Wednesday, February 22, 2023
The Spokane Shadow are excited to announce that after serving as assistant last season, club alum Drew Williams has been appointed as the new head coach for the Women’s First Team.
Williams, an acclaimed alumnus of the club, went on to play at Whitworth University and is currently in his fourth year as an assistant coach for the school’s highly successful men’s program. The Pirates won the league and reached the DIII tournament during his tenure. As a player, the North Central product was an All-GSL First Team selection as a senior after two previous honorable mentions. At Whitworth he tallied 14 goals and three assists.
“I am beyond excited to lead the Spokane Shadow Women’s First Team,” said Williams. “The Spokane Shadow has been an important piece in my growth and development as both a player, coach and person. I cannot wait to give back to the club that has given me so much.”
As the WFT returned to play last season in the Women’s Premier Soccer League, Williams joined the team as the assistant coach to Kevin Moon, who will continue to oversee the program.
“Kevin is a Spokane soccer legend who has built something truly special with this team and Spokane soccer. The amount of club alumni that come back year after year to play is amazing. It speaks volumes to not only his coaching but who he is. It is both an honor and a privilege to follow in his footsteps, being trusted to lead this team.”
As an alumnus of the club, a former member of the Shadow Men’s First Team and a longtime relationship with Moon as a player and coach, Williams will continue to instill the club’s goals of developing players on and off the pitch. The WFT has long been a proving ground for burgeoning youth talent about to graduate from the program to the college ranks and an opportunity for alumni and area collegiate standouts to work on their game during the summer as the two groups meld into a shared purpose.
“We are very excited to have Drew stepping into this coaching and leadership role for our WPSL team,” said Moon. “Drew’s involvement last summer was important for the club and he brought in a tremendous amount of energy and excitement. I am really excited to see what the team can do with Drew taking a more active role in guiding and training the team!”