Coaching Staff

Kristian

Kristian Powell

Director of Coaching & Head Coach

Coaching Experience
- Director of Coaching, 2013 to Present
- Northwest United Head 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)

Jo

JOANA MICHAELSON

Girl's Dirctor of Coaching & Head Coach

Coaching Experience
- Northwest United Head Coach, 2014 to present
- Micro Program Director, 2016-2018
- College Prep Coordinator, 2016-2017
- 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
- Philippine Women's National Team, 2013-2015
- Seattle Reign Reserves, 2013-2015
- Issaquah Gunners WPSL, 2012-2015
- Women's Seattle Sounders, 2014
- Western Washington University, 2008-2012

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Jonathan Graham

Boy's Director of Coaching & Head Coach

Coaching Experience
- Northwest United Head Coach, 2021 to present
- PSA Princeton Girls Director of Coaching (NJ), 2016 to 2021
- PSA Princeton Head Coach (NJ), 2015-2016
- Newark SC (NorCal), 2014-2015
- UK International Soccer Coach, 2009 and 2014
- Leeds Met University, Ass. Coach, (England) 2012-2013
- Antrim Rovers U14 Coach (N.Ireland), 2010-2012

Coaching Qualifications

- USSF National "C" License
- USSF National "B" License Candidate
- Leeds Met University BSC; Sport Psychology & Health
- CPT (Certified Personal Trainer)

Playing Experience
- Chimney Corner (N.Ireland)
- Antrim Rovers (N.Ireland)
- Leeds Met University (England)

Marco

Marcos Vega

Club Admin & Head Coach

Coaching Experience
- Northwest United Head Coach, 2010 to present
- Burlington Edison High School Boys - Varsity Assistant Coach, 2019
- Skagit Valley College Women's Assistant Coach, 2017-2019
- NWU Elite Trainer, 2017-2019
- NWU Technical Trainer, 2015-2017
- WA Youth EPD Assistant Coach, 2017
- Burlington Edison High School Girls - JV Head Coach, 2013
- Assistant Coach at Rangers, 2008-2009

Coaching Qualifications
- USSF "D" License

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

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Ben MacKay

Board Member & Head Coach

Coaching Experience
- Northwest United Head Coach, 2011 to present
- Burlington Edison High School Boys - Varsity Head Coach, 2019 to present
- Burlington Edison High School Girls - Varsity Assistant Coach, 2015 to present
- Burlington Edison High School Boys - Varsity Assistant Coach, 2018

Coaching Qualifications
- USSF National B License
- 3 Dimensional Coaching Certificate
- NSCAA Advanced National Diploma

Playing Experience
- Guilford High School Varsity
- Intramural Soccer (BYU)
- Rockford Youth Soccer Club

Tristan

Juan "JC" Ortiz

Head Coach, Technical Trainer & Liga Tlaxtli Liaison

Coaching Experience
- Northwest United Head Coach, 2012 to present
- Liga Tlaxtli Liaison, 2019 to present
- NWU Technical Trainer, 2017 to present
- NWU Junior Academy Trainer, 2013 - 2015
- LaConner Middle School Head Coach, 2013

Coaching Qualifications
- USSF National "E" License

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

Alex Vazquez

Alex Vasquez

Head Coach

Coaching Experience
- Northwest United Head Coach, 2019 to present
- Northwest United Assistant Coach, 2015-2018

Coaching Qualifications
- USSF National "E" License

Playing Experience
- Leon FC First Team, 2007-2008
- Leon FC U15-U20, 2004-2007

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George Kissas

Head Coach

Coaching Experience
- Northwest United Head Coach, 1994 to present
- 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

Coaching Qualifications
- UEFA "C" International License

Playing Experience
- AEK Athens
- Portland Timbers

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Tyler Huggins

Head Coach

Coaching Experience
- Northwest United Head Coach, 2021 to present
- Assistant Coach Trinity Lutheran College
- White Center Aztecs - Coach
- Coach at University Prep, The Bush School, Northwestern
- Coach at Emerald City Football Club
- Coach at West Ham Academy in Mexico City
- Coach at Eagleclaw FC
- Coach at PSPL Surf Academy

Coaching Qualifications
- USC Advanced National Diploma
- USSF "D" License
- Tovo "1" License

Playing Experience
- Gonzaga Club Soccer
- Archbishop Murphy
- Marysville Force

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Josh Sharon

Head Coach

Coaching Experience
- Northwest United Head Coach, 2021 to present
- Spokane Sounders Youth - 2015-2019
- Elite Player Development - 2016-2019
- Spokane Shadow Men's Assistant EPLWA and NPSL - 2018-2019
- Whitworth University Womens Assistant - 2016-2019
- Rogers High School Varsity Assistant - 2013-2015
- Spokane Soccer Academy 2014-2015
- First Touch Training 2016-2018

Coaching Qualifications
- USSF National "E" License

Playing Experience
- Bellingham United FC, 2020 to present
- Spokane Shadow EPLWA
- Whitworth University
- Ferris High School 
- Spokane Shadow - Youth Club

 

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Ben Harrison

Head Coach

Coaching Experience
- Northwest United Head Coach, 2021 to present
- Oak Harbor High School Assistant Coach, 2017 & 2021
- NWSC Select Head Coach, 2016-2021
- NWSC Director of Competition, 2017-2020

Coaching Qualifications
- USSF National "E" License 

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Matt Youngsman

Head Coach

Coaching Experience
- Northwest United Head Coach, 2011-2015 & 2021 to present
- Skagit Valley College Goalkeeper Head Coach, 2006
- Skagit Valley College Head Coach, 2001-2003
- Skagit Valley College Assistant Coach, 1999-2000
- FC Arlington Head Coach, 1997-2000
- Stadium High School Goalkeeper Coach, 1992-1993
- Mount Vernon Select Head Coach, 1989

Playing Experience
- University of Puget Sound, 1991-1992
- Webster University, 1990
- Mount Vernon High School, 1987-1990

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Monico Garza Jr.

Head Coach

Coaching Experience
- Northwest United Head Coach, 2019 to present
- Northwest United Assistant Coach, 2018-2019
- Northwest Micro Program, 2015-2019
- Northwest Junior Academy, 2019

Playing Experience
- Northwest United, 2010-2018
- Mount Vernon High School, 2014-2018