Founder / Owner
Director of Coaching
U21 & U15 Head Coach
BC Scout for SRUSA
Having played soccer for over 28 years, Shawn is passionate about the beautiful game! After training extensively under the Corban “Brazilian” Soccer Facility in Vancouver and was sent to train with G.D. Chaves, in Chaves Portugal in 2002. Shawn was given the opportunity to train and sign with Uniao Sao Joao U-20 in Araras, Brazil. The following year Shawn trained with S.C. Corinthians U-20 & Professional B in Sao Paulo, Brazil for 7 months and returned to Portugal to continue his career in Portugal’s regional division under G.D. Valpacos. Unfortunately, Shawn was battling a rare exercise induced condition called chronic compartment syndrome which ended his career short and resulted in surgery.
Shawn attended Trinity Western University where he majored in Sports Science and received his National Coaching Certification (NCCP). Shawn played for TWU’s varsity team, who were ranked #1 in Canada. They went on to win the CIS Western League and Western Conference Championship. Despite Shawn’s injury, his passion for soccer has been unfailing, which motivated him to continue his coaching with the American USSF coaching stream in Seattle & California and received his Term 1 and Term 2 Certification at TOVO Institute in Barcelona, Spain.
Shawn is an avid supporter of the game & holds a Futsal Diploma from the United States. Futsal is a fast-paced variation of indoor soccer that is widely used in other countries. Futsal is much more technical as the outdoor counterpart, but uses a smaller ball and a smaller playing surface. This encourages and develops quicker ball handling and greater ball precision. These specific skills that are developed while playing Futsal, follow the player onto the outdoor field, which gives them a competitive advantage that is usually only seen in European, or South American countries.
U8 to U12 Technical Director
U14 (2007/2008) Head Coach
Endre Szilagyi was born and raised in Romania where he started his career from an early age. At the age of 16, Endre was selected for the U-17 Romanian National Team (1986 & 1987). From here Endre played professional soccer in Romania and Hungary while studying sports science at University until the 1989 Romanian revolution caused him to move to Toronto, Canada which in result effected his playing career. In Toronto, Endre played semi pro and Premier amateur up until 1999. In 1998, he was co-owner and manager of the Mississauga Eagles in the former CPSL. After some significant injuries Endre got the chance to move to Vancouver area in 2009 where he dived into community club coaching and spent over five years with West Coast Auto Group in Maple Ridge.
Premier Academy has brought on Endre due to his past experiences, current knowledge and drive to transition himself into the best possible coach he can be. In March 2019, Premier sent Endre to the TOVO Institute which has provided him a new perspective. In 2019, Endre begun his pursuit to be a licensed scout and agent through Sports Management Worldwide out of Portland, Oregon. Endre is now certified player agent & player scout which allows him to represent players wanting to pursue the professional pathway.
Matt Manfredi has been coaching since 2005. From there Coach Matt has been involved at all ages and levels until the present. Coach Matt believes in being fair, consciences, and empathetic. His goal is to always gain the respect and trust of his players and team in order for them to enjoy the season and have fun playing. Matt coaches mainly for his passion for the sport of soccer. He enjoys the process of helping youth athletes develop their determination, discipline, dedication, resiliency, work ethic, heart, leadership skills, to connect with teammates and to have respect for others in competition which leads to have respect to others in life. Matt has taken the TOVO V1 Methodology course in 2020 and continues to pursue the TOVO Training methodology that Premier mandates. Coach Matt is planning to take his Canadian Youth License in 2021.
U12 (2009/2010) Head Coach
Diego Iribar has been around the game for over 40 years and been playing for all his life. He is a preferred coach for the ages U8 to U12 where he is very organized, disciplined, and allows the athletes to grow their game and have fun doing it. Diego has taken the TOVO Institute V1 course and TOVO 7 a side course in 2020.
Diego has also completed: Respect in Sport and also holds a Canadian Soccer Association Active Start, Fundamentals and Soccer For Life certificate. Currently, Diego will be the Head Coach of 2011/2010 Team and opening up a Skills Centre in South Surrey for ages U9 to U12.
U11 (2010/2011 Head Coach
Coach Hai You is originally from China and has spent the last decade pursuing coaching locally here in British Columbia. Coach Hai has dedicated himself to being a student of the game which has allowed him to work with Barcelona Escola in Vancouver, Premier Academy and now been educated under TOVO Institute from Barcelona, Spain.
Coach Hai has his TOVO Institute V1 methology course and worked with BC Soccer for his Soccer For Life Certificate. Coach Hai played Varsity Level at Chongqing University in China.
U9 (2012) Head Coach
Milad Shahboudaghian has an extensive background in goalkeeper experience, sports education, keeper and fitness training. Growing up Milad played in Tehran, Iran at the highest level and went on to lead Iranian National University as their goalkeeper. There he was a regular and team captain until the age 27. He helped lead the squad to a 2nd place finish in the Asian College Championships in 2007. Following an injury, Milad decided to retire and Coach the National University Team while studying physical education. Milad has also earned certificated in different fields, such as: Sport Massage, Hydrotherapy, and Kinesio Taping. Milad is also trained in corrective exercises and currently works as a fitness trainer in North Vancouver. Milad moved to Vancouver, BC in 2016 and has been working with the Douglas College woman’s team. Milad is the lead Coach and operates our goalie program, which includes all goalies within our full time program. Starting in 2021, Milad will be opening a goalkeeper Academy through Premier which will be for any player outside our full time program that is seeking further technical, goalie movement, and fitness training.
Academy Goalkeeper Coach