Mark Bickham (Bick)
JR Academy & Youth Development Director
With an all-encompassing lifelong commitment to soccer, Mark was the determined inspiration behind the founding of Starfire Sports. As a former amateur and professional indoor soccer player, youth coach, trainer, and parent, his experience with the beautiful game spans across the pond from Ireland and the West End of London to many regions of the United States. Following a seven year career with several US Indoor professional teams, and being a true “soccer entrepreneur,” Mark founded his company, Little Feet Soccer, in 1994 to bring world class training methods and pure enjoyment to small children. He has coached or trained many very successful boys’ and girls’ premier teams in Washington State, including the 1999 Highline Eagles GU14 team where he trained the daughters of Steve Beck and Chris Slatt. It was during his time with the Eagles that Mark began talking with Chris and Steve about creating a soccer facility in the Seattle area. Following the successful launch of Starfire, Mark coached and trained youth teams at the El Dorado Soccer Academy in Sacramento before heading back to Seattle in March of 2016 to join Federal Way FC.
Creative, innovative, passionate visionary.
Wealth of knowledge and experience.
Proven methodology knowledge of how to fully develop and encourage youth players.
Able to set goals, assess progression to achieve goals, and provide clear, objective feedback to players about their performance.
True understanding of who the customer is and what they value.
Washington State F license Seattle, WA 1996
Washington State D license Seattle, WA 1997
USSF C license Seattle, Washington 1998
USSF B license Ogden, Utah 7/28/2002 (License # 16272)
NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma San Ramon Ca 14-16 2012
Brazilian C license Seattle Washington 1995
NSCAA Premier Diploma Sacramento, California 1/6/14-1/12/14
United States Soccer Federation, Member Since 1994
National Soccer Coaches of America, Member Since 2011
COACHING HISTORY – YOUTH PROGRAMS AND CLUBS
Academy Director • Rainier Valley Slammers
Head Coach • Federal Way FC
Head Coach/Coordinator & Academy Staff • Ethos FC
Staff Coach Trainer California Blues FC
Staff Coach • Eldorado United Soccer Academy
Academy Director • California Rush Soccer Club
Academy Director/Staff Coach • Davis Legacy Soccer
Team Trainer • Auburn Soccer Club
Team Trainer • Pegasus Soccer Team
Staff Coach • Laurelhurst, View Ridge, Ravenna (LVR) Soccer Club
Team Trainer • Marauders Soccer Club
Team Trainer • Highline Eagles Premier Soccer Club
Staff Coach • Highline Heat Premier Soccer Club
Instructor • California Youth Soccer Association
COACHING HISTORY – PROFESSIONAL
Assistant Coach • Tacoma Stars Indoor Soccer • Tacoma, WA • 2016 – Current Position
General Manager And Head Coach • Sacramento Surge Indoor • Sacramento, CA • 2014- 2016
Assistant Coach • San Jose Earthquakes U23 PDL Team • San Jose, CA • 2014- 2015
Assistant For Tryouts Inaugural Year Sacramento Republic (USL) • Sacramento, CA • Spring 2014
Staff Coach • Manchester United Soccer Schools @ Starfire • Tukwila, WA • 2002
Caledonian & Hibernian Saints FC • First Team Head Coach • Seattle, WA • 2001-02
OLYMPIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
WA U20 State Team, Assistant Coach – 1990-2001
WA ODP, Team Trainer – Seattle, WA
WA ODP District 6, Coach – Seattle & Tacoma, WA
COACHING HISTORY – COLLEGE/HS COACHING
Assistant Coach • William Jessup University • Rocklin, CA – 1995-2012
Assistant Men’s Coach • Bellevue Community College • Bellevue, WA
Assistant Men’s Coach • Tacoma Community College • Tacoma, WA
Shorecrest High School, JV Head Coach, Shoreline, WA
Tacoma Stars (MISL) 1992-93
Sacramento Knights (CISL) 1994
Canton Invaders (NPSL) 1995
Denver Thunder (NPSL) 1990
Milwaukee Wave (AISA) 1985-1987
Tacoma Community College (NAIA) 1983
US Department of Justice 1986 Award for Public Service in recognition of meritorious acts and service that have materially contributed to the attainment of the highest standards of cooperative law enforcement and justice in the United States of America.