Men's Soccer Hires Assistant Coach

Jan. 22, 2001

Washington has hired former professional soccer player Seth Spidahl as assistant men's soccer coach, director of athletics Barbara Hedges announced.

A native of Anchorage, Ak., Spidahl spent three years playing professional soccer for the Seattle SeaDogs, during which his team won the 1997 Continental Indoor Soccer League Championship. He was a four-year letterwinner as a defender at Pacific Lutheran University and as a sophomore helped guide the Lutes to the NAIA playoffs and a 14-6-2 record.

Spidahl, 27, has been active in Seattle-area soccer at every level and most recently as the coaching director for F.C.United, a boys premier club team in Tacoma. He spent six years coaching within the F.C. United club ranks before being named director two years ago. During his tenure as coach, Spidahl guided his under-18 team, a club that featured current Husky defender Zac Tallman, to the 1999 national championship.

Spidahl was an assistant coach at the University of Puget Sound for the 1999 and 2000 seasons and guided the UPS team to a 12-5-3 record last year. Prior to that, he spent one season as an assistant and two as head men's soccer coach at Tacoma Community College. His TCC teams won two division championships and finished as runners-up in the 1998 state tournament.

Spidahl graduated magna cum laude from PLU in 1996. A science major with a 3.85 grade point average, he wasa two-time NAIA Academic all-American and was named PLU Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a senior.

'We are bringing aboard a proven winner in Seth,' said Husky men's coach Dean Wurzberger. 'He is an up-and-coming person in the profession, both locally and nationally. Seth is recognized for the work he has done with area youth teams, and he has a good eye for talent. He is a great addition to our staff.'

'This is a dream come true for me,' added Spidahl. 'The opportunity to coach at one of the top college programs in the country, with a first class staff, is the chance of a lifetime. I'm excited about the opportunity to coach at the Division I level. It's a step forward toward my goal of being a full-time college coach.'

The Pac-10 champion Huskies made their sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in 2000. They finished the year with a record of 14-6-0 after falling to final four participant Indiana in the second round.

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