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Coaching Staff
Darren Sawatzky: General Manager & Head Coach

Certification: USSF “A”, BS in Organizational Communications

Coaching History: Tualitan Hills SC (1991) , FC Portland (1992-1995, 2001), FC Seattle (1990-1992), University of Portland Soccer Camps (1991-1995), New England Revolution Camps (1996-1997), Dallas Burn Camps (1998), Colorado Rapids Camps (1999), Seattle Sounders Camps (2000), Highline Heat Technical Director (2000), Portland Timbers Soccer Camps (2001), Central Catholic High School (2001), Thomas Jefferson High School (2002-2006, 4A state champions, 4A Coach of the Year), Highline Premier Football Club Director of Coaching (2002-2008), University of Washington Assistant Coach (2003-2006), Seattle Sounders Head Assistant Coach (2006-2008, USL Champions 2007), Washington Youth Soccer ODP Director (2008-present), Sounders FC Director of Youth Development (2008-present)

Coach’s Playing History: University of Portland (1991-1995), Cascade Surge (USL, 1995-NW Rookie of the Year), UNAM Pumas/Leon training camps (Mexico, 1995), Member US Olympic Team Pool (1995-1996), New England Revolution (MLS, 1996-1997), Leicester City Training Camp (EPL, 1996), Dallas Burn (MLS, 1998), Hershey Wildcats/Charleston Battery (USL, 1998), Colorado Rapids (MLS, 1999), Suwon Samsung Training Camp (Korea-2000), Seattle Sounders (USL, 2000), Portland Timbers/Kansas City Comets (USL/MISL 2001), Seattle Sounders (USL, 2002-2004),

Mike Jennings: Assistant Coach

Founded Tacoma Tide of USL/PDL -  2006
Acquired Seattle Sounders Women of USL / W League -  2009
Founder / Principle MVP Physical Therapy - Physical Therapist - Manages the Starfire Clinic
Earned USSF ’A’ License 1990
NAIA National Coach of the Year 1985 (University of Puget Sound)
Lives in Tacoma, WA
Married to Nancy, Children Trevor, Jordan and Chelsea

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Jason Prenovost: Assistant Coach

Jason Prenovost joins the Sounders U-23 for his first year with the club. However, with nearly 20 years in coaching, it’s certainly not his first year teaching the beautiful game. Prenovost is an ODP/EDP coach for the state of Washington as well as the Highline Community College Head Coach. Jason has won seven NWAAC Divisional Championships with Highline C.C., making him the “All Time Winningest Coach” for men’s soccer in the league.

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Ben Dragavon: Goalkeeper Coach

The Sounders U-23 goalkeepers will be under the guidance of Ben Dragavon in 2012. Ben has multiple appearances in Major League Soccer under his belt including stints with the Seattle Sounders FC. Dragavon has also coached camps and youth soccer since 2002. He now serves as Western Washington University goalkeeper coach as well.

"We are fortunate to have Ben working with our keepers this year,” Darren Sawatzky said. “He is a good goalkeeper and a quality goalkeeper coach that brings the right mentality to the position”

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Fawzi Belal: Assistant Coach

Fawzi joins the Sounders FC U-23 coaching staff as an assistant. He has coaching experience as the current Olympic Development Program Co-Head Coach for the 1996 age group. Fawzi also coaches for youth club, Washington Rush. Belal’s playing resume includes the Sounders Reserve team.

 

 


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Alejandro Charif: Assistant Coach

Alejandro joins the Sounders FC U-23 coaching staff as an assistant. His coaching experience reaches back to 1997, when he began coaching club soccer at Mercurio Soccer Academy in Van Nuys, California. After earning his "A" level coaching licence in 2000, he began coaching at the collegiate level for Pierce College in Los Angeles, CA. Most recently, Alejandro has been coaching within the Sounders FC youth programs. His playing career spans over almost 20 years, beginning in 1975 with Club Atlético Chacarita Juniors in Buenos Aries, Argentina, and ending in 1993 with The Emporers SC from Los Angeles, CA.

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