FC Portland Coaches

At FC Portland, coaching is the heart of our success. The history our coaches have with our club, their own competitive playing experience, and their style of teaching and philosophy are the reasons for our long history of strong player development and achievement. 

 Several of our coaches have been here since Clive Charles started the club in 1987.  Others are loyal alumni of the program, once playing for FC Portland themselves. Many played collegiately, professionally, and for their national teams. 

 Our coaches at FC Portland have a wealth of experience and have a longevity that is unmatched amongst clubs.  Our emphasis and philosophy toward player development is deeply engrained in our coaches.  

 
Coaching Staff Directory
  • Leonard Griffin Director of Coaching - Boys

    Coaching License 

    USSF A License 

    Current Coaching 

    FC Portland, Director of Coaching 

    Univerity of Portland, Men's Assitant Coach 

    Previous Coaching 

    College- 

    University of California, Los Angeles 

    University of California, Berkeley 

    Saint Mary's College 

    Cal State San Bernardino 

    Youth- 

    Pacific Coast Soccer Club

    Beach FC 

    Bridlemile 

    Playing Experience 

    University of California, Los Angeles 00-03

    Chicago Fire- 04-06

    Portland Timbers-07-08

    Los Angeles Galaxy-08-09

    Austin Aztex-10 

    LA Blues-11 


  • Alex Ponce Coach

    Coaching License

    USSF F License 

    Current

    FC Portland, 01 and 99 Boys 

    Linfield University, Men's Associate Head Coach

    Previous

    Hood River Dynamos 

    Putnam High School, Girls Varsity Assitant Coach

    Playing Experience

    Hood River Valley High School 

    FC Portland 

    Clark College 

    Concordia University 


  • Andrew Duvall Age Group Coordinator

    COACHING EXPERIENCE:

    USSF B License

    USSF National Youth License

    FC Portland Coach Since 2014

    CURRENT:

    Concordia University Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach (NCAA Division II) – 2011-Present

    PREVIOUS:

    USYSA Region IV ODP Staff Coach – 2009-2011

    New Mexico State Youth Soccer ODP Director – 2009-2011

    New Mexico State Youth Soccer ODP Head Coach – 2008-2011

    Head Coach FC Portland 99 Boys State Finalist – 2015

    Head Coach FC Portland 99 Boys State Semifinalist – 2016

    Club Soccer Head Coach and DOC with various clubs in Washington State and New Mexico – 2005-2008

    PLAYING EXPERIENCE:

    Concordia University Men’s Soccer Player – 1999-2002

    Concordia University Men’s Soccer Captain – 2002

    Cascade Collegiate Conference Champion – 1999, 2000, 2002

    NAIA National Tournament Sweet 16 – 1999

    NAIA West Regional Finalist – 2000

    NAIA West Regional Semifinalist – 2002


  • Ben Durano Age Group Coordinator

    COACHING EXPERIENCE:

    USSF National D License

    NSCAA High School Diploma

    FC Portland Coach Since 2015

    CURRENT:

    2004 Girls at FC Portland

    Sunset HS girls 2005-Current 

    Sunset State Finalists, 2016

    PREVIOUS:

    ODP- 91B, 92B, 97G, 98G

    Glencoe HS girls 2000-2004

    Westside Timbers 1998-2014

    Gunners U12B 2001 State Champions 

    Galaxy U18 2007 State Finalists

    2008 State Champions

    Fury U17G & U18G 2011/2012 State Champions 

    Usonians U13G 2010 State Champions, Regional Semi-Finalists

    Copa U14G 2013 State Champions, Regional Semi-Finalists

    PLAYING EXPERIENCE:

    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 90-91

    Sembach FC, Germany 86-89

    Hillsboro HS, Or. '83

     


  • Ben Gadawski Coach
    COACHING EXPERIENCE:
    FC Portland Coach Since 2012 
    CURRENT:
    Sunset High School Boys Coach 2013-Current
    PLAYING EXPERIENCE:
    Pacific University 
    FC Portland Since U10
    Sunset High School

  • Bill Irwin Goalkeeper Coach

    COACHING EXPERIENCE

    USSF “A” License

    USSF Coaching Schools Instructor

    FC Portland Coach Since 1986

    CURRENT

    FC Portland Academy youth coach, head coach and goalkeeping coach (1986-2010, 2016-Current)

    PREVIOUS

    University of Portland; Head Coach Men’s Soccer Team (2003-2015)

    University of Portland Director of Soccer; Head Coach Men’s Team, Assistant Coach and Goalkeeping Coach Women’s team (2003-2013)

    13 NCAA berths, 1 National Championship

     University of Portland Assistant Coach (1986-2003)

    20 NCAA berths, 1 National Championship

    US U-23 Women’s Team Head Coach (2007- 2011)

    Nordic Cup Winners (2007, 2008)

    USSF (United States Soccer Federation) National Team Goalkeeping Coach

    US Men’s Olympic Team (2002, 2003)

    U-18 Men (2003)

    U-20 Men (2000, 2001); U-20 World Cup finals Argentina (2001)

    U-16 Men (1998)

    U-23 Men (1997)

    US Men’s National Team (1997)

    U-17 Men’s National Team (1997)

    US Women’s National Team (2005, 2006)

    U-20 Women (1996-2007)

    PLAYING EXPERIENCE:

    Northern Ireland Youth Team (1967-1969)

    Northern Ireland Amateur Team (1970)

    Bangor FC, Irish League, Bangor N. Ireland (1966-1970)

    Cardiff City FC, English 2nd and 3rd Division (1970-1978)

    Washington Diplomats, NASL (North American Soccer League) (1978-1981)

    Dallas Tornado, NASL (1981-1982)

    Portland Timbers, NASL (1982)

    San Jose Earthquakes, NASL and MISL (Major Indoor Soccer League) (1982-1984)

    Minnesota Strikers, MISL (1985-1986)

    Wichita Wings, MISL (1986)

     


  • Pablo Dipascuale Coach

    COACHING LICENSE

    USSF National "D" License 

    CURRENT COACHING 

    03 Boy's Team Coach 

    Men's Head Coach, Lincoln High School 

    PREVIOUS COACHING

    Men's Varsity Assistant Coach, Lincoln High School 

    FC Portland Coach 2011-Current 

    PLAYING CAREER 

    UPFC 

    Lakerige High School/Westview High School 

    Westside Metros 

    FC Portland Academy 

     


  • Michelle Cruz Coach

  • Reed McKenna Coach

  • Noah Gaines Coach

    COACHING EXPERIENCE 

    USSF "F" Coaching License

    CURRENT

    Youth Academy and 02 Boys  

    PLAYING EXPERIENCE

    UC IRVINE

     


  • Scout Libke Coach

  • Nick Irwin Coach

  • Brad Pollard Coach

    COACHING EXPERIENCE:

    USSF D License

    NSCAA Advanced National, NSCAA Goalkeeping I and II Licenses

    FC Portland Coach Since 2014 

    CURRENT:

    U16 Girls Team Coach

    PREVIOUS:

    Boys and Girls Head Soccer Coach: James Irwin Charter High School, Colorado Springs, Co. 2004-2006

    Sherwood High School JV Coach 2007

    Valley Catholic Boys Head soccer coach 2008-2011

    Pikes Peak Rush 2003-2005

    Corinthians Soccer Club (Colorado Springs, Co) 2006-2006

    Westside Timbers SC 2007-2013

    PLAYING EXPERIENCE:

    Goalkeeper/Center at Oklahoma Christian University 1998

    Center Back/Winger at Shasta Community College 2000

    Washington County Soccer Club, Bartlesville, OK

     


  • Jason Hall Coach

    COACHING LICENSE

    USSF "D" License 

    CURRENT 

    Team Coach, 06 Boys 

    PREVIOUS

    Riverdale High School, Mens Varsity Head Coach 

    PLAYING CAREER 

    US National Futsal Team 

    Military All Armed Forces Team 

    El Paso Patriots (A-Leauge) 


  • Jenny Lawrence Coach

    Coaching Experience: 

    NSCAA National Diploma 

    Sacramento State Womens Soccer, GK Coach 

    Christian Brothers High School Girls Varsity 

    Elk Grove United Soccer Club, GK Coach 

    Art of Goalkeeper Training/Education 

    Current: 

    Portland State Womens Soccer, GK Coach 

    FC Portland, GK Coach, ACG U17/U18G 

    Playing Experience: 

    Northern California, Carlmont High School 

    Sacramento State Univeristy 

     


  • Brian Gant Assistant Coach

    Canadian National Team Member

    Played for the Vancouver Whitecaps, NASL

    Played for the Portland Timbers, NASL

    New Westminster Blues

    Canadian Amateur Championship

    Simon Fraser University

    Burnaby FC

    Catlin Gabel HS Coach, 13 State Championships

    FC Portland Coach, 28 Years

    ECNL Coach, 2014-Current


  • Brittney Elsensohn Coach

  • Carly Bennett Coach
    COACHING EXPERIENCE:
    USSF "E" License
    F.C. Portland Academy Coach Since 2015
    CURRENT:
    Junior academy
    U14 (2003) Team Coach
    U17 (2000) Team Coach
    Director of Youth Skills Academy for Portland Futsal
    Aloha High School Girls JV coach 
    PREVIOUS:
    Westview High School JV2 Coach
    PLAYING EXPERIENCE:
    Carmel United Soccer Club (now know as Indiana Fire)
    ODP Region II
    Murray State University 

  • Chilo Andrade Coach

  • Chuck Bechtol Coach

    COACHING EXPERIENCE:

    USSF B License

    FC Portland Coach Since 2003

    CURRENT:

    PREVIOUS:

    Linfield College, 4 Years

    ODP Regional Camp, 2 Years

    McMinnville High School, 5 Years

    MYSA, 5 Years

    FC Portland, 6 State Champions, One National Finalist

    PLAYING:

    Linfield, 4 Years

    Corvallis High School 4 Years


  • Dean Miyama Coach

  • Elias Gaynor Coach

    COACHING EXPERIENCE:

    USSF “F” License

    FC Portland Coach Since 2014

    CURRENT:

    FC Portland Boys ’00 Assistant

    FC Portland Youth Academy Assistant 

    Lincoln High School JV Boys Head Coach

    PLAYING EXPERIENCE: 

    Concordia University, 2012-16, NCAA II, (team captain 2015-16), GNAC All-League Honorable Mention, GNAC Academic All-Conference

    Seattle Sounders U18 Academy, 2010-11

    Eastside United FC, 2007-09

    Columbia River High School, 2009-12 (team captain Jr., Sr.)

     


  • Foday Kobba Coach

    COACHING EXPERIENCE 

    USSF D License

    CURRENT

    03 and 07 Boys 

    PREVIOUS

    FC Portland Coach Since 2010

    PLAYING EXPERIENCE

    Gonzaga University 

    Oregon ODP 

    FC Portland 


  • Garrett Smith Head Coach

    Collegiate Head Coach, University of Portland

    NCAA National Championship 2005

    NCAA Coach of the Year

    13 Consecutive Playoff Appearances

    Assistant Coach, University of Portland, 11 Years

    NCAA National Championship 2002

    Played for the Portland Pride, CISL

    Played for the San Diego Sockers, MISL

    Played for the Seattle Storm, APSL

    Played for the Portland Timbers, WSL

    Played Collegiately at University of Portland

    NCAA Semifinalist

    Highest Scoring Defender in UP History

    USSF “A” License

    FC Portland Coach, 31 Years

    ECNL Coach, 2014-Current    


  • Haylee Degrood Coach

    COACHING EXPERIENCE:

    FC Portland Coach Since 2015

    CURRENT:

    PREVIOUS:

    US Soccer Training Center

    PLAYING EXPERIENCE:

    University of Portland, Center Back/4 Years, 2nd Round NCAA Tournament 2 years, WCC Conference Champions 2013

    Riverside Poly High School Varsity 4 Years

    Arsenal FC Captain


  • Jim Maine Age Group Coordinator

    COACHING EXPERIENCE:

    USSF "D" License

    FC Portland Coach, Since 2014

    CURRENT:

    Girls 2000's AGC

         -2014 State Champs

    Liberty HS Girls Head Coach

    PREVIOUS:

    Linfield College Mens Lead Assistant, 2 years

    George Fox University Lead Assistant, 10 years

    Westside Metros Staff Coach, 9 years

         -2002 U-15 Boys State Champs / Region IV Semifinalists

    Oregon ODP Boys Staff Coach, 2 years

    Newberg HS Boys Head Coach, 7 years

    PLAYING EXPERIENCE:

    NAIA Collegiate, 3 years

         -3 year Top 10 National Ranking Finish

         -1 NAIA National Tournament Appearance

         -Member of George Fox University's Hall of Fame

    USISL (Unites States Intercontinental Soccer League), 4 years

         -All West Coast Team of the Week, 5 times

    WISL (World Indoor Soccer League), 1 year

     


  • Josh Durano Coach

  • Kate Wilkins Coach

    COACHING EXPERIENCE:

    USSF E License

    FC Portland Coach Since 2015

    CURRENT:

    FC Portland 04 Girls - Assistant Coach

    PREVIOUS:

    Hellgate High School Junior Varsity - 2014

    Missoula Strikers Academy - 2014

    University of Montana Youth Camps - 2009-2012

    PLAYING EXPERIENCE:

    University of Montana - Missoula

    NCAA First Round 2011 

    Oregon ODP 2006-2007

    Marist High School - Eugene, Oregon

    Club - FC Willamette - Eugene, Oregon 

     


  • Lisa Chambers Coach

    COACHING EXPERIENCE:

    USSF “A” License‚Ä®

    F.C. Portland Academy Coach, Since 2004

    CURRENT:

    D1, University of Portland Assistant Coach

    PREVIOUS:

    University of Portland, 10 years

    U.S. Soccer Training Center Coordinator

    U.S. Soccer U14 National Team Assistant Coach/Scout

    ODP Staff and Region Team Assistant Coach

    State Champs 3 years in a row

    PLAYING EXPERIENCE:

    U.S. U21 & U23 National Team Member

    Played for the LA Sol, WPS

    Played for the Seattle Sounders, WPSL

    Played at University of Portland

    NCAA National Championship 2005

    Played for Washington Premier, Formerly the FC Royals


  • Abby Faingold Coach

  • Ariel Viera Coach

  • Michael Jamieson USSDA Head Coach

    Coaching License

    UEFA B, FA Level 2, and USA Youth License

    Current

    USSDA Head Coach 2005 Boys

    Previous Coaching

    Chester City Football Club, England

    New Jersey Red Bull, New Jersey/NYC

    Lincoln High School - Varsity 

    Playing Experience

    Liverpool Football Club (Youth Academy) 

    Edge Hill University 

    Chester City Football Club 


  • Mike dePinna Age Group Coordinator

    COACHING EXPERIENCE:

    USSF B License

    FC Portland Coach Since 1988

    CURRENT:

    US CLUB, PDP, ODP

    PREVIOUS

    2014 U13G NPL National Semifinals,  2012 U17G US CLUB NPL Nationals  

    PLAYING EXPERIENCE: 

    Portland Timbers   

    University of Portland

    Blanchet High School and Seattle United

     


  • Mike Joyce Age Group Coordinator

  • Mike Staropoli Head Coach
    COACHING EXPERIENCE:
    USSF C License
    FC Portland Academy Coach Since 2009
    CURRENT:
    FC Portland ECNL Coach (3rd year) 
    Westside Christian HS Girls Coach (State finals 2014, Semis 2015)
    PREVIOUS:
    U12 State Champions 2012
    U13 State Champions 2014
    PLAYING EXPERIENCE:
    U23 Select - Pacific Coast Region
    Oregon State University - 4 year starter, All League Selection
    Sunset High School

  • Patti Degerness Coach

    COACHING EXPERIENCE:

    USSF F License

    FC Portland Coach Since 2106

    PLAYING EXPERIENCE:

    Clackamas Community College 2007-2009 (NWAC champions 2007), OIT 2009

    Franklin HS 2002-2006 Varsity

    Portland Metro SC 2000-02 (State Cup Champions 2002/Regional Semi Finals)

    FC Portland 2003-05 (2003 state cup finalist/wc to regionals semi finals, 2004-05 state up runner up)

    LOSC 2006-2008 (2006-08 state cup finalist)


  • Phil Elton Coach
    COACHING EXPERIENCE:
    USSF C License
    USSF National Youth License
    FC Portland Coach Since 2015 
    CURRENT:
    2016 Beaverton Cup Champs, U-17 Boys
    PREVIOUS:
    High School Coaching Experience: 8 years, Varsity Boys and Girls
    Founder, President & DOC: Fort Payne Soccer Club, Fort Payne, AL. 2011 – 2015
    DOC: Fort Payne Parks & Recreation, Fort Payne, AL. 2003 – 2010
    President and Head Coach: Fusion FC, Gadsden, AL. 2012 – 2013
    Head Coach: Notts. Forest Football Club, San Diego, CA. 2007 - 2008
    PLAYING EXPERIENCE:
    Over 40 years diversified Coaching, Playing, and Officiating experience at various Clubs and Recreational leagues in England, Italy, New York, California, North Carolina, and Alabama

  • Steven Corbett Coach

  • Tyler Baarts Age Group Coordinator