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King appointed head coach of Kwantlen Eagles soccer squad

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Julie King is the new head coach of the women’s soccer program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU).

King is the current technical director of the Fraser Valley Football Club in Langley, and has a degree in Coaching Science from John Moores University in her hometown of Liverpool in England.

She takes over a KPU Eagles team which went 3-4-7 (won-tied-lost) last season, falling eight points shy of fourth place in the PACWEST (Pacific Western Athletic Conference) standings.

The Eagles have enjoyed success in previous seasons, having qualified for the PACWEST provincial championships in four of five seasons with a top four finish in the eight-team league. KPU won provincial championships in 2009 and 2010, and added a bronze medal at the 2009 Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) national tournament.

King will assume her duties at KPU immediately, and will build a team that will play its 12th season as a member of the PACWEST conference within the CCAA.

“I am very happy Julie has accepted our offer to guide the Eagles,” said David Kent, the director of Athletics and Recreation at KPU. “Julie will be an asset to our department and I look forward to working with her.”

With 15 years experience coaching female student-atheltes in high performance programs at universities, clubs and provincial levels in her native England and in British Columbia, King earned her Provincial B license in December, 2012.

She will work with assistant coaches Joan McEachern, Brittany McNeill and Amelia Ng at KPU during the 2014 season, which will begin in September.

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