Friday, January 26, 2024
With tryouts just around the corner on February 12-13, the coaches for the upcoming 2024-25 season for the High School age boys teams have been announced by 13+ Boys Director Jesse Retan.
Leading the four boys squads next season will be Bryan Hernandez, Marc Mason, Abbas Faridnia and Stephen Swanger.
“I am thrilled to announce our high school boys coaching staff,” said Retan. Bryan Hernandez returns and will coach the U19 boys that compete solely in ECNL RL. We are adding familiar names in Abbas Faridnia, Marc Mason, Stephen Swanger and Oscar Torres as boys coaches. All three coaches bring a distinguished resume of coaching and playing experience. We want our staff to have aligned values. We have coaches that believe in the club curriculum and club philosophy. Our coaches will continue the club’s long tradition of developing players and providing a pathway into college soccer and beyond.”
2024 Boys HS Age Coaches
B2006/07 ECNL RL – Bryan Hernandez
B2008 ECNL RL – Marc Mason
B2009 ECNL RL – Abbas Faridnia
B2009 Shale – Stephen Swanger
Boys HS Classic – Oscar Torres
Boys U13+ Director of Coaching – Jesse Retan
Hernandez is also the club Goalkeeper Coach as well as the Goalkeeper Coach for the Gonzaga University men’s program. A former Spokane Shadow Men’s First Team player, the Humboldt grad has been with the club and Gonzaga for several years and has also helped other area collegiate programs.
Mason, a UEFA B Licensed coach, has been with the club for many years and is currently also serving as the Youth Development Program director, overseeing the development of the youngest players beginning their lives in soccer. He is also serving as the coach at Shadle Park High School.
Faridnia, an USSF A Licensed coach, is the Technical Director of the club. He is currently also coaching the G2009 Girls Academy side.
Swanger, a military son that also served in the Army, is a former professional that has played and coached around the world, including Russia, South America, China and Mexico before returning to the States bringing with him vast experience and knowledge of coaching styles as well as making him multilingual. Upon his return he coached in Virginia and Tacoma before moving to Spokane recently. He holds a master’s degree in education and while in the Army earned a spot on the All-Armed Forces team.
Torres returns to continue his role as the coach of the Boys HS Classic (B06/07) squad.
Retan is returning to the younger age groups within the program for the next cycle with his assignments being announced later this spring.
February 12 & 13 @ Dwight Merkel
B2008 & B2009: 5:00-6:30
B2006 & B2007: 6:30-8:00