Men's Soccer Head Coach: Brandon Mitalas
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Coach Mitalas has guided the Edmonds men for five years. His squads have qualified for the NWAACC playoffs each year, winning two North League titles (2011-2012) and reaching the NWAACC semifinal game in 2012. Mitalas was twice selected by his peers as North Coach of the Year and (2011-12) and he has guided the North All-Star team on three occasions. His players have garnered numerous all-stars, all-league players and all-academic team members. In 2013, the Tritons finished second, just two points out of the top spot. EdCC won its quarterfinal match against Pierce before falling 2-1 in the semifinals to eventual NWAACC champions Peninsula.
My goal is to give student athletes the tools they need to be successful in the classroom, on the field and beyond. I realize the importance of education and the team will begin to realize it as well. From an early age my father taught me that a team should feel like a family. That is what we have here at Edmonds, a family.
Every person who has ever worn the Triton blue and green will forever be a part of this family.
After beginning my career as a college student athlete at SPU and leaving to enlist in the Marine Corps, I came back and found a home at Edmonds. In the year and a half I spent at Edmonds I learned many lessons and made many friends. I see the value in the diverse student body that Edmonds boasts and feel that it is a place where young people can learn how to be successful in life. To be a part of something like that has always appealed to me. It is my goal to help put Edmonds CC men’s soccer back on the map and bring the program's first NWAACC trophy back to the Triton family.
Off the Field:
Off the field? What is that? I coach soccer for a living! The game has given me so much throughout life that I feel extremely blessed to be able to give back to younger players. When I am away from soccer I like to travel and see people/places/things that I have not seen before. I am currently a corporal in the United States Marine Corps, and I am in the process of writing an autobiography which begins on 9-1-01 and chronicles my time in the Marines.
Love of the Game:
I have played soccer since I can remember. My father, Teddy Mitalas, was a professional player who moved into coaching when I was a baby. Growing up with a father who was also a coach afforded me the unique opportunity to learn the game from different perspectives. I have my dad to thank for my passion for "the beautiful game."
I was fortunate to always be surrounded by talented teammates. Throughout my playing career I have won five state championships, four regional championships, and a national championship in 2005. I played collegiate soccer at Seattle Pacific University, Edmonds CC, and finished my college career at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Ore. I also spent time in the professional ranks with the Seattle Sounders.
My journey through college was just that, a journey. I graduated from Shorecrest High School in 2000. After attending SPU, I enlisted in the Marines. I returned from a year of training and enrolled at Edmonds CC in the fall of 2002. In the summer of 2004, I was on my way to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I returned home and accepted a scholarship to Warner Pacific College and graduated with a bachelor of science in Business Administration. I will eventually return to the classroom to pursue a master's degree in Sports Management.
In my mind, building a team is all about finding the right people. Some coaches feel that they need the best players to build a successful team. I, however, feel that the best skilled players aren’t always the best teammates. It is important to me to build a team that feels more like a family. While we have some great skilled players coming in and returning to the team this fall, it is far more important to me that we have quality young people coming into our program and our Triton family.