Ariel Gitz 

Head Coach Okanagan

  • Academy Centre: Okanagan Academy Centre
  • Birthplace: Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Hometown: Kelowna, BC
  • Citizenship: Brazilian
  • Previous Clubs: Burnaby Girls Soccer Club, FC Barcelona Academy Vancouver, Fusion FC, Brazilian Soccer Schools Canada.
  • Certifications: BC Soccer B-Provincial License, Bachelor of Physical Education (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), Master of Education in Coaching Studies (University of Victoria, BC, Canada)
  • Playing Experience: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil – Futsal
  • Coaching Experience: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul Women’s Futsal assistant coach,  Burnaby Girls Soccer Club (U12 and Academy), FC Barcelona Academy Vancouver (Goalkeepers’ coach U5 to U15), Fusion FC (technical development in partnership with Brazilian Soccer Schools Canada), Brazilian Soccer Schools Canada (technical development – U4 to U15)
  • Key Successes to Date: Playing as captain of my university’s futsal team during my senior year; helping young players to reach the Whitecaps REX program and Canada National U17 team; Working for Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
  • Most Memorable Soccer Moment: Being in the Beira Rio Stadium with my dad, my brother, and 50.000 more to watch my hometown club, Sport Club Internacional, win the Copa Libertadores in 2006.
  • Favourite Player: Ronaldo Nazario, ”The Phenomenon”.
  • What you enjoy doing outside of soccer: I enjoy spending time with my fiancee hiking, camping, watching series/movies. I also enjoy running, going to the gym, boxing, and playing chess.