2019-2020

Staff

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Randall 

Birkwood

I was born in New Zealand to English parents and was raised in California, England, and New Zealand.  Living in different cultures opened my eyes to the world, and ultimately the world’s game!  From a young age I went to games with my father and learned to love the intricacies, the excitement, and strategies that make our sport so fascinating.  I played for many years and started my coaching journey when I initially coached my sons’ teams.  I fell in love with coaching and have advanced my knowledge over the years so I can help players become better individually, as teammates, and as young people.   My philosophy is to develop players to be excellent from a technical and tactical standpoint and to integrate their abilities into a competitive team environment.  I am a strong believer in positive reinforcement, guided discovery, and sharing my passion for soccer, which ultimately rubs off on my players.  My goal for each player is he/she is technically sound, can make decisions quickly in pressure situations, play for the team, and have a positive self-belief.  I am someone who loves to teach, and ultimately understands my role in shaping each player to be a champion on the field and in life!  

 

Coaching Licenses:

USSF National B License

NSCAA Diploma- Technical Development of the Competitive Player

NSCAA Diploma- Attacking Transition and Counter Attack

 

2014 to present

  • Head Coach Eastside Girls 2009 Red, 2010 Red, 2011 Red

  • Head Coach Eastside Boys 2003 White, 20007 White, 2006 Grey

  • 2018 Washington State Presidents Cup Champions

  • 2017 Washington State Presidents Cup Champions

  • Quarter-finalists US Soccer Region 4 Regionals

  • Champions- Blackhawk Invitational, Snohomish Invitational, Pac NW Winter Classic, Baker Blast, Eastside Cup, Starfire Labor Day Cup, Skagit Firecracker

  • Eastside FC Summer College Player Program

  • Eastside FC Junior Program

  • Head Coach Issaquah High School JV Boys

  • Newport FC Fall Junior Program

 

2009 to 2014 Assistant Coach Boys 97 Red

  • 2014 RCL Division 1 Champions

  • 2013 Far West Regional League Champions

  • 2012 US Club Regionals Champions

 

2013 to 2014 Assistant Coach Girls 97 Red and 99 White

  • 2013 US Club Regionals Champions

 

2006 to 2010 Head Coach ISC Arsenal Boys 94A

  • 2010 Washington State Challenge Cup Champions

  • Champions- Dos/Starfire Cup, Skagit Firecracker, Sammamish Cup, Snohomish Big Foot, Marysville Strawberry Classic

 

 

 

I am married to Shelly; have two sons, Darren and Duncan; two dogs, Hannah and George; and a cat they love to chase, Tigger!

 

My hobbies are (you guessed it) soccer and travel.  Favorite teams are Sounders, Crystal Palace (an unsuccessful team in the English Premier League), and the Colorado Buffalos football team!

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