Head Coach: Ozzy Erkut
Ozzy Erkut will begin his sixth season as the leader of the men's soccer program in 2020. For the second time in his tenure, he was named as the North Region Coach of the Year in 2019 by his peers. In fall quarter 2019 the program earned a 3.04 GPA, the highest mark in recent memory.
In his five seasons at Edmonds Coach Erkut has led the team to the playoffs two times. In 2016 the Tritons finished with an 11-8-2 overall record, including a 7-6-2 mark in the North. Edmonds defeated Clark College in overtime of a thrilling first-round playoff game, but would eventually lose to Spokane in a quarterfinal tilt. In 2015, Erkut guided the Tritons to a 7-9-3 record (7-6-2 North) and a NWAC tournament appearance. Erkut was also honored as the North Region Coach of the Year.
In his time as head coach of the Tritons he has moved many of his players on to four-year universities, and the program has become more comprehensive in nature. This past season sophomore goalkeeper Colin Hauser was selected to the NWAC All-Star team and signed to continue his academic and athletic journey at the University of Redlands, an NCAA DIII. Freshman Vinicius Armucho received the Transforming Lives Award from the Edmonds College Board of Trustees in March 2020, and former captain Kyle Aure (MF) has signed to play at Northwest Christian University for the upcoming 2020 season. Julio Abad, a local midfielder from Meadowdale High School, was honored as the Snohomish County Male Collegiate Athlete of the Year in September 2019. Abad was the Triton Athletics Male Athlete of the Year in 2018-19 and is currently playing for NCAA DI Long Island University.
After the 2019 season Ahmed Ahmed (MF) and Josh Morehead (DF) inked with NCAA DII Adams State University, and Taishi Adachi (MF) moved on to play at Wescliff University, an NAIA school in Irvine, Calif. Sheriff Conta (DF) signed at Walla Walla University in the fall of 2018, as well as Abdoulie Danso (DF), who continued his career at Adams State University. Former North Region All-Star Mohamed Elmoghbri was one of four Tritons who moved on to play at Northwest Christian University after the 2017 season. 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. Erkut continues to coach with Eastside FC, leading men's and women's teams year-round.
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 also has his US C License and his United Soccer Coaches Director of Coaching License. Ozzy earned the Academic Leadership Award from NWAC when he played at Bellevue and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. He currently resides in Kirkland with his wife Cara.
Assistant Coach: Kris Lowry
Kris Lowry will return to the sidelines of Triton Field in the fall of 2020 for his second stint as an assistant coach with the program. Lowry is a former Triton player, and started as a captain for Edmonds in 1992-93, helping lead the team to the NWAC championship game. He moved on to Arizona State University and later played indoor with the Arizona Sandsharks. Upon his return to the Pacific Northwest Lowry played with several pro, semi-pro, and amateur teams such as the Hibernian Saints, Utah Blitzz, and Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
Lowry grew up in Lake Forest Park and is a Shorecrest High School graduate. His high school coach was Teddy Mitalas, the former Triton women's soccer head coaching legend who earned NWAC championships in 2000 and 2002.
Lowry's coaching career began in 1987 as he worked on Whidbey Island at Northwest Soccer Camp under Cliff McGrath as a counselor and coach. He is no stranger to the NWAC soccer coaching ranks; he served as head men's soccer coach at Olympic College from 2008-2011 and was a youth academy coach and assistant for the Kitsap Pumas of the Premier Development League (PDL). Lowry's first coaching stint at Edmonds came in 2015 when he assisted Brandon Mitalas and helped the team to a 3rd place finish at the NWAC Tournament.
Currently, Lowry is a senior coach for Sound FC (formerly Surf) and leads three teams -- Boys 05, Boys 06, and Girls 02A. He resides in Edmonds with his girlfriend Katy and dog Rhett. He has three children -- Zachary, Shealyn, and Malia. In talking about his return to his alma mater Lowry said, "I am excited to return to Edmonds and be part of a great institution, community, and tremendous culture that Coach Erkut has put together."
Assistant Coach: Lucas Bates
Lucas Bates has been a fixture on Ozzy Erkut's staff since 2016, and will enter his fifth season as assistant coach in 2020. In the spring of 2020 he was named the new boys varsity head soccer coach at Everett High School.
Bates was a multi-sport athlete at Bothell High School, competing in football, baseball, and soccer. Ultimately, that diverse experience helped develop his coaching philosophy and approach, especially the value of cross training and focused skill training. His passion for soccer led him to Everett CC where he played for the men's soccer team in 2011.
Bates plans to obtain more certifications through the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) and currently holds his USSF C License. He began coaching as an academy coach for Arsenal FC Soccer Schools, and has also had stops at Northshore Select (2010-2014), FC Alliance Junior Premier Academy (2011-2014), Hawaii Soccer School Academy (2010-2014), and with Crossfire Select Clubs. He's been with Crossfire since 2015 on both the men's and women's side.
Bates is a positive motivator who has developed strong relationships with the players in the program the past four years.