Inter Miami CF announced today that it has hired Craig Dalrymple as Academy Director. Dalrymple brings more than 30 years of experience at the youth and professional coaching levels, having held a number of technical and coaching roles in his career, including 10+ years with the Vancouver Whitecaps in Major League Soccer (MLS).
“Craig comes to Inter Miami with a proven track record of success, and we are pleased to welcome him to our Club,” said Chris Henderson, Inter Miami CF’s Chief Soccer Officer and Sporting Director. “Craig will be instrumental in helping us take our youth development platform to the next level, working directly with our coaching staff, elite players and local members of the youth soccer community to ensure we have a holistic approach for development and recruitment moving forward.”
“What attracted me the most about Inter Miami is the project and the people, and I am honored that the Club felt I was the right individual to be a part of this team and lead the Academy,” added Dalrymple. “Inter Miami has an exciting vision and a committed ownership and leadership group. A top priority for me will be building strong connections in the community, identifying and developing talent, as well as implementing a development philosophy that will continually produce Homegrown Players for the First Team.”
Dalrymple most recently comes from Ridge Meadows Soccer Club, a community-based soccer club in Canada, where he served as Sporting Director.
Prior to this, the UEFA Pro License holder for coaching joined Vancouver in April 2010, first assuming the role of Assistant Technical Director of the club’s academy before taking over as Technical Director. He was an instrumental part of the team’s academy, taking charge of several youth teams, having served as head coach of the U-15, U-16, U-18 and U-23 teams.
In Jan. 2019, Dalrymple assumed the role of Player Development & Academy Recruitment Director for the Whitecaps. During his tenure with the Whitecaps, the club developed and signed 23 Homegrown Players to MLS contracts.
Prior to joining Vancouver, the England native spent a year coaching youth players at Portsmouth FC, after spending over 10 years with Surrey United SC, where he served as Technical Director.
Dalrymple also played at the professional level, notably featuring for Vancouver – previously the 86ers – for four seasons before finishing his playing career with Surrey United.
He began his playing career in the Ipswich Town FC academy in England from 1986 to 1992 before playing at the collegiate level in Canada. He holds the highest coaching licenses from Canada, USA, England and France.