WP College Program

A Total Support Initiative

Washington Premier has become a destination club for many of the top players in Western Washington. Although not all of our players will one day play at the highest level, we are firmly committed to helping all of them achieve success on and off the field. For our high school age players, this means making sure they graduate and get into college. From the freshmen year struggles of staying organized and signing up for the right classes to the senior year stresses of finishing FAFSA forms and prepping for AP tests—the WP College Program is a ‘Total Support Initiative’ designed to help our families with the more important aspects of being a successful teenage athlete—getting good grades and getting into a good college.


The 2016/17 WP College Program


  • College Info Night/Fit Finder Training—November
  • College Coach Panel—May

Campus Tours/Games:

  • College Visit (Seattle University 2016)—September 22nd
  • College Game ( PLU)—October 8th

Showcase Events:

  • Teams travelling to Phoenix, San Diego, Las Vegas, Portland, Texas
  • Local events in Redmond, Portland, Tukwila

College Bound Summer Training Program:

  • Men/Women’s Training Program
    • Partnered with Sound Sound FC

College ID Camp:

  • December 4th

Resources Available to WP Families:

  • WPFC College Handbook
  • College Newsletter (quarterly)
  • College Fit Finder Software
  • Manager/Coach Showcase Training and Support
  • Filming and editing of highlight videos partner
    • Seattle Sports Videos
    • Multiple others
  • College Specific Resources page for WPFC


College Program Director:

Joe Birklid will be working with players, families, managers, and our coaching staff to support our club throughout the HS age groups.

  • MIT University of Washington
  • Bonney Lake High School Teacher and Academic/College  Advisor (8 years)
  • DI Men’s Soccer Player at the University of Washington (01—04)
  • Pac 10 All-Academic Team 2002, 2003, 2004
  • ECNL Head Coach/WP Staff Coach