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Pilots hire soccer and futsal coaches
The Providence Athletics Department has announced the hiring of two coaches for the 2016-17 soccer and futsal seasons.
Both Joey Passi, who will oversee the men’s program, and Tory Walker, who will be in charge of the women’s teams, represented the Pilots as players and bring experience, passion, and proven ability into their new roles.
Growing up playing futsal, street soccer, and club soccer in Chile, Passi debuted at Providence in 2006 and over three seasons won numerous awards, including the 2007 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) Most Valuable Player accolade and National Christian College Athletic Conference (NCCAA) All-Region designations for 2006, 2007, and 2008.
In 2009 he transferred to Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C., where he met his wife, Kristin, completed a Business Administration degree, and continued to play soccer.
Currently the Director of the Trinity-based Athletes in Action Cornerstone initiative, which serves and impacts communities through sports, Passi will run a similar ministry while coaching the Pilots men.
“At Trinity Western we have a Cornerstone ministry where the soccer athletes are leading an inner-city kids’ soccer program,” he says. “At Providence our goal is to start a similar ministry to what we’ve been able to do with students and alumni at Trinity.”
Passi has his Provincial-B coaching license and is certified in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Attacking and Defending Principles classifications. He also holds youth coaching certificates for the U5-U10 categories and has coached for five years at the U12, U14, U15, and U16 levels for the Langley United Youth Soccer Association.
“As you can see, Joey brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to our program,” says Scott Masterson, Director of Athletics at Providence. “He also brings a great heart for ministry and using soccer to impact the communities in our region and across the world. We couldn’t be more excited for him to join our team.”
Walker, too, was a decorated Providence athlete, being named MCAC MVP in 2006 and NCCAA All-American Defender in 2009 while helping the men’s team to four successive MCAC championships. He was also named team captain for his senior year.
After graduating from Providence with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in 2009, Walker earned a certificate in Sports Management and also taught English as a second language in Brazil with his wife, Emily. He also worked as Assistant Coach of the Pilots women’s soccer team during the 2010-11 season.
Walker says he is looking forward to the challenge of coaching.
“I am sure that God will stretch me and grow me through this new adventure, and I’m excited for the opportunity,” he says.
Remembering Walker’s “passion” and “competitiveness” as a player, Masterson says he looks forward to seeing the same attributes brought to the fore in a coaching context.
“Tory also has a great heart for those around him and I know he will have a great impact on the players he coaches. He is a great fit for this program and I’m excited for him to join us.”
(Joey Passi, top; Tory Walker, bottom.)
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