John Hutchinson enters his first season as Sounders FC’S Assistant Coach. An Australian native who played professionally from 1996-2015, Hutchinson brings an impressive pedigree to Ezra Hendrickson’s staff.
Born in Morwell, Victoria, Australia, Hutchinson made his senior debut for the Gippsland Falcons in 1997, where he made 89 appearances. From 2001-2004, Hutchinson played for the Northern Spirit, a Sydney-based club, then joined Manly United in 2004 as the club’s captain. The final 10 years of his career were spent with the A-League’s Central Coast Mariners, where he set a club record with 268 total appearances and scored 18 goals. A three-year captain for the Mariners, Hutchinson was part of the 2013 Grand Final champion squad. He also went on loan with the Chendu Blades in the China Super League.
Eligible due to his grandmother’s Maltese decent, Hutchinson earned 11 caps for Malta. He made his first appearance in a 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Sweden. During the 2015 season, Hutchinson, who has a Coaching A license, made a seamless transition to the technical side for the Mariners, where he served as a coach through the 2016 campaign before joining S2.