The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
PUYALLUP, Wash.—Washington Premier Football Club (WPFC) used their Facebook page today to announce two high-profile hires. See the posts from the club as they were published, below.
Bryan Yorke named new Director of Coaching for WPFC / Franklin Pierce SC
Franklin Pierce Soccer Club and WPFC Fury are excited to announce Bryan Yorke as our new Director of Coaching. Bryan brings a USSF “A” License, a wealth of high level experience and has been a fixture in our regional soccer community for 15+ years at both Club Premier and College levels. Bryan’s past duties include Coaching, Youth Development Director, Technical Director, WSYSA ODP Staff Coach, Region IV Staff Coach and WSYSA Instructional Staff Coach. We look forward to his involvement and are very excited about the direction and growth of our club for 2013. Please look for Bryan on the Pitch soon and give him a very warm welcome.
Joe Waters Joins WPFC Coaching Staff
Local legend and former Director of Coaching of Harbor Soccer Club, Joe Waters joins Washington Premier’s elite coaching staff. Joe holds a USSF “A” license and brings to Washington Premier a wealth of soccer knowledge and 23 years of personal playing experience at the highest levels possible.
Joe grew up in Limerick, Ireland, and began his professional soccer career in 1969 at the age of 15. After playing for the Republic of Ireland U15 and U18 national teams, Joe competed for Leicester City and Grimsby Town, as well as the Irish national team. In 1984, Joe moved to the United States and joined the Tacoma Stars of the Major Indoor Soccer League. In 1987, “Jumpin” Joey led the Stars to the MISL finals for the first time in the team’s history. After a long and successful personal career, Joe retired from playing the game in 1992.
In 1992, Bellarmine Prep School recruited Joe to become the head coach of the boys’ soccer program. In his 20 years as head coach, Joe has led the team to 14 state tournament appearances winning two state championship titles in 2004 and 2008. In addition to his duties with the boys’ team, in 2003, Joe became the head coach of Bellarmine’s girls’ soccer team where he has led the team to 4 state tournament appearances and captured the state title in 2004. In September 2012, Joe was hired as head coach of the Tacoma Stars of the Professional Arena Soccer League.