What lead you into coaching soccer?
Brandon Mitalas’ dad, Teddy, greatly influenced his son’s launch into coaching. Mitalas’ first real coaching exposure came about when he stood in for his dad coaching the Sounders Women on a three game Colorado road trip in May 2007. This opportunity and exposure made him realize coaching soccer is how he wanted to spend his time. Mitalas has since turned his love of coaching soccer into a career.
Do you have personal coaching goals? What are they?
Mitalas has some lofty goals for himself. He currently coaches for Seattle United Youth Soccer Club and is the men’s head coach at Edmonds Community College. He just completed his USSF ‘B’ license course. His goals include coaching for a NCAA school and in the professional ranks. Mitalas stated his ultimate goal is to be, “coaching for a team in the 2030 World Cup.” He’s on the right path to achieve his goals and it’ll be interesting to track his future progress.
Tell me about your coaching philosophy?
Mitalas frequently tells his players, “Playing is a privilege, not a right.” You might say it’s his tag line. His saying stems from his own playing career being cut short due to an injury. Mitalas says he wants his players “making every moment count” because you never know when your last game or chance to play will come about. Along with his ‘playing is a privilege’ notion, he coaches and leads by example, working hard to get players to buy into his blue collar philosophy toward playing soccer and realizing goals. Mitalas believes kids can achieve realistic goals on the field, in school and life through hard work and a positive support structure.
Are you interested in learning more about becoming a certified or licensed soccer coach? Start by visiting the Washington State Youth Soccer Association website.