SEATTLE, WA — Seattle Sounders FC 2 announced on Tuesday the appointment of John Hutchinson as the club’s new Head Coach. The Australian native takes the reins for S2’s fourth season, and first based in Tacoma, Wash., following the departure of Ezra Hendrickson to become an assistant coach with the LA Galaxy.
“As S2 readies for its first season in Tacoma, we feel fortunate that we have a talented leader like John Hutchinson on-staff to lead the development of our top young pros in the United Soccer League,” said Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “Ezra Hendrickson has been a tremendous steward for our club, bolstering the launch of S2 in 2015 and guiding the development of our young players since that time. We wish him every success with the Galaxy in the next step of his career.”
Hutchinson served as an assistant to Hendrickson in 2017 for S2, and brings an impressive playing background to the club’s sideline after an accomplished career in his native Australia from 1996 through 2015.
The 38-year-old spent 10 seasons with the A-League’s Central Coast Mariners, where he set a club record with 268 total appearances and scored 18 goals. A three-time captain for the Mariners, Hutchinson skippered the 2013 Grand Final champion squad. In addition to playing for Sydney-based Northern Spirt and registering 89 appearances for the Gippsland Falcons, Hutchinson spent time with Chendu Blades in the Chinese Super League.