Ash Mohtadi has devoted many years coaching youth soccer. In recent years, he’s stepped up to the collegiate level, while continuing to develop players locally.

Coach recognized for contribution to youth soccer

Ash Mohtadi of the Comox Valley has received a BC Soccer Award of Merit for his long-time dedication to youth soccer.

The Awards of Merit recognize individual contributions to soccer during a period of 10 or more years as a player, manager, coach, official, or administrator at the club, league or district level. Mohtadi spent seven years coaching with the Comox Valley United Soccer Club, and five years with the Upper Island Riptide, with which he continues as a technical team member. He is also in his second year as an assistant coach with the Vancouver Island University (VIU) women’s soccer program in Nanaimo.

He received a plaque at an awards ceremony hosted by BC Soccer.

“I was surprised, thrilled and humbled to be part of a fantastic group of men and women honored for their dedication to the development of soccer in B.C. and throughout Canada,” said Mohtadi, a talented player and goalkeeper. “What’s more, I couldn’t be happier to be part of all the great youth development that was happening when I got to the Comox Valley just over a decade ago, and continues today. I am just one of many doing their best to support youth soccer development.”

Riptide soccer players compete in the Vancouver Island Premiere League. The program’s director of soccer operations, Shel Brodsgaard, says Mohtadi is an integral part of the Riptide technical team, and an invaluable asset to the game.

“Ash has a passion for the game which he is willing to share and promote with all players and coaches,” Brodsgaard said. “Several of the players Ash coached with the Riptide have gone on to play post-secondary soccer with great success, and many of our coaches have benefitted from his expertise through the years. It is an honour and a privilege to have Ash involved with our program and we are very grateful for the time he contributes.”

Four Riptide graduates are on the VIU Mariners squad that won the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PacWest) championship. The girls have a crack at a national title this weekend at the Coquitlam campus of Douglas College.

“As assistant coach to the VIU women’s team on our way to the CCAA National Championships, it’s a thrill to see some of the girls I coached as a U8 player now playing and having fun at the university level,” Mohtadi said.

“This is what it’s all about.”



reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Spring In The Garden: Natural disarray adds to the charm of the English cottage garden

Ellen Presley Special to The Record The cottage garden has had an… Continue reading

VIDEO: Community generosity helps Courtenay Elementary school replace stolen bikes

Community compassion, coupled with school connections, helped Courtenay Elementary restock its inventory… Continue reading

Comox Valley gives back

Comox Valley businesses, organizations and individuals helping improve the lives of others

Comox Valley playgrounds, outdoor fitness stations now open

School District 71 and Comox Valley local governments have reopened outdoor playgrounds… Continue reading

City of Courtenay outlines changes to property tax payment options due to COVID-19

Courtenay property tax notices were mailed on May 27-28, and will be… Continue reading

B.C. records four new COVID-19 cases, Abbotsford hospital outbreak cleared

Four senior home outbreaks also declared over, eight still active

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Friendly Cove and Kyuquot will remain closed until further notice

Transition of other B.C. communities will be monitored before a decision to ease restrictions

Gold River organizes a shop local initiative to creatively boost economy

Local purchases can earn shoppers $200 gift certificates to be spent on businesses within Gold River

Young killer whale untangles itself from trap line off Nanaimo shore

DFO marine mammal rescue unit arrived as whale broke free from prawn trap line

Proposed seniors residence awaits nod from Courtenay council

Courtenay council is allowing a bit more time for public feedback before… Continue reading

RCMP, coroner investigate murder-suicide on Salt Spring Island

Two dead, police say there is no risk to the public

About 30% of B.C. students return to schools as in-class teaching restarts amid pandemic

Education minister noted that in-class instruction remains optional

Most Read