A pair of KingCo 4A girls soccer coaches – Don Braman of Skyline and Tom Bunnell of Issaquah – were named to coach the West squad in the 2015 High School All-American Game on Dec. 6 in Raleigh, N.C.
It is just the third year of the girls All-American Game, which draws players nationally. The game will take place at Cardinal Gibbons High School.
The third coach of the West squad is David Wolff of Houston High School in Germantown, Tenn.
Both Braman and Bunnell have coached their respective Eastside programs for 11 seasons.
“It is humbling to be considered for this honor,” Braman said. “I know my name wouldn’t have come up without the investment of so many amazing players and coaches who have helped our program grow into what it is today.
“I am thankful every day for the privilege of being able to work with them and to enjoy being part of his game I love.”
Braman has led Skyline to four Class 4A state titles and nine trips to state in his 11 seasons. His Spartan teams have posted a record a 165-32-14 in his tenure and reached the state Final Four seven times.
Bunnell has guided Issaquah to three Class 3A state titles, leading the Eagles to state 10 of his 11 campaigns. His squads has put up a 172-13-12 mark under his leadership and made seven state championship match appearances.
“It is a great honor to be asked to coach a game like this,” Bunnell said. “It is a symbol of all the great kids I have been able to coach over the years. It also will be a blast to be coaching the game with my friend Don Braman from Skyline, our biggest rival school. It is a testament to the great soccer in our area.”
Five girls from Washington state played in the 2014 All-American, leading the West to a 5-0 win on Dec. 14.
Here’s a link to the All-American Game website: