Meet Our Team

Joe Wood – General Manager

Welcome to the Island Training Centre! My name is Joe and I am the new General Manager at the facility. We’ve been working hard during these times to adapt the facilities to ensure the safest environment for all of our patrons. I’m happy to say that we’re open and available – for any questions please reach out to me.

James Merriman – Technical Director & Pacific FC Associate Head Coach

James Merriman holds a CSA – A License and leads the coaching staff at the Island Training Centre as the Technical Director of Pacific FC overseeing the development system as well as the Associate Head Coach for Pacific FC. Merriman coached 6 seasons at the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency, 5 seasons collegiately with both Vancouver Island University CCAA (VIU) and Simon Fraser University NCAA (SFU).

Originally from Cedar, Merriman grew up playing his youth on Vancouver Island. Merriman moved on to play NCAA Division I soccer at the University of Denver, Colorado before going on to play with Colorado Rapids Reserves and Victoria Highlanders FC, as well as Colorado Lightning in the Professional Arena Soccer League.

CCAA National Champions VIU 2010 – Assistant Coach

NCAA II Back to Back Final Four Appearances – Two GNAC Conference Title Winners – Two Western Regional Championships – Simon Fraser University (2012 & 2013) Assistant Coach

ScotiaBank CONCACAF Champions League U13 Tournament – Mexico

Head Coach – VWFC 2015

ScotiaBank CONCACAF Champions League U13 Tournament – Mexico

Head Coach – VWFC 2016

Lenard Johansson Memorial Trophy U14 Tournament – Sweden 

Head Coach – VWFC 2017

Rotterdam Football Cup U15 Tournament – Holland

Head Coach – VWFC 2018

Northwest Division Champions – U.S. Soccer Development Academy

U15  Head Coach – VWFC 2018

Inaugural Canadian Premier League Season – Pacific Football Club

Assistant Coach – 2019 

  • 2007  B.S. Business Administration, University of Denver

  • CSA – A License (Canada Soccer Association)

  • NCCP Level 3 (National Coaching Certification Program)

  • Advanced Coaching Diploma – Trained (Canadian Sport Institute Pacific)

  • 2009/2011 VIU Men’s Soccer- Assistant Coach

  • 2012/2013 SFU Men’s Soccer NCAA II – Assistant Coach 

  • 2013/2018 Vancouver Whitecaps FC U14/U15 – Head Coach

  • 2018/2019 Pacific FC – Assistant Coach 

  • 2019/2020 Pacific FC Associate Head Coach / Technical Director 

University 

  • 2003–2007 University of Denver NCAA I 

Senior career

  • 2007-2008  Colorado Rapids Reserves PDL

  • 2007-2008 Colorado Lightning PASL

  • 2009-2011 Victoria Highlanders FC PDL

Riley O’Neill – Youth Coach & Pacific FC Assistant Coach

Riley O’Neill hails from Campbell River. O’Neill played throughout his youth on the Island winning Provincials, featured in the 2005 FIFA Under-20 World Cup for Canada moving onto NCAA Division 1 side University of Kentucky. The former striker was drafted to the MLS, however moved abroad playing over six years at the professional level in countries such as Germany, Finland before returning to Victoria to play for the Victoria Highlanders. 

O’Neill earned his CSA – B License and has coached with VISL division 1’s Vic West Men’s team before joining Pacific FC as the Assistant Coach this year.

 

  • 2014 PDL final 4

  • 2016/2017/2018 3X BCSPL Provincial Champion – 2003 born

  • 2019 BCSPL Provincial Champions – 2004 born

  • 2016/2019 Victoria United Development Programs 

  • 2020 Victoria United President

  • 2006 BA Kinesiology, University of Kentucky NCAA I

  • NCCP Level 2 (National Coaching Certification Program)

  • Advanced Coaching Diploma – Trained (Canadian Sport Institute Pacific)

  • CSA – B License (Canada Soccer Association)

  • 2013 / 2015 Victoria Highlanders PDL Assistant Coach/Player
  • 2015 / 2020  – Wave High Performance Program – Youth Head Coach

  • 2016 / 2019 Victoria United Head Coach – BCSPL/VIPL development program 

  • 2018 / 2019 – Vic West FC Head Coach (VISL Div. 1)

  • 2020 – Pacific FC Assistant Coach

  • 2020 – Pacific FC Reserve Team Head Coach

University 

  • 2003–2006   University of Kentucky

Senior career

 

  • 2007–2008 SV Wilhelmshaven 3rd Division 

  • 2008-20010 Eintracht Braunschweig 3rd Division 

  • 2010-2011 SV Wilhelmshaven 4th division 

  • 2011-2013 MYPA 1st Division

  • 2013 Europa League qualifications

  • 2013 / 2014 Victoria Highlanders PDL

National Team 

  • U-15 Canadian National Team
  • U-17 Canadian National Team 
  • U-20 Canadian National Team (17 appearances)

Mark Village – Head of Goalkeeping

Mark Village joins the Island Training Centre coaching staff this season as Head of Goalkeeping following a season as one of the goalkeepers for Pacific FC. Born in Abbotsford, Village grew up on the lower mainland plying his trade. Following the 2019 season with Pacific FC, Village decided to hang up the boots and join the staff as the goalkeeper coach for the first team as well as leading the way for the development of goalkeepers on the Island. 

  • 2015 BA History, University of Fraser Valley

 
  • 2019/2020 Pacific FC Head of Goalkeeping

University 

  • 2009–2015  University of Fraser Valley CIS

Senior career

  • 2015 – 2017 Whitecaps FC 2

  • 2018   FC Cincinnati

  • 2019   Pacific FC

Ryan McCurdy – Youth Coach

Ryan Mccurdy joins the Island Training Centre coaching staff as a youth coach. The Belfast, NI native joins the team following a year playing with Pacific FC. The former centre-back began his career with Kingston FC in the CSL. McCurdy moved onto feature for the Kingston Clippers, Victoria Highlanders and for Pacific FC.

McCurdy began coaching with the Kingston FC Academy and with the Kingston Clippers youth sides. Moving to the West Coast, McCurdy began coaching the Wave and Trident programs throughout the past few seasons taking a lead on the recent online Zoom training programs. 

  • 2017   BA Sociology, Vancouver Island University
  • Currently working on certifications
  • 2012-2014 Youth Coach with Kingston FC Academy 

  • 2015-2016 Youth Coach Kingston Clippers

  • 2018-2020 Van Isle Wave / Trident Development Youth Coach

University 

  • 2017–2018 Vancouver Island University (*National Champions and National All-star)

Senior career

  • 2012–2014  Kingston CSL
  • 2015-2016 Kingston Clippers OSL
  • 2017 Victoria Highlanders PDL (*Captain) 
  • 2019 Pacific FC CPL

Giuliano Caseiro – Youth Coach

Giuliano graduated in his hometown Rio De Janeiro, Brazil with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He moved to Canada 3 years ago to continue his studies and has loved his time here so far. After a decade working in IT and Project Management, he decided to change his career path and took up coaching sports. He started playing soccer when he was 6 and since then it has been a huge passion in his life. He loves coaching kids sports and enjoys the new challenges it can bring up on a daily basis.

 

Giuliano joined the staff last Summer for the Pacific FC Summer Camps. Giuliano has been involved with Wave and Trident programs, as well as TOCA Canada.

  • 2018 – 2020 Exercise and Wellness Diploma at Camosun College
  • 2006 – 2012 Electrical Engineering at UVA, RJ – Brazil
  • 2019 – Pacific FC Summer Camps – Victoria. BC
  • 2019 – Wave and Trident programs – Victoria, BC
  •  2019 – Physical Literacy to children from 2 to 10 years old – Victoria, BC
  • 2016 – FC Barcelona Soccer School – Burnaby, BC

1997–2005 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil