PREMIER SOCCER ACADEMY STAFF
- Founder / Owner -
- Operations & Player Manager -
- High Performance Team Coach -
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.
- ACADEMY COACH -
- HIGH PERFORMANCE TEAM COACH -
- GOALIE COACH -
Duvan Souza is our newest addition to our coaching team. Being the third Brazilian coach Premiere has brought onto the team, it reveals that we are striving to build an environment were players will learn the technical for what it truly resembles over seas. A creative thinking process that is translated down to the player's feet has always been our coaching philosophy. With Souza coming onboard in 2017 will bring ample professionalism, intensity, and passion for the game due to his lengthy professional experience. He is currently studying with the Argentinian Association of Football Coaches (ATFA) for his International FIFA Coaching license and will be completed in September 2018.
ABC F.C. - RN, Brazil
Fluminense - RJ, Brazil
Duque De Caixas - RJ, Brazil
Porto Alegra - RS, Brazil
Corinthians de Caico - RN, Brazil
Atletico Catarinense - SC, Brazil
FC Remscheid - Köln, Germany
Club Deportivo El Dragon
- 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.
- Athletic Therapy Specialist -
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Here is a link to a form letter you can send to your insurance company should they not cover Athletic Therapy:
CAIP link for athletes that do not have coverage through their parents. Here is a link:
Darren McConaghy, Bkin, CAT (C), CSCS, FMS 2, SFMA
Darren is both a practising Athletic Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach with a desire to see the worlds of therapy and performance training collide. He is passionate about bridging the gap between rehabilitation and performance. Darren combines his clinical skills, strength and conditioning knowledge, and years of experience to build robust and resilient athletes.
Originally from Toronto, Darren honed his skill set while working for the Montreal Canadiens’ AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, as their first full time Strength and Conditioning Coach from 2006 to 2012. During almost seven full seasons, Darren helped build an athletic development program for the Montreal Canadiens’ prospects, many of whom have now gone on to have successful NHL careers. During Darren’s time with the Bulldogs the team advanced to the Western Conference Finals twice and won a Calder Cup in 2007. In 2013, Darren was named Director of Performance Conditioning at Fortius Sport and Health, a multi-million dollar high performance facility in Burnaby, BC. In this capacity, Darren led a Strength and Conditioning staff and trained high performance athletes, including various Olympians, the National Women’s Soccer team, and several NHL players. Currently, Darren is Owner and Director of Propulsion Performance Systems. Propulsion Performance Systems has provided high performance consultative services to various national sport organizations, as well as professional and amateur athletes across Canada and the United States.
Darren earned an Honours Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology and Health Science and a Certificate in Athletic Therapy from York University. Upon graduation, Darren was certified by the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) as an Athletic Therapist, and by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Post graduation, Darren has furthered his knowledge through various therapy and strength and conditioning seminars. Currently, Darren is supplementing his manual therapy skills by studying Osteopathy at the Canadian School of Osteopathy Manual Practice.