Director of Philanthropy
Alan started his university years with an engineering scholarship at SFU, but quickly realized that just because you are good at something, doesn’t mean you are passionate about it. With some counsel from his parents to transfer to TWU’s HKIN program because of his love for sports and working with people, he stepped on the TWU campus in the fall of 1985 and instantly fell in love with the people and the campus community. After attending his first class in his Foundations of Coaching course, attending his first Spartan training session, and devouring a book called “Friday Night Lights”, a dream was born to one day coach a university soccer team.
Alan graduated from TWU after playing three years for the Spartans and then went to UVIC so he could play at what was considered the top program in the country at that time while studying at the National Coaching Institute and getting his MEd in Coaching Studies. He then played professionally for Calgary, London and Indiana while also getting experience as a Coach with the BC Provincial Team and the CSA’s National Youth Team. Alan has coached soccer at various youth clubs, universities, and soccer academies, including 17 years as the Head Coach of the TWU Spartans Men’s soccer team, creating a strong foundation for the program. Wherever Alan has gone, he has been a passionate builder, promotor, fundraiser, and motivator, impacting many lives along the way.
“I have so many amazing memories from my time at TWU and with Spartan Athletics and am so excited to once again be an official part of helping Spartan Athletics in the building of the greater Spartan community; in the pursuit of developing Complete Champions who will make significant contributions to making our communities even better places to be; and in helping inspire people to pursue extraordinary lives where they dream big, overcome adversity and learn to win together while becoming more of who they were meant to be.”
Alan is married to Tricia, who is a teacher and VP in the Mission School District, and they have two kids. Matthew who is finishing up his last semester at UFV in Computer Information Systems, and Kaitlyn who is in her third year at UVIC where she is studying Writing and Theatre and has started up her own theatre company.