I was born and raised in Omak WA. I played multiple sports growing up. I captained my local soccer team from ages 7-17. I wrestled in college, first at the University of Nebraska and later at Pacific University. I was lucky enough to have a soccer coach who grew up in England and played at a high level in the US, and a wrestling coach who was involved with the US Olympic Team. While at Nebraska wrestling in Division 1, I was solely focused on that sport. Later, while at Pacific which is an NAIA level school, I’d train with the soccer team until wrestling season started.
I started coaching at a young age, assisting on younger teams from the age of 12. I also became a referee at age 12 and got a reputation for giving out cards, once ejecting a coach from a game when I was only 12 or 13. I am a competitive person, but have a strong interest in sports psychology and decision making so I tend to care about training the thought process and decisions players make. I am also a firm believer in the EFC mantra of Building Champions in Life. So while I have high expectations of each player to do and be their best, I believe that working for excellence is a habit that we are building for their lives in general, not just on the pitch.
My wife Heather and I have twin girls, Aidan and Avery, who are 04’s and a son, Owen, who is an 08 and all three play for EFC. On the rare occasions we are not at a soccer field we attend Sounders matches, Mariners games, or just enjoy some downtime around the house.