Meet the Technical Department

Washington Youth Soccer's Technical Department is an incredible resource for all Washington Youth Soccer coaches, bringing together some of the state's most talented and dedicated soccer minds to help set the course for technical programming in our state.

Led by Technical Director Gary White, a veteran of FIFA World Cup qualifying and current U.S. Soccer staff coach who holds various FIFA and UEFA international coaching licenses, including the USSF and UEFA "A" Licenses, the Technical Department works daily to implement and execute the state's most important coaching initiatives, including the all-new Long-Term Player Development Plan, the Elite Player Development Program (EPD) and the Statewide Coaching Education Program.

For more information on any aspect of the Technical Department, or to contact any of the individuals listed below, visit the Technical Zone at WashingtonYouthSoccer.org.

Gary White, Technical Director • Gary@WashingtonYouthSoccer.org

A native of England, Technical Director Gary White holds a prestigious UEFA "A" License conducted by The FA, a USSF National "A" License and is a USSF National instructor. He has served as a head coach in the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup and CONCACAF Gold Cup. During qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, White - at just 26 years of age - was handed the reins of the Bahamian National Team, becoming one of the youngest national team head coaches in FIFA history. In 2006, White took the Bahamas up 55 places in the FIFA World Rankings, the biggest jump of any National Federation in the World that year.

As Technical Director, White is responsible for shaping the development and implementation of Washington's statewide player development and coaching initiatives, directing the Technical Department staff, and overseeing the state's seven Regional Development Officers and 40-plus appointed staff instructors. White also oversees our new Elite Player Development Program (EPD) and staff to ensure that Washington Youth Soccer's standards of technical education are being applied consistently at all levels of the game, and in all areas of Washington state.

Darren Sawatzky, Sounders FC/Washington Youth Soccer Director of Youth Development • darrens@soundersfc.com

As the Director of Youth Development for Sounders FC and Washington Youth Soccer, Darren Sawatzky has been a key figure in the development of the all-new Regional Training Center program, which provides top-level coaching and development to elite players statewide. As the Director of Youth Development for Sounders FC and Washington Youth Soccer, Darren Sawatzky has been a key figure in the development of the all-new Regional Training Center program, which provides top-level coaching and development to elite players statewide. Sawatzky plays an integral part in implementing the EPD programs set by the Technical Director and is responsible for the scheduling and management of the Regional Training Center (RTC) program. Darren plays a huge part in ensuring the highest level of development for Washington Youth Soccer players.

Kim Grant, Technical Administrator • Kimberly@WashingtonYouthSoccer.org

As Washington Youth Soccer's Technical Administrator, Kim Grant serves as the point person at the state office for all administrative issues pertaining to our EPD programs and other areas of technical development. Under the guidance of the Technical Director, Grant manages Washington Youth Soccer's extensive coaching education programs, and is instrumental in the daily operations of the Technical Department.




Bill Umana, Soccer Diversity Development Officer • Bill@WashingtonYouthSoccer.org

Bill oversees the Soccer Across Washington Program, is an instructor for the E & D License courses in Spanish, conducts outreach to coaches, identifies and connects with under-served communities in Washington to bring them soccer opportunities. Umana is also responsible for managing the scouting network to find elite players in underserved communities for inclusion in the RTC program.




Regional Development Officers

Washington Youth Soccer's Regional Development Officers (RDOs) work across the state with local Club and Associations to schedule and facilitate Washington Youth Soccer coaching education courses in their areas.

The seven RDOs across the state are:

For more information on any aspect of the Technical Department, or to contact any of the individuals listed below, visit the Technical Zone at WashingtonYouthSoccer.org.