As part of the 50th Anniversary of Washington Youth Soccer, we want to know who the best men, women, and soccer citizens have been over the first 50 years of WA Youth Soccer. In a soccer-rich community like Washington, the Top 50 players could be hotly debated...
While he was part of two national championship teams at Seattle Pacific University, Chuck Sekyra is probably best known as coach of the state’s first women’s NCAA winner. SPU won the 2008 Division II crown and did so with a team featuring mostly homegrown players.
From 2003-2014 Sekyra’s Falcons earned 12 straight NCAA tournament berths, seven conference championships and went 209-34-20 overall. Previously he was an assistant for the SPU men and University of Washington women. The Kent native also served as Washington Youth Soccer's ODP (now EPD) girls U16 team from 1996-2009 and on the Region IV ODP staff for seven years.
In completing his list, Sekyra was struck by the difficulty of choosing just 18, the abundance of attacking talent and that Washington produced two of the country’s top keepers.
“A lot of these players are just great people, and so it’s amazing to see them have such an impact on the game,” he said.
Washington Youth Soccer’s 50th anniversary year provides an opportunity for multiple generations to share stories of what made particular coaches, teams and players stand out.
“I hope we can share how unbelievable Michelle Akers played, the greatness of a Shannon Higgins or Lori Henry and how dominating Theresa Wagner, Annie Schefter or Tara Bilanski could be,” he said. “If kids saw these players today they would say, ‘Wow, I want to play like her.’”
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Sekyra’s Top 18 – Made in Washington