Spidahl Accepts Position With Local Youth Soccer Club
April 24, 2009
SEATTLE - University of Washington assistant men's soccer coach Seth Spidahl has resigned his position on the Husky staff after eight seasons to accept a full-time appointment with a local youth soccer club.
Spidahl, who joined the Husky program prior to the 2001 season, will expand his role with Redmond, Wash.-based youth soccer club Crossfire Premier - a club at which he has coached youth teams for the past two years. He will also handle a number of administrative duties within the club. In addition to his role with Crossfire, Spidahl will serve as the head coach of the Seattle Wolves, a Tukwila, Wash.-based amateur Premier Development League team.
'The last eight-and-a-half years at Washington have been the best for me, in terms of personal and professional growth,' said Spidahl. 'I want to thank Dean (Wurzberger) for the opportunity to work with the Husky program. The coaches, staff and athletes at Washington really are top-notch and I look forward to watching them continue to succeed.
'The hardest part of leaving Washington will certainly be the part that makes the job so special - the student-athletes. I've been heavily involved with recruiting and coaching almost all of them for the last eight years and I've developed some pretty special relationships. I'm glad that I will be able to continue coaching some of them with the Wolves.'
During Spidahl's tenure at Washington, the Huskies have reached at least the second round of the NCAA Tournament four times including a school-record Sweet 16 appearance in 2003. Among those Huskies Spidahl helped recruit over the years were UW All-Americans C.J. Klaas, Mike Chabala and Ty Harden, all of which were drafted by Major League Soccer teams. Spidahl also helped recruit and coach UW's back-to-back Pac-10 players of the Year Ely Allen (2007) and Kevin Forrest (2006), also MLS draft picks. He also coached MLS first round draft selection George John both in the youth and college levels.
'Without a doubt we will miss Seth,' said Wurzberger. 'He did a great job in our program with recruiting, coaching and mentoring our athletes and he will leave some big shoes to fill. I am looking forward to watching his career continue to move forward and I wish him the best.'