MIFC Board of Directors
Greg has two boys playing soccer, and he played youth, high school, college and in a men's league. He has "retired" from playing but enjoys watching and coaching. He volunteers for the Club because he feels that soccer has given him so much, including lifelong friendships, and he wants to model that for his own boys. He believes it doesn't matter what level you play as long as you have fun.
VP of Player & Coach Development
Colin grew up playing soccer on Mercer Island before playing in college at University of Denver and SPU. He was drafted by the Timbers, played for the Sounders and had some small stints in Europe. Colin coached MIHS from 2011-2018. He has a great affinity for soccer on Mercer Island, despite living in West Seattle with his wife, Sara and child Greyson. He is excited to work with the board, coaches, players and families on and off the field.
Tej P. S. Sood
VP of Select Soccer
Football has been a mainstay throughout Tej's life - he believes it to be the universal language that brings people together. Tej moved to Mercer Island from London in 2018 and within days he found his children at IMS taking part in an informal "try out" with MI stalwart Colin Rigby. Since then, Tej has become a fan of MIFC's coaching program, which has been designed to bring out the best from players across all age groups and of all standards, ranging from those who want to compete at the highest level to those who want to play for fun. He supports MIFC's commitment to being a club that fosters an exciting brand of possession football and that strives to be accessible to youth from all backgrounds. Like his "local team" AFC Wimbledon, Tej is pleased to see that MIFC often punches above its weight!
Heidi grew up playing soccer on the island and continued to play through high school, college, and recreational teams as an adult. She has two kids who have been involved with MIFC, and she has coached her daughter's recreational team for the past eight years. She is passionate about this sport and the opportunity it provides to develop lifelong skills and friendships.
David grew up playing soccer in England and now has two boys who are involved with MIFC's recreational programs. He has been coaching with MIFC since moving to the island in 2015. David believes that MIFC is an important part of the community for our children and that soccer can build lifelong friendships and team skills.
VP of Competition
Involved in soccer all his life, Ketu brings vast experience to the board. He played for four years in college, has coached young kids, middle school kids and high school boys. As a kid he once played in the old Kingdome during halftime of a Sounder's game in the 1970's! Ketu has two daughters who played Recreational and Select. He is passionate about soccer because it "is both an analytical and fluid game that allows for creativity and invention." He volunteers for the board because "it has our kids' best interests in mind and gives them the opportunity to play with their friends and community in a safe and skilled environment, teaching them how to persevere, compete and work as a team and have fun."
Nicole grew up playing a variety of competitive sports and was part of an NCAA final four soccer team at Willamette University. She coached her first team at age 12, and when she moved to Mercer Island, started coaching the high school program. She has coached her children in MIFC for the past seven years in the Microscoccer and Recreational programs. Nicole enjoys being part of a community organization that supports strong youth development.
VP of Recreational Soccer
Sarah is a longtime resident of Mercer Island and has four active boys who have played in every program MIFC has to offer. She grew up playing soccer in Portland, OR and has enjoyed playing both outdoor and indoor soccer as an adult. Over the years, Sarah has volunteered with MIFC in various positions, including as the coach of her oldest son's U14 Recreational soccer team. Sarah is excited to continue in her role as VP of Recreational Soccer.
VP Marketing & Communications
Carlo was born in Italy and as has been playing on a soccer field since a very young age. He played goalie in high school and then transitioned to midfielder during his college years. Carlo is a Mercer Island resident and father of four daughters. He has been involved with MIFC for nearly a decade, supporting, volunteering and coaching his daughters' recreational soccer teams. Carlo brings his soccer knowledge and many years with MIFC to the role of marketing and communication.
Juniors/Micro Development Liaison
Justin belongs to a ‘soccer family’. A player and coach himself, he has two boys, a nephew and nieces, sister and brother-in-law who are all deeply involved with the sport. Justin moved to Mercer Island in 2014 and joined the board in 2018 with a passion to help foster and develop programs for our youngest players just learning to love and play the game.