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Meet The FWFC Premier Coaches

Meet the Federal Way FC coaching staff.  From the Director of Coaching to the Junior Academy Plus programs, our coaches are some of the most experienced and inovative coaches in the state of Washington.  

Director of Coaching

Fawzi Belal
(206) 910-3182

Coaching Licenses and Education:
USSF A License, Bachelors of Sports Health with an emphasis in Coaching, American University

Coaching Experience:
Fawzi has spent 15 years coaching at premier youth soccer clubs, Seattle Sounders Academy and the Sounders U23 team. His soccer coaching skills were sharpened during his years working on the Seattle Sounders coaching staff. The Sounders experience helped him develop his philosophy of creating the correct environment to develop an intellectual understanding of the game through improvements in technical and tactical training. He is currently coaching the FWFC boys U10, U14 and U16 teams.

Playing Experience:
Fawzi is a local soccer product and graduate of Mt. Rainier High School. Fawzi played collegiately for Highline College where he was the Northwest Athletic Conference's 2001 Player of the Year. Upon graduating from Highline College, Fawzi transferred to the University of Mobile and led his team to a 2002 Men's NAIA National Championship before joining the Sounders USL team.

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Girls Technical Director

James Cecil
(253) 640-2866

"Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard"

Coaching Licenses and Education:
USSF B License

Coaching Experience:
James has over 18 years of experience coaching youth soccer, most of it right here in Federal Way. James' coaching accomplishments include a GU14 US Club National Championship, 8 quarterfinals, 3 semifinals, and 4 finals in the Washington State Cup. James has also spent time as the Director of FWFC Junior Academy and as an assistant coach at St. Martin's University.

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Boys Technical Director

Bingy Lara
(575) 642-7039

Coaching Licenses and Education:
USSF B License Coach, M.A. in Counseling from Morehead State, B.A. in Psychology from Univ. of Kentucky.

Coaching Experience:
Six years NCAA D1 Assistant Coach, two with men at University of Kentucky ('10-'11) and four with women at Morehead State University ('11-'14), coaching youth soccer in some capacity throughout in Kentucky Youth Soccer. My last two years spent as first assistant coach for Real Monarchs ('15-'16) of Real Salt Lake in the United Soccer League.

Playing Experience:
College: Univ. of Kentucky Men's Soccer (05-09)
Club: New Mexico Striker FC IV '87

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Junior RCL Director

Phil Harris
(253) 777-9899

Coaching Licenses and Education:
NSCAA Premier Diploma, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, NSCAA National Diploma, USSF C License.

Coaching Experience:
Phil Harris has spent the past 17 years as both a coach and a director at a variety of levels ranging from Premier Youth-to-NCAA collegiate soccer. Phil attributes much of his soccer success to his longtime mentors, Steve Simmons and Eddie Henderson. Whether working as the Director of Development within a youth club, or winning Surf Cup as a Head Coach in the College Preparatory Surf Academy, Phil believes in building a successful program by first identifying the needs of an individual or team, and then creating a challenging curriculum that provides for an environment where productive struggle can foster positive growth. His holistic approach to coaching is centered on players taking ownership of their mastery in the four pillars of development, then setting goals to not only meet expectation, but also exceed it within the framework of the team.

Phil lives in Edgewood, Washington with his wife Leah. Together, they have two daughters, (Keely & Moxey), and a son, (Rad). Phil is the Youth Director for FWFC, the Head Coach of the B02 Blue team, B04 Blue Team, and Assistant Coach of the B10 Blue team. His most recent coaching assignments have included winning the League Championship with the B02 Blue team, and positioning

Playing Experience:
As a former player, Phil has played a variety of positions on the field, which allows him to teach the game with confidence. He was recruited to various Colleges & Universities as a Forward, though he made the ODP West Regional team as a Left Defender. As a sophomore in college, he started in the NCAA Final 4 as a Right Midfielder. Finally, as a senior in college, he was awarded NCAA First-Team League, Region, and All-America honors as an Attacking Central Midfielder.

Coaching Achievements:
2017 B04 1st Place Division 2 (Currently)
2017 B02 RCL League Champions,

2016 B00 Surf Cup Champions
2016 B00 Showcase of Champions Finalist
2016 B00 Manchester City Invitational Finalist,
2016 B00 Surf College Cup Super Black Participant
2016 G00 SX Cup Finalist
2015 B01 WA Cup Finalist
2015 G00 Avalanche Invitational Champion
2015 G00 NikeShowcaseChampion

B03 Blue 2018/2019 Tournaments:
May: Real Cup College Showcase (Denver, Co.) *Pending Acceptance
June: None
July: Crossfire Challenge College Showcase
August: Santa Clara Sporting Invitational *Pending Acceptance
-OR- SoCal Cup by Oceanside Breakers
February 2019: Mayor's Cup (Las Vegas)

B02 Blue 2018/2019 Tournaments:
May: Real Cup College Showcase (Denver, Co.)
June: None
July: Crossfire Challenge College Showcase
August: Santa Clara Sporting Invitational -or- SoCal Cup
February 2019: Desert Classic (Phoenix, AZ)

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Darren Brookman
(206) 687-829

Coaching Licenses and Education:
USSF C License, NSCAA National Diploma, BA Sports and Recreational Management

Coaching Experience:
Darren, a Welsh native, has coached at all levels at FWFC, which include the Junior Academy and Developmental Programs (U8 - U10), all the way through high school, where he is the current coach of the FWFC 97 Blue 1st Division team. Darren has led this team to a State Cup Championship and a strong showing in the Far West Regional Championship Cup.

Coaching Achievements and Awards:
2015 - Washington State Boys Competitive Coach of the Year
2015 - Far West Regional Boys Competitive Coach of the Year Finalist
2009 - National Coach of the Year (Challenger Sports Program)

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Sean Bui
(206) 755-3551

Coaching License and Education:
USSF National E license

Coaching Experience:
Sean has over 20 years of coaching within FWFC.

Coaching Achievements:
2017 Crossfire Select Cup B01, Xtreme Cup Finalist B01
2015 Xtreme Cup Finalist B01,
2015 Crossfire Select Cup Finalist B01

2014 FWFC & FWSA Recreational Coach of the year
2014 District 3 Champion B01, Blast Off Champion B01
2014 WYSA Recreational Cup Champion B01
2014 WYSA Recreation Cup Finalist G98

2013 District 3 Champion B01, Blast Off Champion B01
2013 WYSA Recreation Cup Finalist B01

2010 District 3 Champion G98
2009 District 3 Champion G92
2008 District 3 Champion G98, Blast Off Champion G92
2008 WYSA President's Cup Finalist G92

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Jeffrey Corrales
(206) 595-5662

Coaching License and Education:
USSF National F license, working to get E license

Coaching Experience:
4 years of Recreational coaching
1 year of Junior RCL coaching

Playing Experience:
Corrales has been playing since he was seven years old. He played Div 2 in the Costa Rican National League and many other clubs in Costa Rica. He has also played in many different men's leagues around the Puget Sound.

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Rob Fossett
(253) 209-8638

Coaching Licenses and Education:
USSF National D License.

Coaching Experience:
Rob has three years coaching experience with FWFC and 1 RCL Division Championship.

Playing Experience:
Rob has 40 years playing/coaching experience in Club, Select, Premier, High School, College, and Semi Pro.

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Mark Froes
(253) 973-0261

Coaching Licenses and Education:
USSF National D license, C license candidate.

Coaching Experience:
Mark has over 15 years of coaching experience within FWFC including MOD, Junior Academy, and Premier. In the 2016 WA. State Championship, Mark successfully coached the Girls 2005 Blue team to a state championship in Div 2 and the Girls 2005 Blue team to the finals in Div 1. He is currently coaching both boys and girls teams in the 2005 age group.

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Josh Hauck
(206) 802-8049

Coaching Education:
USSF National E License

Coaching Experience:
Josh has been coaching club soccer for many years, with seven at FWFC where he has been involved with the Jr Academy Programs. In more recent years, he has accepted the opportunity to coach at his Alma Mater - Thomas Jefferson High school, initially working with the Boys Varsity and Junior Varsity soccer teams. In addition, Josh also accepted the role to become the head coach for their Girls Soccer program. He looks forward to continuing the development of our athletes, and the overall success of soccer in the Federal Way area.

Playing Experience:
Thomas Jefferson High School SPSL League & 4A State Champions; Highline Community College.

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Christian Hernandez
(253) 241-9305

Coaching Licenses and Education:
USSF F License, USSF E License

Coaching Experience:
Started coaching for FWMSA in 2012. In those 5 years he has gained experience coaching teams from U6 MOD to U11 Select. He won a Recreational Cup in 2015 and the Blast Off Tournament in 2016. Assistant Coach for the Jr. Academy in 2014.

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Philip Lund
(206) 465-0097

Coaching Licenses and Education:
Finishing UEFA B1 License (December 2018)

Coaching Experience:
Seattle Sounders Summer Camp U5-U14
B36 Torshavn Youth Academy U12 - U14, Faroe Islands, 2015/2017

Throughout Philip's career but especially in Seattle Sounders he not only worked on his physical capabilities and his technical abilities on the field, but he has also worked hard on the mental side of being a professional soccer player. The mental aspect of a professional soccer life weighs just as much as the potential on the field. Philip is a firm believer that mental capacities will get you to the last step up the ladder. Therefore he will be working mentally with the players and take all the know-how from his coaches and mental coaches and apply this to his training of the youth. This will give the players an advantage in situations of pressure and will benefit young players in situations when they feel like they did not deliver the end product as well as expected. Philip also likes to put a lot of thought into strengthening the muscles around the core during practices to keep players away from injury.

Throughout his entire career, Philip has been trained by professionals and believes that the key to a better performance lies in the individual training and how it can be applied to a game situation. At every training, he will look at players' capabilities and potential and let them know what to work on to be professional soccer players.

Playing Experience:
At the age of 19, this Denmark native signed his first professional contract with his home country. After playing at the highest level in Denmark he came to the United States and signed with the Seattle Sounders MLS team and then with the Oklahoma Energy FC. Philip has been around the world and played in Malaysia, Norway and the Faroe Islands but is currently back in the United States playing for the Tacoma Stars Indoor team where he was just named to the MASL All-Rookie team.

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Steve Mohn
(253) 350-4076

Coaching Experience
2008-2013: Highline College Assistant Coach (63W-21L-16T)
2013-Present: Highline College Head Coach (36W-6L-7T)
2012-Present: Mt Rainier High School (48W-28L-9T)
2013-Present: FWFC (2000 Boys, 2003 Boys, and 2005 Boys)

Coaching Achievements
2008 Western Region Champions (Highline)
2014 NWAC Coach of the year (Highline)
2014 NWAC Champions (Highline)
2016 West Region coach of the year (Highline)
2014, 2015, and 2016 Western Region Champions (Highline)
2015 SPSL North Champions (Mt Rainier HS)
2013, 2015, 2016 State Tournament (Mt Rainier HS)
2013 RCL Division 5 Champions (FWFC 2005 Boys)
2014, 2015 Federal Way Blast Off Champions (FWFC 2000 Boys)
2015 Battle at the Boarder Champions (FWFC 2000 Boys)
2016 State Cup Semifinals (FWFC 2000 Boys)

Playing Experience
1997-2003: FWFC
1999-2003: Thomas Jefferson HS
2004-2006: Highline College
2006-2008: University of Washington
2009-2012: Kitsap Pumas SC
2012-2014: Seattle Sounders U-23
2010-Present: Tacoma Stars

Playing Achievements
1997 & 1999 State Champions (FWFC)
2004 NWAC Champions (Highline College)
2005 NWAC MVP (Highline College)
2006 & 2007 NCAA Tournament (University of Washington)
2009 & 2011 PDL Western Conference Champions (Kitsap Pumas)
2011 PDL National Champions (Kitsap Pumas)
2012 All Western Region Team (Kitsap Pumas)
2010 PASL National Champions (Tacoma Stars)

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Paolo Mottola
(253) 792-1199

Coaching Licenses and Education:
Paolo Mottola holds the highest licenses offered by the United States Soccer Federation. He earned an "A" License in 2005 (audited in 2009 & 2013) and received the inaugural Goalkeeping License offered by the federation in 2006. In 2007, Paolo received his NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma.

Coaching Experience:
Since deciding to make coaching his profession in 1999, he has coached state champions at the youth, high school, and college levels. Paolo has held three Director of Coaching positions; South Hill Revolution (WA), Pinnacle Soccer Academy (AZ) and FC Tacoma. Most recently, Paolo has continued his coaching education with OSA Consulting and ACF Fiorentina of Serie A, traveling to Florence to learn the Fiorentina training methods for youth and professional players.

Soccer Experience:
Paolo attributes his playing abilities and influences to the soccer culture in Naples, Italy where he lived in the early 70's and continues to visit as often as possible. After exhausting his playing career opportunities in soccer, Paolo joined his family's popular and successful Italian restaurant chain, Vince's. There he spent a successful 20 years as an owner/operator with his family. Paolo currently resides in Tacoma. Paolo has 3 children: Paolo Jr., 34; Nina, 31; Sergio, 27; and 3 grandchildren.

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Kate Norton

Coaching Licenses and Education:

USSF National B - January 2014, Youth National License: May 2012, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma: January 2009, NSCAA National Diploma: June 2008, NSCAA Professional Development: February 2009, Bachelor of Early Childhood Education: June 2007, University of Cincinnati- Cincinnati, Ohio, Masters in Science of Leadership: May 2010, Southwestern College- Winfield, Kansas.

Coaching Experience:

College level: Southwestern College Women's Soccer Assistant Coach: 2008-2010

Youth Soccer: TVSC Girls Director of Coaching: 2011-present, TVSC - 01 and 04 Girls Head Coach 2012-2013, TVSC - 99 and 03 Girls Head Coach 2010-2012, AZ Olympic Development Assistant Coach - YOP Girls: 2011-2012, AZ Olympic Development Head Coach - 95 Girls: 2010-2011, Kansas Olympic Development Assistant Coach - 96 Girls: 2008-2010.

Playing Experience

FC Slovacko First Division Czech Republic Professional Soccer League 2007-2008, Michigan Phoenix Captain: 2006 Women's Premier Soccer League (W.P.S.L), University of Cincinnati Women's Soccer Team Division I, member of the Big East Conference, Four year - letter winner for Women's Soccer: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006.

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Jenna Martinez
(253) 347-8680

Coaching Licenses and Education:
USSF National F license, USSF National E license.

Coaching Experience:
1st year coach.

Playing Experience:
Select: Reign, MRFC Santos (State Championship team), High School: Varsity- Decatur High School- team captain, College: Concordia University. Played one season with the Sounders Women.

  • 4-time Conference Champions
  • CCC Defensive Player of the year
  • 3-time All-League
  • 4 National Tournament appearances
  • 2 National Final appearances
  • 3-time All American
  • NSCAA All Tournament Team
  • 2-time Team Captain

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David O'Neill
(253) 414-8372

Coaching Licenses:
USSF B License (2015)
United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma (2014)
UEFA B License (2013)

Coaching Experience:
Head Coach Bellevue College Men's Soccer (2015-2017)
Head Coach Eastside FC (2017)
Trainer-Mercer Island FC (2017)
Head Coach Seattle United (2012-2015)
Head Coach Highline Premier (2007-2012)

Playing Experience:
Seattle Wolves FC (2004-2008)
The University of Leeds, England (1999-2002)

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George Pfeiffer
(253) 831-0086

Coaching Licenses and Education:
USSF D License

Coaching Experience:
George has coached club soccer for 30 years and currently coaches the senior team in the Club. During his tenure his teams have competed at 3 Far West Regionals Championship Cups and have won three Washington State Cups. He has successfully reached the finals or semifinals on 12 different occasions playing in the RCL Championships. Two of his teams climbed the ranks and have successfully been promoted from RCL Division 3 to the First Division. George's resume includes four years Coaching Washington States Olympic Development teams and numerous summer soccer camps. He has taken two teams to England and compiled a 5-2-1 record against academy-level clubs.

As the Federal Way Soccer Association Director of Fields and Development he has been responsible for joint operation agreements and the development with the City of Federal Way for the construction of three Field Turf fields and their resurfacing. He has worked on the Federal Way Parks and Recreation Commission, assuring the proper maintenance of the Celebration Park Soccer complex as some of the premier grass fields in the state.

Coaching Achievements and Awards:
George has been Washington State Competitive Coach of the Year twice for District 3 and five times for FWFC!

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Arica Slawson
(253) 222-9830

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Jordan Schweitzer

Coaching Experience:
Seattle Sounders Summer Camps, U5-U15, 2010-2014; University of Denver Camps/Technical Sessions, 2012-201; Denver Kicks, U8 Boys/U10 Girls, 2013-2015.

Playing Experience:
Jordan played for a number of local clubs in the Everett, WA area. He was captain of his Henry M Jackson High School team his junior year, was named Freshman Honorable Mention and First Team All-WESCO, and won the Washington State Cup Championship. He played for the Seattle Sounders FC Academy Team and the WA Olympic Development Program (ODP) '94. He was a U.S. Development Academy National Finalist, a 2010 ODP Region IV runner up, and was named to the First Team. He traveled to Europe with Crossfire and competed in the Super Cup Ratingen and the Swiss U16 Cup. He played 4 years at the University of Denver and currently plays for the Seattle Sounders 2 team.

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El Hadji Sow
(206) 856-2858

Coaching Licenses and Education:
European Union Football Association (UEFA) A License, United States Soccer Federation (USSF) A License, Washington State Youth Soccer License.

Coaching Experience:
Hadji has over 15 years of coaching experience-teaching, mentoring, and developing all levels of soccer players. He excels in communicating and teaching effective techniques hands-on. He has the innate ability to analyze and motivate players to their maximize performance and is relentless at film research and quick thinking to achieve successful results for all players and teams. He was for 10 years, a Director for the Kids1st Association, a Non-Profit organization and a coach for youth soccer programs in Seattle, Washington for 12 years.

Playing Experience:
Two-time winner of United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Men over 30 Tournament (2004, 2006); F.K VITORIA ZIZKOV, Czech 1st Division, Prague, Czech Rep (1997-1998); F.K CHOMUTOV, Czech 3rd Division, Chomutov, Czech Rep (1996-1997); FC VINCENNES, French DHR Division, Paris, France (1994-1996); ASC MEDIOUR Rufisque, Senegal (1992-1994); ASC MEDIOUR, Rufisque, Senegal (1990-1992).

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Zach Taylor

Coaching Licenses and Education:
USSF C License Candidate Summer 18'
USSF D License
USSF E License
USSF F License

Coaching Experience:
Blackhills Football Club Staff Coach (2017-2018)
WFA Football Tactics & Football Analysis: Raymond Verheijen (2017)
Washington State Youth Soccer Staff Coach WAB02 (2016-2017)
Pacific Northwest Soccer Club Staff Coach (2014-17)
Frans Hoek: The Frans Hoek Method (2012, 2013, 2016)
Rep. of Ireland FA Coaches Seminar: Noel King U21 ROI Manager (2014)
Highline Community College Graduate Coach (2011)
Federal Way Football Club Staff Coach (2010-2013)
Mt. Rainier Head Boys/Girls Varsity Soccer Coach (2010-2013)
RVS Slammers Staff Coach (2007-2010)
Mt. Rainier Head Boys Junior Varsity Soccer Coach (2005-2010)
Wembley Soccer Academy Staff Coach (2004-present)

Playing Experience:
HSA Highline Heat (1998-2000)
KYSA Ajax (2001-2004)
Mt. Rainier High School Varsity (2000-2004)
Tacoma Tide PDL Summer Trainings (2007-2008)
Highline College (2008-2010) NWAC All-Star (2010)

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PJ Vargas
(253) 720-7182

Coaching Experience:
PJ was the head varsity coach at Bethel High School for 10 years and is currently an assistant coach at Tacoma CC for the past six years.

Playing Experience:
PJ played for the Norpoint Soccer Club as a youth player then played two years at Tacoma CC where he was named to the all-star team both years. He has played various levels of indoor and outdoor soccer, playing semi-pro indoors with the Tacoma Stars and semi-pro out door with the South Sound FC.

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