Originally from Mercer Island, Washington, Dave Schumacher comes to Greater Seattle Surf with over thirty years of playing and coaching experience. Dave will serve as the Director of Soccer Operations at Surf after six years as Technical Director of FC Alliance and Northshore Youth Soccer Association. He will oversee the administrative and business operations for the club.
Dave grew up playing youth soccer from the age of eight. At this time there was no youth soccer on the entire Eastside of Lake Washington. His first year of soccer was through the Boys & Girls Club in Bellevue which was only the second year that soccer was offered youth outside of Seattle. This effort was led by soccer pioneer Jack Goldingay. Jack’s efforts resulted the creation of Washington Youth Soccer. Dave continued to play soccer up until high school and the returned to playing in college and the local Men’s League in Seattle.
Schumacher began his professional soccer career with the Seattle Sounders as their director of camps and community relations from 1979-1983. During this period, Dave had the opportunity play with the Sounders in reserve team games. Dave began coaching with the Washington Olympic Development Program in 1986 and served as age group coach and boys ODP head coach for 25 years. During this time he had the pleasure to coach some of the best young players of this era. Dave also coached for Region IV as both a staff and assistant coach. In 1988 he was honored as Washington States Youth Soccer Coach of the Year.
His experience includes working at the club level in Northshore and Lake Washington Youth Soccer Associations as well as Juanita and Bothell High School. Dave was hired as the Director of Coaching for Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association in 1989. One of Dave’s most important coaching positions came when he was appointed as the Director of Coaching for Washington Youth Soccer from 1996 to 2009. While in that role, Dave was responsible for the implementation and standardization of small-sided games for younger age groups across Washington. He also overhauled the entire identification and selection process for the Olympic Development Program within Washington. During this time he re-united with Scott Newman when Scott guided the 1998 Girls team to the first ever ODP National Championship. Dave provided oversight for the state’s coaching education program. He has spent over 30 years educating coaches in Washington and West Coast. He served as a National Instructor for both US Soccer and US Youth Soccer conducting E, D and C Licenses. Dave continues to instruct for Washington Youth Soccer today and helps with the Northshore Select Club. He has most recently being added to the NSCAA Instructional Staff. Dave built the foundation with eight local premier clubs within Washington that became the Player Development League (PDL), which was the precursor to the Regional Club League (RCL). The positive impact he has had on the landscape of soccer in Washington can still be seen today.
Dave also spend several years during this time as a teacher in the Renton and Lake Washington School Districts. He also owned and operated a soccer specialty store for twenty years in Redmond called the “The Soccer Shop.” Schumacher holds a USSF National “A” License and a US Youth Soccer National Youth. Dave attributes much of his coaching knowledge from working alongside soccer legends Bobby Howe and Jimmy Gabriel.
In his spare time, Dave loves to fish, golf and spend time with his family. He is an avid fan of English and German leagues as well as the US National Teams. Dave is married to Paulette Evans and they have three grown children, Katy, Sean, and Chris.