The Tacoma Tide FC has a new head coach to lead them in an exciting North West soccer scene. It is not an exaggeration to say that Greg Howes, the Tacoma Tide FC’s new head coach for 2009 is a world class soccer presence. Howes’ experience in competing for the United States National Team and numerous indoor soccer accolades is only equaled by his representation of our National Futsal team in the World Championships. Howes brings a number of things to the Tide with his appointment of Head Coach. One of the biggest factors is his understanding of the current soccer climate in the NW.
General Manager & Owner of the Tide – Mike Jennings:
“The Tacoma Tide Sports Club is proud to introduce Greg Howes as our new head coach of the Tacoma Football Club. Tacoma and Pierce County have a rich tradition of quality soccer and I am pleased that the Tide will have the services of one of its own outstanding soccer products to guide our team this season. Greg is a wonderful player and a strong, up and coming coach. I am looking forward to working with him in the 2009 campaign and toward another division crown.”
With the Sounders FC gracing much of the area’s media, and with Vancouver and Portland to join the excitement for 2011, it is important for the Tide to find where they fall into this NW soccer landscape. Greg Howes understands right where the future for Tacoma soccer can be because he’s taken part in its history:
“I’ve played in the PDL back in the late 90’s back, when I was at Oregon State.” Howes said. “That’s how I ended up getting drafted by the sounders (USL-1). They saw me playing against their PDL team. I played there, and then I was picked up in the old MISL, then the A league, and got called up to play with the US National Team when Bruce Arena was there.”
In addition to Howes’ outdoor and indoor soccer experience where he was a 3-time League MVP, he also played for the US National Futsal team from 2001-2005, including the World Championships during that time. Recently, he continues to play with the MLS – Sounders FC for reserve matches. On the coaching side, Howes is the Director of Coaching for the South Hill Soccer Club and he also coaches the PASL; Tacoma Stars indoor team.
This will be the first year, since he graduated from Oregon State, that Greg will not be playing professionally. The transition from player to coach is an intriguing one for Greg.
“It excites me: to be with a group that has the vision that these guys have, and to be able to coach kids, or really, men, who are aspiring to be pros. For me, being a pro player and playing in many different levels, it’s natural to want to coach guys who want to play at a highest level.”
Tacoma Tide Open Tryouts
April 4 & 5 – Curtis HS Stadium – 12:30-3pm
Tryout Application can be filled out on TacomaFC.com in the “Headlines” section.
May 10 – Military All-Stars vs Tacoma Tide – Curtis HS Stadium – 3:00pm