By michelle-lee Toronto-born and Kingston, Ontario-raised Hubert Busby Jr. was named Coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC women’s team in December 2009. The team was undefeated during the 2010 season but saw their hopes for a 3rd title dashed by a 3-1 loss to the Buffalo Flash in the W-League championship Final at Harry Welch Stadium in Santa Clarita, California July 31st. The Whitecaps were without several players due to injury (Jodi-Ann Robinson, Kara Lang, Melissa Trancredi)
Although disappointed by the loss Busby was pleased with the effort and performance of his team and says he looks forward to next season. At the Awards banquet held the night before the championship final, the United Soccer Leagues named Busby as the 2010 W-League Coach of the Year.
Upon accepting the award Busby said, “This is a great honour. It has been a privilege to work with so many talented players, coaches, and staff this season. I am also very thankful for the opportunity and support I have received from the entire club.”
Busby, a former goalkeeper enjoyed a playing career that took him to Europe and across North America. His playing days included stints with, Crystal Palace and Oxford United in England, Toronto Lynx, Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps. He also spent some time with the Jamaican national team. His previous successes include the 2009 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) regular season title as assistant coach of Los Angeles Sol. Busby also holds a B.A. in Sociology from Queen’s University and a USSF (United States Soccer Federation) “A” coaching license and an NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) “A” Diploma.