Sam grew up in Wallingford and attended Ballard High School. He’s played soccer his entire life, collegiately at the University of Puget Sound, in USL2 for Sounders U23, and professionally for the Tacoma Stars. His professional career has centered on youth soccer in coaching, administration, and marketing. Ballard FC has been a long-time dream and vision of Sam’s as a way to create community through soccer.
Lamar grew up in Federal Way, playing soccer in the south end and eventually went on to play D1 soccer at UNLV for 4 years and in USL2 for Des Moines Menace. His professional career spanned 10 years, several with the Seattle Sounders but also sending him to Charleston, Montreal, Washington DC and Finland. He is married with 3 kids and now works in wealth management. Ballard FC represents his passion for the development of soccer in the region.
Chris grew up in the heart of Ballard and played for the same Ballard High Beavers soccer program as Sam, just a few years earlier. After graduating from Yale University he spent ten years working at the intersection of soccer, impact and entrepreneurship – living across Africa, Europe and North America while building soccer startups and consulting for prominent global soccer NGOs. Ballard FC represents the coming together of Chris’s personal background and professional passion.