CAPERS Soccer Coaches Named National Award Winners

Both the Men’s and Women’s CAPERS Soccer coaches have been named Coach of the Year by U SPORTS. U Sports is the national governing body of university sport in Canada, comprising the majority of degree-granting universities in the country.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Dean Morley, Cape Breton University

This marks the first time Dean Morley has been awarded U SPORTS Coach of the Year and the first time in school history a Cape Breton bench boss has received this award.

The Capers finished the regular season with an 11-0-1 record and finished first in the AUS standings. The Capers scored 32 goals for and allowed six, the most in the conference, and reached the No.1 ranking in the U SPORTS Top 10 to conclude the season for the first time in school history.  

Morley has been the Capers’ head coach since 2014, following seven years as assistant coach with the program. Prior to his coaching career, Morley played for the Capers from 2004 to 2006. A native of Nottingham, England, Morley has been on the Capers coaching staff for all four of their AUS championships and both U SPORTS medals (silver and bronze) at the national tournament.

“Dean Morley has established himself as one of the best men’s soccer coaches in the country in just four years at the helm of our CBU program,” said Cape Breton University athletic director, John Ryan. “His leadership, vision, hard work, and relentless pursuit of success has allowed him to develop complete champions in his student-athletes. Coach Morley develops outstanding young men, instilling the values of hard work, respectfulness, modesty, and community spirit.  We are pleased that he has earned this well-deserved recognition by his peers.”

Coach of the Year: Ness Timmons, Cape Breton University

Ness Timmons
It’s the third time Ness Timmons has been awarded U SPORTS Coach of the Year after previously capturing the honour in 2000 and 2012.

Under Timmons, Cape Breton finished the regular season with an 11-0-1 record and finished first in the AUS standings. The team scored 50 goals while allowing just four, to lead the nation in both categories.

In his 22 seasons at the helm, Timmons has led the Capers to 10 U SPORTS Championship appearances, capturing the school’s only U SPORTS gold medal in 2007. CBU offers annual athletic and leadership scholarships in the memory of his son, Connor, a former varsity student-athlete.


“Ness Timmons is one of the most gifted coaches I have ever met and his track record speaks for itself. What he has accomplished in his 22 years leading the CBU program is exceptional,” said Cape Breton University athletic director John Ryan. “He has built, from inception, one of the most decorated women’s soccer programs in the country. Not only is Ness one of the best coaches in his sport but I believe one of the best coaches we have in U SPORTS in any sport.  We are so thrilled to have Ness leading our CBU Program and are pleased that his colleagues have recognized him with this honour which is so well deserved.”