Men's Soccer Head Coach: Ozzy Erkut
Ozzy Erkut enters his second year as men's soccer head coach. In 2015 he guided the Tritons to a NWAC tournament appearance and was selected 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 - Marko Plackov
Marko Plackov is from Novi Sad, the second biggest city in Serbia. He has been playing soccer since his early youth. Through his playing experience in Serbia and USA he believes that soccer is passionate, intense, emotional, competitive, unpredictable and exciting.
When Plackov started coaching he discovered that, “Coaching soccer giving me a chance
to express my love, passion and knowledge about game through training sessions and
young players by educating them and helping them to become better players. I believe
that it will be a great opportunity to be a part of coaching staff for the men’s soccer
team at Edmonds Community College.”
- ETS “Mihajlo Pupin” (2011-2013)
- Highline High School (2013-2014)
- Edmonds Community College (2014-2015)
- Bryan University (2015-Current)
- FK Slavija
- FK Novi Sad
- FK Crvena Zvezda NS
- FK Proleter
- FK Borac
- Highline High School
- Edmonds Community College
- Coerver coaching
- Mercer Island FC
Assistant Coach - Christopher Cadogan
Christopher Cadogan has many years of playing and coaching experience. He competed for various club teams as well as Leesville Road High School and Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia where he earned a B.A. in Psychology. He later earned a master’s in Sports Administration and Leadership from Seattle University. In college Christopher earned numerous playing honors including Second-Team All-ODAC, Team MVP, Team Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Pac-9 All-Conference.
Cadogan’s coaching experience includes years of working with the Seattle United Premier League as a Regional and Premier Coach. He has his B license and a National Youth License from the United States Soccer Federation.
Chris said: “As a big believer in hard work, I try to provide my players (boys and girls) with the motivation and tools to compete to the best of their ability. In addition to a foundation of hard work, I believe that technical ability is an important part of any player’s development. Finally, as a coach I stress to young athletes the importance of physical fitness, nutrition, and a positive attitude toward competition. My passion for coaching and working with young athletes has allowed me to give back to the game that has given me so much as a player.”
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
Assistant Coach - Matthew Nelson
Matthew Nelson was born and raised in Renton, Washington, and has many years of competitive goalkeeping experience in the top youth leagues of Washington State. His playing career includes winning various tournaments, including a college showcase and goalkeeping competitions.
Nelson also has coaching experience with the Highline Premier FC youth soccer camps for a year, helping younger aged players with their technical ability as well as encouraging the love for the game. After this, Nelson moved on to help coach Highline Premier FC goalkeeper training sessions.
His knowledge of the game and experience as a goalkeeper helped him to work individually with the players to improve on their technique. He also spent time at Impact FC, working as an individual trainer. Nelson currently attends the University of Portland and will receive his major in elementary education and minors in mathematics and theology in May of 2017. He is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and Kappa Delta Pi national honor societies.