Coach Timo Liekoski Joins Washington Youth Soccer
New state coaching leader brings experience
He's coached America's best players in the FIFA World Cup. He's coached talents from across the globe in the collegiate and professional ranks, including MLS, NASL and MISL.
And now, he's come to Washington to help take our state's players and coaches to the next level.
In November, Washington Youth Soccer introduced Timo Liekoski as the organization's new Technical Director. A veteran of nearly every level of coaching in the United States, Liekoski will lead the daily technical operations of all Washington Youth Soccer player and coaching programs. He will also oversee the implementation of the strategic change plan in all existing and new programs.
"I am looking forward to contributing to Washington state's rich and varied soccer environment, both in coaching education and player development," Liekoski says. "I hope that my years of experience will prove beneficial to the youth soccer community,"
Liekoski's experience is indeed vast, spanning 45 years and two continents. He has a U.S. Soccer Federation "A" License and UEFA Pro License, with various coaching certificates from coaching courses in England, Germany and Brazil. He is currently a NSCAA instructor and has been a U.S. Soccer instructor at all levels for 26 years.
In addition to his impressive licenses, Liekoski boasts on-field coaching experience in the collegiate, NASL, MISL and MLS ranks, and was an assistant coach for the United States' 1994 World Cup squad. From 1998 to 2008, Liekoski was a staff coaching instructor for the Finnish Football Association. He has also coached the U.S. Pan-Am Games team, Finnish youth national teams, and the US Soccer Academy Columbus Crew U18 team, and spent two years as head coach of Region II ODP.
Bill Nuttall, general manager of the 1994 World Cup USA National Team, worked closely with Liekoski throughout that breakthrough year for the U.S. Soccer program.
"Timo is a perfect choice to lead Washington Youth Soccer to the next level of youth development," Nuttall says. "He is experienced, respected and brilliant in his analytical approach to the modern global game. We are lucky to have him with us."
"We are excited to have Timo join us," says Doug Andreassen, Washington Youth Soccer President." We are fully confident that with Timo's experience, he will continue to help soccer grow at all levels throughout Washington."
Terry Fisher, Washington Youth Soccer CEO, agrees.
"Timo is 100-percent soccer 100-percent of the time," Fisher says. "Timo has lived the modern American soccer dream since 1966. His knowledge and expertise are beyond reproach. He is great teacher and fabulous clinician."
As the Technical Director, Liekoski will work closely with James Charette, Washington Youth Soccer's Director of Coaching Education. Charette looks forward to working with Liekoski to continue improving Washington's coaching education program.
"Timo has a vast amount of coaching experience that can benefit all levels of soccer in our state," Charette says. "We look forward to his contributions to Washington Youth Soccer."
Timo Liekoski can be reached at email@example.com or 440.804.6084.