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EYSA Technical Staff

EYSA Technical Directors

EYSA's Technical Directors (TDs) function as development assets for use by ALL EYSA clubs. The TDs will focus on coaching both players AND coaches alike. The "coaching" provided by the TDs will be in the form of 1:1 training at the practices of individual teams (approx 80%) and running 1:many clinics (approx 20%). Also, the primary focus of these TDs will be on the Recreational Programs of all the EYSA Clubs (approx 70%), with the remaining amount of their time going towards Select (15%) and building and communicating Curriculum and Best Practices (15%).

Colin Rigby

Colin Rigby grew up on the eastside, and has a strong affinity for the development of soccer to players in the community. He believes youth soccer should follow a structured philosophy that is based on developing purposeful technical skills at a young age. Soccer is a game that can teach its players teamwork, competition, hard work, creativity, problem solving and encouragement. Colin is proud to coach soccer in the northwest, as it has become the "soccer capital of the United States."

Coaching Experience
  • Mercer Island High School: 2 of 3 years to state finals
  • MIFC: Founders Cup champions and semi-finalists with various teams
  • Eastside FC: U10 Boys' and Girls' Coach
  • Empoli FC (Italy): Coaching course
  • CTR Coaching: Camps / clinics / teams / personal trainings
Coaching Licenses/Certificates
  • NSCAA National Diploma
  • 3four3 Coaching Clinic
  • Beast Mode Coaching Clinic
Playing Experience
  • College: University of Denver and Seattle Pacific University
  • Professionally: Portland Timbers (drafted), Seattle Sounders (USL) and Rostock (Germany)

David Addison

David Addison is a Mercer Island native with a strong passion for educating coaches and developing players.
Coaching Experience
  • International Academy of Soccer, Executive Director and Director of Coaching
  • Washington Youth Soccer Association, Staff Instructor, helping develop USSF "E" and "D" license candidates
  • Coaches for MIFC
Coaching Licenses/Certificates
  • USSF "B" License
  • NSCAA National Diploma
  • NSCAA National Goalkeeping Diploma, Level III
Playing Experience
  • College: Seattle Pacific University, Goalkeeper
  • High School: Mercer Island HS, Goalkeeper, Holder of MIHS school record for Goals Against Average (2005)

Darren Sawatzky

Coaching Experience

  • Has coached for Tualatin Hills SC, FC Portland, University of Portland Soccer Camps, New England Revolution Camps, Dallas Burn Camps, Colorado Rapids Camps, Seattle Sounders Camp, Portland Timbers Soccer Camps, Central Catholic High School, and Thomas Jefferson High School, where the team won the 4A State Championship and he was 4A coach of the year.
  • He has been the Highline Premier Football Club Director of Coaching, University of Washington Assistant Coach, Seattle Sounders Head Assistant Coach, Washington Youth Soccer ODP Director, and Sounders FC Director of Youth Development.
  • Guam National Team, Head Coach
  • Sounders Women, VP and General Manager
  • Mercer Island FC, Technical Director
  • Eastside FC Premier, Head Coach

Coaching License/Certification

  • MLS Academy Director who also holds the French Formation license
  • USSF A-License

Playing Experience

  • Played for University of Portland
  • Played professionally with the Cascade Surge (USL),1995 Rookie of the Year. Then, went on to play professionally for New England Revolution, Dallas Burn, Colorado Rapids, Seattle Sounders, and Portland Timbers/Kansas City Comets.
  • US Olympic Team Pool

Aaron Byers

Aaron Byers is a strong proponent of proper player development, having authored an extensive curriculum which thousands of players have used. He prides himself on developing players that are: technically superior; able to advance up the player pathway to the highest levels of play; teaching kids to play the game by passing through opponents; never booting the ball; clever and sharp mentally; and gain speed through development of the brain, not fitness.

Coaching Education

  • FCBEscola Diploma
  • World Football Academy Expert candidate June 2016Lifelong student of the game who tries to learn more efficiencies on a daily basis and attends NSCAA conference, Washington, DC, 2016
  • Studied under 3four3/Kleiban brothers, Los Angeles, CA, 2015
  • USSF and NSCAA

Coaching Experience

  • Head Coach of Current Teams: Eastside FC GU9 and MIFC GU11
  • Mercer Island FC, VP Player Development
  • Coaching Highlight: My biggest highlight to date has been developing 16 U8 Recreational players from Rec to Select. Each player was taught to be technically superior and a clever thoughtful contributor who each respectively went on to be successful RCL A, B and/or Sounders Academy players.

Andrew Dortch

  • Washington State Elite Player Development Program, Coach, 2014 - Present
  • Issaquah High School, Assistant Coach, Varsity Boys, 2007-2012
  • Issaquah High School, Head Coach, C-Team Boys (2007-2010) and JV Boys (2011-2012)
  • Eastside FC Premier, 2006-Present

Mark Calleja
Mark Calleja Is an Australian soccer coach, who moved to the United States in 2009, where he has been coaching full time. Mark studied soccer in South America and Europe watching highly qualified coaches train professional teams and develop youth players. He is the founder of Campioni International Soccer Academy and coaches Select soccer at Newport FC U17 boys presently. Mark likes teams to control games with possession of the ball, build from the back whenever possible, break teams down with advanced technical skill and tactical understanding -- not kick-and-run soccer.

Coaching Qualifications

  • USSF C Diploma
  • NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
  • NSCAA National Diploma
  • NSCAA Advanced Regional Diploma

Youth Club Coaching Experience

  • 2015- present: Newport FC Select B00, Head Coach
    • NPSL CHAMPIONS
  • 2008: Liverpool United Select FC (Australia), Head Coach B93

High School Coaching Experience

  • 2011-2014: Overlake High School, Varsity Assistant Coach
    • 2012: 1A State Cup Champions
  • 2011-2014 Overlake Middle Schoo,l A Team Head Coach
    • 2014: Undefeated, 10-0-0
  • 2011: Mountlake Terrace High School, Varsity Head Coach
  • 2010: Jackson High School, JV Head Coach

Other Coaching Experience

  • 2011-Present: Campioni International Soccer Academy, Founder, Technical Director, Player Development Instructor
  • 2011: International Soccer School, Player Development Instructor
  • 2004: European Coaching Development (Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Malta)
  • 2003: South America Coaching Development (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay)

Playing Experience

  • 2004: Melieha (Europe) Second Division, Reserve team
  • 2001: Horsley Park U21
  • 1998-2000: Fairfield Patrician Brothers
  • 1995-1997: Wetherill Park
  • 1995-2001: West Sydney Futsal