Building from the back...and the front.
To say we are excited to announce David Meherg as the new head coach for the WISL Men's Force is an understatement.
An ODP, FC Kitsap and Olympic High standout, with numerous team and individual awards, David's talent has been on display locally for more than 2 decades. He and brother Brian both played at Notre Dame de Namur University in California before returning home and playing for our local clubs.
While David's local ties make him a great fit for the community, his abilities and experience on the field can't be matched by many. David is the all time leader for the FORCE in saves, wins, penalty kills. He holds PASL NW record holder for playing 9 consecutive shutout quarters (the next best is 3). He has multiple national tournament appearances...and when his body made him stop playing in goal, he played on the field leading the team in goals one year, assists the other. He holds every imaginable goal keeping record for the Force and is in the top 5 offensively as a field player as well.
David also played at the next level as well with the Kitsap Pumas and the Tacoma Stars before the Force came into existence in 2014. As a coach, he has spent time with Harbor Soccer Club both as a coach and as the GK Director, holds a National "D" license, coached with South Kitsap HS as the GK/assistant and has already been a coach with the Force Women's outdoor team alongside friend and Club Coach Jason Jarrett.
"I'm super excited, it's going to be tough coming out of the COVID stuff, but it's time to put this club back where it began and where it belongs. I'm really looking forward to working with everyone to not only have success but also to continue to grow this club in the hearts of the community as well as the players that put on that uniform. Can't wait to get started."
"Not really a difficult decision for me. Cash (Steve Cashmore) is a great head coach. Dizzy (Daniel Antoniuk) is a great head coach. Both are different, both had strengths, both had different styles and in the end their time here was wonderful for the club and I'm so grateful to have had them as a coach. At the end of the day, David is the best of all worlds. He has more experience AND success actually playing in the league we play in than anyone. He is respected by those around him as a competitor, a teammate, a coach and a community member. He is connected with the Legends, the Olde Guard, the current roster and the up and coming kids and will hopefully be able to bridge the gap between all of those groups to help us continue to grow more in the community. I couldn't be happier to have a guy leading the our team onto the field that has been with me since day 1 of this club, is grateful for the opportunities and experiences and is now ready to do his part to give back. I'm blessed honestly. -Micah McMonagle, GM
Welcome our new WISL, Head Coach: David Meherg