Casey Rummel started by coaching C Team three season ago, then became varsity coach a year later; 2022 marks his third year as head of the program. Casey is in his fourth 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 established by the coaching staff, players, and parents.
"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."
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's been progressing for years. Let's go Kangs!"
Michael Adamik is entering his second year as C team head coach and 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.”
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."
Alexander Jensen von Julen - is a Kirkland native and has also spent a significant amount of his life in Sweden. He has played soccer since he was very young. Having lived in Europe, he has played soccer in a couple of unique places. Growing up he played with Crossfire in Redmond, UD San Pedro in Spain, Täby FK in Sweden, and lastly Juanita High School. While playing in Sweden with Täby FK, he helped out with the U8 and U10 teams at the club and discovered that he really enjoys coaching.
Alexander’s favorite professional clubs are Djurgårdens IF (Allsvenskan), Seattle Sounders FC (MLS), and Chelsea FC (EPL). Alexander also enjoys playing hockey and enjoying a nice meal at Duke’s Seafood.
"I’m really excited to be a part of the Lake Washington soccer program this year. We have a great group of young men who can accomplish anything on and off the field. By working hard, staying humble, and being true to themselves they can do it all. Go Kangs."