Builder - Bill Thomson

Date of Birth: April 3rd, 1943 Glasgow, ScotlandBill Thomson

Active as a player (e.g. captain 1960 Scotland U18 vs England) and in coaching development programs at the national level from 1967. Appointed first full time Technical Director of the CSA in 1974 and responsible to a large extent for the improvement in coaching in Canada during his tenure to 1985 and for the design and implementation of the coaching certification program for soccer. A former Physical Education teacher who holds the full coaching awards of the Scottish and English Football Associations. He was manager of the national team at the Pan American Games in Mexico in 1975, the Olympic Games in 1976 and coached Canada at the 1982 World Student Games in Mexico. Instrumental in the development of professional soccer in Canada, 1987 he became coach of the Ottawa Pioneers of the Canadian Soccer League, being named coach of the year. In 1993 he was appointed a FIFA soccer instructor. In this capacity he has conducted programs in Japan and the Caribbean, the latter for the Commonwealth Sport Development Program. Since 1985, as a consultant for the Coaching Association of Canada he helped develop the Level 4/5 High Performance National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) for all National Sport Federations. In 1986 he was the inaugural Chairman of Canada's first National Coaching Institute (NCI) which he now operates as Director at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.