Meet our coaching team Dillon Torindo - Club Head Coach Growing up in a soccer family and playing on the streets of Highfields in Harare was the beginning of Dillon's soccer playing journey. His inspiration was his father who played for Caps United FC as well as the Zimbabwean national team. At the junior level, Dillon played for Young Buffalos and Simunye FC of Swaziland. He captained the 2004 and 2005 Churchill Boys High School teams that dominated the regional league in Harare as well as national tournaments. He joined Dynamos FC of Zimbabwe and became a key player for their teams at U15, U17, U19 and Senior B Team. Dillon signed his first professional contract with Dynamos FC in 2006 but had to join his family in Canada before he could make his mark with the first team. In 2008 he joined FMS Academy in Montreal. He was invited for tryouts with the Portland Timbers of USA in 2011. In 2013 Dillon signed with FC Edmonton but suffered a career-ending knee injury during a preseason game.As a leader at YK Galaxy, Dillon brings passion and 20 years of playing experience under the direction of great coaches. He holds the Canada Soccer National Level 'C' License and is on track to obtaining the Canada Soccer National Youth License. Coach Heather - U7 Coed & U13 Girls Heather played soccer from U5 to U18, with the last 5 years being competitive. Growing up she ate, slept and breathed soccer. Soccer has always been such a significant part of her life and always a top priority. Heather coaches because of her love of the sport. During the past 7 years she has spent numerous hours coaching kids, some of them playing soccer for the first time. Coaching gives her a routine and a deep bond with a group of wonderful young girls and boys, an extended family that keeps growing. Coach Damien - U11 Boys Damien has been playing soccer for 25 years. He played in college and also in the Men's Club Nationals for the Northwest Territories. He is a certified personal trainer, athletic coach, and "Run, Jump, Throw" instructor. He enjoys coaching youth soccer to help promote teamwork, positive attitudes, and physical activity in general. He has been coaching youth soccer for 6 years in Yellowknife, following his son through the age groups. Damien uses a coaching philosophy that mixes self-discipline and fun, to help foster a balance that is needed throughout life. Coach Knox - U11 & U13 Boys Knox has been involved in soccer for most of his life. Growing up, he recognized he would not become a star player, but even that did not diminish his love for the sport. He would assume any responsibilities that allowed him to be part of the team. That is how he became a lifelong student of the game who stays abreast with the ever evolving coaching and training methods utilized for player development across the globe. Knox has been part of the YK Galaxy Club since its inception and currently coaches the U11 Boys team. Knox believes that every player has the capacity to improve their technical and tactical abilities. His role as a coach is to create a safe learning environment that matches players’ developmental needs. Coach Mustafa - U11 Boys Mustafa is very passionate about soccer. He grew up in Kutahya, Turkey, where he played soccer by age 5, was refereeing at 15, and played semi-professional with the district club Domanic Spor in his twenties. Since moving to Yellowknife, he has been an active member of the local soccer community, assuming various roles including playing, coaching, and refereeing. Mustafa is a certified soccer and futsal referee as well as a Soccer Canada Level ‘C’ licenced coach. He has been coach since 2010, including being head coach with the Aurora Minor Soccer League, and assistant coach & team manager of YK Galaxy Men’s Team at the 2019 Toyota National Championship. The highlight of his refereeing career was to officiate at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games. Coach Stafanos - U11 Boys Stefanos is an assistant coach with the U11 Boys team. He grew up playing makeshift soccer balls, barefooted and on jagged gravel fields. He believes that soccer is an art where one’s feet are a mare tool to express what is in the mind. He gets satisfaction from watching kids express their art, and mastering basic and yet indispensable skills such as ball control, dribbling, passing, and scoring. Above all, he strives to make sure each training session is filled with fun and players get technically stronger and better. Coach Brooks - U13 Boys Brooks loved and played soccer since he was young, and continued to pursue that passion throughout his years at university in the United States. He hopes his passion for soccer and personal growth can help players at YK Galaxy also sustain their love for the game. Besides supporting players as they work on their skills and understanding of soccer to excel on the pitch, Brooks also aim to assist in the development of individuals who are productive members in their communities. Coach Gareth - U13 Boys Coach Gareth started playing at the age of 12 when he entered high school in Jamaica. He played every day after school and within two years was selected as a defender for his high school soccer team. Soccer has been part of his life ever since. He started coaching when his son began playing soccer. He enjoys teaching kids the game the way he was taught as it is very fulfilling to pass on the knowledge and be part of the kids’ development in soccer. Coach Katie - U13 Girls Katie joined galaxy in the summer of 2020, as a new coach. She started soccer at age 4 and played competitively from age 9 to 18. She played sweeper on a regionally ranked team in the Ottawa area. Katie never had any female coaches growing up so she’s very excited to coach girls with the YK Galaxy. Katie loves the energy and humour that kids bring to sports. Coach Euan - U15 Boys Euan fell in love with soccer since he was a young boy watching "Tommy Smyth with a Y" on Soccer Saturday with his grandpa. He has played soccer since age 8. Euan started coaching in 2019 and has learned a lot from his team. His focus is to continue developing his squad to be a better team and to instill the love for the game that he has enjoyed for almost 40 years. Besides coaching, Euan started refereeing 12 years ago and is a Regionally Certified CSA Official. Coach Graeme - U15 Boys Graeme is a Soccer Canada level ‘C’ licenced coach with many years of experience as a player, coach, and avid fan of the game. If he’s not coaching, playing, or watching soccer, you will find him reading about it from some of the world’s greatest managers and players.Graeme’s entire coaching is built around player development and Soccer IQ. Every player should be provided the opportunity to reach their potential. Within that approach, Graeme’s training sessions emphasize in-game learning with time given to working on and perfecting technical skills. Graeme’s teams are easily identified by their dedication to ball possession, team defence, and strong cohesion where every player contributes to the team’s success. Coach Wonder - U17 Boys Wonder has played soccer extensively. He grew up in Zimbabwe, where completion to make the teams was fierce. Even in those formative years, he impressed with his understanding and reading of the game. He played in the 3rd division for Kaiser Wolves FC, followed by Shoeshine FC, in the 1st division at age 14, becoming the youngest player in the region to ever play for an under U19 team. He was scouted by premier league giants Highlanders and had trials with them before moving to Canada. In Canada he played for FM Sports Academy. Wonder loves to coach young players in the spirit of giving back to the soccer community that helped shape him to be the person he became. Coach Phil - Goalkeeper Coach Phil grew up in Ottawa where he started playing soccer at the age of 5, and began playing as a goalkeeper not long after. He played for the Ottawa Fury soccer academy in his teens before pursuing other interests. After moving to Yellowknife in the summer of 2019, Phil became part of the YK Galaxy club. He looks forward to continue working with goalkeepers and help them learn more about the position and improve their shot-stopping abilities.