Coach Profile – Get to Know Coach Christo Michaelson

Monday, October 25, 2021 Former Zag player Christo Michaelson may be one of the newest coaches to join the Spokane Sounders coaching ranks, but the Oregon native brings quite the pedigree and passion to the sideline. The youngest of three siblings by a wide margin, he grew up watching his older brother and sister find…

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Coach Profile – Get to Know Coach Megan Oliver

Monday, October 18, 2021 As if her plate was not full enough as a full-time nurse and still part-time student, Megan Oliver has returned to the pitch as a coach for the Spokane Sounders, continuing to utilize lessons learned from her father Mike Oliver. Though her chosen path is uniquely hers, Megan Oliver has used…

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Coach Profile – Get to Know Coach Ryan Schultz

Monday, October 11, 2021 Seven years ago, he answered the call. Just a parent with a daughter going into the SYSA program Ryan Schultz returned to a game he had left long ago to guide the youngest of players as they embarked on the beautiful game. Perhaps inspired by his first experience as a soccer…

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Coach Profile – Get to Know Coach Carlos Garcia

Monday, October 4, 2021 A lifelong player since the age of five, Carlos Garcia is one of the newer faces on the Spokane Sounders staff, guiding some of the youngest boys in the club. A native of Michoacan, Mexico, Garcia moved to California at the age of nine and continued his passion for the sport,…

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Coach Profile – Get to Know Coach Ali McCready

Monday, August 30, 2021 A Puget Sound native, Ali McCready seemed destined to become a Spokanite. Soccer, however, was not the original plan for the mother of four that is one of the club’s longest serving members of the coaching staff. It all started with academics. The place: Whitworth. “I was heavily involved in the…

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Coach Profile – Get to Know Coach Tim Seely

Monday, August 23, 2021 Seventeen. Coach Tim Seely had the world literally at his feet as a teenager. It was also the point at which the seed was planted and roots of his lengthy coaching career began. A fixture in the Spokane coaching community for so long, it is understandable for many to not know…

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Coach Profile – Get to Know Coach Bryan Hernandez

Monday, August 16, 2021 New club goalkeeping coach Bryan Hernandez considers himself a bit of an adventurer, but the Shadow Men’s First Team keeper may have found himself a new home in Spokane after spending much of his life in California. “My head coach at Humboldt State told me they needed a keeper for the…

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Coach Profile – Get to Know Coach Jay Vela

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 Though he is a newer face to the Spokane Sounders, new Boys Director of Coaching Jay Vela is a fixture in Spokane soccer from his outstanding playing career that transitioned directly into his coaching career. Through his early years of playing for Express, Flames and River City, Vela bounced back and…

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Coach Profile – Get to Know Coach John Palladino

Monday, August 2, 2021 With a life working and playing with stars in New York, hometown success story John Palladino is relishing the opportunity to be back in Spokane giving back to the soccer community while continuing his vibrant acting career. Two years ago coach Palladino was working alongside Rose Byrne on the set of…

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Coach Profile – Get to Know Coach Marissa Mykines

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 An all-around coach, a very humble Marissa Mykines spends the day helping athletes improve their physical strength as a trainer and then turns soccer coach in the evenings and weekends. Her dedication to improving players on and off the pitch probably stems from a competitive spirit that led to what is…

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