Claire Paterson is currently on extended leave. An interim head coach for the 2016/17 season.
2015-16 was the eighth season for head coach Claire Paterson. To start the year, in late August, Claire implemented a friendly with Heat alumni from her years as coach. The match on Saturday, August 29 was well attended and will likely become a highlight of the season for years to come.
The conference season for Paterson's Heat started strong with a win, a loss, and a pair of draws during a crazy extended road trip. The team finished 7th in the Pacific Division with a 2-8-4 record.
2014-15 was Claire's seventh at UBC, in her first year in Canada West her young squad finished with a 1-7-4 conference record, finishing strong by closing the season out with a win and a tie.
In Claire's sixth season as head coach of the women’s soccer program in 2013-14 at UBC Okanagan and final year in the PACWEST with the team as the Heat will join Canada West for 2014-15. She has coached her team to a 40-18-19 regular season record during those six seasons as head coach, including an undefeated regular season in 2010. In back-to-back PACWEST Championships in 2011 and 2012 she led the team to the Final and brought home a silver medal each time. Claire's squad has also won four straight provincial medals to bolster an already impressive list of accomplishments.
The 2010 season marked her third season at the helm of the Heat and she lead the team to an undefeated regular season record 10 wins – 2 ties in which the team captured the program's first CCAA national ranking (2nd) and BCCAA Provincial medal (Bronze). For the second year in a row Claire was recognized as BCCAA Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year and she was announced the 2010 Canadian Colleges Athletic Association Women’s Soccer National Coach of the Year.
Born in Scotland and raised in Prince George, she has a bachelor’s degree in both physical education and education, and has her master’s degree in coaching from the University of Alberta. Claire also is a certified CSA National B License, SFA Club Coach Certificate, NCCP Level 4/5 certificate and holds a Charter Professional Coach designation from the Coaches Association of Canada.
Her coaching includes five years as head coach of the women’s team at The King’s University College in Alberta, three years as a National Training Centre-Prairies coach and six years as the Alberta Soccer Association’s Provincial Team coach.
After moving back to BC in 2007 she remained involved in youth player development working with the Okanagan Super Y league program and in 2008 she travelled with the U13 BCSA Provincial Team to Germany as the assistant coach. Currently she works for the Whitecaps FC as an instructor at their Vernon High school Soccer Academy & Jr. Academy as well as for NOYSA as the Technical Director. Claire also coaches the Okanagan FC Women's Premiere PCSL
Her career highlights:
- 2011 Participated in CSA “A” License Part 1
- 2010 CCAA Women’s Soccer coach of the Year
- 2010 BCCAA Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year
- 2009 BCCAA Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year
- 2008 Masters Degree in Coaching, University of Alberta
- 2008 BCSA U13 Girls Assistant Coach – Germany Tour
- 2006 CSA National All-Stars U16 Head Coach – Team Alberta Bronze Medalist
- 2006 CCAA Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year
- 2006 ACAC Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year
- 2005 Canada Summer Games Assistant Coach – Team Alberta Silver Medalist
- 2004 CSA Women’s Coaching Initiative – Selected Coach
- 2003 Western Canada Games Assistant Coach – Team Alberta Gold Medalist
- 2003 CSA National B Licence
- 2002 SFA Club Coach Certification
- 2002 CSA/FIFA Women’s Coaching Symposium – Selected Coach