Slind has over 20 years of soccer experience on multiple levels, from playing in the Washington Olympic Development Program as a youth, to owning and working with various soccer academies, to traveling internationally to compete semi-professionally.
Slind attended Kennewick High School and earned his B.A. from The Master’s College in Newhall, Calif., where he and his team qualified for the national tournament three times and he earned an NCCAA Championship Ring. While in school, he earned multiple awards, including All-District, All-Regional, and Umbro All-American honors in 1993. After college, Slind played in various leagues throughout the US and over-seas, including the USL.
In the mid 1990s, Slind coached at Whitworth University, under the now Oregon State men’s coach Steve Simmons, and also coached at the high school level at Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane.
To Slind, a soccer team is more than a group of athletes trying to win games. Among his goals is building upon the current team culture to help Trinity’s program excel in winning games as well as being leaders in the school and in the community at large.
“You can play hard and still have a very positive effect on your community. Relationships in a team setting are life-changing. All of the relationships I have cultivated will help me move this program to a mountain of success,” Slind said.
Slind has great things in mind for the men’s team at Trinity.
“As a coach, I’m really proud of the way I run a fair but tight program. I want the athletes to come away from the program proud to have been part of Trinity soccer, and feeling they accomplished their goals on the pitch as an athlete and a teammate,” Slind said.
Slind is married and has two daughters.
Tao Shen begins his second season as the Eagles' assistant coach and will serve as recruiting coordinator for men's soccer program this season.
Shen brings collegiate head coaching experience from both Bellevue Community College and Skagit Valley College. His women’s program at Bellevue was a perennial playoff contender. In addition, he worked to change the academic culture of Bellevue’s men’s program. His first year, he mentored five players on the all NWAACC academic team which tied for the best in the league. During his second year, he retained eight out of ten recruits to maintain their academic eligibility at the junior college level. He also helped many student-athletes play at the four-year and professional levels.
Shen’s first year at Skagit Valley College, he was voted NWAACC coach of the year for the northern conference after rebuilding a winning program there. He also worked to connect the college to the local community by hosting free soccer clinics.
Shen assisted as men's soccer coach at both Whatcom Community College and Tacoma Community College. In the two years at Whatcom, he helped head coach Josh Turpen and the Orcas reach the knockout rounds and a third place finish.
In addition to coaching collegiate soccer, Shen is embedded in premier youth soccer development. He is passionate about helping players achieve their goals. He has had experience with local clubs such as FC Alliance, Snohomish United and Northwest United, and he currently works for Emerald City FC.
Before becoming a coach, Shen played collegiately and semi-professionally in both the outdoor and indoor settings. He played college soccer at both Concordia University and Spokane Community College. At Concordia, he helped his team to win the Cascade Conference and ranked as high as number fifteen in the nation. He was honored as an All-American Academic team during his tenure.
At Spokane CC, he helped the team earn a third place finish in the NWAACC tournament. During his semi-pro career, he made stops at the Yakima Reds (PDL) and the Las Vegas Strikers (NPSL) in the summer months. Currently, he plays GSSL first division with the Emerald City Supporters Fusion, and he also plays semi-professionally indoors with the Snohomish Skyhawks.
Shen is excited to be part of the Trinity Lutheran men's soccer program, where he will continue with his passion in coaching and the opportunity to mentor quality student-athletes.
He is married to his wife Emerisse—they reside in Issaquah, Wash, with their daughter Isabelle Grace.