Shadow Men's First Team Staff

Abbas Faridnia - Spokane SC Shadow Technical Director 

The Ferris High School and Gonzaga University alum began his Shadow career as  U-19 player as a HS junior and continued playing for the team for several years, including for the 1999 PDL Finalists. He concluded his career at Ferris with the GSL MVP award as well as All-GSL First Team, NSCAA All-Far West First Team honors along with a 4A State championship. As a senior at Gonzaga University, he and the Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA tournament after claiming the conference championship. Faridnia also played for the PDL Seattle Sounders Select in 2001. 

Currently a Nationally USSF A-Licensed coach, Faridnia was the Director of the Spokane Soccer Club, which combined with the Shadow at the beginning of 2012. In addition to coaching as and ODP assistant coach for Washington State and ODP head coach for Idaho State (3 years each), Faridnia was an assistant coach for four years at CC Spokane, winning the NWAACC East Division title, and was the head coach of the Spokane Spiders PDL team in 2008. --  Faridnia will oversee all operations for the Shadow First Teams on and off the field. 

Gerald Barnhart - General Manager, First Teams ::  

Mike Pellicio - Head Coach, Shadow Men's First Team 

The Shadow U23 coach in 2017 and the club's Director of Coaching, Pellicio was chosen to be the head coach for the NPSL team in March of 2018 following the departure of Cam Bushey, who took on a position with Gonzaga University. Full News Release [+]  

Jesse Retan - Head Coach, Shadow U23 

One of the leading coaches in the club, Retan was appointed the third head coach for the EPLWA team in March of 2018 after the appointment of Pellicio to the MFT position. He will also serve as an assistant for the First Team. Full News Release [+]  


PLAYING OPPORTUNITIES: If you would like to arrange a trial, please get in contact with Head Coach Mike Pellicio at


Spokane Soccer Club Shadow

P.O. Box 18176
Spokane, WA 99228-0176