PREMIER SOCCER ACADEMY STAFF
- Founder / Owner -
- Operations & Player Manager -
- High Performance Team Coach -
U16 & U15
Having played soccer for over 28 years, Shawn is passionate about the beautiful game! After training extensively under the Corban “Brazilian” Soccer Facility in Vancouver and with G.D. Chaves, in Chaves Portugal. Shawn was given the opportunity to train and sign with Uniao Sao Joao in Araras, Brazil. The following year Shawn train with S.C. Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil for 7 months and returned to Portugal to continue his career in Europe. Unfortunately, Shawn was battling a rare exercise induced condition called chronic compartment syndrome which ended his career short and resulted in surgery.
Shawn attended Trinity Western University where he majored in Sports Science and coaching - NCCP. Here he played for the men’s varsity soccer team that was ranked #1 in Canada. They went on to win the CIS Western League and Western Conference Championship. Despite Shawn’s injury, his passion for soccer has been unfailing, which motivated him to continue his coaching with USSF coaching stream in the United States and is TOVO Certified in their T1 and T2 Course in Barcelona, Spain.
Shawn is an avid supporter of the game & holds a Futsal Diploma from the United States. Futsal is a fast-paced variation of indoor soccer that is widely used in other countries. Futsal is much more technical as the outdoor counterpart, but uses a smaller ball and a smaller playing surface. This encourages and develops quicker ball handling and greater ball precision. These specific skills that are developed while playing Futsal, follow the player onto the outdoor field, which gives them a competitive advantage that is usually only seen in European, or South American countries.
- HIGH PERFORMANCE TEAM U18 COACH -
- ACADEMY COACH -
- HEAD GOALIE COACH -
Duvan Souza grew up in Natal, Brazil where he did his youth development under Pro Club ABC F.C., Brazil. At the age of 16 he got his first chance to play professional at Fluminense in Rio De Janerio, Brazil. From there, Souza has played in seven different countries for over 10 different pro clubs, including 6 professional years at his original club ABC F.C.
Souza brings a very similar professional mentality as Coach Shawn and is always raising the bar in training and games to our older players. If you are a type of player that wants to learn and build a professional mentality, then Duvan Souza is among the best in Western Canada. Souza has his Argentinian Association of Football Coaches (ATFA) which is recognized by FIFA, this covers his C, B, and A licenses and also returns to Brazil once a year for further coaching development.
Endre Szilagyi was born and raised in Romania where he started his career from an early age. At the age of 16, Endre was selected for the U-17 Romanian National Team (1986 & 1987). From here Endre played professional soccer in Romania and Hungary while studying sports science at University until the 1989 Romanian revolution caused him to move to Toronto, Canada which in result effected his playing career. In Toronto, Endre played semi pro and Premier amateur up until 199. In 1998, he was co-owner and manager of the Mississauga Eagles in the former CPSL. After some significant injuries Endre got the chance to move to Vancouver area in 2009 where he dived into community club coaching and spent over five years with West Coast Auto Group in Maple Ridge. Premier Academy has brought on Endre due to his past experiences, current knowledge and drive to transition himself into the best possible coach he can be. In March 2019, Premier and Endre worked together to get Endre into the TOVO course which has provided him a new perspective. Premier is building a coaching staff where everyone is on the exact same page for player development, curriculum and attention to environment details.
- Sports Manager -
Willon is an important addition to the Premier Staff Team. With experience in Brazil in Sports Journalism and as a News Channel Director of one of the biggest sport networks. He graduated from British Columbia Institute of Technology with a Business Management Certification that adds to his business portfolio. Willon helps Premier manage their sponsorship, partnership, planning, player management, marketing, and all video editing. Lastly, Willon focuses on managing the transition from High School to the Collegiate level and provides that personal touch to our athlete clients that come to Premier not for our coaching and curriculum but for the guidance and player management.
- Strength & Movement Specialist -
Michael Panarella is a strength coach and movement specialist with ten years of experience. He specializes in injury-risk management, post-rehabilitative care and performance training. He has experience with a number of sports teams at both the amateur and professional level, including screening and testing players of the Vancouver Canucks and BC Lions organizations. Michael also works with the Justice Institute of British Columbia, using a similar skill set to oversee the development of assessment and training protocols for officers to help reduce the number of job related injuries. Most recently, he has welcomed a position as an instructor for Functional Movement Systems, traveling and teaching on these topics. Michael is truly excited for the opportunity to combine his love of soccer and training and be a part of Premier Soccer Academy.