Wurzberger Begins Course To Obtain UEFA 'A' Coaching License

July 18, 2008

SEATTLE - Washington men's soccer head coach Dean Wurzberger, who has been at the helm of the Husky program for the past 16 seasons, will travel to Shropshire, England for the first of a two-part course to obtain a UEFA 'A' Coaching License, July 19-31.

The 'A' license is one of the highest qualifications offered by the English Football Association. Part I of the course will be held at Lilleshal Hall National Sports Centre, while Wurzberger will attend the second part at the same location the following year.

Wurzberger earned entrance into the course due to his Scottish Football Association 'A' coaching license which he obtained in 1987. He was the first American to receive the Scottish 'A' license at the time.

In 16 seasons at Washington, Wurzberger has guided the Huskies to 12 NCAA Tournament appearances including back-to-back trips to the second-round in 2006 and 2007. He led UW to the inaugural Pac-10 Championship title in 2000 and three MPSF titles in 1992, 1998 and 1999. Wurzberger was tabbed Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2004 and is a three-time NSCAA Far West Region Coach of the Year.

The all-time winningest coach in UW men's soccer history and longest tenured coach in the Pac-10, Wurzberger picked up his 200th-career win with the Huskies' 1-0 victory over Furman last season. He coached one season at Sacramento State in 1985 before taking over the reigns at Washington. Wurzberger is just four wins away from reaching 200 as the Husky head coach.

Under Wurzberger's guidance, UW has a strong tradition of sending players into the Major League Soccer ranks. He mentored current MLS players Ely Allen (L.A. Galaxy), Mike Chabala (Houston Dynamo), Joe Franchino (L.A. Galaxy), Brandon Prideaux (Chicago Fire) and Craig Waibel (Houston Dynamo) during their UW careers as well.

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