2018-2019 Northwest United FC Coaching Staff

kristian

KRISTIAN POWELL, DIRECTOR OF COACHING & HEAD COACH

Coaching Experience

- Director of Coaching, 2013 to Present

- Northwest United Premier Coach, 2008 to present
- Northwest United Technical Director, 2009-2012

- British World Cup Camp Director

- WA Youth Elite Player Development Head Coach, 2015-2017
- PSPL Surf PDP Academy Coach, 2013-2015
- UK International Soccer Coach and Assistant Regional Director, 2005-2006
- PSSA Trainer, 2006-2008

 

Coaching Qualifications
- USSF National "A" License- USSF National "A" License
- NSCAA Premier Diploma, Director of Coaching Diploma
- Liverpool John Moores University BSC; Science and Soccer Degree

Playing Experience
- Norwich City Academy (England)
- Cambridge Utd Academy (England)
- Wroxham FC Semi Pro (England)
- PSSA Rapids Semi-Pro Indoor/Outdoor (US)
- San Mateo FC (Spain)
- Santa Brigida Spanish 3rd Division (Spain)
- Liverpool John Moores University Mens 1st team (England)

joana

JOANA MICHAELSON, GIRL'S DIRECTOR OF COACHING & HEAD COACH

Coaching Experience

Head Coach, 2014 to present

- Micro Program Director, 2016 to 2018
- College Prep Coordinator, 2016 to 2017
- Youth Soccer Coach, 7+ years
- Volunteer Assistant Coach for W. Washington University Women's Team

 

Coaching Qualifications
- USSF National "D" License
 MS in Kinesiology 
- CSCS (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist) 

Playing Experience
- Western Washington University, 2008-2012
- Philippine Women's National Team, 2013-2015
- Seattle Reign Reserves, 2013-2015
- Issaquah Gunners WPSL, 2012-2015
- Women's Seattle Sounders, 2014

conner

CONNER MOE, BOY'S DIRECTOR OF COACHING & HEAD COACH

Coaching Experience
- NWU Head Coach, 2015 to present

- College Prep and Micro Program Manager – 2017-
- USSF "D" License
- Western Washington University Men's Assistant Coach, 2015-2017
- Montana State University Men's Assistant Coach

 

Playing Experience
- Bellingham United Men's Indoor League, 2015 to Present
- WA Crossfire PDL
- Seattle Sporting NPSL
- Thunder Bay Chill PDL
- Montana State University Billings 
- Bellevue College Men's Team

marcos

MARCOS VEGA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & HEAD COACH

Coaching Experience
- Head Coach, 2010 to present
- USSF National "D" License

-Skagit Valley College Women's Assistant Coach 2017 to present

- BEHS Men's Varsity Assistant Coach, 2019 to present
- NWU Elite Trainer, 2017 to 2019
- NWU Technical Trainer, 2015-2017
- WA Youth EPD Assistant Coach, 2017
- BEHS Women's JV Coach, 2013
- Assistant Coach at Rangers, 2008-2009

Playing Experience
- VMSL, 2008-2011
- PSSA Rapids, Indoor, 2010-2011
- Whatcom Community College, 2008-2009
- Burlington Edison High School Men's Varsity, 2003-2007
- Whatcom Rangers, 2006-2007
- Northwest Nationals, 2005-2006
- Skagit Storm, 2001-2005

JC

JUAN "JC" ORTIZ, HEAD COACH, TECHNICAL TRAINER & LIGA TLAXTLI LIAISON

Coaching Experience
- Northwest United Head Coach, 2012 to present
- USSF National "E" License
- NWU Technical Trainer, 2017 to present
- NWU Junior Academy Trainer, 2013 - 2015
- LaConner Middle School Head Coach, 2013

Playing Experience
- Skagit Valley College, 2004
- Burlington-Edison High School Varsity, 2001 - 2004

 

nick

NICK CASHMERE, HEAD COACH

Coaching Experience
- NWU Head Coach, 2018 to present

- Whatcom Community College – Assistant Coach, 2015 to present

- San Francisco Glens Evolution – Head Coach, March 2012-July 2015

- Archebishop Riordan High School – Asst. Coach, 2012-2013
- St Mary’s College of California – Communication Studies
- Bellingham Elite Soccer Training, 2015 to present

 

Playing Experience
- San Francisco Seals (PDL) – 2010

- FC Cape Town, May 2012 – October 2012

- San Jose Earthquakes (USL PDL), 2012-2014

- AD Gaunecasteca (Costa Rica), 2014-2015

- Bellingham United FC, 2015 to present

- Tacoma Starts (2016-2017)

John

JOHN WEDGE, HEAD COACH

Coaching Experience
- Head Coach, 2013 to present
- USSF "A" License, National Youth License, Premier Award of NSCAA
- Anacortes High School Girl's Head Coach, 2013-2015
- Technical Director for U12 and Under at Harbor Soccer Club, 2010-2013
- First Head Coach of Kitsap Pumas Professional Team, 2009
- Westsound F.C. Head Coach, 2008-2012
- Director of Bainbridge Island Soccer Academy, 2003-2009
- Director of Coaching for Shorelake Soccer Club, 1998-1999
- Co-Founder and Director of Coaching for Highline Heat, 1997
- Evergreen State College Men's Team Head Coach, 1996-1997
- Federal Way High School Coach, 1991-1996
- Head Coach for Tacoma Wings, National Amateur Men's Indoor League, 1985-1986
- Director of Coaching for WA State Soccer League, 1984-1985
- Northwest College's Coach of the Year, 1982
- Shoreline Community College Head Coach, 1980-1984
- Tilden High School, Brooklyn, NY Head Coach, 1979-1980

Ben

BEN MACKAY, HEAD COACH

Coaching Experience
- NWU Head Coach, 2010 to present
- US Soccer "B" License
- NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
- Youth Soccer Coach since 2006
- BA (BYU) and MS (UW)

Playing Experience
- Youth Soccer since age 6
- Varsity High School Soccer in Chicago, 4 years
- Adult Intramural and Recreational 15+ years

George

GEORGE KISSAS, HEAD COACH

Coaching Experience
- NWU Head Coach, 1994 to present
- UEFA "C" International License
- Skagit Valley College Soccer Coach, Men's & Women's, 2008 to present
- Anacortes High School Men's Soccer Coach, 2008 to present
- Mount Vernon High School Men's Soccer Coach, 1992-1998

Playing Experience
- AEK Athens and Portland Timbers

alan

ALAN GARCIA, HEAD COACH

Coaching Experience
- La Liga Tlaxtli, 2014 to present

- Burlington – Edison High School Varsity Assistant Coach, 2018 to present

 

Playing Experience
- Northwest United, 2014-2017

- Burlington Edison High School Varsity

- Skagit Valley College, 2017 - present

ALex

ALEX VAZQUEZ, HEAD COACH

Coaching Experience
-NWU Head Coach, 2019 to present

-NWU Assistant Coach - 2015 - 2018

 

Coaching Qualifications

-USSF E License (2018)

 

Playing Experience
-Leon FC U15-U20 (2004-2007)

-Leon FC First Team (2007-2008)

 

Geoff

ALEX BELL, HEAD COACH

Coaching Experience
- NWU Head Coach, 2019 to present

- Anacortes High School Men's JV Coach, 2017 to present

- USSF National "E" License

- Grassroots License
- Bellingham Elite Soccer Training, 2015 to present

 

Playing Experience
- Bellingham United, 2019 to present

- Skagit Valley College, 2014 - 2016 

- Crossfire Premiere,  2011 - 2013

- Skagit Storm (Northwest United), 2008-2010


 

tristan

TRISTAN SPITTER, GOALKEEPING COACH

 

Coaching Experience

-1998-99 Goalkeeper/Asst Coach Mount Vernon High School

-1998-99 Skagit Storm U-19 Boys Head Coach

-1998-99 Olympic Development U-19 Girls District Head Coach 

-2002-2004 Skagit Valley College Women’s Goalkeeper/Asst Coach 

-2005-2006 Mount Vernon High School Junior Varsity girls Coach

 

Playing Experience

-1992-1996 Mount Vernon High School Varsity Team (1994 Star Champions)

-1990-1996 Skagit Storm Boys P1 Team 

-1997-99 Northwest College