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Technical Team

The Technical team is comprised of Technical Assistants, Coaches and the Technical Director, who oversees and organizes the program. The Technical Assistants and coaches, are in more regular contact with the teams.

The primary goal of the Technical team is to provide support and further the development of players. Through engagement with teams at training and games Technical personnel are able to gain familiarity with the players and the team dynamic, allowing them to tailor training sessions to the specific needs of the individual players and/or teams. This ongoing exposure, affords the players increased comfort with the Technical personnel.

While the coaching staffs of the individual teams are responsible for their specific team development and success, the Technical team is in place to ensure consistency in player development throughout the club to make for more competitive teams, as well as, a more seamless progression from one age group to another.

While the LTPD model is a guiding factor in the way our teams organize training, the Technical team is responsible for supporting the implementation of various training methods that involve technical, tactical, fitness and mental aspects of the game.

Technical Director


Ernie Cavaliere

Ernie has many years of experience as a technical leader in the city of Edmonton and a proven ability to lead, teach, coach and achieve success.

Ernie's involvement in coaching spans over 23 years including 19 years as a Head Coach of several elite level soccer teams. Most recently, he was the Head Coach of the MacEwan Griffins Varsity Women's program for 13 years, where he won over 8 championship medals, 2 titles, and was named the Alberta College Athletics Conference Coach of the Year. He was also the Head Coach of the U-20 Women's Canada and Western Canada Summer Games Teams, the U-19, U-18, and U-15 Alberta Selects Teams, and the Southwest United Women's Major League Team.

Committed to the development and practice of coaching knowledge, Ernie possesses a B-License National Coaching Certification and holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta. In addition to his on-field coaching expertise, Ernie has been a mentor to developing coaches for many years. He is also a teacher at Archbishop MacDonald High School.

Ernie's technical vision for the club includes hands on training, education, and game analysis. He will lead technical assistants in many aspects of the delivery of the program to ensure a comprehensive and robust training, technical, and tactical program is provided. The objective is to raise the level of competitive success in the club.

Grassroots Coordinator

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Alex Dickson

Alex leads the Drillers Grassroots program, which is developed around Canada Soccer’s, Long Term Player Development model. Alex holds a Provincial B-License coaching certification, while also achieving a Master of Arts in Coaching and Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Alberta.

Alex has extensive experience as a coach in Edmonton and Calgary, over the last 16 years. He has been involved as an assistant coach in National Championship winning teams with the University of Alberta Golden Bears, spent 6 years as a Principal Coach with the Green and Gold Soccer Academy, as well as coaching with Alberta Select All-Star Teams. 

He is especially passionate about two areas, Grassroots and Coaching Development. He strives to provide an environment that provides young players with the opportunity to learn through engaging activities and games, which are created for players to have “fun”. In addition he is a Coaching Course Instructor for Alberta Soccer, using these principles to engage and mentor parents who wish to assist with Drillers program. 

Technical Assistants (Extended technical staff)

Our team of "TAs", coordinated by TD Ernie Cavaliere, are each assigned to various teams within the club (from U11 to U17 both girls and boys) and work with the players and coaching staff throughout the season! All of these coaches bring loads of experience in both coaching and playing at University/College, AMSL and elite club soccer levels!

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Brian Austen

Brian has several years of coaching club soccer under his belt, and most recently coached the 1999 Drillers boys. Brian also has a vast playing resume, including many years with both Scottish Men AMSL (Alberta Major Soccer League) and currently with the Scottish Major League Masters squad!

Player Background:

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology- Nait Captain
2 time All Alberta selection 
CCAA All Canadian College Player of the year 
Edmonton Scottish -
3 Provincial Men's Champions
1 National Championship Silver Medal
6 Provincial Men's Indoor Champions
World Masters Games Gold Medal 2005 - Edmonton United

Coaching Background:

Coaching in the Edmonton area for over 18 years
Alberta Soccer Association Staff Coach
Alberta pre B provincial license 
University of Alberta Education degree
Head Coach of:  Harry Ainlay Senior Men's Soccer Team, Scottish United U18 boys, Edmonton Drillers U16 & U18 boys, Drillers Men's Div 1 and Edmonton Arsenal

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Dan Steiner 

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Kelly Amyotte

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Kyle Jhamandas

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Mark Spiller

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Matt Mitchell

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Ralf Schmidt