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

U-19 Coach

Wade Webber

Webber has coached youth soccer extensively throughout Western Washington since 1999, including the last seven years as Director of Coaching for Washington Premier FC. In his time with Washington Premier FC, Webber accumulated a record of 618-185-130 with six state championships and two regional titles. His prior coaching stops included Norpoint FC (1999-2003), Federal Way Reign (2003-2005) and FC Royals (2005-2006). He joined the Washington State EDP/ODP program this past year, where led the 2001 Boys (U-15) to the Region IV Championship. Webber has a USSF A License and Master’s in Teaching from Seattle University and has also served as a radio analyst for Sounders FC broadcasts since 2012.

He also brings a decade of professional playing experience from 1986-1999, playing for both Seattle and Portland throughout his career. He also made 53 MLS appearances from 1997-1999 for the Dallas Burn and Miami Fusion, including a career-high 28 games played for Miami in 1998. The six-foot-three defender attended the University of Portland from 1985-1988, leading the Pilots to the NCAA Final Four as a senior. A Federal Way native, Webber won three consecutive state championships at Thomas Jefferson High School of Federal Way, as well as Washington’s first national club championship with Goalpost SC U-16 in 1983.

Nationality: United States | Been with the Sounders since: 2016

U-17 Coach and Director of Coaching

Chris Little

Chris Little joined Sounders FC from Elon University as the men's soccer head coach. Little was with Elon for 3 seasons and was selected as the NSCAA Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 2015 after guiding the Phoenix to it's highest finish ever at No. 23. In 2012, Little was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Assistant Coach of the Year for the South Region.

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.

Little earned a bachelor's degree in history from UNC Pembroke, where he was a standout men's soccer player. He ranks fifth in UNCP history in career goals (29) and second in career assists (23), while also leading the Braves to their first-ever Peach Belt Conference Tournament final. Little played and started in 58 games and notched 8 game-winning goals. He led UNCP to its first national ranking in 1998, and after serving as team captain for two years was named UNCP Most Outstanding Player in his final season. Little earned a master’s degree in physical education from UNCP in 2002 and was inducted into the UNCP Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.

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

U-16 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

Head of Affiliations and Club Partnership Development

Daniel Lock

Head of Recruitment

Henry Brauner

Head Athletic Trainer

Sheila Tatsunami

Academy Athlete Development Coach

Anthony Hazelwood

Academy Administrator

Lauren Babcock

Head of Education and Welfare

Diane Carney