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Head Coach: Ozzy Erkut



Email: ozzy.erkut@email.edcc.edu 

Ozzy Erkut will begin his fourth year at the helm of the program in 2018.  In his first three years at Edmonds Coach Erkut has complied an overall 20-30-7 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. Erkut was also honored as the North Region Coach of the Year. His overall record in North Region competition is 16-23-6. His is 1-2 in three NWAC playoff games.

In his three years as head coach of the Tritons, he has have moved several players on to four-year universities, and the program has become more comprehensive in nature. Sheriff Conta (DF) will play at Walla Walla University in the fall of 2018, as well as Abdoulie Danso (DF), who has signed at NCAA DII Adams State University. North Region All-Star Mohamed Elmoghbri was one of four Tritons who moved on to play at Northwest Christian University after the 2017. Joining him were Olisaemeka Obianozie (F), Sanad Elghanai (F), and Malcolm Fleming (MF). Defender Marcus Wilson played at Adams State University after the 2015 season with the Tritons, as well as Rell Sturdevant (F), who played at NCAA DIII Bethel University (MN). Additionally, numerous players have been given the opportunity to play with local semi-professional teams after competing at Edmonds.

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

Lucas BatesIntroduction: 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 and 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
  • FC Alliance 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 Community College men's soccer – 2011