George Kissas is a seasoned soccer coach who has been with NWU since 1994. Born in Greece, his love of soccer originated from playing in the streets of his hometown at the tender age of 5 years old to getting picked up to play with the AEK Athens academy before moving to the United States at 12 years old. During his tenure at Lincoln High School in Portland, OR, George was an All-Star player for four years, MVP in his final year, and brought the team to win the State Championship twice. Following that, he signed his first professional contract with the Portland Timbers in the NASL after being drafted. During that time, the NASL folded and he made the journey back to Greece to return to play for AEK Athens for the next five years until getting injured, unfortunately ending his professional career. The love for the game, however, pushed him to continue, so coaching was the best way to keep his involvement while also giving back to the soccer community with his knowledge to the next generation.
In addition to NWU, George has coached for Mount Vernon High School from 1992-1998, Anacortes High School from 2008-2019, and Skagit Valley College from 2008-present. He holds a UEFA C International Coaching License which was obtained in Greece following his injury. For NWU, George coached the 1994 and 1995 U-18/U-19 teams to win the State Championship twice and led the B-06 team in 2018 to winning the Crossfire Challenge, as well as a variety of others.
George lives in the Skagit Valley with his wife, Angelique, and two kids, Alexandria and Hristos. His hobbies are soccer, soccer, and SOCCER, while his favourite teams are AEK Athens, Portland Timbers, and Barcelona FC.