Ralph Black

Ralph Black

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Ralph Black brings over 30 years of competitive soccer experience to Seattle United where he serves as Boys Coaching Director.

Beginning his coaching career as a professional head coach of the Portland Pride in 1998, Ralph coached for two seasons before moving into youth coaching.

Ralph brings over 18 years of coaching experience in the top level of youth soccer where he has led many teams to State Championships, Far West Regionals and to the US Youth Soccer National Final in 2009.

Having coached in every age of youth soccer from age 7 to 18, Ralph recently coached in the USSDA Academy for the past 5 seasons, where he had the opportunity to mentor players in the country’s highest level of youth soccer.

During a trip to Scotland when he was 15, Ralph found his passion for the game when got the chance to train with the famed Celtic FC. 

As a member of the United States U20 National Team that finished runner-up in the 1982 CONCACAF U20 Tournament, Ralph traveled to the 1983 World Youth Championship in Mexico, where he made two appearances in the group stages of the tournament, securing the county’s first-ever victory in the competition with a 1-0 shutout over the Ivory Coast. 

Turning professional at age 19, Ralph’s playing career spanned 18 professional seasons where he featured as a defender for the Tacoma Stars in the MISL. Ralph won the league championship with San Diego in 1990, was voted a league all-star in 1991 and finished 6th in all-time games played. 

His career also included time with the San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Storm and Tampa Bay Rowdies.