Gabriel Back With Huskies As Volunteer Assistant Coach
Aug. 15, 2008
SEATTLE - Northwest soccer legend Jimmy Gabriel has rejoined the Washington men's soccer staff as a volunteer assistant coach, Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger announced. Gabriel previously served as an assistant coach for Wurzberger's Huskies from 1997-2002.
'We're delighted to have Jimmy Gabriel back with us,' Wurzberger said. 'He's not just a coach, he's a friend as well. Jimmy is one of the most experienced people to have in a match situation. We think his presence, maturity and his depth of mind are going to be a plus to our team so we're happy about that.'
Gabriel's previous tenure with the Huskies was one of the most successful stints in program history as he helped UW to three-straight conference championships including the 1998 and 1999 MPSF titles and the inaugural Pac-10 crown in 2000. He was also instrumental in coordinating the Huskies' overseas trip to England for the 2001 preseason, the first of its kind for a UW soccer team.
'It's something I really enjoyed so when Dean asked me to come back, I said that I would,' Gabriel said with regards to his previous time with the Huskies. 'I'm looking forward to seeing the guys play, and trying to help them as individuals and as a team. If we can get them all together and playing at their best, I'm hoping they'll have a chance to go all the way and win a national championship.'
Gabriel, a native of Dundee, Scotland, has a playing and coaching career that spans nearly 50 years. He came to the U.S. initially after playing for clubs in the Scottish and English Premier Leagues. He was also a member of Scotland's national team. His playing and coaching career brought him to Seattle in the 1970's, where he served in both roles with the Sounders for seven years. In fact, during that time Gabriel coached Wurzberger on the Sounders squad.
Gabriel moved on to coach the San Jose Earthquakes before returning to coach in England from 1986-97. It was then he came back to Seattle to work with the Huskies. Gabriel has also been the coaching director for the Washington State Youth Soccer Association and has worked in certification with the State Coaches Association.
Gabriel is also currently an assistant coach with the Seattle Sounders for the 2008 season.