HEAD COACH: Mark Eckerle
RECORD OF PREVIOUS PACWEST SEASON: N/A
Mark Eckerle enters his first season as head coach of the Falcons Women’s Soccer team. Mark comes to the Falcons after coaching at the University of British Columbia, BCSPL, Seattle Sounders, and Loyola University. He also will maintain his position as the assistant coach of the Whitecaps U19 Men’s Team.
Eckerle is a highly skilled and experienced coach with the following qualifications to match: UEFA Elite Youth License, UEFA A, and USSF A coaching licenses. Strong values is the keystone of his coaching philosophy and methodology which he believes will give student-athletes, individually and as a group, the best possible chance to reach their limitless potential on and off the pitch.
Eckerle was born in Chicago, and he became a Canadian citizen a year ago. He currently lives in Vancouver with his wife Heather and their daughter Eleanor.
ASSISTANT COACH: Dr. Andrew Perrotta
Dr. Andrew Perrotta is the Head of Sport Science & Medicine for the Falcons program. Andrew holds a USSF C license and is a former assistant coach for the University of Calgary women's soccer program. He holds multiple certifications as a strength and conditioning coach (NSCA-CSCS) and as an exercise physiologist (CSEP-CEP). Andrew was the Head Physiologist and Performance Scientist for the Canadian National Women's Field Hockey Team and the Physiology Performance Advisor for the Canadian National Badminton Program.
Dr. Perrotta completed his Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine from UBC. He is an Instructor and researcher in the department of Kinesiology at Langara College. His research focuses on exercise physiology and its application within sport science. He currently teaches exercise physiology (KINS 2235) and Health and Exercise Management (KINS 1120).
ASSISTANT COACH: Amelia Crawford
Amelia Crawford is an assistant coach for the Falcons Women’s Soccer program. Amelia is a 2020 graduate of the University of British Columbia where she played for the Thunderbirds Women's Soccer program for 5 years. Amelia has won two National Championships in her university career, and served as captain in her final season. Academically, Amelia has completed her BA in psychology this past May. Prior to UBC, she played BCSPL soccer with Fusion FC, where she also provided coaching support with the Fusion Academy.
This season, Amelia has been selected for the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA)’s Female Apprentice Coach Program (FACP). This program develops female leaders in athletic coaching, and Amelia is one of twenty apprentices that have been chosen across Canada.
GOALKEEPER COACH: Sam Boppart
After playing two years with Simon Fraser University (NCAA div. II) and winning one GNAC championship (2018), Sam Boppart joined the Langara Falcons Women’s program as their goalkeeper coach in January 2021. Accompanied by over seven years of coaching experience with West Vancouver FC, Mountain United FC, Simon Smith Goalkeeper Academy, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. He has contributed to the development and advancement of numerous grassroots players to the Whitecaps Residency program. Sam brings an enthusiastic nature and his expertise will help us raise the level of the program.
As a player, the North Vancouver native played with Mountain United FC (2017 Male Player of the Year) in the BCSPL, alongside the BC Soccer Provincial Team Program before graduating to play at a collegiate level with SFU.
Boppart is currently in his third year at Simon Fraser University completing a Bachelor’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management.