Langara Falcons name new head coach to women's soccer program
Feb 24, 2020
Vancouver, BC – The Langara Falcons are excited to announce the hiring of Mark Eckerle as new head coach of the women’s soccer program.
“We are very fortunate to be able to add Mark as a member of our coaching staff,” said Jake McCallum, Director, Athletics and Intramurals. “He is an extremely passionate and progressive coach who brings with him a deep knowledge of the game that will serve our program well.”
Eckerle, who spent the last decade honing his craft in Ghana, the United States, and Canada, worked most recently with Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the BC Soccer Association as a coach educator. “I am thrilled to be joining Langara College as the new women’s soccer head coach. The Falcons have a rich soccer history with several provincial and national successes,” said Eckerle. “I am excited to work with the student-athletes so they reach their limitless potential both on and off the pitch.”
Prior to joining the Falcons, Eckerle held coaching positions with Seattle Sounders FC, the University of British Columbia (UBC), and Loyola University Chicago. He was also a student-athlete, competing in NCAA Division I soccer and track and field while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Loyola.
“Our hiring process brought us a deep pool of candidates and Mark stood out not only because of his impressive coaching background but in the vision and direction he wants for the program,” said McCallum. “Our women’s soccer program has a rich tradition and we feel Mark is the right choice to lead it into the future and return the program to its winning ways.”
The team will begin training in the coming months in preparation for the 2020 PACWEST season in the fall.
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Thanksgiving Weekend Split
Oct 11, 2017
The Langara women's soccer team were able to get a split in their doubleheader with Douglas College over the weekend. On Saturday the Falcons's fell behind early, finding themselves down by three goals after 20 minutes. The compete level remained high for the rest of the match, with the Falcons generating chances and holding the bulk of pocession in the second half, but they were unable to beat Douglas' goalkeeper and ended up failing 4-0. On Sunday the Falcons' came out looking for some redemption and were able to take it to the Royals. In the fortieth minute #14 Nicole Bell was able to get the Falcons only goal of the weekend. THe teams continued to exchange chances but neither had very high quality scoring changes. The Falcons were able to get the 1-0 victory. The Falcons are now headed over to VIU on Saturday to try to get their first win against the Mariners after drawing in their two previous matches this season.
Falcons Welcome Three New Additions
March 15, 2017
Kayla comes to Langara from Sir Winston Churchill Secondary. Kayla is a holding midfielder who has most recently been playing for the TSS Academy in the Metro Women's Soccer League. Her speed and physicality are two of the many positive attributes she possesses. Kayla is a very composed player who also makes inteligent decisions on the field and because of this makes players around her better. Kayla will be an immediate asset to our program.
Ritti comes to Langara from Ecole Panorama Ridge Secondary and is currently playing outside back for Total Soccer Systems Academy in the MWSL. She has quick feet, is deceptive, and is very confident on the ball. Ritti anticipates the play very well defensively which enables her to become a threat immediately offensively and will be able to impact our team's transition both ways. Ritti's work rate and skill level will be invaluable to our program, she brings a positive attitude and will lead by example.
It's our pleasure to welcome our third player from Total Soccer Sytems Academy. Zoe comes to us from Burnsview Secondary and plays the game with a passion that all her teamates and opponents will notice. Her incredible work ethic is only matched by the enjoyment she has playing soocer. Zoe is a fantanstic student of the game and will bring an energy level that any program would be lucky to have. She is eager to make a big impact immediately both offensively and defensively. Langara is fortunate to welcome Zoe to our school and program.
Former Falcon Rachael Pelat Returns to Guide Women's Soccer Team
Jan 27, 2017
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.