Graham Smurthwaite
Director of Recreational Soccer

Cell: (563) 608-4313
Email: gsmurthwaite@westlakesoccer.com

Place of Birth: England

Qualifications:   

  • 1994 English FA Preliminary Award (equivalent USSF C)
  • 1996 AA Applied Science Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 2013 NSCAA Level 3 Diploma
  • 2015 USSF E License
  • 2016 USSF National D License

Background Information
Started working in the US in 1996 and have been involved in youth soccer in this country for 18 years.  I have worked in various areas of the country running summer camps for organizations to working with select and High school age players.  I previously worked for Challenger Sports/British Soccer as Regional director for their South Texas Camps and now work Full Time with Westlake Youth Soccer.  I am married with three children and live in the Northwest Austin area.
 
Coaching Experience
1996 – 2000 MLS/Chicago Fire Soccer Camps: Started working in their summer camps and then progressed onto working within a number of club programs with select soccer players from U11-U18 girls.
2000 – 2003 Club Coach, Illinios:  Worked with high school age select soccer players both male and female at Fox Valley Strikers, Crystal Lake Force and Glenview Titans.
2003 – 2013 Head Coach West Delaware High School, Iowa:  Worked with both boys and girls programs at the High School growing the program from its first year of soccer in 2003.
2014 – Present Academy & Select Coach Westlake Youth Soccer: Started coaching in the U8 – U9 academy programs Fall 2014.
 
Playing Experience
While in England I played at a Semiprofessional level in a league in Northeast England.  I also represented Yorkshire Coast College (2 years) and Manchester Metropolitan University (2 years).