Zahra Jalalian-Lechak

Zahra Jalalian-Lechak

Born in Houston, Texas, Zahra Jalalian-Lechak has accumulated a wealth of experience over the past 21 years by playing and coaching at some of the highest levels in women’s soccer. Zahra continues on as Girls U10-U14 Youth Director.

Zahra is among Seattle United’s highly educated coaching staff, earning her USSF “B” coaching license in 2010, and her USSF “A” license in 2011. She is in her fifth year as a WSYSA Regional Instructor, where she delivers coaching education courses through a standardized curriculum from USSF to coaches throughout Washington.

For the past 2 years, Zahra has served as the Seattle Sounders Women’s Assistant Coach. In addition, Zahra has also worked in the Elite Player Development / Sounders Regional Training Center as the head coach for the Girls’ 94, 98 and 99 age groups. As the youngest head coach and only female coach of the 14 EPD teams, Zahra has promoted 10 players into the Regional Pool and 8 have received National Pool invites. Zahra was selected to the Region IV Staff where she is involved in the training and recruiting process of the elite players for Regional and US National Youth teams.

Zahra was appointed to the WA State Blue Ribbon Panel in 2010. The Panel’s primary goal is to discuss and shape the proper structure and methodologies of Female Player Development for ages U15-U19 in their High School setting.

Starting her coaching career as part of the staff for the University of Connecticut Women’s Team in 2005, Zahra served as the graduate assistant for her alma mater before returning to Washington as a head coach for DOS FC from 2006 to 2010. While at DOS, Zahra delivered an age specific development program for girls and boys ages U11 to U15.

Zahra’s playing career started with FC Royals (now Washington Premier) in 1993, and she would go on to win 8 State Championships with the club. Advancing to the Far West Regional Semi-Final in 2000, and the Quarterfinals in 2001.

After a standout youth career Zahra received a full scholarship to UCONN, where she would go on to captain her team in 2003 and 2004, Zahra compiled 91 appearances (on all time list), won 4 Big East Conference Titles, 2 Big East Championship Titles and in 2004 was named MVP.

In 2004, as an anchor in the defense, Zahra helped lead the team to the NCAA Division 1 National Championship. Zahra’s received numerous individual accomplishments during her time at UCONN. She was named to Soccer America Team of the Week, and Big East Conference Rookie & Defensive Player of the Week multiple times. She was named All-New England 1st Team in her Junior and Senior years, named NSCAA 1st Team and Big East Defensive MVP in her Senior year.

During the college summer off-seasons and after graduating Zahra played for the Seattle Sounders Women’s Team from 2002 to 2009. In her 8 years with the USL W-League side, Zahra was a cornerstone to the backline, leading the Women’s Sounders to consistent playoff appearances and reaching the National Final Four in 2006 and 2007. Zahra was also in the United States U21 National Pool.

DoC Jimmy McAlister on Zahra Jalalian-Lechak
“We are delighted to have Zahra join our staff.  Her enthusiasm for playing and coaching the game is infectious. She has the talent to become a great coach.”

Qualifications/Education
USSF “A” License
US Youth National License
Bachelor of Science, Molecular Cell Biology and Chemistry, University of Connecticut

Coaching Experience
2013 to Present – Seattle Sounders Women Head Assistant Coach
2010 to Present – Girls Director & Head Coach, Seattle United
2010 to Present – Region IV ODP Staff
2009 to Present – Head Coach, Sounders RTC/EPD G94
2009 to Present – Head Coach, Sounders RTC/EPD G98
2009/2010 – Academy Coach, DOS FC
2006 to 2010 – Head Coach, DOS FC, G97-G93 & B98
2005 – Graduate Assistant Coach, University of Connecticut Women’s Team

Coaching Honors
2012 – SYSA Girls Competitive Coach of the Year
2013 – WSYSA Girls Competitve Coach of the Year
2014 – US Youth Soccer Girls Competitve Coach of the Year

Playing Experience
2002 to 2009 – Seattle Sounders Women
2001 to 2005 – University of Connecticut
2002 to 2003 – USA U-21s National Pool
1999 to 2001 – Region IV ODP Regional Team
1997 to 2001 – WA ODP State Team
1993 to 2001 – FC Royals

Playing Honors
2007 USL W-League 3rd Place, Seattle Sounders Women
2006 USL W-League 3rd Place, Seattle Sounders Women
2005 University of Connecticut Outstanding Senior Athlete
2004 NCAA Division I Championship Runners Up, University of Connecticut
2004 Big East Champion, University of Connecticut
2004 NSCAA 1st Team, University of Connecticut
2004 Big East Defensive MVP, University of Connecticut
2004 All-New England 1st Team, University of Connecticut
2004 Soccer Buzz All Region 1st Team
2004 All NEWISA Senior Bowl Team
2004 University of Connecticut Unsung Hero
2003 University of Connecticut Unsung Hero
2003 All-New England 1st Team, University of Connecticut
2001-2004 Big East NE Divisional Title, University of Connecticut
2002 Big East Champion, University of Connecticut
2002 USL Western Conference Champion, Seattle Sounders Women
2001-2002 Big East Conference Rookie and Defensive Player of the Week
2001-2002 Soccer America Team of the Week
2001 Regional Quarterfinalist, FC Royals
2001 Washington State Champion, FC Royals
2000 Regional Semi-finalist, FC Royals
2000 Washington State Champion, FC Royals
1999 Washington State Champion, FC Royals
1998 Washington State Champion, FC Royals
1997 Washington State Champion, FC Royals
1996 Washington State Champion, FC Royals
1995 Washington State Champion, FC Royals
1994 Washington State Champion, FC Royals

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