Technical Staff

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Matthew Shepherd
Technical Director

Waterloo United is very pleased to announce that Matthew Shepherd has been selected to become the Club’s Technical Director. Matt comes to Waterloo as a highly qualified coach, bringing a wide range of experience in professional, provincial, university and club football. Most recently, he was the U20 Coach and Video Analyst for Cavalry FC in the Canadian Premier League, a role that included coaching the next generation of talented Alberta youth players graduating into USL 2, U-Sport, NCAA and CPL opportunities. Matt has also worked as a sessional coach with the Canadian women’s national team, been head coach of the Melbourne Victory and University of Calgary women’s teams as well as worked as a scout and analyst for Australian and Canadian national teams. Matt’s qualifications include Asian Football Confederation ‘A’ License and Pro-Diploma; Canadian ‘A’ License; FFA Football Conditioning License; KNVB / FFA Advanced Youth Diploma; Masters of Coaching (University of Queensland); and Bachelor of Sports Coaching, (honours) majoring in coaching and sports psychology.

When asked about the role and what he hopes to achieve in the position, Matt emphasized the importance of continuing to evolve the culture of the club; on working with parents and coaches to achieve better outcomes for players. “I’m very much excited and looking forward to working with my new colleagues, coaches, the board and with parents to help lead the Club toward having the best possible environment for developing happy, motivated players. I’ll look to continue to build on the work that has been done and assist in bringing my own experience and perspective to the great initiatives already being delivered by the club on a daily basis. I want to see exciting, skillful football being played and help coaches create environments where players become leaders in their own development and are willing to ‘work their socks off’ to achieve what they want in the game”. Paul Burns, Waterloo United Executive Director is also excited about Matt’s arrival saying “We are looking forward to someone of Matt’s experience and knowledge to be joining the Club. We believe that Matt will be a great addition to our Technical Staff and will lead this group of talented staff members to further develop the players and coaches.”

Sam Gevaux
Director of Player & Coach Development

Sam is from the UK, holding previous roles with Hull City’s Academy as an Academy Head Coach, the University of York as Head Coach of Women’s program. Sam currently holds UEFA B Licence Senior, UEFA B Licence Youth, Canadian A Licence Part 1. As well as this he obtained an MSc in Sport Coaching graduating with the dean’s prize as well as a BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching, both from Leeds Beckett University in Leeds, UK. Sam has been with Waterloo United for two years, since the inception of OPDL and looks forward to continuing to grow the development pathways for all players within the club.

Gearoid Kent
Grassroots Manager

Growing up in Ireland, Gearoid had a strong passion for the game of soccer. He loves to see players he coached to develop and become better players. His aim is to help players become technically and tactically more astute. Gearoid aims to educate young players to use their intellect to become smarter players and better all-round individuals on and off the field.

Gearoid started coaching in Ireland and spent a number of years working in the States working for clubs in Chicago, Pittsburgh and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Gearoid looks forward to this next step in my career. His aim is to help Waterloo United continue to grow and he hopes that he can play a part in that.

Keyshia Martin
Competitive Administrator

Keyshia recently graduated from the Recreation and Leisure Services program at Conestoga College. She plays soccer at the recreational level and ringette at the provincial level. Keyshia is also a member of the Guelph Ringette Association’s Coach and Player Development Committee as well as the Lead Goalie Instructor in Guelph. She is currently completing her NCCP Ringette Competition Introduction coaching certification. Keyshia looks forward to using her ringette experience in a soccer environment and gaining new skills at WMSC.

Marko Grubisic
Match Official Manager

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