Men's Soccer Head Coach: Ozzy Erkut
LYNNWOOD – Edmonds Community College announced the hiring of Oguzhan "Ozzy" Erkut as head coach for men's soccer on Monday, February 9. Erkut will take over the Triton program that has won three out of the last four NWAC North Region titles and reached the NWAC semi-finals in 2014.
"I am excited to coach for the Tritons men's soccer team," said Erkut. "Coming into
the strong soccer program with dedicated athletics sets the standards high for us
both on and off the field. I am looking forward to keeping the torch high and striving
for excellence with the team."
Ozzy's playing background includes two seasons at Bellevue College where his team reached the NWAC quarterfinals in 2006. He played in his native Turkey for Bursa Merinos FC, 3rd Div Professional Team and Youth Programs, Bursaspor FC Turkish, 1st Division Professional Team B & Youth Programs, and a Regional Select Player for the Turkish National Team.
Erkut has a strong education background. He earned a Master's from Hawaii Pacific University, a B.S. from Uludag University (Bursa, Turkey), an A.A. from Sakarya University (Sakarya, Turkey) and he has a UEFA B license from England.
Ozzy brings many years of coaching experience, including time as an assistant at Bellevue College, Arsenal FC Soccer Schools, Hawaii, Rainier Beach High School Boys and Girls Varsity, Women's Assistant Coach for NCAA Division II Chaminade University (Hawaii), Manchester United Soccer Schools, and FC Alliance.
"I am very happy that Coach Erkut is our new head coach," said Edmonds CC Athletic Director Jorge de la Torre. "His vision is to maintain the program's excellence on the field as well as setting high standards for the student-athletes in the classroom."