December 2018
Club news & updates
Mercer Island FC is our community's volunteer-led, non-profit soccer club for kids of all ages. Let’s play!
MIFC Coach Darren Sawatzky named Head Coach of FC Tucson
Join MIFC in congratulating Darren Sawatzky on his appointment as Head Coach of FC Tucson. For the past five years, Darren has served multiple valuable roles for MIFC – principally as a Select trainer (for multiple teams) and a lead of our Coach and Player Development efforts. Darren shared his prodigious knowledge and soccer talent to help our club develop skilled players and instill a profound love of the game. 

"Working with Coach and Player Development VP Aaron Byers and Mercer Island FC was a fun, rewarding, and educational experience. Coaches Mark Sandwith and Jeff Cleator welcomed me into their team and each of the coaches on the island cares and works for kids in such an incredible way. I am grateful for the time I spent with each of the people in the Mercer Island community and all the education we worked to instill in the soccer community there. I look forward to the next adventure and I will be the biggest fan of Mercer Island FC from here on."

Darren's development sessions assisted Recreational and Select coaches with consistent techniques to use in practices and enhanced the level of play across our club at every level. He will be sorely missed, and we extend our gratitude to him for bringing the same level of professionalism and dedication to MIFC that he brings to the professional players he has been, and will continue, to guide in their careers.
MIFC Annual Meeting Features Guest Speaker Danny Rogers
Danny Rogers
The MIFC Board hosted the annual membership meeting on November 4 to elect new officers, review the club activities of the past year, and honor high school seniors graduating out of our programs. Voting members of the club consist of all registered coaches, assistant coaches and club board members.

Attendees got to hear from guest speaker Danny Rogers, former LA Galaxy Academy Director and current MIFC coach. Danny shared his thoughts a successful model for player development. Possession soccer, lots of touches on the ball, precision passing, and encouraging player decision-making are his keys to success.

Newly elected officers to serve two year terms include Greg Snyder, President and Heidi Martin, VP Select Soccer. The remaining MIFC officers were elected last year.

We thanked retiring Ken Robertson for his lengthy and exemplary service as VP of Referees. Finally, four teams of graduating seniors celebrated years of accomplishment and camaraderie, with lots of joy and some tears from their coaches.
MIFC G08 Flames Win Washington Youth Soccer Recreational Cup
On Saturday, December 8th, Coaches David Tubach, Scott Weiss and Adam Kinkead steered the MIFC Flame to the GU11 Washington Youth Soccer (WYS) Recreational Cup Championship. After an undefeated season in the Eastside Youth Soccer Association (EYSA) GU11 1st Division, the Flames entered the tournament with high hopes.

After a tough 2-1 quarterfinal win over the Lakewood Dominators and close 1-0 semi-final win over the Everett Blue Panthers, the girls were ready for the finals. The Flames vanquished opponent Mukilteo YSC Thunder in a decisive, come-from-behind 4-2 victory to bring home the trophy.

Coach commitment was instrumental to the team's success. Coach Adam participated in numerous MIFC sponsored coach development sessions to master our possession based rubric. Coach David accompanied his team to serve as ball girls for MIFC Night for UW Women's soccer. Perhaps the Huskies inspired these girls to greatness... or maybe it was the other way around!

Congratulations MIFC Flames on your state championship title!!
Don't forget to register for Winter Sharpness /Parent Skills Training Sessions - Starts January 11th
Mercer Island FC is once again offering this popular Friday night program, now in its sixth year. Starting January 11th and running through March 1st, Winter Sharpness allows players to scrimmage with other players of their age and skill level under the watchful eye of Mercer Island High School boys Coach Colin Rigby, assisted by experienced Mercer Island FC and Eastside FC coaches. There will be no session February 22nd during mid-winter break.
Not only do the kids get high quality academy style training from great coaches, but the parents can get a training session too! Aaron Byers, MIFC's Vice President of Player Development has the parents come and do the same activities the kids are doing and progressing through. You get a full understanding of why we do these activities with the players and you have a lot of fun. Last year we had 30+ parents work with Aaron each Friday night. Of course, you can always use the 90 minutes to go have a dinner with your spouse. But then you'll miss out on the fun of learning the same skills as your son or daughter!

Trainers expected to participate include Danny Rogers (LA Galaxy Academy for U12); Bev Yanez (Reign player and Academy Coach); OT Yanez (Former Columbus Crew Player, Beast Mode); Francois Delafosse (USSF A); Colin Rigby and James Valles (MIHS Varsity coaches). Aaron Byers (MIFC VP Player & Coach Development)

Winter Sharpness cost is $125. Register for Winter Sharpness here.
K-2nd grade @MIHS
Welcome Natalie Woods to the MIFC Marketing Team
Thanks to Natalie Woods for answering the call for a new club website coordinator. Natalie will support our MIFC website ( ) social media content efforts on Facebook ( mercerislandfc) and Twitter ( @mercerislandfc).

Natalie is a lifelong athlete, competing as a Division 1 gymnast in college. She has coached MIFC soccer teams for the past two seasons, witnessing the positive impact the club has on young athletes. "I am excited to be part of such an amazing organization."

Thank you Natalie for volunteering to join the board and help us keep our parents and players informed.
Open Board Positions
The MIFC Board of Directors is seeking interested members of our soccer community to join the Board as at-large members.

At-large board members are not elected positions, but are appointed by the Club President. In the role, you will spend time learning the operations of the Club and helping with discrete projects with the assistance of experienced Board members.

The Board meets once a month and is looking for new members to help with uniform and equipment ordering, coordinate the Micro Soccer program supervision, and oversee the field setup process. At-large board members are invited to attend the monthly meetings, but are not required to do so.

For those who aren't inclined to coach but want to get involved and contribute to the success of the club, this is a great way to make a positive difference in your child's soccer experience.

Interested or want more information? Contact MIFC President Greg Snyder at