Michael Tetteh

Former Seattle Sounder. FMS. IYCA. ISSA. CSAC

Athlete Performance Coach

Generation Adidas and Division 1 player

Author & Leadership Coach

Ghanian Native

Michael Tetteh, former Seattle Sounders FC left back (2011-2013), Generation Adidas and Division 1 athlete and Gritworks Athletics partner and coach. Born in Ghana, Michael’s soccer career began on a dirt field. In his youth he played for the Right to Dream Academy in Ghana before moving to California for high school. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he played Division 1 soccer for the Gauchos. Michael’s professional career began when he signed a Generation Adidas contract with Major League Soccer and then was drafted by the Seattle Sounders in 2011, where he successfully played for two years. At the Sounders, he was considered to be one of the rising stars, but he suffered a series of hamstring injuries that persistently sidelined him. Still in his early twenties, Michael felt called to give up soccer to pursue his purpose, including athletic performance coaching, leadership, public speaking, and publishing.

Michael is a Certified John C. Maxwell Speaker, who leads businesses to set smart goals and overcome tremendous odds. His recently published a book, “Giftocracy: Awakening the Seeds of Greatness.”



  • 3 years - Sociology - University of California Santa Barbara

  • Former Professional soccer player - Seattle Sounders FC
  • Former Generation Adidas player 
  • Division 1 Soccer player - University of California Santa Barbara
  • Certified Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) - IYCA
  • Functional Movement Screen (FMS) - Functional Movement Systems Gray Cook
  • Certified Speed & Agility Coach (CSAC) - NSPA
  • Certified Personal Trainer (ISSA)