Brandon Mitalas is excited for the opportunity to coach for Greater Seattle Surf Soccer Club. He grew up in Brier, Washington and played for Emerald City Soccer Club before moving to Northwest Nationals. While at Nationals, Brandon played for the 82’s, a group called Nemesis Nationals. He was fortunate enough to win three Washington State Championships and compete in top flight tournaments all over the country while they earned a top 20 ranking nationally. Brandon also had a very successful career at Shorecrest High School where they finished 3rd in the WIAA state tournament during his Sophomore and Junior years.
Brandon was a member of the Washington State U23 team for five years and was rostered with the Seattle Sounders Select (Reserve Team) in 2001 when they advanced to the Quarterfinal round of the US Open Cup. He also played his freshman year of college at Seattle Pacific University before enlisting in the US Marine Corps. Following a deployment to the Middle East, Brandon also competed at Edmonds Community College before transferring and graduating from Warner Pacific College. His father, Teddy Mitalas (also a Surf coach) was instrumental in his decision to pursue a career in coaching. He constantly set a great example of how much of a positive impact a coach can have on a young person’s life, so at the end of his playing career it was a natural transition.
Brandon is entering his 10th year as a soccer coach. On the youth side I have worked with Greater Renton FC, Washington Rush, Seattle United and FC Alliance. He coached the G96’s at FC Alliance to consecutive President’s Cup Final Four appearances, including a runners-up finish during their U17 year. In the past Brandon has worked with the Washington Youth Soccer Elite Player Development program and spent two years as the Goalkeeper Coach for the Seattle Sounders Women’s team. In addition, Brandon was also the Head Coach for the men’s soccer team at Edmonds Community College from 2009-2014, making the playoffs each of his six years, winning three conference championships and appearing in the NWAC Final Four twice.
While Brandon is not married yet, he does have a dog named Radley with his girlfriend who is his number one fan and supporter. She is one of his biggest inspirations as she excels at her job as a Kindergarten teacher who will be transitioning into a new role as a Special Education teacher at a local elementary school in the fall. Brandon’s family has been incredibly tight-knit his entire life. He has two awesome siblings and two wonderful parents and all of them have supported him in every step of his journey called life.