Portland Thorns Academy


Portland Thorns Pre-Academy

Gabe Tatz
Operations Manager

Thorns Academy


Portland Thorns Pre-Academy FC
Coaching Staff


Tracy Nelson
Head Coach 2008 (U13)
USSF A license

Previous Coaching Experience

  • Portland Thorns Academy - Head Coach: 2017-Current
  • Clackamas Community College Head Soccer Coach from 2002-2010 and was NWAACC Champions in 2004, 2005 and 2007.
  • Coached in the ODP/RTC programs and ODP regional teams, all ages of club soccer, HS soccer and individual coaching.

NWAACC Coach of the Year in 2004, 2005 and 2007
Southern Region Coach of the Year in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2010

Playing Accomplishments
University of Portland 1991 - 1995, where she was a starter and all-conference selection all four years, voted most inspirational player in 1994, finished career as 5th overall in goals and assists and was a member of the first Final Four team in 1994. Played for Millwall FC in 1997, which were treble Cup winners, including the prestigious FA Cup Champions. Played for Umea IK in Sweden in 1996. Was named Herald Women of the Year in Sports in 1994, member of the gold medal Olympic Festival team in 1993 and was a member of the US Youth National Team from 1990-1992.

Linus Rhode
Head Coach 2009 (U12)
USSF A license

In addition to his role with the Portland Thorns Academy Linus is currently, Head of Women's Soccer (North America) Sports Recruiting USA.

Linus Rhode played soccer at the University of Portland where he was the Captain of the 1995 NCAA Division I Final Four team. He played on Canada's U18, U20 and U21 National teams and was picked as the most creative player in Canada. He was also a member of the 1996 Canadian Olympic Team. He has held various coaching positions including, the Women's Head Coach at Oregon State University from 2008-2018 and Assistant Coach at Oregon State from 2000-2008. He also served as a coach for the Oregon Development Program and Regional IV staff from 1999-2000. He has coached many male and female players including several notable players such as Jodie Taylor (NSWL, Women's English League, English National Team), Rachel Axon (NWSL), Courtney Wetzel (NWSL), Colleen Boyd (NWSL), and Bella Geist (NWSL).


Duccio Tagliaferri
Head Coach 2010 (U11)
USSF C License "Candidate"

Duccio Tagliaferri grew up playing soccer in the streets of Naples, Italy. When he was 12 years old his family moved to Florence, Italy where he played at the local club level. When he was 14 he was recruited and played soccer at the semi-professional level for a team just outside of Florence. He was forced to step away from the game only a few of years later with a serious knee injury.

  • Coached for the Westside Timbers for 5 years serving as a Head and Assistant coach (2014-2019)
  • Served as both Coach and Director of Portland Thorns Regional Training Center (2017-Present)
  • Portland Thorns ODP 2007 age group (2019-Present)
  • Tigard High School Girls Varsity Head Coach(2018-Present)
  • Director of Coaching for Southside Soccer Club (2019-Present)