VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Whitecaps women's team has hired Hubert Busby Jr. as its new head coach.

The 40-year-old, who was born in Toronto and grew up in Kingston, Ont., was an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Sol in their inaugural season of the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) in 2009.

"It's a great opportunity for me to help produce and develop young female players -- not only for our club, but also for the Canadian national team," Busby said in a release. "Our role will be to identify and nurture young Canadian female talent and provide them with opportunities to fulfil their playing aspirations."

As part of the club's long term player development plan, Busby will also serve as head coach of the Whitecaps U-18 prospects team, as well as oversee the recruitment, scouting and promotion of the women's program.

The Whitecaps announced U-18 girl's coach Jesse Symons would become assistant coach of the women's team.

Busby becomes the sixth coach of the Whitecaps women's team, which plays in the W-League.

The former goalkeeper played professional in Europe and North America, including stints with Crystal Palace and Oxford United, as well as the Montreal Impact, Toronto Lynx and Vancouver Whitecaps FC in USL-1.