Founder / Owner
Academy Director of Coaching
U18 Boys Prep – Head Coach
U17 – 2005-2007 – Head Coach
Girls U18 Prep Head Coach
British Columbia Scout for SRUSA
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 was sent to train with G.D. Chaves, in Chaves Portugal in 2002. Shawn was given the opportunity to train and sign with Uniao Sao Joao U-20 in Araras, Brazil. The following year Shawn trained with S.C. Corinthians U-20 & Professional B in Sao Paulo, Brazil for 7 months and returned to Portugal to continue his career in Portugal’s regional division under G.D. Valpacos. 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 received his National Coaching Certification (NCCP). Shawn played for TWU’s varsity team, who were 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 the American USSF coaching stream in Seattle & California and received his Term 1 and Term 2 Certification at TOVO Institu te 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.
U8 to U12 Technical Director
U14 – 2008/2009 Head Coach
U17 – 2005 to 2007 Coach
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 1999. 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 sent Endre to the TOVO Institute which has provided him a new perspective. In 2019, Endre begun his pursuit to be a licensed scout and agent through Sports Management Worldwide out of Portland, Oregon. Endre is now certified player agent & player scout which allows him to represent players wanting to pursue the professional pathway.
Diego Iribar has been around the game for over 40 years and been playing for all his life. He is a preferred coach for the ages U8 to U12 where he is very organized, disciplined, and allows the athletes to grow their game and have fun doing it. Diego has taken the TOVO Institute V1 course and TOVO 7 a side course in 2020.
Diego has also completed: Respect in Sport and also holds a Canadian Soccer Association Active Start, Fundamentals and Soccer For Life certificate. Currently, Diego will be the Head Coach of 2010/2011 Team and opening up a Skills Centre in South Surrey for ages U9 to U12.
U11 – 2010/2011 Head Coach
Coach Hai You is originally from China and has spent the last decade pursuing coaching locally here in British Columbia. Coach Hai has dedicated himself to being a student of the game which has allowed him to work with Barcelona Escola in Vancouver, Premier Academy and now been educated under TOVO Institute from Barcelona, Spain.
Coach Hai has his TOVO Institute V1 methology course and worked with BC Soccer for his Soccer For Life Certificate. Coach Hai played Varsity Level at Chongqing University in China.
Assistant Academy Coach
Milad Shahboudaghian has an extensive background in goalkeeper experience, sports education, keeper and fitness training. Growing up Milad played in Tehran, Iran at the highest level and went on to lead Iranian National University as their goalkeeper. There he was a regular and team captain until the age 27. He helped lead the squad to a 2nd place finish in the Asian College Championships in 2007. Following an injury, Milad decided to retire and Coach the National University Team while studying physical education. Milad has also earned certificated in different fields, such as: Sport Massage, Hydrotherapy, and Kinesio Taping. Milad is also trained in corrective exercises and currently works as a fitness trainer in North Vancouver. Milad moved to Vancouver, BC in 2016 and has been working with the Douglas College woman’s team. Milad is the lead Coach and operates our goalie program, which includes all goalies within our full time program. Starting in 2021, Milad will be opening a goalkeeper Academy through Premier which will be for any player outside our full time program that is seeking further technical, goalie movement, and fitness training.
Academy Goalkeeper Coach: U13 to U19
Goalkeeper Video Anaylsis
Academy Strength Trainer
U11 Head Coach
Alejandro graduated from Terry Fox Secondary in Port Coquitlam in 2013. From there, Alejandro played in Stockholm, Sweden for one year and then for Malaga B in Spain. Immediately he transitioned over to Germany where he played for two seasons before finishing his European experience in Romania. Once Alejandro returned home, he started to coach and attended and played for Douglas College. Alejandro has his BC Soccer – Soccer For Life, Fundamentals, Active Start & Learn to Train certificates plus TOVO Institute V1 from Barcelona, Spain which was sponsored by Premier Academy. Alejandro is eager to teach the 14 academy principles of play the Academy applies to each athlete. These 14 principles are broken down into three chapters: Managing Oneself, Managing the ball and Managing Space.
Head Coach of Movement & Conditioning (SAQ)
U18 Girls Assistant Coach
Jessica was born in Tradate, Italy and raised in Vancouver, Canada. From a very young age, athletics came easy for Jessica. She was involved in numerous sports including Track & Field, Volleyball, Basketball, Figure Skating, & Dance. However, her passion was soccer! At the age of 12, Jessica begun to play soccer competitively where she competed in the top youth leagues, including the Provincial Pool. After numerous scholarship offers, Jessica committed to Simon Fraser University (SFU). Jessica got the opportunity to complete in the NCAA for 4 years and received MVP with honourable mention in the Western Conference. Jessica went on to receive a Bachelor of Education with minors in Kinesiology, Early Learning Education, and curriculum development. In 2020, Jessica earned her Masters in Trauma & Resilience from Concordia University in Nebraska, USA.
Jessica is currently an Education Service Teacher for the Surrey School District where she teaches high risk youth. Additionally, Jessica is a Strength & Condition Coach where she puts her skills into work on-field and inside the weight room for youth athletes. She is excited about the opportunity to be part of the Academy journey and looks forward to positively influencing & empowering athletes!