Staff Bios

Carl Horton – Technical Director 

Carl is originally from Grimsby in England and arrived in Canada in 2005. Carl spent four years in New York City working for NOGA soccer, at the time a leading soccer education company in North America.

From 2005-2008 Carl worked as a Technical Director for London FC in London, Ontario. In this role, Carl provided youth clubs in the London area with technical support and advice that specifically focused on Coach and Player Development.

In 2008, Carl joined Mount Hamilton Youth Soccer Club where he spent six years as their Club Head Coach, building programs that were LTPD compliant. In March of 2014, Carl became the Regional Manager of Player Development at the Ontario Soccer Association. During his role at the Provincial Association, Carl worked with Technical staff and the Board of Directors of District Associations and Clubs throughout Western Ontario. During Carl’s time in Ontario, he also become a Master Learning Facilitator, Coach Evaluator and a Coach Developer for Ontario Soccer. Carl delivered community courses, CSA C license, and CSA National B Part 1 courses across Ontario.

Most Recently, Carl worked at Oakville Soccer Club in the role of the Coach Development and Youth Program Manager. Carl was in charge of creating the Recreational and Development programs curriculum, as well as conducting coach education sessions for all levels of coaches within the Club.

 

Sam Gevaux – Technical Assistant

Sam is from the UK, recently moving to Canada. Sam holds a B.Sc (Hons) in Sport Coaching and M.Sc in Sport Coaching, both attained from Leeds Beckett University. Sam currently holds the UEFA ‘B’ and CSA ‘B’ licenses as well as the FA Youth Award. Sam most recently worked as the head coach of the University of York Women’s soccer program in the UK, In 2017 Sam won coach of the year and helped guide the team to their highest finish in the club’s history. During this time, Sam also worked as an Academy coach at premier league side Hull City’s.

Other recent roles have included the head of coaching and recruitment at All-Star Football Academy & Coach Education Mentor at Leeds Beckett University. In 2018, Sam will be undertaking the CSA ‘A’ Licence.

 

Nik Paradis – U9/U10 Boys Head Coach

Originally from Waterloo, Nik Paradis has been around the game ever since he was a kid. Having played with various local clubs and academies growing up, Nik is now a member of the Men’s Varsity Soccer program at the University of Waterloo.

As a coach, Nik brings experience working with players of all ages. Nik began at WMSC in 2012 as a skills instructor and has remained with the club ever since. Throughout this time, Nik has been continually embracing the challenge of developing as a coach and as a player. Nik has coached at Waterloo Collegiate Institute for two years (2013-2015), where they were back-to-back regional champions. In 2013, Nik was sent on a professional trial with CF Badalona in Barcelona, Spain. Although a player on trial, observing different philosophies of the game and seeing coaching at the highest level proved to be an invaluable learning experience as a coach. This past summer as a skills instructor, Nik developed and executed summer camp programs and helped competitive teams throughout their summer training sessions.

Most recently, Nik successfully completed the training for the CSA C license and has ambitions to continually pursue coach development. Nik is happy to be on board as an AGHC and is eager to see the positive results of the program for both players and coaches!

 

Mark Hall – U11/U12 Boys Head Coach

Mark is currently the Age Group Head Coach for both the U11 and U12 Boys programs. Mark has been coaching boys and girls at Waterloo Minor Soccer for almost 15 years with teams ranging from Soccer Fun to House League and Festival teams all the way up to elite competition at the OYSL level. Mark has been fortunate enough to be part of some great teams for Waterloo and has enjoyed many successes as a coach including:

  • 4-time Ontario Indoor Cup Silver Medalist
  • Ontario Cup Champion
  • OYSL League Champion
  • OYSL Western Division Champion
  • USA Cup Champion
  • 2-time Disney Showcase Tournament Silver Medalist
  • Umbro Showcase Champion
  • Umbro Showcase Silver Medalist
  • USA Cup Silver Medalist

As a youth, Mark played in the Kitchener Minor Soccer system. Mark got into coaching as a way to repay all those who took time out to coach and help him when he was younger. Mark still loves the game and plays whenever he isn’t in his coaching role. Mark has a B.A. in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University 

 

Bronwen Clayfield – Jewett – U9/U10 Girls Head Coach

Born and raised in Waterloo, Bronwen Clayfield-Jewett fell in love with soccer from an early age. She began her playing career in WMSC’s recreational program from U5-U10 and transitioning into the competitive program from U11-U21, where her team finished 3rd in the province.

In 2004, Bronwen continued to explore the other aspects of the game by becoming a referee for the club and began coaching in 2007. Continuing her passion for athletics and sports injury management, Bronwen attended the University of Waterloo where she acquired a Bsc. Kinesiology, minor Psychology. While attending, she played as a goalkeeper for Waterloo’s Varsity Field Hockey team, winning 3 OUA bronze and competing in CIS. Upon graduation, Bronwen completed her licensing and is a Registered Kinesiologist.

Bronwen has worked for 8 years in WMSC’s grassroots program as both a coach and a skills instructor. Bronwen brings her passion for the game and provides a fun environment for players to develop their technical skills. Recently, Bronwen acquired her C-License but has her sights set on continuing to pursue coaching development. Bronwen is excited to be working in the Grassroots program as an AGHC and looks forward to a wonderful season with both players and coaches.

 

Colin Foy – Grassroots Technical Head Coach

Colin Foy is currently the Grassroots Technical Head coach. Colin has a great story with a very experienced background that ranges from being a head coach within Waterloo minor soccer from 2002 to present day. Colin has been fortunate enough to be part of some great teams for Waterloo and has enjoyed many successes as a coach that include:

  • WMSC Grassroots Technical Coach – 2014 to present 
  • WMSC U9/U10 Technical Coach – 2011 to 2013 
  • WMSC 1994 Boys – U9 to U17 – 2002 to 2011 
  • WMSC 2004 Boys – U9 – 2013 
  • Wavertree Juniours  Youth Team Coach – Ages U5 to U8 – 1999 to 2001 
  • Various amateur adult teams – 
    Assistant Coach – 1991 to 1997 
  • WMSC 2003 Girls U14/U15 – 2017 to Present

Colin’s playing background comes from an extensive lineup. Colin first started playing when he was living in the UK with the youth level from U11-U16 in Liverpool, Colin then moved up to the boys club in Merseyside that also included national competition, this was from U14-U18. Colin then moved up the Merseyside Adult amateur leagues from 1984 until 1989. 

Colin enjoyed coming back to Canada for the summers to take part in Ontario’s South Region at a youth level from 1982 to 1984. Colin also competed in KDSL from 1982 to 1989, this also included the Ontario Regional division from 1983 to 1984. 


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