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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.

Technical Program Director - Grassroots

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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!

Many of these coaches also make up our Technical staff that deliver our Technical development program at our Club Technical sessions/Skill Centres.

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Mark Spiller

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Dylon Powley - Goalkeeper Coach

The Edmonton Drillers Soccer Club is excited to announce the return of Dylon Powley to our club as our dedicated Club Goalkeeper Coach. He will be joining the Technical team starting this outdoor season to ensure the continued development of our goalkeepers. Dylon played youth for the U18 Boys Drillers team, coached by Mark Spillar, and was a key factor on their road to the National Championships in 2013. He is currently a member of FC Edmonton and will be part of their inaugural season in the CPL. We want to welcome Dylon and are looking forward to his homecoming.

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Geetesh Volvaikar - Technical Assistant Development

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Nick MacLeod MScPT, BSc

Physiotherapist, Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic

Nick MacLeod, is a physiotherapist working at the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic who will be providing services to the Edmonton Drillers Soccer club.  With a special interest in ankle and knee injuries he is currently part of the Knee Specialty Team at the clinic. Nick works alongside sport medicine physicians and orthopaedic surgeons in providing interdisciplinary care. He grew up in Edmonton playing soccer with the Drillers Soccer club and very much enjoyed his formative years playing with the Club.  Nick expresses his desire for involvement saying, “I now feel a duty to be involved in another capacity”.

Nick's main focus will be to educate players, coaches and parents about injury prevention with a systemic implementation of the FIFA 11+ warm up program. This program was designed by FMARC (FIFA Medical and Research Centre) in order to reduce the number of injuries in soccer across the world.  He will also act as an injury liason between players, parents and coaches making himself available in order to answer questions and concerns in regards to injury and rehab.

The Edmonton Drillers are proud to welcome one of our own back into our organization and are looking forward to working with him.

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Kyle Jhamandas

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Elspeth Greer

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Ralf Schmidt

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Jordan Courtney

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Lyndell Grey