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Our Coaches

Coach Jay

Jay Bailey, founder of First and Ten, grew up in Vancouver where he played eight years of football at the Westside Warriors football club.  In his final year, Jay quarterbacked his team to an undefeated season and a Provincial championship.  Jay was recruited by a number of universities and ended up playing for the University of Western Ontario Mustangs, where he had the fortune of playing in two Vanier Cups, including the 1994 final that capped off Western’s undefeated season.  Jay now applies his passion for football to youth, coaching boys and girls in the VMFL and GSL, and leading First and Ten.

Coach James

  James Young, born and raised on Vancouver Island, played community football with the Nanaimo Redmen, winning the Provincial and Western Canadian championships in '95 and '96 respectively, as well as winning Top Defense Back honors both years.  He made the all-too-common mistake of not focusing enough on his studies, and thus had his football career cut short - a mistake he openly discusses with his players to ensure they remember the term is STUDENT athlete.  James is one of Vancouver Warrior's most experienced coaches, winning the VMFL 'Coach of the Year' award in 2014 and is the Warrior's Director of Coaching & Player Development. He is actively working with the various governing bodies, leagues and teams to continue the development and application of Safe Contact techniques to grow and improve our game 

Coach Aaron

  

Aaron Van Pykstra’s homeland was Tsawwassen where he began his football prowess winning multiple Flag Football Championships with the South Delta All Star squad. He alternated positions between Quarterback, Receiver and Running Back throughout his Flag Football career. He then moved on to the big leagues playing for the Fighting Irish at Vancouver College from grade eight though to the grade twelve Varsity team. Aaron was the starting receiver for the fighting Irish through his time playing at Vancouver College. He was privileged to play in three Provincial High School finals including the grade eight final, the grade ten Junior Varsity final and the Triple A Senior High School Provincial Finals. He uses his football experiences to coach youth for the Warriors Football Club in Vancouver

Coach Eric

 Eric Zychlinski, a current Grade 11 student at Vancouver College has been playing football ever since he was little. He began at the age of 6 playing flag football for the Richmond Raiders and moved onto playing tackle with the Westside Warriors organization. Eric played both Defensive Back as well as Quarterback and evolved into a full-time Quarterback moving into high school. Eric has won multiple provincial championships in both flag and tackle football, winning league MVP and Offensive all-star during his final year in the GSL. He is currently the starting quarterback on the Vancouver College Varsity team and is looking forward to his senior season. Eric is very excited to be able to give back to the organization that grew his football career from the ground up.