Men's Soccer Head Coach: Ozzy Erkut
Ozzy Erkut enters his third year as men's soccer head coach in 2017. In two years on the sidelines at Edmonds, Coach Ozzy has complied an overall 18-17-5 record. His Tritons had a solid season in 2016, finishing with a 11-8-2 overall record and in third place in the very tough NWAC North (7-6-2). Edmonds defeated Clark College in overtime of a thrilling first-round playoff game, but would lose to Spokane in a quarterfinal tilt.
In 2015, Erkut guided the Tritons to a 7-9-3 mark (7-6-2 North) and a NWAC tournament appearance. Coach Ozzy was also honored as the North Region Coach of the Year.
Erkut brings several years of coaching experience, including time as an assistant coach at Bellevue College; senior coach for Arsenal FC Soccer Schools and Hawaii; Men’s Assistant Coach for NCAA Division II Chaminade University (Hawaii), and Manchester United Soccer Schools.
His impressive playing background consists of two seasons at Bellevue College where the team reached the NWAC quarterfinals in 2006. He played for his native country Turkey, professionally for Bursa Merinos FC, third division professional team and grew up playing youth academy programs of Bursaspor FC Turkish, first division professional team, and a regional select player for the Turkish national team.
Erkut was born in Bursa, Turkey and moved to the U.S. in 2004. He earned a master’s degree in business, specializing in international business, from Hawaii Pacific University, a bachelor of science degree from Uludag University (Bursa, Turkey), an associate of arts degree from Sakarya University (Sakarya, Turkey) and he holds a Union of European Football Association (UEFA) B license from England. He earned the Academic Leadership Award from NWAC and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.
Assistant Coach: Lucas Bates
Introduction: I have been involved with coaching soccer even during my long playing career, earning an USSF– E license while a junior at Bothell High School. My continuing education as a coach includes USSF-D license and Certifications through Arsenal FC Soccer schools. I have always felt my coaching education made me a more complete player and continually improved my skills by teaching them.
As a player I was always a multi-sport athlete with a passion for soccer and ultimately bring that diverse experience from High School - Football, Soccer and Baseball to my coaching approach respecting the value of cross training and focused skill training.
I am coming to Edmonds to pursue my education while gaining valuable experience working directly under coach Erkut and preparing to attend Union of European Football Association (UEFA), certification school. My previous experience includes many years as an academy coach for Arsenal FC Soccer Schools and Soccer Schools Hawaii as well as youth coaching with Northshore and Crossfire Select Clubs.
Soccer Coaching Experience
- Crossfire Select Club Assistant Coach G98 & G03 – 2015/16
- Northshore Select Club B95 - Assistant 2010- 2014
- Hawaii Soccer School Academy Instructor – 2010 – 2014
- Arsenal Soccer School Hawaii 2011- present
- Northshore Select Club GU16 Trainer– 2012-present
- FCAlliance Junior Premier Academy – 2011-2014
- Certification / License / Training
- Arsenal Soccer Schools – Youth Cert – 2014
- Arsenal Soccer Schools – Level 2 Cert – 2015
- WSYSA E License - 2009
- NSC Coaches Symposium 2009
- FA International School (candidate) 2015
- U13—U18 Northshore Select - District Champions / runner up 2006-09, State Cup Semifinals 2009
- U16 , U17 (post season) FC Alliance State Cup semifinalists 2007
- Bothell High School 3 years
- Everett College Varsity– 2011