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Michelle French: Head Coach

Coaching License: USSF National “A” License


Coaching Experience:    Professional Coaching:

2012 to present Seattle Sounders Women’s Team Head Coach

Youth Coaching:

2009 to present     US Club Soccer id2 Girls Scout
2008                      Olympic Development Program (ODP) Assistant Coach
2005 to present     US Soccer Youth National Team Assistant Coach and Scout - GU14, GU15, GU17, and GU18
2005 to present     Eastside Football Club Head Coach
1998 to 2004         FC Portland Soccer Academy Coach
1998 to present     Individual Team and Player Trainer
1994 to present     Various Soccer Clubs and College Camp Coach

Collegiate Coaching:

2005                     University of Washington Women’s Soccer Volunteer Coach
2002 to 2003        UCLA Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach

High School Coaching:

2006                     Mercer Island High School Frosh/Sophomore Head Coach
2003 to 2004        Sunset High School Assistant Coach (Portland, OR)

Other Coaching:

2005 to 2009        FC Skillz Soccer Camp Co-Founder and Trainer
2004 to 2005        Starfire Sports Complex Team Trainer

Playing Experience:

United States Olympic Team:

2004      Olympic Residency Camp invitee
2000      Sydney Olympics Silver Medalist

United States National and Youth National Teams:

1999                Named to roster for 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Residency Camp
1997 to 1999   Captain of the Under-21 National Team
1994 to 1999   Member of the Under-21 National Team

Professional and Semi-Professional:

2004, 2006 to 2009           W-League, Seattle Sounders
2004, 2006, 2008, 2009    First Team All-League
2004, 2006-2009               First Team All-Conference
2004                                  W-League Leader in Assists
2001 to 2003                     WUSA Washington Freedom (Co-Captain), San Jose CyberRays

Collegiate - University of Portland:

1998      NSCAA All-American  /  All-Far West Region All-American  /  Soccer America All-American  /  Soccer Buzz All-American  /  Hermann and MAC Award Finalist  /  All-WCC First Team  /  NCAA Final Four  /  WCC All-Academic Team
1997      Hermann and MAC Award Nominee  /  All-Far West Region All-American  /  All-WCC First Team
1996      All-WCC Honorable Mention  /  NCAA Final Four
1995      All-WCC Honorable Mention  /  All-WCC First Team  /  WCC Freshman of the Year  /  Soccer America Freshman All-American

John F. Kennedy High School:

1995      Parade Magazine High School All-American  /  USA Today Top-25 Recruit  /  NSCAA All-American  /  High School State Championship (Freshman & Senior Year)
1994     Parade Magazine High School All-American
1991-95  Team Leading Scorer  /  Team MVP  /  Scholar Athlete All-American  /  National Honor’s Society  /  Lettered in Soccer, Track & Field, Softball and Basketball

Education:  1999 University of Portland-Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology

Coaching Summary:

My desire to coach is a direct result of my college coach, Clive Charles. For him, coaching players was about sharing his love and knowledge of the game, while being respectful and honorable to his players. Being successful as a coach for him was defined by the growth of his players, not only on a soccer level, but as a person and teammate. I coach in hopes of sharing and achieving these same values with the players I coach.

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