching staff of the Whitecaps’ academy in Nelson. Photo submitted

Whitecaps’ Reynold Stewart named associate head coach in Kootenays

Stewart will work with the Nelson-based academy

The Vancouver Whitecaps have named Reynold Stewart as associate head coach of the Kootenays Academy in Nelson.

Stewart has been working for over two years in the Kootenays under the Whitecaps Academy Centre’s associate head coach Brett Adams.

“Reynold has achieved a lot of success in the game and he has worked hard with me over the past two years in developing as a coach,” said Adams. “With our programs and partnership with the Nelson Soccer Association (NSA) growing, this is a perfect time and opportunity to bring Reynold into a more active role, allowing us to work more closely with the community, clubs, local players, and partners.”

Originally from Tsawwassen, B.C., Stewart was on the 2004 Super Y League team that made it to the North American Championships in Florida.

He went on to play for the Whitecaps USL PDL team in 2012 and 2014. During that time he also joined Douglas College where he was twice named player of the year before transferring to UBC where he was named Canada West Player of the year and helped them to two national championships.

In his new role, Stewart will support the growth of the West Kootenays Academy as well as supporting the Whitecaps technical contract with the NSA.

“I’m very excited to continue to develop my relationship with the Whitecaps, as a former player and now coach, adds Stewart. “I look forward to the challenge and deepening our clubs relationship with the community.”

Whitecaps FC Academy Centres are a network of regional Whitecaps training hubs linked through key staff, curriculum, and standards that provide professional supplemental training for serious, motivated players.

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