2019-2020

Staff

Mark 

Kovats

Boys' Director of Coaching

I was born and raised in Seattle where I spent my early years, moved to the Eastside in middle school/high school.  Graduated from Lake Washington HS (Go Kangs!!) and attended Seattle Pacific University where I played soccer for 4 years.  As a youth player, I won 2 state championships my last 2 years with club, won 1 regional championship and competed in the final 4 of youth soccer in 1987 in St. Louis. While I was at Seattle Pacific, lost in the D2 National Championship in 1990 in PK’s.  I worked as a coach and counsellor at Northwest Soccer Camp (Camp Casey) through HS and college and found a love of teaching kids and being around soccer full time.     

 

I was fortunate to have coached at several local high schools, boys and girls programs, in the 90’s and 00’s and gained valuable experience during that time.  I coached at a couple of other clubs during this time but landed at Eastside FC as I wanted to coach for a great club close to home (Issaquah). 

I received my USSF B license in December 2017.  In my 18 years with Eastside FC, I’ve had the privilege to coach many great players and fantastic teams.  While at EFC, I have had the chance to coach in multiple state championship games, winning a few trophies along the way.  I am currently the Coaching Director of the boys program at Eastside FC and love to help our coaches become better at what they do.  My greatest joy is seeing my players develop and work together to accomplish things that they could not achieve alone.  During my 15 years as a local high school coach, my teams played in 5 state championship games, winning 3 titles.

 

 

I’ve been married 20 years to my fantastic wife Cari, we have 3 kids (Cameron, Cody and Cate) and all play for Eastside FC.  Our dog, Roxy, holds down the fort when we are all out and about.   I love and support all the Seattle sports teams.  Go Sounders! 

 

My 2 favorite quotes from Johan Cruyff:

 

  • Football is a game of mistakes. Whoever makes the fewest mistakes wins.

 

  • You need both QUALITY and RESULTS.RESULTS without QUALITY is boring; QUALITY without RESULTS is meaningless.

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