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.
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.
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.