FWFC’s Coaching Staff
FEDERAL WAY, WA— (club release) FWFC Director of Coaching Fawzi Belal is excited to announce the hiring of two new USSDA coaches here at FWFC that will play key roles in our transition to meet US Soccer’s new initiatives.
According to the new DOC at Federal Way, FWFC Members and the Federal Way soccer community will benefit greatly by the new mix of young hungry coaches and strong veteran coaches.
New additions to the Federal Way coaching staff are highlighted by two out of state hires, Henry Brauner and Mark Bickham.
On top of coaching three FWFC Boy’s teams, 2006 Blue, 2002 Blue and 2001 Blue teams he will be the Boys Technical Director for the club.
Coach Brauner has been a USSDA coach for Real Salt Lake since 2014 assisting, or overseeing the planning, development and coaching of the RSL-Elite players. Prior to that he was head coach at Pima College, coached FC Tucson in the PDL, and was Technical Director at Tanque Verde SC.
Coach Brauner has played soccer on the Philippines National Team, professionally in the PDL, and was captain of his Worcester State University team in college.
Coach Bickham will be coaching the boys 2005 Blue Team, along with the girls 2004 and 2002 Blue teams.
For Coach Bickham, this is a homecoming as he returns to the Puget Sound. A graduate of Decatur High School in Federal Way, Coach Bickham has deep roots in the community and is one of the founding members of Starfire Sports in Tukwila. He comes to FWFC via Sacramento where Coach Bickham was the Sacramento Surge’s Head Coach and General Manager. He has also spent time coaching the San Jose Earthquakes U23 team in the PDL, coached collegiately at Tacoma CC, Bellevue CC, and William Jessup University, as well as a very extensive resume coaching in the youth soccer realm.
As a player he played indoor professionally for the Milwaukee Wave (AISA), Tacoma Stars (MISL), Denver Thunder (NPSL), Sacramento Knights (CISL) and Canton Invaders (NPSL).
Previously announced, long time FWFC coach James Cecil has been promoted to Girl’s Technical Director. James has been a mainstay of the FWFC girls coaching staff and will bring his depth of knowledge to the girl’s staff and the Junior Academy program.
Fawzi believes that his two Technical Directors and new coaching additions will bring exciting points of influence to the club. Full staff can be seen at http://www.Federalwayfc.com/join.
Changes in US Soccer
U.S. Soccer initiatives are requiring all member clubs to rethink their soccer offerings.
Next year, the world of youth soccer will continue its evolution as all members of U.S. Soccer will begin to transition on two key factors to encourage further youth development. The first change will be the nationwide adoption of Small-Sided Games and the second will be a shift from school-year to calendar year for the age grouping of teams.
These changes are designed to help maximize the development of young soccer players, however; changes can leave uncertainty within clubs and their members with their path forward.
FWFC Embracing the Changes
Federal Way FC has embraced these changes and is meeting them head on in new and exciting ways.
From hiring Fawzi, strengthening an already strong coaching staff, to implementing new club wide development philosophies; FWFC is laying the foundation to support and maximize soccer development in FWFC players for years to come.
Starting with the implementation of club wide programming geared towards the technical development of all of the Federal Way players. Fawzi’s initiatives have both FWFC players and coaches extremely excited about the future of soccer in this community.
The new club initiatives are a great cornerstone for the future of Federal Way soccer! For more information on FWFC visit our website at Federalwayfc.com.