Thursday, February 2, 2023
The Spokane Sounders are pleased to announce that coach John Palladino has been named to the new U10-U12 Boys Director of Coaching position, forging an integrated transition from the U9/U10 Sounders Junior Program into the developmental competitive programs.
“The creation of this role in the program will help facilitate a more seamless graduation for our boys players coming out of the Sounders Junior Program, where John has been excellent with his passion for teaching our players over the past few years, guiding them on the field into the early years of competitive soccer,” said Technical Director Abbas Faridnia. “John has done a fabulous job connecting with our youngest players in a fun and instructional atmosphere, and that will no doubt continue to inspire these players through some of the most difficult developmental years as they grow and learn to become skilled players ready to graduate to full-sided teams at U13.”
Since returning to the club in the spring of 2021, Palladino has played a role in several levels of the coaching staff. In addition to overseeing the South Hill region of the SJP, Palladino has coached for the Spokane Sounders in the ECNL, the region’s highest level of boys competition. This blend of experience will enable him to address the overall needs of the U10-U12 program to best suit the long-term goals of player development for the club on and off the field.
“Im so excited to be the Director of the U10-U12 boys program for the Sounders,” said Palladino. “It is an absolute honor to be put in a position to guide our young players in the most essential and important phase of their soccer development. These young ages are where the seed of passion for the beautiful game really begins to sprout, and I really look forward to nurturing this by giving our players the best possible platform to help them grow and set them up for success as they progress toward their goals.
“It all starts with the youth. As a member of the ECNL, our club competes in the toughest conference of the toughest league in the United States, and it is our goal to have a youth development program in place that will promote the desire, dedication, and love for the game that are the foundations of success, and that will give our young players the ability to compete with the best of the best! We want our players to love the game, enjoy playing, and develop the spirit and character that it takes to be successful, on or off of the pitch.”
A standout player from the community, Palladino was a part of the Washington and Regional ODP team pools and was highly successful at Central Valley, winning Golden Boot and Player of the Year honors his senior year in 2003. He went on to play at Gonzaga and in the USL PDL (now USL League Two) and after graduation pursued a professional career.
His success as a coach kicked off in New York, where he launched his own academy and whilst he also worked as a actor, making appearances in numerous shows filmed around the NYC area. During his formative coaching years he also served as an assistant coach for Gonzaga men’s soccer.
More Reading Material: