Wednesday, January 17, 2024

The Spokane Sounders / Shadow are excited to announce the addition of Andi Hurst to our administrative staff as the new Operations Manager.

“I am very excited to join this organization,” said Hurst. “Everyone that I am meeting and working with has a desire to do good things for our soccer community. With goals to help build great teams and great people around the sport we all love. It is refreshing to be around other people who are as obsessed with this sport and all that it gives to our kids and to us.”

“I am looking forward to helping the club through the back office and organization duties, from supporting our admins and being sure things are on time and executed to helping out at the Polo Grounds – I get to do it all. Helping our organization reach new heights and build community between teams, coaches, and families will be integral to my role.”

Hurst’s family moved to Spokane in 2016, and she quickly became a part of the soccer community through her children, which includes one that plays in the Sounders Junior Program and continued coaching career as she volunteered and worked with 90+ Project for just over six years.

Though she recently took a break from club coaching, Hurst became the Mt Spokane Girls Head Coach last season and helped lead the squad to a 6-3-0 league season (12-6-0 overall) and a run to the state quarterfinals.

“I have been coaching a mix of high school and club since 2011 in southern Oregon, then transferring here. Coaching is one of my great loves. It can be the most challenging and most fulfilling calling. When you get to impact someone’s life in a profound and long-lasting way, it is an honor and responsibility that should never be taken for granted.”

The 2010 graduate of Utah Valley University is also still enjoying an extended playing career, joining the Shadow Women’s First Team two seasons ago. After a successful debut campaign in which she established herself as a leader amongst the squad she was also named an assistant coach in 2023.

“I had gotten connected with Kevin Moon and was able to come out, be evaluated and join the squad. He was looking for players to round out the roster and I was eager to jump back into playing at a high level again. I LOVE to play – training was always a highlight of my day. I am very competitive and love to get out and work and have a lot of fun while doing it – some of the fun was definitely at my expense at times,” she added with a laugh.

A standout high school player in southern Oregon, Hurst played for Rogue Valley Soccer Club and Crater HS, where she earned Southern Sky Conference Player of the Year, First Team All-Conference Defender and First Team All-State Defender awards in 2006. That success continued at UVU, where she started off strong with a conference all-tournament team selection as freshman following their championship run and concluded with the Defensive Player of the Year honor as a senior in 2010 for the Great West Conference.


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