The Sherwood Park District Soccer Association is thrilled to announce that Shaun Lowther will join the SPDSA as Technical Director effective September 1, 2020. Shaun’s extensive experience, both on and off the field, will support the SPDSA technical programming.
Shaun brings a wide breadth of experience as a player, coach and leader. Shaun played for a variety of teams, including the Manchester United youth team and for 5 years as a professional player for the Vancouver Whitecaps. He also played for the Canadian national team in World Cup and Olympic action. After hanging up his boots, Shaun moved into coaching and became Technical Director for various clubs and organizations before joining the Alberta Soccer Association as Technical Director for 7 years, followed by Executive Director for the past 2.5years.
Shaun has spent his career building relationships and sharing his passion for the game. Both Shaun, and SPDSA, anticipate his enthusiasm for soccer will be contagious, and that he will continue to build on the relationships he has built throughout his career. Shaun is looking forward to working with players, but also to continue the coach development program offered through SPDSA. As a Canadian A Licenced Coach, and a Learning Facilitator for the Excellence & Community Stream Coaching Courses, Shaun brings an incredible amount of knowledge and experience to share with our coaches.
Through his roles as both Technical Director, and then Executive Director of Alberta Soccer, Shaun thoroughly understands the requirements and training path for the National Youth Club Licence. SPDSA received a National Youth Club Licence in 2019 and believes Shaun is an incredible addition to a very talented technical team which will elevate soccer in Sherwood Park even further. The addition of Shaun to the SPDSA staff serves as an important component of SPDSA’s cradle to grave soccer.
Debbie Ballam, SPDSA General Manager is honoured Shaun chose to make his next soccer home in Sherwood Park. “Shaun has done it all; player, coach, Technical Director and Executive Director of Alberta Soccer. We have talented staff in our technical team, and I know they will grow under Shaun’s leadership and direction.”
Dave Friesen, President of SPDSA, echoes this sentiment. “I have watched Shaun in various roles for many years now and have always been impressed with how he can take players and coaches to the next level. We are incredibly blessed to have him join our soccer community.”
We are also excited to share that Daniel Drummond will now focus on the competitive Phoenix program assuming the Phoenix Director role. Daniel has been an integral part of the SPDSA for the past eight years and is excited to be working with Shaun as we continue to grow the SPDSA into one of Alberta’s top destinations for players and coaches.
Shaun Lowther Biography
Shaun moved to Canada at age 16 signing with the Edmonton Scottish Soccer Club playing in the AMSL and playing for Alberta Provincial teams. In 1979 Shaun was signed by Manchester United and played for their youth team for one season. In 1980, he signed Professional Terms with the Vancouver Whitecaps of the North American Soccer League, playing five seasons with them.
In September 1980 Shaun, along with three Vancouver Whitecaps teammates signed for University College Dublin A.F.C.on loan for two seasons during the NASL off-season for development purposes. Shaun helped UCD win the Leinster Senior Cup and qualify for European Competition. He made his debut for the Canadian World Cup Team in 1983 and played 14 times helping them qualify for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. He also represented Canada in Olympic Qualifying during this time period and helped Canada qualify for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
In 1984, he moved to Blyth Spartans and then Peterborough United in the English League. In 1987, he signed with the Vancouver 86ers of the newly established Canadian Soccer League being named their first captain. The team was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame for their unbeaten streak of over 50 games during the 1987 and 1988 seasons. In 1989, he moved to the Winnipeg Fury before ending his career with the Hamilton Steelers. Shaun is also a member of the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame as a member of the 1986 World Cup Team which was inducted as the Team of Distinction in 2009.
Upon his retirement from the Professional game Shaun moved into coaching and then became a Technical Director with the Central Okanagan Youth Soccer Association in 1996 and held several Technical Director posts within Alberta and British Columbia before being named Technical Director of Alberta Soccer in 2011. More recently Shaun became Executive Director for Alberta Soccer in 2017.
Shaun currently holds a Canadian Soccer A Licence Coaching Certificate and is trained as a Learning Facilitator for both the Excellence & Community Stream Coaching Courses.