Hidden Coaching Staff

Mark Nicholson
B06 Nero

Mark Nicholson is entering his first year at Washington Rush after previously coaching for Bellevue United FC since 2015. He currently holds multiple coach licenses and certificates that include his U.S. Soccer Federation National “C” and “Youth” Coach Licenses, Coerver Youth Diploma, and NSCAA Goalkeeping Level I & II Diplomas. He has coached for six years and he has worked with a variety of different  clubs in Seattle and Salt Lake City; Seattle United, Seattle Sounders Summer Camps, Utah Arsenal, and Mark worked on the Utah Olympic Development Program as an assistant coach for the 1998 Boys Team. He also volunteers and serves on the Washington Youth Soccer TOPSoccer State Committee and leads the Tukwila Program at Starfire Sports.

Qualifications / Education
    USSF National “C” License
    USSF National “Youth” License
    U.S. Youth Soccer TOPSoccer Coach Certificate
    Coerver Youth Diploma
    NSCAA Diploma: Goalkeeping Level I & II
    Bachelor of Science, Communications – Arizona State University

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DA Events
Further updates upon release from US Soccer.
DA Philosophy


“The Rush Way to Play is based upon movement and activity by both player and ball. Possession-oriented does not fully describe how we play; attack-oriented does. Whether in possession or in defense, we are attacking. Rush Players play with freedom, yet understand the importance of responsibility and the balance between the two. Rush teams are flexible and adapt to varying circumstances. The Rush Way to Play represents both passion and purpose”.

•     Players are to be comfortable with a possession-based passing game, where the team will look to try and play out from the back in a coordinated and controlled manner and is developed through the thirds in order to produce goal-scoring opportunities when possible

•     Players will look to recognize opportunities to play forward and execute counter-attacking opportunities where possible but not at the expense of losing possession

•     Players will, upon losing possession, look to immediately regain possession by defending from the front as a preferred option, or to drop and establish a compact defensive shape when unable to do so

•     Above all, our teams are expected to display a competitive and winning mentality – winning games is of importance; however, this is not at the expense of the playing philosophy

The U12 age group will predominantly focus on technical development incorporating decision-making and consideration for basic principles of play. They will play predominantly in a flexible 4-2-2 formation with players encouraged to rotate positions. The U13 & U14 age groups will focus more toward tactical understanding and technical refinement. Players will still be required to have an understanding of a range of positions but as they progress through this phase should begin to develop a primary position within the team. 11v11 games will adopt a flexible 4-3-3 formation. The key aspect regarding formations is that they are a guide. The style of play is dictated by the playing philosophy and takes precedence overall.

DA Vision
DA Vision info coming soon.
DA Facilities
Kasch Park

Cavelero Middle High School

Archbishop Murphy High School

Mill Creek Sports Park

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DA Academy Graduates to Sounders FC
Info coming soon.
DA Uniforms
As part of our agreement with Adidas, Washington Rush provides all uniform items for Development Academy players. Items included in this agreement are Home and Away Jerseys, Shorts and Socks, Warm-Up Jacket and Pants, Cleats and Runners.