FC Portland Academy 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
  • Jason Carney Director of Coaching

    Coaching License

    USSF B, UEFA B, FA Level 3, UEFA (Regional) Scottish B, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, NSCAA Advanced National Coaching Diploma

    Current

    2006 Boys & 2004 Girls ECNL

    Previous Coaching

    Preston North End Youth Academy, England, Head Coach

    McLean Soccer Academy, VA Head Coach

    Fauquier County, VA Director of Coaching

     

    Playing Experience

    Preston North End, England

    Bolton Wonderers, England

    North West County League, England (semi-pro)

     


  • Michael Jamieson Age Group Coordinator

    Coaching License

    USSF B, UEFA B, and English FA Level 2

    Current

    2008 Boys

    Previous Coaching

    USSDA Director of Coaching

    ECNL Head Coach

    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 


  • Alex Ponce Age Group Coordinator

    Coaching License

    USSF F License 

    Current

    2003 Boys & 2005 Boys

    Linfield University, Men's Associate Head Coach

    Previous Coaching

    Hood River Dynamos 

    Putnam High School, Girls Varsity Assitant Coach

    Playing Experience

    Hood River Valley High School 

    FC Portland 

    Clark College 

    Concordia University 


  • Andy Friazer Coach

    Coaching License

     

    Current

    2005 Girls ECNL

    Previous Coaching

     

    Playing Experience

     


  • Ben Durano Age Group Coordinator

    Coaching License:

    USSF National D License

    NSCAA High School Diploma

    Current:

    2008 Girls

    Sunset HS girls 2005-Current 

    Previous Coaching:

    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 JR Academy Head Coach
     
    Current:
    JR Academy Head Coach
    Sunset High School Boys Coach 2013-Current
     
    Playing Experience: 
    Pacific University 
    FC Portland Since U10
    Sunset High School

  • Bobbi Wasch Coach

    Coaching License

    USSF D

    Current

    2007 Girls

    Previous Coaching

     

    Playing Experience


  • Bill Irwin Goalkeeper Coach & Coach

    Coaching Licnese

    USSF “A” License

    USSF Coaching Schools Instructor

    FC Portland Coach Since 1986

    Current

    2004 Girls ECNL and Goalkeeper Director of Coaching

    Previous Coaching

    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)

     


  • Brian Gant Coach

    Coaching License:

    USSF B

    Current:

    2007 Girls ECNL & 2002/2001 Girls ECNL

    Previous Coaching:

    Catlin Gabel HS

    FC Portland Coach for 28 years

    Playing Experience: 

    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

     


  • Brittney Elsensohn Coach

    Coaching License

     

    Current

    Girls Youth Academy

    Previous Coaching

     

    Playing Experience


  • Brad Pollard Coach
    Coaching license:
    USSF D LicenseNSCAA Advanced National, NSCAA Goalkeeping I and II Licenses
    Current:
    2002/2001 Girls
    Previous Coaching:
    Boys and Girls Head Soccer Coach: James Irwin Charter High School, Colorado Springs, Co.
    Sherwood High School JV Coach
    2007Valley Catholic Boys Head soccer coach 2008-2011
    Pikes Peak Rush 2003-2005Corinthians Soccer Club (Colorado Springs, Co) 2006-2006Westside Timbers SC 2007-2013
    Playing Experience:
    Oklahoma Christian University 1998Shasta
    Community College 2000
    Washington County Soccer Club, Bartlesville, OK

  • Carly Bennett Coach
    Coaching License: 
    USSF "E" License
     
    Current:
    2005 Girls ECNL & 2003 Girls ECNL
     
     
    Previous Coaching: 
    Liberty High School Girls Varsity Coach
    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

    Coaching License

    USSF F

    Current

    2009 Boys & 2005 Boys

    Previous Coaching

     

    Playing Experience


  • Dan Withrow Coach

    Coaching License

    USSF B

    Current

    2008 Boys

    Previous Coaching

     

    Playing Experience

    Portland Timbers


  • Dean Miyama Age Group Coordinator

    Coaching License 

    USSF D 

    Current

    2006 Girls ECNL

    Hillsboro High School Girls Varsity Head Coach

    Previous Coaching

     

    Playing Experience


  • Eihab Daoud Age Group Coordinator

    Coaching License

    USSF B

    Current

    2009 Boys & 2004 Boys

    Previous Coaching

     

    Playing Experience


  • Eddie Sanchez Coach

    Coaching License

     

    Current

    2002/2001 Boys

    Previous Coaching

     

    Playing Experience


  • Erik Bagwell Coach

    Coaching License

     

    Current

    2006 Boys

    Previous Coaching

     

    Playing Experience


  • Foday Kobba Age Group Coordinator

    Coaching License

    USSF D License

    Current

    2008 Boys & 2002/2001 Boys

    Previous Coaching

    IPS Mens Soccer Club

    Playing Experience

    Gonzaga University 

    Oregon ODP 

    FC Portland 


  • Georgie Christiansen Age Group Coordinator

    Coaching License:

    USSF D License

    Current:

    2003 Girls

    Previous Coaching:

    Concordia University, Goalkeeping 2010

    Goalkeeper Coach, WPSL Portland Rain 2010 

    Northeast United 2008-2011

    Playing Experience:

    Clackamas Community College 2006-2007

    NWAACC MVP 

    NWACC Scholar Athlete

    Concordia University

    NAIA All-American

    NAIA-Daktronics Scholar Athlete  

    CCC Scholar Athlete

    NAIA National All-Tournament

    NSCAA All-Region

    WPSL Portland Rain 2009-2010

    Hillsboro High School 

    Two-Time Gatorade Player of the Year


  • Jenny Lawrence Age Group Coordinator

    Coaching License: 

    NSCAA National Diploma 

    Art of Goalkeeper Training/Education 

    Current 

    2004 Girls

    Portland State Womens Soccer, GK Coach 

    Previous Coaching

    Sacramento State Womens Soccer, GK Coach 

    Christian Brothers High School Girls Varsity 

    Elk Grove United Soccer Club, GK Coach 

    Playing Experience: 

    Northern California, Carlmont High School 

    Sacramento State Univeristy 

     


  • Jim Maine Age Group Coordinator

    Coaching License:

    USSF "D" License

    Current: 

    2005 Girls

    Liberty HS Girls Head Coach

    Previous Coaching:

    Linfield College Mens Lead Assistant, 2 years

    George Fox University Lead Assistant, 10 years

    Westside Metros Staff Coach, 9 years

    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 Age Group Coordinator

    Coaching License

     

    Current

    Girls Youth Acadmy

     

    Previous Coaching

     

    Playing Experience

     


  • James Nolan Age Group Coordinator

    Coaching License

    UEFA B

    Current

    2006 Boys

    Previous Coaching

     

    Playing Experience


  • Jennifer Bhalla Coach

    Coaching License

     

    Current

    2009 Girls

    Previous Coaching

     

    Playing Experience


  • Jason Hall Coach

    Coaching Licnese

    USSF "D" License 

    Current

    2007 Boys

    Previous Coaching

    Riverdale High School, Mens Varsity Head Coach 

    Playing Experience

    US National Futsal Team 

    Military All Armed Forces Team 

    El Paso Patriots (A-Leauge) 


  • Katie Dolphin Coach

    Coaching License

     

    Current

    Girls Youth Academy & 2009 Girls

    Previous Coaching 

     

    Playing Experience


  • Kate Wilkins Coach

    Coaching License:

    USSF E License

    Current:

    2006 Girls

    Previous Coaching:

    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 

     


  • Lainey Hulsizer Coach and Goalkeeper Assistant Coach

    Coaching License

     

    Current

    2003 Girls

    Previous Coaching

     

    Playing Experience


  • Lucas dePinna Coach

    Coaching License

     

    Current

    2006 Girls

    Previous Coaching

     

    Playing Experience


  • Mike dePinna Age Group Coordinator

    Coaching License:

    USSF B License

    Current:

    2005 Girls ECNL & 2002/2001 Girls ECNL

    Previous Coaching

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

    OR ODP 

    Playing Experience: 

    Portland Timbers   

    University of Portland

    Blanchet High School and Seattle United

     


  • Mike Joyce Age Group Coordinator

    Coaching licnese

     

    Current

    2007 Girls ECNL

    Previous Coaching

     

    Playing Experience


  • Michelle Cruz Coach

    Coaching License

    USSF D

    Current

    2006 Girls ECNL

    Previous Coaching

     

    Playing Experience

    University of Portland

    Seattle Regin WPSL


  • Merced Salinas Coach

    Coaching License

     

    Current

    2003 Boys

    Previous Coaching

     

    Playing Experience


  • Patti Degerness Coach

    Coaching License:

    USSF F License

    Current

    2008 Girls

    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)


  • Pablo Dipascuale Age Group Coordinator

    Coaching License

    USSF C

    Current

    2002/2001 Girls

    Men's Head Coach, Lincoln High School 

    Previous Coaching

    Men's Varsity Assistant Coach, Lincoln High School 

    FC Portland Coach 2011-Current 

    Playing Experience 

    UPFC 

    Lakerige High School/Westview High School 

    Westside Metros 

    FC Portland Academy 

     


  • Russ Magoon Age Group Coordinator

    Coaching License

    USSF B

    Current

    2004 Boys & 2007 Boys

    Previous Coaching

    USSDA United PDX/BSC

    Oregon ODP Head Coach

    Boys Director THUSC 

    Playing Experience

    Norwich University


  • Ralph Halewyn Age Group Coordinator

    Coaching License

    USSF C

    Current

    2006 Girls

    Previous Coaching

     

    Playing Experience


  • Rob Coons Coach

    Coaching License

     

    Current

    Boys Youth Academy

    Previous Coaching

     

    Playing Experience


  • Robert DeVassie Coach

    Coaching License

    USSF C, USSF Youth, NSCAA DOC Diploma, NSCAA Adv National Diploma,

    US Youth Futsal Level 3, TOPSoccer Cert, Coerver Youth Diploma, NFHS Certified Interscholastic Coach

    Current

    Boys Youth Academy

    Previous Coaching

    Arctic Winter Games-Alaska Futsal Head Coach

    ADP/ODP Alaska

    South Anchorage High School

    Alaska Rush Soccer Club

    Crossfire Alaska Soccer Club

    Anchorage Soccer Club

    Cook Inlet Soccer Club

    Playing Experience

    Alaska Premier

    Sons of Italy Youth Soccer Club, OH


  • Simon Date Age Group Coordinator

    Coaching License

    USSF A

    Current

    2007 Boys & 2003 Girls ECNL

    St Helens Girls Varsity Coach

    Previous Coaching

    OR ODP

    Playing Experience 

    Oregon State Mens soccer


  • Scout Libke Coach

    Coaching Licnese

    USSF F

    Current

    2005 Girls

    Previous Coaching

    Lincoln High School Varsity

    Playing Experience

    Lincoln High School

    FC Portland


  • Scotty Baxter Coach

    Coaching Licnese

    USSF C

    Current

    Boys Youth Academy & 2009 Girls

    Previous Coaching

     

    Playing Experience