Mitsui Lands CoSIDA Academic All-American Award
The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released its Academic All-American selections for the sport of women's soccer on Friday with Pacific Lutheran University student-athlete Takara Mitsui earning the accolade for the second consecutive season. Read More
Seth Spidahl, the current technical director for the nationally renowned and locally based Washington Premier Football Club, was named womens soccer head coach and director of soccer at Pacific Lutheran University on Feb. 2, 2012.
In his first season at the helm of the PLU program, Spidahl led the team to its first winning season since 2006 and the end of a 27-match loss streak to cross-town rival Puget Sound. He followed that up in his second year with the programs first double-digit win total since 2006 and the highest conference finish since 2005. His third season saw the team put together its best season in 20 years, winning 14 games and setting a program record with 12 NWC victories while tying for second in the conference standings. The 2015 season saw the program take yet another step forward with 15 victories and sole possession of second in the NWC standings while allowing only nine goals – the programs fewest since 1987.
As Washington Premiers technical director since March 2011, Spidahl directs a total of 63 boys and girls youth teams, with over 950 total athletes. He creates and oversees training curriculum, hires administrative and coaching staff, and also directs fundraising and annual budgets for the club.
Kate Green joined the Pacific Lutheran womens soccer coaching staff prior to the 2013 fall season.
Green boasts coaching experience at both the club and intercollegiate level, including a previous stint at PLU as a womens soccer assistant in 2004. She currently assists the Washington Premier team ECNL and is the head coach of the junior squad after serving as head coach of both the Puget Sound Slammers and Rainier Valley Slammers in recent years.
Along with her time at PLU, Green also assisted the womens soccer program at her alma mater The Evergreen State College in 2009, where she twice earned all-conference honors as a player. Her playing career includes time with the Tacoma Stars semi-pro indoor team and the Seattle Hibernian Saints semi-pro outdoor team, along with Seattle University.
Joe Birklid joins the Pacific Lutheran coaching staff prior to the 2016 season.
Birklid has nine years experience coaching with Washington Premier FC and two years at MRFC. As a youth coach helped win state championships in 2011 (99 WPFC Boys) , 2012 (01 WPFC Girls), and 2014 (01 WPFC Girls).
Birklid played collegiately at the University of Washington, helping the Huskies make three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2003. He finished his career as a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic honoree and was a CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII honors as a senior.
Tanzer joined the Pacific Lutheran womens soccer staff prior to the 2016 season.
A PLU alum, Tanzer boasts considerable experience as both a player and coach. He currently serves as a coach for the Washington Premier FC. Prior to that, Tanzer coached for ÖFF, an Olympic Development program in Sweden and IFK Norrköping, a professional team in Swedens top division. While with ÖFF, he led the u18 boys team to a national title in 2013. Prior to that, Tanzer was the technical director and director of coaching for Smedby AIS, helping the womnes team earn promotion to the top division in 2011.
A 2000 PLU graduate, Tanzer was a three-time All-Northwest Conference selection as a Lute, securing Third Team All-American accolades in 1998. He still owns program records for single season saves (101) along with career records for career saves (289), goals against average (1.20), and minutes played (2,048).