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Brett Mills - Director of program development

Brett Mills has 15 years of coaching experience and a long history with Express having played for the club as a youth player and now serving as a coach and Director of Program Development.  He grew up in Village Park and attended La Costa Canyon High School where he earned three varsity letters in the boy's soccer program before playing two years at the college level at Palomar College.    In high school, Brett's LCC varsity team beat Torrey Pines in a divisional championship game when Andy Hargreaves (our Director of Older Teams) was serving in his second year as the Torrey Pines Varsity Head Coach....small world.  Brett served as the Director of Younger Teams at Express from 2015-2019 and starts his new role as Director of Program Development effective January 1, 2020.  As Director of Program Development, Brett will be focused on our recreational and outreach programs, creating and implementing more pathways for children in our community to play soccer. Brett will also be assisting players and families with the transition from recreational to competitive play.


COACHING Philosophy:

"My goal is to help young players achieve their full potential as soccer players by creating a challenging, supportive and positive environment for the athlete to grow. I want to teach skills that can be used on and off the field with an emphasis on team building, commitment and sportsmanship."

Favorite Team/Player:

Manchester United / Ryan Giggs


  • D License

Coaching Experience:

  • Director of Program Development, Encinitas Express, 2020-present
  • Director of Younger Teams, Encinitas Express, 2015-2019
  • Encinitas Express Coaching Staff,  2006-2010, 2013 to present
  • Encinitas Express "Boys' Coach of the Year" - 2014
  • Junior Varsity Coach, San Marcos High School, 2009

Playing Experience:

  • Encinitas Express 1987-1994 
  • Surf Soccer 1994-99 
  • La Costa Canyon High School Varsity - 3 years 
  • Palomar College 1999, 2000

Brett Mills

Director of Program Development