Pacific FC has announced their new man at the helm.
After parting ways with the club’s first-ever head coach, Michael Silberbauer, the team underwent a rigorous search process and landed on Pa-Modou Kah.
Kah joins PFC from his previous role as the assistant coach of Major League Soccer’s FC Cincinnati, where he had been on staff since 2018, and he is bringing a philosophy that focuses on continued growth.
“I’m not standing here saying ‘yeah we are going to win the fall season,’ no we are going to build and I think we are in that process because this is the second year of the club,” Kah told CHEK News in an interview.”
Along with coaching in the MLS, the 39-year old brings both North American and international playing experience to the table – a desirable combination sought out by Pacific FC CEO Rob Friend.
“We had with Michael that international experience, but what where I think we sort of lacked is understanding the North American culture of our players and this league and the travel and the logistics,” said Friend. “Pa was a name that came up and he was highly recommended from former players. His resume speaks for itself and he checked a lot of boxes we were looking for.”
Kah is a ten-time Norway national team member and has over 400 playing appearances under his belt in some of the top leagues around the world in places like Holland, Sweden and Qatar. Those appearances also include time spent with the Vancouver Whitecaps, where he played alongside a few current Pacific FC players.
“I’ve been very fortunate to play with some of them and we know each other as persons but as well I know their quality as players so know it’s up on myself and my coaching staff to get the best out of them,” said Kah.
It was during his time with the Whitecaps when he became an internet sensation for dancing on a hover board at BC Place.
Pacific FC will mark the Gambian native’s first head coaching job and he’s looking forward to creating enthusiasm for the club across Vancouver Island.
“That’s what we want Pacific to be, it’s not just in Victoria or in Langford, no it’s for everybody on the island and can people come out and support us, that’s going to be needed,” said Kah.
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Joining Kah on his staff will be James Merriman, who assumes the role of Associate Head Coach, Riley O’Neill as an Assistant Coach and Youth Staff Coach, while Neil Sedgwick will take over as the Manager of Youth Development.