The Evergreen Premier League expanded to nine clubs for the 2018 season. Those 9 clubs will be bringing in 7 new head coaches as the elite adult men’s league experiences an era of unprecedented change.
Two of the new head coaches have yet to be announced. Defending EPLWA Champions Seattle Stars will reveal their new gaffer on Wednesday March 7. That will leave the Hammers of Bellingham United on the clock with how they will fill the spot left by the departure of Lance Calloway.
The most-recent addition to the league is Washington Premier FC’s Roy Lassiter. He becomes the second former Major League Soccer (MLS) player to join an EPLWA club this year. Lassiter comes in for Adam Becker, who switches over to coach the WPFC Women in the NWPL. Logan Emory was announced as the Head Coach at Vancouver Victory in December, coming in after former Husky Troy Ready did a season. Emory was also an MLS player.
Lassiter was the Head Coach of the Kitsap Pumas last year. He scored 27 goals in the first season of Major League Soccer, a record that has been tied but not beaten in the decades since.
Ab Moreno helped guide expansion club Tri-Cities Alliance FC into the league with a successful summer of friendlies and tournaments. 2018 will be his first year coaching in the league.
Long-time Yakima United gaffer Hector Vega stepped down so that Dennis Stevenson could get his chance to run the local side.
Matt Hererra was well-received by the Artesians in his stint as WISL indoor gaffer and has been asked to stay on outdoors as Oly Town FC plays their second EPLWA season. He takes over for last year’s Artesians gaffer Ray Finn.
The Seattle Stars won the league last year under Omar Lara, but he’s been wanting to bring in the guy who will be the new Stars leader for some time now. On Wednesday the Stars will introduce a familiar name, one they hope will continue to raise their level of play and exposure.