Shawn Watts

Shawn Watts

Shawn Watts, West Executive Director


Albion Idaho “West” Executive Director
Shawn Watts begins his fourth year here in Idaho after coming from
Orange Country in Southern California.
Upon arriving in Idaho, Shawn Watts was the Men’s first Assistant
coach at Northwest Nazarene University. Shawn went to NNU after a
13-year coaching career in Southern California with some of the top
youth clubs in the country, as well as high school and college
experience.
Before moving to Idaho, Shawn most recently coached for Strikers FC.
At the Strikers, Shawn coached the boy’s 2004 and the 2005 Flight 1
teams and was also the club’s Director of Player Development.
In his 14 years of coaching, Shawn has helped guide players who went
on to play at the NCAA Division I, Division II, Division III and the NAIA
levels. Shawn has also coached 12 players to Youth National Teams,
three players to the Men’s Senior National Team, as well as players to
the MLS and the NWSL.
Shawn takes a ton of pride in the fact that he has guided 24
players to play for the respected Countries; Youth and Senior
National teams, 13 players that have gone onto the Professional
ranks, and 4 players that have played in the FIFA World Cup or the
Olympic Games.
At the club level, Shawn’s success is evident in having won three Cal
South National State Cup Championships, two USYS Regional
Championships, 2 trips to the USYS National Championships, seven
Surf Cup Championships, and two Dallas Cup Championships, all with
different teams. Before making the jump to NCAA DII with Northwest
Nazarene University, Shawn spent three years as an assistant coach at
Santiago Canyon College where he was the first Assistant for the men’s
team.

Shawn also was the head coach at El Toro High School for the boy’s
program where he led the team to an overall record of 57-23-14 and
helped them reach a top-10 National ranking in 2015 and 2017. In his
four years at El Toro, Shawn led the Chargers to three South Coast

League Championships, the 2015 CIF-SS Division 1 Finalis, 2017 CIF-
SS Division 1 Champions, and the 2017 California State Regional

Finalists. At El Toro he also coached three league MVPs, 19 First-Team
All League Selections, 23 Second-Team All League Selections, as well
as the 2017 Division 1 Player of the Year Mac Hutchins. Shawn was
also named the 2017 CIF-SS Division 1 Coach of the Year.
“Having the opportunity to partner and work along side some of
the best soccer minds in the state of Idaho like Derek Wimpee and
George Hunt, is extremely exciting for me. Not to mention,
partnering and working side by side with someone like Michael
Mollay, who has a proven track history in placing players at the
next level, is something I’ve been wanting to do since moving to
Idaho. The resources we have between us (Albion Idaho) and
Albion Nation, will allow us to truly have a complete developmental
pyramid for players from the Rec level to the pro level. These are
extremely exciting time for Idaho Soccer and I’m excited to be a
part of that growth.”
Prior to coaching, Shawn had an extensive playing career. As a youth
player, Shawn was a member of multiple US Youth National Team
camps, as well as being a member of the US Youth National Team in
the U17 World Cup. In high school, Shawn was a two-time NFHS
Gatorade Player of the Year, two-time League MVP, and a three-time
1st team all-league selection. After playing one year at Irvine Valley
College, winning the California State Championship and being the No. 1
ranked team in the country in 2003, Shawn went on to play
professionally for the LA Galaxy, Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids
reserve teams.

Shawn holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National “A”
License, a NSCAA National Premier Diploma and a NSCAA National
Youth Diploma.

Shawn also serves as a Coaching Educator for U.S Soccer instructing
the grassroots license as well as the National “D” license.
Shawn, and his wife Ashley, reside in Star Idaho with their son Landon
(5), and daughter Regan (4).

Coaching Resume
- USSF National “A” Licensed Coach
- NSCAA Advanced Premier Diploma
- NSCAA National Youth Diploma
- Current U.S. Soccer Coaching Educator (Grassroots and National
“D” Licenses)
- 7 Years College Coaching Experience (D2 and Junior College)
- Previous Director of Player Development with Strikers FC
(Southern California)
- Major Club Tournaments won
- Cal South National State Cup (3)
- USYSA Regional Championships (2)
- National Championship Series Event (2) - San Diego Surf Cup
Championships (7) - Dallas Cup Championships (2)
Shawn has guided 24 players to play for the
respected Countries Youth and Senior National
teams, 13 players that have gone onto the
Professional ranks, and 4 players that have
played in the FIFA World Cup or the Olympic
Games.