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

Conner

CONNER MOE

Boy's Director of Coaching & Head Coach

Coaching Experience
- Northwest United Head Coach, 2015 to present
- College Prep and Micro Program Manager, 2017 to present
- Western Washington University Men's Assistant Coach, 2015-2017
- Montana State University Men's Assistant Coach

Coaching Qualifications
- USSF "D" License

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

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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Nick Cashmere

Head Coach

Coaching Experience
- Northwest United Head Coach, 2018 to present
- Whatcom Community College – Assistant Coach, 2015 to present
- San Francisco Glens Evolution – Head Coach, 2012-2015
- Archbishop Riordan High School – Asst. Coach, 2012-2013
- Bellingham Elite Soccer Training, 2015 to present
- St Mary’s College of California – Communication Studies

Playing Experience
- Bellingham United FC, 2015 to present
- Tacoma Starts, 2016-2017
- AD Gaunecasteca (Costa Rica), 2014-2015
- San Jose Earthquakes (USL PDL), 2012-2014
- FC Cape Town, 2012
- San Francisco Seals (PDL), 2010

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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

Alan

Alan Garcia

Head Coach

Coaching Experience
- Northwest United Head Coach, 2018 to present
- La Liga Tlaxtli, 2014 to present
- Burlington – Edison High School Varsity Assistant Coach, 2018 to present

Playing Experience
- Skagit Valley College, 2017-2019
- Northwest United, 2014-2017
- Burlington Edison High School Varsity

LJ

Lauren Jansen

Head Coach

Coaching Experience
- Northwest United Head Coach, 2020 to present
- Northwest United Assistant Coach 2012, 2019
- MVHS Girls Assistant Coach, 2019 to present
- MVHS Boys Assistant Coach, 2020
- Burlington-Edison Yth Soccer, 2012

Playing Experience
- University of Alabama Club Team, 2009-2011
- PSSA Rapids Women's Team, 2007-2009
- Skagit Storm (Northwest United), 2000-2009
- Mount Vernon High School Varsity, 2005-2008