Jan 27, 2017
Vancouver, BC –The Langara Falcons are excited to welcome back alumna Rachael Pelat as head coach of the women’s soccer team. Pelat was a league all-star multiple times when she played for Langara for three seasons, 2004-2007. She was the Canadian College Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Year in 2006, leading Langara to their second consecutive national championship.
“Langara has had a strong women’s soccer program for as long as I can remember, and I plan on and am excited to maintain that reputation,” said Pelat. “The experiences, successes, and challenges I faced as a student-athlete at Langara truly helped shape who I am today. As a head coach, I am able to relate to what the players go through, and equipped to lead and guide them to success on the field.”
Pelat’s first order of business this off-season is getting the team together more frequently, planning identification camps for incoming players, and recruitment for the 2017-18 season. The Falcons finished 6-4-2 last season, losing to the Capilano Blues in the PACWEST Provincial Soccer Championship bronze medal game.
“I am excited to get out there and find additional talent to add to the group. It’s important to me that the student-athletes that come through the program have similar successes, opportunities, and experiences that I did when I was here,” she said.
“I am very excited to have Rachael on board to take over our women’s soccer program,” said Jake McCallum, Director, Athletics & Intramurals. “Not only does she have the expertise and passion to be a great coach at this level, she has links to and an understanding of the history and tradition that makes Falcons soccer special.”
In her three seasons with the Falcons, Pelat earned numerous individual awards and lead Langara to the CCAA championship in 2006 and 2007. In 2006-07, she was named a British Columbia Colleges' Athletic Association (BCCAA) 1st team all-star, BCCAA Female Athlete of the Year, named to the National Championship All-Tournament Team and the CCAA Player of the Year. Sport BC recognized her as the College Athlete of the Year in 2006.
Rachael has spent time coaching over the past decade with Surrey United SC, Coquitlam Metro Ford SC, and most recently at Douglas College where she has assisted with the women's soccer program since 2011.
Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 21,000 students annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, Langara’s expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of all ages, backgrounds, and life stages to choose their own educational path. Langara is also known as house of teachings, a name given to it by the Musqueam people on whose unceded traditional territory the College is located.
Director, Athletics & Intramurals