2015 Summer Universiade: Canada’s soccer coaching staffs announced


OTTAWA (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport announcedThursday the coaching staffs that will lead Canada in soccer at the2015 Summer Universiade in South Korea.
The 28th world university summer games are set for July 3 to 14 inGwangju, which was one of the host cities for the 2002 FIFA WorldCup.

On the women’s side, Peyvand Mossavat from the Universityof Ontario Institute of Technology has been appointed head coach ofthe red and white squad and will be joined on the sidelines byassistant coach Jose-Luis Valdes from McGill University and teamleader Liz Jepsen from the University of Alberta.

Mossavat is in his third season at the helm of UOIT’swomen’s program and previously served as head coach atRyerson and York. Over the years, he has guided numerous Ontarioprovincial teams and has been an assistant coach with thewomen’s National Training Centre.

A remarkable player in his own right, Mossavat is a formermember of the Canadian Olympic program and himself competed at theFISU Games in 1993 in Buffalo. At the professional level, he was afive-time all-star in the Canadian Soccer League.

Jepsen also has previous Universiade experience asCanada’s head coach in 2013 in Russia and as an assistant in2009 in Serbia.

“I am honoured and quite excited to lead the Canadianwomen’s team. Jose and Liz bring a wealth of experience tothis group and collectively we will work hard to represent Canadaand CIS well at this international competition,” saidMossavat, who was named the OUA East coach of the year in 2007 andmerited the same honour in the OUA West in 2012. “Our numberone priority would be to identify the strongest CIS athletes whoare ready to compete at the international level and to prepare themfor Korea next summer.”

In men’s competition, Keith Mason and Don Ferguson, bothfrom the University of Guelph, will act as Team Canada head coachand team leader, respectively. Rounding out the staff will beassistant coaches Steve Hart from the University of Windsor and CamLeverman from MacEwan University.

It will be the third tour of duty at the world university gamesfor Mason, who is in his 15th season leading the Guelph Gryphons.He was general manager of the men’s contingent in 2003, whenthe Summer Universiade were first staged in South Korea (Daegu),and assistant coach in 2011 in China.

Hart will work with his OUA colleague Mason at the FISU Gamesfor the second time in four years. The Windsor mentor was headcoach of the Canadian entry in 2011.

“I’m very excited about the challenge ahead.I’m looking forward to working with the best players and someof the top coaches that CIS has to offer from all acrossCanada,” said Mason, the 2011 CIS coach of the year.“Our goal is to make the top 8 and hopefully improve on theexcellent results from 2013.”

At the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia, the Canadianwomen finished 10th out of 12 teams, while the men placed seventhout of 15 countries.

Canada’s best-ever results at the FISU competition are afourth position by the men in 2007 in Bangkok and a pair offifth-place finishes on the women’s side (1993, 2011).
The all-CIS Canadian rosters for the Gwandju Games will beannounced in the spring of 2015.


Head coach: Peyvand Mossavat (University of Ontario Institute ofTechnology – UOIT)
Assistant coach: Jose-Luis Valdes (McGill University)
Team leader: Liz Jepsen (University of Alberta)

Head coach: Keith Mason (University of Guelph)
Assistant coach: Steve Hart (University of Windsor)
Assistant coach: Cam Leverman (MacEwan University)
Team leader: Don Ferguson (University of Guelph)


2013 (Kazan, Russia): 10th / 12 teams
2011 (Shenzhen, China): 5th / 12
2009 (Belgrade, Serbia): 7th / 16
2007 (Bangkok, Thailand): 10th / 16
2005 (Izmir, Turkey): 5th / 12
2003 (Daegu, South Korea): 10th / 12
2001 (Beijing, China): 11th / 12
1993 (Buffalo, USA): 5th / 6
Women’s soccer made its Universiade debut as a demonstrationsport at the 1993 Buffalo Games, when the tournament was held inHamilton, Ont. The sport returned as an official Universiadediscipline in 2001.

2013 (Kazan, Russia): 7th / 15 teams
2011 (Shenzhen, China): 9th / 16
2009 (Belgrade, Serbia): 12th / 16
2007 (Bangkok, Thailand): 4th / 16
2003 (Daegu, South Korea): 15th / 16
1995 (Fukuoka, Japan): 16th / 16
1993 (Buffalo, USA): 16th / 16
1979 (Mexico City, Mexico): 12th / 24

Canada did not qualify for the Universiade men’s soccertournament in 1985, 1987, 1991, 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2005…Following its debut in 1979, men’s soccer wasn’t partof the Universiade program in 1981, 1983 and 1989.

About the 2015 Summer Universiade

The Universiade is an international multi-sport competition thattakes place every two years. The event, which is second only to theOlympics in number of participating athletes and countries, is opento competitors between the ages of 17 and 28 in the year of thegames who are full-time students at a post-secondary institution(university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from apost-secondary institution in the year preceding the games.
The 2015 Summer Universiade will feature 13 compulsory sports and 8optional sports. Compulsory sports: athletics, basketball, fencing,football (soccer), artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics,swimming, diving, water polo, tennis, volleyball, judo, tabletennis. Optional sports: archery, badminton, baseball, golf,handball, rowing, sport shooting, taekwondo. Official website: www.gwangju2015.com

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body ofuniversity sport in Canada. Every year, over 11,500student-athletes and 700 coaches from 56 universities and fourregional associations vie for 21 national championships in 12different sports. CIS also provides high performance internationalopportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and SummerUniversiades, as well as numerous world university championships.For further information, visit www.cis-sic.ca or follow us on:

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