More Canadian coaching content: Martin Nash joins Ottawa Fury By Steven Sandor Posted on October 18, 2013 1 0 691 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Martin Nash It will be hard to say the name “Martin Nash” without “Vancouver Whitecaps” being attached to it. But Nash, who played for the Whitecaps between 2004 and 2010, then went on to coach in the club’s organization, is now a member of the Ottawa Fury. The Fury announced Friday that Nash would be an assistant to coach Marc Dos Santos for the club’s NASL debut in 2014. “Martin is exactly what I am looking for in an assistant coach,” said Dos Santos in a release issued by the Fury. “His leadership shown as a player and his understanding of the game will certainly benefit our players. This hire is another example of our commitment of bringing the best people on board as we continue to build our club.” Nash won two second-division titles in Vancouver and scored 31 goals as a Whitecap. Nash made 38 appearances as a member of the senior national team, and won the Gold Cup with Canada in 2000. Nash also spent time with the Edmonton Drillers of the the indoor National Professional Soccer League in the late ‘90s. Of course, Martin’s basketball-star brother Steve is a part-owner of the Whitecaps. Nash has a National B License and is on the process of getting his A License. If Canada is to improve as a soccer nation, it begins with coaching. No player development plan — no matter how noble — will succeed unless we offer chances for Canadian soccer coaches to grow and advance. FC Edmonton has an all-Canadian coaching staff, and the Fury is following that lead.