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Brian Hughes, former player and national coach, passed away

Posted on 16 October 2018 in Around the Soccer World

Brian Hughes, a one-time Western Canada Soccer League winner and a coach with Canada Soccer's youth and national "A" teams, has passed away. The former Welsh youth international had made his home in Victoria, British Columbia since 1970.

Hughes served as an assistant coach for Canada in FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers in 1981 in Honduras under head coach Barrie Clarke and then again in 1985 in Victoria with head coach Tony Waiters. He also served as an assistant to Waiters and Bob Bearpark for Olympics Qualifiers in 1983 and 1984. Hughes served in several roles coaching with Canada's teams from 1979 to 1990, including head coach for the first U-16 team at the 1985 Concacaf Men's Under-16 Championship and FIFA U-16 World Tournament Canada 1987 as well as an assistant coach to Canada's U-19 teams at the 1982 and 1990 Concacaf Men's Youth Championship.

As a player, he helped his hometown club Swansea Town reach the 1964 FA Cup semi final. He later moved to North America where he helped the Atlanta Chiefs win the 1968 North American Soccer League Championship. In the Western Canada Soccer League, he helped Victoria Royals finish first in the Coastal Division in 1970 and 1971. He then helped the Victoria Regals finish second in the upstart BC Premier Soccer League in 1972.

Alongside his coaching career with Canada Soccer's national teams, he served as head coach of the University of Victoria, winning a national title in 1975 and then Coach of the Year honours in 1978. He also coached in the Canadian Soccer League for the Victoria Vistas.

Hughes was born in Swansea, Wales on 22 November 1937. He passed away in Victoria on 7 October 2018. 

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