Wade Webber was hired as Tacoma Defiance Head Coach on February 26, 2021 after serving three seasons as an Assistant Coach under John Hutchinson and Chris Little.
Webber brings with him a decade of professional playing experience from 1986-1999, including 53 MLS appearances for Dallas and Miami from 1997-1999. The 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.
Since retiring from playing, Webber has coached youth soccer extensively throughout Western Washington, including two seasons with the Sounders FC Academy (2016-2017) and the previous seven as Director of Coaching for Washington Premier FC. In his time with Washington Premier FC, Webber accumulated a record of 596-183-126 with four 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 in 2015, 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.