Casey Rummel started by coaching C Team two season ago, then became varsity coach last year. Casey is in his third year as an English teacher at LWHS.
Growing up, Casey played soccer in local leagues, but chose basketball over soccer in high school. He currently plays soccer in adult leagues around Seattle, where he lives. Though he stopped playing for a few years, his love for the game never dwindled. He has always been passionate about all aspects of “the beautiful game,” from tactics to psychology to player development. His coaching philosophy centers on the belief that mindset, attitude, and effort are more important than talent; in addition to the inherent joy of playing and coaching the game itself, he believes that soccer is an ideal medium for developing lifelong character traits like commitment, growth mindset, and teamwork.
Casey is eager to build on the foundation that was established last year.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to help these young men develop into better soccer players, better athletes, better community members, and better people."
Dylan Shephard is entering his second year as the Lake Washington Boys’ Soccer Varsity Assistant Coach. Previously, Dylan was the Head of Recruiting and Assistant Coach at Linfield College in 2018 and Head Coach of the 01 and 03 Boys of FC Portland where his 03s won the 2018 state championship.
Growing up, Dylan started playing club level soccer at a young age and never looked back, playing for several clubs in the Greater Seattle area. Dylan graduated from Tahoma High School in 2013 and continued his playing career at Highline Community College and ultimately Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. Shephard captained the Wildcats during his time at Linfield and earned team MVP during his senior year. After graduating, Dylan was offered the opportunity to continue with the program as the Head of Recruiting and Assistant Coach.
He spends his free time still playing and watching soccer whenever he can, European and MLS.
Dylan is excited to get back on the sideline and provide support to the program and help the players grow and continue in their soccer & academic careers. Shephard recently relocated back up to Washington and works as a Sales Coordinator with Kenworth Truck Company.
"Excited to be part of the program and give these young men the opportunity and tools necessary to succeed on and off the field."
Issah Agyeman was born in Ghana and came to the US at the age of 12. He played four years of high school soccer and one year in college. He has coached recreational and club soccer for eight years, and he coaches in the girls' program at Thomas Jefferson High School in the fall.
Issah's favorite soccer players are Paul Pogba and Zinedine Zidane. His favorite coaches are Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, and Jurgen Klopp. He loves to read poetry and history, and he loves Ghanaian food and corn bread.
"I'm excited to be part of the LWHS boys' soccer program; I'm hoping to continue to build on a successful program that been progressing for years. Let's go Kangs!"
Kevin Vaché is returning to the Kang coaching staff for the second year. He has coached boys’ soccer rec and Select teams since 2007 and has thoroughly enjoyed helping players develop their soccer and life skills as they grew from kindergarteners to young men. He credits his own years of playing soccer for Select and high school teams for building the same collaboration and team building skills he employs as Enterprise Sales Manager for Amazon Web Services.
He believes that the experiences players have on field – problem solving, working with teammates, treating opposing players with respect, communicating with coaches, celebrating wins, and learning from losses – contribute to building personal character and future leaders.
Kevin is a true area native, growing up in Redmond and graduating from the University of Washington. But although he is a Redmond High School alum, he is also a many-year Kang parent and always roots for Purple!
"I am energized by the opportunity to help the players develop individually and as a team, while having fun playing a game they love, and picking up skills that will help them succeed beyond soccer."
Michael Adamik is a first-time head coach and a first-year teacher here at Lake Washington. He is a former student of LW and he played JV and Varsity soccer as a Kang as well. Michael’s family had to make the difficult journey to America by escaping their communist controlled home country of Czechoslovakia. They had no idea where they were going to end up and they didn’t speak English, but they made the tough choice of leaving everything behind including friends and family to pursue a better life in the U.S. Their determination and sacrifice taught Michael at an early age to never take anything for granted, work hard, be a good person, and eventually things will work out. Ever since Michael was a kid, soccer played an integral role in his life. The lessons of resiliency, teamwork, having a good attitude, and pushing through challenges were instilled in him through this amazing game. He played at the rec, club, and high school high school levels and being a teacher and a coach at his former school is an absolute dream come true.
“My ultimate goal is to reciprocate the life lessons I’ve learned on and off the field with my players. I hope to combine my passion for teaching and soccer to help these young men reach their true potential.”
Edward Agyman was born in Accra(Ghana), grew up in Italy, and currently lives in Renton WA. Growing up playing soccer helped him develop to be a man both mentally and physically. He loves the sport and is so happy to bring his experience to help these young man grow up. He likes Real Madrid and his favorite player is definitely Cristiano Ronaldo.
"I am excited to join and learn and be like Jose Mourinho."
Patrick Clifford grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Patrick played Division I Soccer at Seattle University. During his time the Redhawks made two NCAA tournament appearances and reached the Sweet Sixteen in 2015. More recently, Patrick graduated from UW school of Law.
Patrick believes that the most important thing about soccer is learning important life skills: respect, teamwork and the drive to compete.
Patrick credits soccer for giving him the skill set that has allowed him to transition into his current position as a practicing attorney in Seattle.
It’s important what we do on the field. It’s more important what we do off the field. It’s most important what we do after the field.