Liviu Bird

Head Football Coach

  • Date Joined: 17th August 2019
I am an ambitious, enthusiastic and determined soccer coach who has accumulated vast knowledge and experience at all levels of the game in the USA, having worked with a string of elite coaches and international players, and having held a variety of key posts from Head Coach and Technical Director to Performance Video Analyst for the 2020 MLS Cup Winners.

As a forward-thinking professional I have expertise in implementing the latest computer software and technology to deliver high-quality drills and training programmes and I have enjoyed considerable success in team and player development since finishing my career as a semi-professional goalkeeper in 2012.

I am also a determined self-starter and willing ‘team player’ who is quick and eager to learn from other specialists, has an unwavering passion for soccer, has clear and innovative ideas about coaching in the modern game and brings energy, commitment and drive to every task undertaken.
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Testimonials:

“Liviu exhibited a vast amount of knowledge about football. This was only matched by his passion and love for the game. As video analyst, he was instrumental in us winning the MLS Cup. His ability to do game reflections and opposition analysis was very important for matchday preparation. Liviu would be an asset to any club.” - Ezra Hendrickson: Columbus Crew Assistant Coach and 5-time MLS Cup Winner as Player and Coach

“It was an honour to work with Liviu. He is a special person. With his attention to detail and the way he works with everyone around him, his impact is extremely contagious.” - Jonathan Mensah: Columbus Crew Captain and Ghana World Cup Player in 2006 and 2010

“Liviu’s analysis of formations and personnel, and his work to build teams, is as tireless as anyone in the business.” - Darren Sawatzky: Richmond Kickers Head Coach and former Seattle Sounders Coach

“Liviu puts everything he has into what he loves doing - coaching. His detail-oriented approach transfers onto the players and he has an open mind about learning from others, which will allow him to grow to new heights in the soccer industry.” - Roy Lassiter: Former Kitsap Pumas Head Coach, U.S. International and MLS All-Star Striker

“Liviu is a very serious, motivated young coach. He first contacted me when he was doing tactical analysis for online articles. He decided to make a career decision to go into full-time coaching and we have stayed in touch. I have always been impressed with his motivation to get better.” - Bob Bradley: LAFC Head Coach and former USA Head Coach
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Playing Career:

I enjoyed a successful semi-professional and college career as a goalkeeper, playing in the USL League 2 with Kitsap Pumas in 2009 and 2012 and North Sound Seawolves in 2011, in the NCAA Division 2 with Seattle Pacific University from 2010 to 2012, and in the N.W. Athletic Conference with Highline College from 2008 to 2010.
Liviu Bird

Qualifications/Accreditation

  • Football Coach Evolution : One-year Mentorship

    Football Coach Evolution
    One-year Mentorship
    2021

  • UEFA: A Licence

    UEFA
    A Licence
    2020

  • US Soccer: National B License

    US Soccer
    National B License
    2019

  • Seattle Pacific University: BA  Communication Studies

    Seattle Pacific University
    BA Communication Studies
    2012

  • Highline College: AA

    Highline College
    AA
    2010

Career History

  • Pacific Lutheran University

    Pacific Lutheran University
    Assistant Coach
    2021 – Present

  • Washington Premier FC

    Washington Premier FC
    Under-23 Head Coach
    2021 – Present

  • Columbus Crew SC

    Columbus Crew SC
    Performance Video Analyst
    2020 – 2020

  • Kitsap Alliance FC

    Kitsap Alliance FC
    Technical Director
    2019 – 2019

  • Seattle Sounders FC

    Seattle Sounders FC
    Under-23 Assistant Coach
    2019 – 2019

  • Kitsap Pumas SC

    Kitsap Pumas SC
    Head Coach
    2018 – 2018

  • Tacoma Community College

    Tacoma Community College
    Assistant Coach
    2017 – 2017

  • Kitsap Pumas SC

    Kitsap Pumas SC
    Assistant/Associate Head Coach
    2016 – 2017

  • Trinity Lutheran College

    Trinity Lutheran College
    Interim Head Coach
    2014 – 2014

  • Edmonds Community College

    Edmonds Community College
    Assistant Coach
    2012 – 2013

Key Achievements

  • Washington Premier FC: Work with U-23 team and two youth squads and take the lead role in all on-field matters, including team selection, tactical decisions, analysis of own players and opposition
  • Columbus Crew SC: Played a major role in helping raise individual and team performance levels and took huge pride in seeing the club crowned 2020 MLS Cup Champions and attain a top-four finish in the MLS with second-highest points per-game ratio in the
  • Columbus Crew SC: Oversaw the installation of a new automatic camera system at the training ground and in the stadium and became accomplished in the recording of training sessions using a drone
  • Seattle Sounders FC: Led the team to a 2nd place finish in the USL League 2 Northwest Division and coached two players - Shak Adams and Josh Bauer - who achieved MLS Superdraft selection
  • Kitsap Pumas SC: Rose to position of Head Coach at the age of 27 during 3-year spell at one of North America’s top amateur-tier clubs
  • Kitsap Pumas SC: Led team to the 2017 NPSL Northwest Conference Championship title, qualifying for NPSL play-offs and 2018 US Open Cup
  • Kitsap Pumas SC: Advanced to the fourth round of the 2016 US Open Cup, defeating USL side Sacramento Republic on route
  • At Pacific Lutheran University, has worked alongside Head Coach to develop the University’s men’s and women’s programs and has methodically planned training sessions designed around specific formations and style of play
  • After a brief spell as volunteer coach at Trinity, was appointed Interim Head Coach winning 6 straight games to earn a 7-4-2 record
  • Led Edmonds CC to the 2012 NWAACC North Region title, League semi-final and second-highest League shutout total, working primarily with the team’s goalkeepers

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