VANCOUVER, Wash. —(club release) The Washington Timbers Football Club, SW Washington’s oldest and largest soccer club, is pleased to announce the addition of three new staff members. Sean Janson has been hired as the club’s new Executive Director, Brett Jacobs as the Technical Director, and Kat Tarr as the Junior Academy Coordinator.
Sean Janson will serve as WTFC’s new Executive Director and will be responsible for day-to-day management of the Club. Sean is “extremely happy” to be joining the Club, “This is a dream job for me. I am so grateful to be a part of this. The Washington Timbers are one of the most respected clubs around and I’m very excited about what the future will bring.” Sean grew up playing soccer in Southwest Washington, was a goalkeeper at Concordia University and is the current Women’s Head Coach at Clark College. It came as no surprise to learn that he has been voted the most inspirational player on every team he ever played on – his enthusiasm, love of the SW Washington soccer community, and positivity are contagious. Sean can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As WTFC Technical Director, Brett Jacobs will be responsible for all aspects of our U8-U19 Junior Academy and Academy programs. Coach Jacobs’ impressive resume and elite coaching background will be relied on heavily to increase competitiveness of the Washington Timbers teams, players, and coaches. Our Academy side is focused on players and family and provides soccer education throughout most of the year. It is generally considered our more competitive group and players are placed on teams only after tryouts.
A USSF ‘A’ licensed soccer coach, Coach Jacobs has an impressive coaching background. His coaching experience includes four years as an assistant coach in Major League Soccer with the Colorado Rapids. Winning the MLS Cup in 2010. Broadcasting Match analyst for the Portland Timbers. United Soccer Leagues Coach Michigan Bucks winning back to back national titles in 2006/2007, College coach at the University of West Florida and was a full time academy coach for Wimbledon Football Club in London England.
In addition to his USSF ‘A’ license, Coach Jacobs is currently earning his UEFA ‘A’ license and has already secured his NSCAA Premier Diploma, NSCAA Advanced National license, and USSF National Youth license. Coach Jacobs is currently a national staff instructor with US Soccer and the head regional coach for US Youth Soccer Region 4. We are very fortunate to have such a prestigious coach on board to lead our Academy side. Brett is eager to get started and feels there is a great deal of potential to build on an already successful program.
Katarina “Kat” Tarr will serve as the new Junior Academy Program Coordinator. Kat will be responsible for day-to-day management of U8-U10 Junior Academy Programs providing players the technical skills necessary to be successful in U11 and beyond. The Washington Timbers Junior Academy is an environment that educates players, coaches, and parents on what the soccer future is like within the Washington Timbers organization. Kat is passionate about the importance of educating our youngest players and her commitment to this program is profound.
Kat grew up playing in Southwest Washington and is one of the most successful soccer players to ever come out of our community. Her impressive playing experience includes: Columbia River HS, CPSC Timbers, University of Missouri, Chicago Red Stars & Buffalo Flash of National Women’s Soccer League, TeBe Berlin & SGS Essen of the German Bundesliga, and the Portland Thorns of the National Women’s Soccer League.
Jeff Castagnola will continue to serve the Recreational Director for Vancouver United and Camas/Washougal Recreational Programs. The Recreational side strives to ensure all players have an opportunity to play soccer and have fun. There is no tryout process to play on a recreational team. Jeff will continue to manage the recreational coaches, provide educational opportunities for the coaches and assistance with practice planning and running sessions for our teams. Jeff is a USSF C, US Youth National Y, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, NCSAA VI, and NSCAA GK Level II licensed coach. Jeff has been with the Club for five years and under his direction, the Recreational soccer program has grown 20%.
In addition to our excitement about new staff, the Club is also working on significant facility upgrades. Our headquarters and home fields are located at Harmony Sports Complex at 1500 NE 192nd Avenue. We are working to add lit synthetic turf fields in 2015 to offer the kids of Southwest Washington the quality facilities they deserve. We are always looking for partners in the community to help us with this important project, please contact Sean Janson if you’re interested in getting involved.
For more information about any of our programs, please visit our website at washingtontimbers.com.