TD Series: Paul Bahia


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Jun 23, 2015
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TD Series: Paul Bahia

Paul, thank you so much for taking the time to allow us to conduct this interview – to start, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am 32 years old, born in raised in the Lower mainland. I am married with an 18 month boy, and have another baby due in October! I have my BA from UBC, and have a vast amount of experience in the work force, as well in the volunteering world. My main interests are spending time with family and friends, sports, and travelling.

Soccer is LIFE - full-time for me:
  • TD at SFC
  • Co-Head Coach at Douglas College (Mens)
  • Owner and Director of B.E.S.T. (Bahia Expert Soccer Training) Year long academy (shameless plug Bahia Expert Soccer Training) :)
  • Coach in the BCSPL at Coastal FC
  • Academy Coach at South Delta Senior Secondary Soccer Academy
  • Player/Coach/Manager for the Pegasus Premier team in the VMSL
Can you expand a bit on your playing and coaching background?

As a player, I grew up playing locally, playing my metro years at Surrey United, where we were very successful Winning numerous league, coastal, and provincial titles. Played for the provincial program, National Training Center, Whitecaps/86ers programs, as well as academies such as Roman Tulis and Dale Mitchell.

After youth I played at UBC for 5 Years, winning two national championships. Trained with the Caps reserves, and started coaching around that time as well.

I Currently play/coach in the VMSL with Pegasus.

On the coaching side, I was a metro coach for Surrey Selects (Surrey FC/Whalley FC program) and became a staff coach for SFC.

I was able to progress into being TD after a short time as a Staff coach. I also became the TD of the Super Y league Club, Surrey WFC, and had success as a coach with two age groups, taking a U13 and a U20 team to the USL Y league Championships in Florida.

I was a big part of SFC’s joint proposal to join the BCSPL, but unfortunately we were unsuccessful in our attempt to acquire a BCSPL franchise.

I have since, coached in the BCSPL since the inception, as well have pushed over 60 to 70 players into the Premier league from SFC, or my academy.

Many of these players have represented our province, some have represented our country, and a vast amount have acquired scholarships to post secondary institutions.

Many of the players continued...

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Mike Meade

Aug 24, 2015
Now this was a great article. If I were selecting clubs / coaches based solely on what I'm reading in this series, I'd put my kid through Paul's programs.