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Gary White Named Technical Director
of Washington Youth Soccer

Washington Youth Soccer welcomed Gary White to our state's soccer staff last Tuesday, naming the former Snohomish United DOC to the position of Technical Director.

A USSF National "A" License coach and USSF National instructor who has served as a head coach in the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup and CONCACAF Gold Cup, White will now lead the daily operations and technical coaching staff of all Washington Youth Soccer player and coaching programs. He will also oversee the implementation of the planned strategic changes in all existing and new programs.

"I am honored to accept the position of Technical Director for Washington Youth Soccer," he says. "The passion and desire shown by Washington Youth Soccer's Governing Board and executives to be the nation's leading youth soccer organization has been infectious and clear to me since our initial discussions regarding the position. The level of professional personnel and support employed by Washington Youth Soccer is world-class and I am looking forward to being a pivotal member of this dynamic and forward thinking team."

White certainly understands the meaning of "world-class," having coached at the absolutel highest levels of the international game since retiring from the Australian Professional league in 1999.

In the past decade, White's career has been marked with countless highlights, including taking the Bahamian National team up 55 places in the FIFA World Ranking system in 2006 - the biggest jump of any National Federation in the world that year.White became one of the world's youngest-ever FIFA National Team head coaches at just 26 years of age during the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying competition, and has developed an international reputation for grooming elite youth players.

White's extensive background in both elite international play and youth player development gives him a uniquely holistic perspective on the game. It is this perspective that will guide him as he defines the philosophy and pathways for the development of Washington Youth Soccer players and ensures the state's programs are aligned with the world's modern trends in the sport.

"The list of applicants for this position was impressive and extremely competitive - with Gary we have found the right person for the task," says Terry Fisher, CEO/Executive Director Washington Youth Soccer. "He is a motivator, teacher-innovator and student of the game with enormous energy and passion to fulfill the needs of all Washington Youth Soccer members. This is the beginning of something extraordinary for our programs and I am looking forward to working with Gary."

In addition to several FIFA/IOC Licenses and his USSF National "A" License, White's coaching credentials also include UEFA, FA and NSCAA Elite Licenses. He has served as a FIFA National Federation Technical Director and Head Coach, as a FIFA and CONCACAF Technical Study Group Member and course presenter, and spent a decade on the FIFA World Player of the Year voting committee.

White has had an important influence on the local soccer community in his role as Technical Director of Snohomish United Soccer Club and through his work with Washington Youth Soccer's Sounders FC/Olympic Development Program.

"Gary is an outstanding fit for the role of Technical Director with Washington Youth Soccer," said Doug Andreassen, President Washington Youth Soccer. "His proven track record for building successful recreational and elite soccer programs, along with his passion for helping all kids discover and grow their love for the game will be a tremendous asset to Washington Youth Soccer and its entire membership."

Since White's hire last week, congratulations have been coming into the state office from influential soccer figures from across the globe. Jack A. Warner, FIFA Vice President and President of CONCACAF/CFU wrote, "It is my distinct pleasure to extend warmest congratulations to you [Gary White] on your appointment, which you so thoroughly deserve. I have full confidence that your vast experience over the years will serve you in good stead."

Ian Woan, first-team coach for Portsmouth FC of the Barclay's English Premier League and a close colleague of White's, wrote, "This is a wonderful appointment made by Washington Youth Soccer and one that I know will bring much success."

For more information, contact Elizabeth Flannery at elizabeth@wsysa.com or 253-476-2237, x112.

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