Candidate Profiles

Michael Thompson

Mike grew up in Burke and began coaching soccer with Burke Athletic Club in 2005. He has coached from the U4 through the U15 levels and has received his E and F licenses from the Virginia Youth Soccer Association. He also attended the Maryland Youth Soccer Association’s International Dutch Coaches training week. 

Mike was elected to the Burke Athletic Club board in 2006 and served at the Club’s vice president from 2006 to 2007. He served as the House Soccer Commissioner from 2006 to 2013. He also served on the Club’s Conduct Committee from 2006 to 2008. Mike was elected Chairman and President of the club in 2007.

In February, 2008, he co-authored and gave a presentation to the United States Youth Soccer National Annual Workshop on the innovative festival soccer program he started in the fall of 2005 and was invited to give a similar presentation to the 2010 Virginia Youth Soccer convention.

Since becoming president, Mike has overseen the expansion of the club’s overall sports offerings. He has overseen the creation of an adult soccer program, rec and travel youth and adult field hockey program as well as the creation of the girls rec lacrosse and club (travel) lacrosse programs. Mike also oversaw the creation of the Club’s FUTSAL league.

Mike also led the Club’s efforts to turf the rectangular fields at Lake Braddock and to adopt the Bermuda grass fields at Lake Braddock.

In addition to his work with Burke AC, Mike is also involved in other community groups. Mike represents Springfield on the County’s Athletic Council and Fairfax County Park Authority Board. He also serves on the County’s Sports Marketing Committee and is on the Visit Fairfax Board. Mike also serves on the county's Sprots Tourism Taskforce. Previously, he represented Burke AC on the County’s Soccer Council and was elected to serve as secretary.

Hagop Avedissian

I have been an active member of the Burke Athletic Club since 2008.  My three children been part of the youth soccer program where they made a lot of friends and enjoyed playing soccer. Watching them play I wanted the same fun for the club’s parents and coaches. With the help of the club’s president, Mike Thompson, I started the adult mens’ league program and became it’s commissioner. In few seasons the adult league grew from 6 teams to 24 teams.  A one division league expanded to three divisions to accommodate the increasing number of teams and the different player levels of soccer.

For the past four years I have been serving as board member of the BAC while continuing my volunteer work as the adult league’s commissioner and coaching the U19 boys rec soccer team.  I would like to be nominated again this year to continue to help the club’s growth.