Seattle Sounders FC Academy Staff
VP of Player Development
Nationality: United States/Philippines | Been with the Sounders since: 2020
Nationality: England | Been with the Sounders since: 2021
Head of Academy Recruitment
David "Bingy" Lara
Nationality: USA | Been with Sounders since: 2022
U-17 Head Coach
Nationality: USA | Been with the Sounders since: 2021
U-15 Head Coach
Brayton Knapp joined Sounders FC in 2013 after playing in the MASL from 2010-2013. A graduate of the University of Portland, where he played from 2005-2009, Knapp began his coaching career in 2009 as a U15/16 Development Academy Assistant Coach for FC Portland before joining Crossfire Premier Soccer Club as a Head Coach in 2011. Knapp has also coached at Mercer Island Futbol Club and for Eastside FC.
Nationality: United States | Been with the Sounders since: 2011
Been with the Sounders since: 2021
Assistant Development Athletic Trainer
Nationality: USA | Been with the Sounders since: 2022
Head of Academy Operations
Lauren moved to Seattle from Tampa, Florida and joined the Academy at the end of 2016 after working in the Sounders FC Pioneer Square Headquarters beginning in 2014. She was a key member in developing Sounders FC 2, now Tacoma Defiance, as the Gameday Operations Manager. In Tampa, Lauren worked in Game Presentation for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL.
Nationality: United States | Been with the Sounders since: 2014
Head of Education
Diane joined the Seattle Sounders Academy as the Head of Education and Welfare after serving as the Learning Services Director at the Annie Wright Upper School for Girls. She brings 20 years of experience with differentiated learning support, tutoring, standardized test preparation, and the college process. After earning a BS from Puget Sound and an MS from UW, Diane owned and operated University Tutoring Service in Seattle and Olympia for 13 years. When she’s not busy supporting the next generation of Sounders, Diane can be found behind a camera, on the slopes, or at her farm.
Nationality: United States | Been with the Sounders since: 2017