Soccer (m) Coaches

Mariner coaches are all fully certified by the National Coaching Certification Program. They are leaders in our community and have been frequently recognized by the PACWEST and the CCAA for their excellence. The Mariner coaching staff is committed to the student athletes and their development as athletes and scholars. The depth of talent in our coaching staff is reflected in the 11th consecutive "Overall Championship" banners awarded to VIU (2006-2017) for the top overall athletic program in British Columbia.

Contact coach: Bill.merriman@viu.ca

Bill MERRIMAN

9th year Bill MERRIMAN photo

TD for the Mid Isle Youth Soccer Club, development clinics, coach/ player selections.
TD for VIPL Storm in charge of player development, coach/player selections.
Head Coach of Mid Isle Highlanders Youth Academy.
Development Coach for Port Alberni Youth Soccer Club
Coach Mid Isle Highlanders U21 Men’s Team.

2017 CCAA National Champions
2017 PACWEST League Champions
2014 CCAA National Silver Medalist
2014 PACWEST Provincial Silver Medalist
2014 PACWEST Coach of the year
2013 PACWEST Provincial Bronze Medal
2012 CCAA National Silver Medalist
2012 PACWEST Provincial Silver Medalist
2011 CCAA National Coach of the year
2011 PACWEST Provincial Coach of the year
2011 PACWEST Provincial Champions
2011 CCAA National Bronze Medalists
2010 BCCAA Provincial Champion, CCAA National Champion
2009 BCCAA Provincial Silver Medal
Overall record (21-3-5)
Coaching Experience:
2010 Team of the Year, Story of the Year, and Coach of the year @ Nanaimo Pacific Sport Achievement Awards.
BCCAA Coach of the year
Community Sport Hero Award Sport BC
NDYSA Coach of the Year
BCSA Runner up coach of the year
30 years of coaching experience ranging from Mid-Isle Youth, Head Coach District Development Centre, and Ladies Premier League teams, Men’s Div one VISL teams to Metro & Selects All-star, BC Summer Games, Inter-Provincial League and European touring teams.
Playing Experience:
Grew up playing here on the Island with Select teams, Provincial Teams and selected to the U20 National Team Camp as a youth player. Played a 10 year VISL first Division career and was known for his goal scoring ability and passion for the game.

Christian GRANVIONET

9th year Christian GRANVIONET photo

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2017 CCAA National Champions
2017 PACWEST League Champions
2014 CCAA National Silver Medalist
2014 PACWEST Provincial Silver Medalist
2013 PACWEST Provincial Bronze Medalist
2012 CCAA National Silver Medalist
2012 PACWEST Provincial Silver Medalist
2011 PACWEST Provincial Champions
2011 CCAA National Bronze Medalists
2010 CCAA National Champions
2010 BCCAA Provincial Champion
2009 BCCAA Provincial Silver Medal
Overall record (21-3-5)
Coaching Experience:
Christian has been working with Bill for the last 12 years together they have built numerous competitive youth teams, and have dedicated hrs to Nanaimo Soccer Development. Christian Coached here at the metro level, Nanaimo District Development Centre and with the Nanaimo United Men’s Div 1 team.
He also trained VIU’s All Canadian and National tournament MVP Robbie Cochrane in goal the last two seasons.
Coached in France with professional Clubs in Div 2 and semi-professional Div 4
Playing Experience:
Christian grew up playing his youth in France and then graduated to the professional ranks where he had a fourteen year career. He has experienced soccer at the highest level and started in Switzerland before moving back to play in France for the remainder of his career with various clubs. The knowledge of the game that Christian has is a great asset to the Coaching staff here at VIU.
Currently Holds: NCCP Level III