Ottawa Fury name M. Nash assistant coach

Nash scored 45 goals and recorded 74 assists in 421 total professional appearances (Martin Meissner/AP)

OTTAWA — Former Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Martin Nash has been named the assistant coach of the North American Soccer League’s Ottawa Fury FC.

Best known for his 10 seasons playing with the Whitecaps, Nash’s professional career spanned more than 16 years in Canada, England and the United States.

Nash scored 45 goals and recorded 74 assists in 421 total appearances. He collected four league championships — two with the Rochester Rhinos in 2000 and 2001, and two with the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2006 and 2008.

"I am honoured to be given the opportunity to join Ottawa Fury FC as they step into the NASL," said Nash. "I am looking forward to working with an experienced coach in Marc Dos Santos and helping him build a team from the ground up."

Nash retired from professional soccer in October 2010 and remained with the Whitecaps as a first team scout and a coach in various capacities within the organization.

He also served as head coach of the B.C. team that captured silver at the Canada Games this summer.

Born in Regina and raised in Victoria, Nash is the brother of Los Angeles Lakers point guard and Whitecaps co-owner Steve Nash.

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