Gary Harris joins the Seattle United coaching team with a strong experience base in developing talent and fielding competitive teams.
Gary’s collegiate playing experience includes both the Air Force Academy and University of California (Davis). His youth coaching resume includes two years with the Eastside Youth Soccer Association, and the past nine years at Snohomish United Soccer Club. In recent years, his teams have been P1 league champions, Washington Championship Cup semi-finalists or finalists and champions, and Challenge Cup semi-finalists and champions. Most recently, he coached the Snohomish United BU18 team to last fall’s Division 1 championship with an undefeated record. Coach Harris' BU18 squad just won the 2010 US Youth Soccer Washington State Championship.
An educator by vocation, Harris resides in the Shoreline School district and teaches at Einstein Middle School. He served as Shorewood High School Varsity Head Coach for four years and Shorecrest High School Varsity Head Coach for five years. This stretch included a 4A State Championship and an All-Area Girls Soccer Coach of the Year honor.
Gary has been a staff member at the University of North Carolina Women’s Soccer camp for the past 9 years. He was a staff coach with the Manchester United Soccer Schools and is the long-time Camp Director of the Shoreline Summer Conditioning Camp. Gary is a USSF National “B” licensed coach.
Harris has the added distinction of his son Michael Harris signing a National Letter of Intent with the University of Washington Men’s Soccer team, after being named Gatorade State Player of the Year.
DoC Jimmy McAlister on Gary Harris:
"Gary is a real pro and a consummate student of the game. We are very fortunate to add his experience and knowledge to our coaching staff."
Technical Director Jason Farrell on Gary Harris:
“Gary Harris is the type of coach that can not only have a tremendous impact on whatever team he may be coaching, but on the overall health of a club. I don't think that I have ever met someone with a passion for the game like Gary. With his background in education, his experience in the game and his healthy perspective on the state of youth soccer, Gary is someone that will have a big impact on Seattle United. And of course, he has a great track record of competitive teams and player development.”