|No.||Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Yr.||Hometown / Previous School(s)|
|10||Todd Hendry||G||6-1||175||Fr.||Snohomish WA / Monroe (WA) HS|
|14||Diallo Jackson||G||6-0||165||So.||Seattle WA / West Seattle HS|
|22||Andrew Huff||F||6-3||195||Jr.||Auburn WA // Bellamine Prep (Tacoma WA)|
|23||Greg Durkin||P||6-9||190||Fr.||Redwood City CA / Sequoia HS|
|42||Jesse Arick||G||6-3||170||Fr.||Portland OR / Lincoln HS|
|44||Jack Baker||P||6-6½||205||Fr.||Longview WA / Mark Morris HS|
|50||Tom Storey||P||6-6½||200||So.||Spokane WA / Lewis & Clark HS|
|55||Davor Rukavina||P||6-7||230||So.||Mission BC / St. Thomas HS (Burnaby BC)|
Saturday, Nov. 23 (TBA) -- at Treasure Valley CC Tournament (Ontario OR).
Sunday, Nov. 24 (TBA) -- at Treasure Valley CC Tournament (Ontario OR).
Wednesday, Dec. 4 (7 pm) -- at Walla Walla CC.
Saturday, Dec. 7 (11 am) -- Linfield College JV at Whitman.
Thursday, Dec. 12 (7 pm) -- at Yakima Valley CC.
Thursday, Jan. 23 (TBA) -- at Walla Walla College Tournament (College Place WA).
Friday, Jan. 24 (TBA) -- at Walla Walla College Tournament (College Place WA).
Saturday, Jan. 25 (TBA) -- at Walla Walla College Tournament (College Place WA).
Thursday, Jan. 30 (7:30 pm) -- Eastern Oregon State College JV at Whitman.
Monday, Feb. 3 (7:30 pm) -- at Eastern Oregon State College JV (La Grande OR).
Thursday, Feb. 6 (8 pm) -- at Walla Walla College (College Place WA).
Thursday, Feb. 20 (8 pm) -- Walla Walla College at Whitman.
His coaching goals for his first Whitman season are to give his players a structure and system to play within, to put players into the right spots on the field, and to correct any bad habits his players may have acquired.
"After that, as I've already told them, it's up to them to play hard, and to put up or shut up. It's their season."
With an eye on the larger picture, Houston wants his players to forge a commitment to success on the soccer field and then apply that dedication to other parts of their lives. "There's no question that the principles you learn from soccer and athletics apply across the board to life in general," he said. "For this team to be successful, players must learn some life lessons from the effort they give in practice and the accomplishments they achieve as a group."
Following his graduation from Whitworth College, where he majored in journalism with a minor in sociology, Houston served as the assistant men's soccer coach for his alma mater for one season. He began a master's program in counseling that same year at Whitworth, and he hopes to complete work on that degree within the next year.
In addition to his coaching duties at Whitman, Houston is an assistant in the sports information office. He also will teach physical education classes.
"Brandt is a great addition to our coaching staff," Whitman athletic director Max Seachris said. "His background in soccer is outstanding. He played professionally after college, and he was a very successful coach at the high school level. He brings a great deal of expertise and enthusiasm to our program."
Houston's professional soccer career was a brief one. While coaching his high school team in the Spokane area, he also played for the Spokane Shadow during the 1994-95 season. The Shadow are part of the new U.S. Intercontinental Soccer League, which serves as a farm system for Major League Soccer.
"I really didn't get to play that much," Houston said. "I was coaching my high school team on the other side of Spokane, and I was missing practices with the Shadow on a regular basis. Coaching was my first priority at that time."
In joining the Whitman athletic department, Houston was reunited with longtime friend Scott Shields, who coaches the women's soccer team at the college.
"We basically grew up together (in Richland, Wash.)," Houston said. "We lived in the same neighborhood and played on a lot of the same teams, whether it was in youth leagues or on select teams. Scott is one of my best friends, so the opportunity to coach with him is a great situation for me."
Houston and Shields were soccer pioneers of sorts in Richland. "They didn't have varsity soccer at Richland High School until 1987, the year we were seniors. Scott and I and a few others had to lobby hard to get soccer into the high school."
The summer following his high school graduation, Houston and two friends started a youth soccer camp in Richland. "We ran the camp every summer while we were in college, and it turned out to be very successful," he said. "Many of the kids who came to camp had problems in other parts of their lives, so I'd take an interest and try to help them out. That's what sparked my interest in counseling."
Once he completes his master's degree in counseling, Houston hopes to combine coaching and counseling at the college level as a long-term professional career.
"Coaching is something I enjoy very much," he said. "It's almost as rewarding as playing, and the same holds true for counseling. As early as high school, friends started bringing their problems to me. I guess I'm a good listener, and I like to help."
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