Dakota Stamnes is a first year coach at NWU. He was born and raised in Mount Vernon. For club soccer, he played his younger years at an independent club, Mount Vernon Bombers. He then played at Federal Way for a year. He finished up his youth career at Crossfire Academy. Dakota Played Varsity soccer for Mount Vernon High School his Freshman, Sophomore and Senior year. He earned all league awards in all 3 years. His freshmen year he earned All Wesco honorable mention. Sophomore year he earned a First-Team All Wesco award. His senior year he earned another First Team All Wesco with a Skagit Valley Player of the Year Award. He furthered his playing at Western Washington University, where he was put into the top 10 in appearances in school history.
Dakota earned his bachelors degree in Physical Education and Health K-12. During his time in College he knew he didn’t want to give up soccer. One of the best ways to hold on to the sport he loved was to coach. He wanted to give back to the community that has backed him his whole life. This is why he became a coach at NWU.
In his first year, he walked away with a Rush Cup championship under his belt. He has been part of the Mount Vernon High School (2021-2022) coaching staff who were District Champions in 2022.
Dakota has a 3 year old son named Sebastian.