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PCA-Seattle Launches As PCA's 17th Chapter


Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA)—a national non-profit developing Better Athletes, Better People through youth and high school sports—has launched PCA-Seattle, its 17th chapter in the United States.

More than twenty local community leaders in business and sport joined PCA national staff to host the inaugural board meeting in Seattle earlier this month. The chapter has received tremendous support from Seattle-based sports teams, with the Sounders, Seahawks, and Mariners coming on as supporters. Chapter Seed Funders Mark Mertens (A4), Pat Wiley, Julie McCleery, John Phillips, Jon Jones(Brighton Jones), Dave Malcolm, Scott Leber, Christopher Villa, and Steve Schiro made the launch possible.

PCA currently partners with 10+ organizations around Seattle, including Magnolia United Lacrosse, North Central Little League, the Seattle Derby Brats, and West Seattle Soccer Club among others. “Now that we have a Chapter Board in place we can greatly accelerate our impact’” said PCA Founder and CEO Jim Thompson. “We look forward to serving the schools and youth sports organizations in and around Seattle through our workshops for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes. We are also proud to offer free online resources for those groups at”

Board member Lauren Sato expressed her excitement for PCA’s newest chapter, stating:

Bringing Positive Coaching Alliance to Seattle is, to me, an investment in the leaders I hope to hire in the years to come. Leaders who are strong, selfless, resilient, and goal-oriented.

Joining Lauren on the newly installed PCA-Seattle board is: Orlando Ashford (Holland American), Todd Dunlap (, Jonathan Friebert (Microsoft), Paul V Johns (Seahawks), Jon Jones (Brighton Jones), Scott Leber (Brighton Jones), Tim Lenihan (Windemere Realty), Roger Levesque (Sounders), Jake Licht (Baden Sports), Dave Malcolm, Julie McCleery (University of Washington), Kati Quigley (Microsoft), Jill Samuelson (Deloitte), Lauren Sato (RealSelf), Steve Schiro (Choose Your Playbook, LLC), Christopher Villa (i9 Sports), and Daniel Whitney (Starbucks).

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