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Highline Premier FC

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Highline Premier FC Coaching Staff

Community-Oriented Professionals 

We have a diverse coaching staff that shares a goal of giving back to the Highline community. All of our coaches have illustrious playing backgrounds and share a passion for the game. Most importantly, we believe Highline Premier coaches are more than just a coach. They are mentors, teachers, and advocates who are committed to continuous improvement and developing players and their families. Each coach cares about all players, not just as soccer players but as young people.

Director of Coaching 

Dee Abasute

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Coaching Philosophy: I coach because I love the game and the values I developed as a result of participating in team sports. As a coach, I value building individual and team confidence, continuous learning, and having fun. I want to see players grow as teammates, athletes, and individuals. Developing interpersonal skills and individual characteristics that would help a player on and off the field is my primary goal, because, realistically, lessons learned through playing team sports will outlast most players’ playing careers. Overall, I want to create a coaching and team environment that cultivates value-based individuals and players who will stay connected to the game through various paths.

Assistant Director of Coaching 

Andre Gutierrez

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Coaching Philosophy: I coach and mentor young athletes because I love the game and the fundamental values I developed as a result of participating in youth soccer. One of the most important skills I learned throughout my soccer career was to always “keep an even keel” and I always project that down to the players I coach or mentor. I strongly value work ethic, commitment, and “serious” fun as I believe those are the key components to a solid foundation on and off the soccer field. My favorite quote is “Work Hard. Play Hard” and that is the essence of my mantra in my personal life and my coaching style.


HPFC Eagles 2003 Blue
 

Jacob Gordon

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Coaching Philosophy: All teaching and learning centers around the teacher-student relationship. Communication is at the heart of that process. I strive to instruct my players through a positive lens that is honest and demanding. I believe that player autonomy is important and strive to create an environment where players learn how to think about the decisions and problems they face. I enjoy showing players how their strengths can help them learn within unique roles that benefit the team. Regarding style of play, I encourage the teams I coach to utilize fundamentals and principles of play to possess the ball and to stay disciplined in defending, while using individual and collective creativity in the final third to create and take chances.

HPFC Eagles 2010 Blue 

Adil Lafkih

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Coaching Philosophy: I grew up in Morocco. I speak English, French, Arabic, and a native Moroccan dialect. I love that soccer is a world sport, as I have traveled the world in my studies and life. I studied in Paris, France and South Carolina, before moving with my wife to Seattle. We love living in the West Seattle neighborhood. I am currently pursuing a Master's in Teaching and Teaching Certificate, with focus on teaching the French Language.

HPFC Heat 2008 Blue  

Alfredo Tafoya

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Coaching Philosophy: I believe in this game’s ability to forge confidence on and off the field. I strive to provide every player the tools to play this game with confidence that allows them to have fun. I achieve that through developing their sense of knowing how to pass, dribble, and move with or without the ball. With this as a foundation, I believe players can learn to play not only as individuals, but as a team. I demand the most from players through honesty and respect for the game. I hope to pass these traits on and share my love for game.

 

HPFC Heat 2006 Blue & HPFC Heat 2009 Blue  

Hector Betancourt

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Coaching Philosophy: I am a coach whose passion for the game comes at the highest level. We must remember as coaches that through soccer we are developing young men and women to become professionals wherever life takes them.

HPFC Eagles 2009 Blue 

Ben Lee

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Coaching Philosophy: Learning the game of soccer is easy, it is a sport of few tactics and rules. To play it the right and simple way though, is where its challenge lies. Playing requires discipline, focus, determination, awareness, and "perfect practice" to improve skills. To hone one's abilities, I am a proponent of the mantra that 'perfect practice makes permanent', especially regarding the 10,000-hour belief. It is a lifestyle. We want to coach soccer in a way that is easily understood and accessible for all ages so that it is initially, enjoyable. Falling in love with the game at a young age blossoms a type appreciation for playing and thus, a willingness to give everything to become a better player and person.

HPFC Eagles 2009 Blue  

Harry Lee

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Coaching Philosophy: This game is simple, beautiful, and is enjoyed across the world. Playing and learning requires discipline, focus, determination, awareness, and happiness. We should make it our goal to learn something new every day; this game is no exception. Tactical awareness and technical skill are equally valuable to this game, both have advantages and nuances. A comfortable environment can harbor these, while an intense one can ingrain ideas and concepts; I hope to provide both. Being a part of this community, a global one at that, is a lifestyle that is imbued with passion. I want to coach soccer in a way that is easily understood and accessible for all ages so that it is instructive yet enjoyable. I strive to encourage and promote a love for the game at a young age that pushes players to appreciate the game, themselves, and the others around them. Coaching gives me an opportunity to instill the tools needed for players to give everything in their development, as players and people.

HPFC Heat 2011 Blue  

James Conroy

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Coaching Philosophy: I believe a successful coach assesses each player's strengths and weaknesses and crafts a learning plan of tools and strategies each player will need to successfully operate on the field. Secondly, the individuals must be inspired and guided as a collective bunch to work in concert towards a stated goal. Doing so builds confidence in their character and abilities and allows them to grow as successful individuals and a cohesive unit.

HPFC Eagles 2008 Blue 

Juan Franco

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Coaching Philosophy: Football is a lesson of life and thanks to this beautiful sport I learned many lessons in my life and I want to share my experiences with players. My work as a coach is to recognize the strengths of each player and teach them how to use their skills in order to be part of a team.

 

 

 

HPFC Heat 2009 Red  

Joe Supang

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Coaching Philosophy: I have been playing soccer for 20 years. I played competitively throughout college until I graduated from Seattle University. Each year, I learn something new. I think that a coach who thinks he knows everything sells himself and his kids short. The best coach tends to reflect on their wins and loses and embraces an intellectual exchange of ideas with others. I am fortunate to have been able to work with many coaches who share this philosophy. It is through the exchange of ideas with these coaches that I learn so many great plays, practice drills and schemes. One of the themes that I have learned from fellow coaches is how to be a player-centered coach. Practices are structured so that each player’s needs are met, by scaffolding my coaching strategies so that each player knows what he or she can do to improve to the next level, and stay motivated. The game is not about my personal wins, but about teamwork and seeing young players improve, feel successful and learn how to manage themselves on and off the field.

 

HPFC Eagles 2011 Blue  

Mick O'Byrne

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Coaching Philosophy: I believe in creating a demanding but fun learning environment that fosters healthy competition. The development of individual skills, independent decision-making, and field awareness are central to learning both in training and game situations. Players need to be free to make mistakes to learn and grow their confidence on the ball. My task is to create experiences from which the players learn, communicate clearly, offer encouragement, build trust, and provide opportunities for our players to analyze and reflect on their play. Although our style of play will depend on the players’ strengths, players will be encouraged to posses individually and as a team, take risks in the right situations, and stay disciplined in defense. Success in results will come when the team excels in their performance.

Highline Premier Administrative Staff

James Conroy
Director of Operations, [email protected]

TBD
Registrar, [email protected]

Adrian Lee

Fields & Referee Coordinator, [email protected]

John Boe

Accountant,

Contact Us

Highline Premier Football Club

126 SW 148th Street, Suite C100 - Box 187
Burien, Washington 98166

Phone: 206-825-0313
Email: [email protected]

Highline Premier Football Club

126 SW 148th Street, Suite C100 - Box 187
Burien, Washington 98166

Phone: 206-825-0313
Email: [email protected]
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