Technical Director

Marc Nicholls

The two-time U.S. Academy coach of the year (2010 and 2012) joined the Seattle Sounders staff after three years (2011-13) as the Head Coach of the Carolina Dynamo of the USL PDL, where he led the team to the division title in all three seasons, including a PDL National Final appearance in 2012 and U.S. Soccer National Championship in 2013.

He also served as Technical Director for NC Fusion, leading the club to three appearances in U.S. Academy Nationals, including a third-place finish for the U-18 squad in 2012. Before arriving in Seattle, he also combined his PDL coaching position with a scouting role for Montreal Impact.

Nicholls holds his USSF National “A” License, the FIFA Futuro III program, as well as the prestigious French Formation License. He is currently a national staff member for U.S. Soccer.

Nationality: United States / England | Been with the Sounders since: 2013
 


Director of Coaching, U-17 Coach

Chris Little

Chris Little comes to the Sounders with a diverse coaching experience and a history of success. He has over 12 years collegiate coaching experience; and 7 year’s experience serving as State Director of Coaching & Academy Technical Director of Coaching.

Little's academy experience extends past his Elon days, when he was the Director of Coaching and Player Development for 5 years with the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association. He also has experience as the Technical Director for the NC Fusion for and head coach for the Carolina Dynamo team that competes in the Professional Development League.

As the North Carolina State Director of Coaching, Little led the State to its first two ODP National Championships with the 1988, and 1989 age groups. Little then led the NC Fusion to its first two US Development Academy National Finals in 2009 and 2011. Little then joined Elon University where he helped guide the program to its 1st NCAA D1 National Tournament appearance. Upon leaving Elon to join the Sounders in 2017, Elon had won 4 Conference Championships and made 5 NCAA D1 Tournament appearances with Little earning Midwest Coach of the Year in 2015 and Assistant Coach of the Year for the South Region in 2012.

Little played for the Academy at AFC Bournemouth then played collegiately at UNC Pembroke then in the USL for the Wilmington Hammerheads. Little holds his USSF National “A” License and is completing the prestigious French Formation License.

Nationality: United States / England | Been with the Sounders since: 2017


U-19 Coach

Michael Morris

Michael Morris joined Sounders FC in 2009 after playing with the team in the USL First Division from 2007-2008 and for Seattle Pacific University from 2003-2006. Morris served as a head coach at Pacific Northwest Soccer Club before assuming a role in the Sounders FC Academy in 2014. 

Michael Morris also assists with the Sounders Discovery Program, is a player scout, and serves as a head coach for Washington State EPD.

Nationality: United States | Been with the Sounders since: 2009


U-15 Coach

Sean Henderson

Henderson was born and raised in Everett, Washington. He attended Cascade High School, where he was a two-time high school All American. After high school, he attended UCLA, where he played on the men’s soccer team from 1990 to 1993. In 1993, he was selected as a third-team All American. Henderson played for the U-16, U-18 and U-20 U.S. Youth National Teams.

In 1994, Henderson turned professional with the East Los Angeles Cobras in the USISL. That fall, he moved to Germany and signed with Regionalliga club TuS Celle. In 1996, he signed with the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer and played alongside his brother, current Sounders FC Technical Director Chris Henderson. In 1997, the Rapids advanced to the MLS Cup final where they lost to D.C. United. On June 30, 1999, Henderson moved to the second division Seattle Sounders of the USL A-League. He played there until retiring from professional soccer in 2005.

Nationality: United States | Been with the Sounders since: 2010


Sounders Discovery Program Manager and U-12 Coach

Brayton Knapp

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.

Knapp now serves as the Sounders FC U-13/14 Assistant Coach, Sounders Discovery Program Head Coach, Scout and Manager of Soccer Programs.

Nationality: United States | Been with the Sounders since: 2011


S2/Academy Goalkeeper Coach

Josh Ford

Josh began his career playing for the Rhode Island Stingrays after spending four years at the University of Connecticut where he was named the 2010 Big East Goalkeeper of the Year. He set career records at UConn in shutouts (50), consecutive starts (85) and wins (54).

Josh spent four seasons with Seattle Sounders FC, 2011-2014, before being selected by Orlando City SC in the 2014 MLS Re-Entry Draft. In 2015, he spent time on loan to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers where he made 16 starts. At the start of 2016, Josh signed with San Antonio FC for their 2016 debut USL season, before joining Sounders FC Academy staff.

Nationality: United States | Been with the Sounders since: 2011


Assistant Coach

David Estrada


Head of Affiliations and Club Partnership Development

Daniel Lock


Head of Recruitment

Henry Brauner


Head Athletic Trainer

Sheila Tatsunami


Sports Performance Coach

Anthony Hazelwood


Academy Administrator

Lauren Babcock


Head of Education and Welfare

Diane Carney