Washington Youth Soccer Technical Director Kim Calkins has been appointed the Head Coach for the Sounders Women for the upcoming 2016 season. The Sounders Women have served as a stepping stone for WA Youth Soccer Elite Player Development (EPD) and collegiate players to continue their development toward the professional ranks. WA EPD teams recently competed in the US Youth Soccer Region IV ODP Championships and brought four titles back to Washington. Calkins, who will continue in her role as WA Youth Soccer Technical Director, oversees the EPD program.
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Sounders Women make changes for the 2016 season, bring Calkins on to coach
The Sounders Women will see some changes for the spring of 2016. For over a decade, the Sounders Women have fostered an environment for young female soccer players looking to make the jump to the next level. With a plethora of players going on to the professional ranks, and top level former players including Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, Sydney Leroux and others, the organization will again adapt to the ever changing soccer community in the United States by playing in the WPSL this spring. With the change in league comes a reorganization within the club and the hiring of Kim Calkins as the new head coach.
Hubert Busby, who has served as head coach for the past three years, will move into the Technical Director role to help Calkins with player recruitment and continue to build the “player first” initiative with both the Sounders Women and the Sounders U23 teams.
“Hubie has been a great ambassador, coach, and consultant for our club for years,” said Darren Sawatzky, VP/GM for the Sounders Women, “Having his expertise focused on the technical advancement of our mission and the building of our club for both teams will be a huge asset for the future.”
Kim Calkins, who also serves as the Technical Director for Washington Youth Soccer, comes to the Sounders Women fresh off four regional championships with the Washington EPD teams. Calkins is a native of Spokane, Washington who played college soccer at the University of Portland where she earned First Team All-WCC honors and helped lead the Pilots to three NCAA College Cup final four appearances. Calkins was also a member of the US U21 and Full Women’s National team pools.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity to coach competitive young women who wish to grow as soccer players. The Sounders brand is associated with everything soccer in this city and it is an honor to wear their crest,” says Calkins, “Seattle has a rich community of soccer, and I couldn’t be more fortunate than to be a part of it. The women’s game boasts of multiple collegiate programs and this team gives those players a home for the summer along with the other top performing players.”
Calkins served as an assistant coach at Gonzaga University then spent time coaching within the Spokane Shadow, Eastside FC, and Washington Premier soccer clubs. She took over as the program director for the state EPD and Coaching Education programs in 2013 and serves as a scout for US Soccer National Training Centers. Calkins holds a USSF National B License and is working toward her National A currently.
“Kim represents a modern coach with great experience in the game and she is vastly connected as Washington Youth Soccer Technical Director”, explained Sounders Women Co-owner Cliff McElroy, “As we continue our goal of putting the player first and giving great opportunities to these young women, Kim fits the model very well.”
Busby and Calkins will work immediately on the roster for the 2016 season and will host tryouts in March for aspiring local players looking to take their game to the next level. Announcements for the tryouts will be coming soon.
“We are thrilled to have Kim join our club. I look forward to working with her to build a roster as well as assist players to reach the next level, “stated Busby, “Being a former professional player, her insight will be invaluable to our players.”
The Sounders Women team will again play games at Starfire Sports Complex and surrounding venues as they look to connect with the local soccer community more and more while fostering the “player first” initiative. Stay tuned for announcements on player acquisition, tickets, and schedule coming in the weeks ahead.
For questions about the Sounders Women and Sounders U23 teams, please contact Darren Sawatzky firstname.lastname@example.org.