I grew up inVacouver, Washington, playing mostly basketball and soccer in clubs and through high school. My senior year of high school, my team (Mountain View) won its first of four consecutive state soccer championships, which was also the first school team championship in any sport, so that was special and shared with a group of guys who remain very tight today. A few of us also played in the basketball state tournament that year, knocking out #2 ranked Newport before losing to eventual-champion, Garfield.
During my junior year of high school, I was the assistant coach of my brother’s U12 club team. It was another great experience to be on the sidelines with him and that team when they won the state tournament, and it was in this role that I began to love coaching.
I went on to play soccer at WWU, and I worked for the Bellingham Parks and Recreation department, coaching basketball and soccer between studying, playing, and a little socializing. Somehow a teammate and I got talked into coaching a girls U13 premier team early on in their season, and I enjoyed seeing the kids’ development. During the summers, I worked as a camp director for Skyhawks Sports Academy, traveling all over Oregon and Washington to put on sports camps.
Since college, I’ve coached high school varsity basketball and soccer. I took a break when my daughter was born but eventually missed it too much, reaching out to EFC to coach three years ago when she joined the club.
D License. I intend to begin working towards my C License in the next year. My 04 Boys Blue team won the Beaverton Cup last summer in very hot conditions! It was a gritty tournament win. My 06 Boys Grey-Blue combo teams won the Renton 7-a-side tournament in 2017, playing one another for the championship. Grey 06 Boys lost two heartbreakers in State Cup quarterfinal games, the second against a Spokane A team that went on to win it all. Everyone present knew we deserved to win that game!
In three years at EFC, my teams have finished in second place or better in league play. We pride ourselves on being competitive, mentally and physically prepared, supportive teammates, and tactically intelligent.
My daughter, Evie, is also a proud member of the EFC community, playing in the 07 group. If I’m not coaching or at my “real work”, I am most happy when waist deep in a river fly fishing, preferably in Montana or Idaho. I also enjoy cycling, hiking and camping. I read a lot, too, mostly the classics.