Portland Thorns Academy

 
Staff Coaches

Linus Rhode
Thorns Academy
Staff Coach


Thorns Pre-Academy
U11 Head Coach
USSF A License

BIOGRAPHY



Maite Zabala
Thorns Academy
Goalie Coach
USSF A License

BIOGRAPHY

 
Academy Staff

Laura Schott
Academy Director
USSF A License

Constantine Konstin
"Cony"

Academy Technical Director
USSF A License

 
Head Coaching Staff

2020-2021 Season
Head Coaching Staff


Paul Karver
U19 Team
USSF A License


Paul Karver
U17 Team
USSF A License


Chris Thurley
U16 Team
USSF A License


Tracy Nelson
U15 Team
USSF A License


Erin Grand
U14 Team
USSF B License "Candidate"


Tracy Nelson
U13 Team
USSF A License

 
Pre-Academy Staff
 

 
Portland Thorns Academy FC - 4th Year

For the 2020/2021 Season the Portland Thorns Academywill have teams in the U18/19, U17, U16, U15, U14 and U13 age groups. The Thorns Academy will play in the ECNL League.

The coaching staff will be integrated and will work with each other across the age groups, as well as with the Thorns FC first team coaches when available.

Portland Thorns Academy will continue to partner with Westside Timbers who will provide administrative support to the program as well as a more consistent access to field space.

Below are the 2020/2021 Head Coaches. We are finalizing the Staff and Assistant Coaches and will post in the near future.

 
Portland Thorns Academy Coaching Staff

2020/2021 Portland Thorns Academy
Coaching Staff

 
Academy Director 2020/2021 Season

Laura Schott - Academy Director
USSF A license

Previous Coaching Experience

  • George Fox University, Head Coach
  • Portland State University, Head Coach
  • US Soccer Training Center, Director
  • FC Portland

Playing Accomplishments
Capped player for US Womens National Team, U-21 US Womens National Team, Washington Freedom, FC Energia, University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, Schott played with the U.S. Senior Women's National Team at the 2001 Algarve Cup while she was still attending Cal. After college, she played professionally and won a national championship with the Washington Freedom of the WUSA in 2003. As a prep player, Schott played locally for FC Portland and Jesuit High School, and won state titles every year she competed for each team. At Jesuit, Schott never lost a game while scoring 116 career goals and was a two-time Oregon State Player of the Year and a high school All-American.

 
U17 & U19 - 2004, 2003/2002 Head Coach 2020/2021 Season

Paul Karver - Head Coach U19 & U17
USSF A license
National GK License

Driven coach with 14 years experience at highly competitive NCAA soccer programs in the Pacific Northwest, Midwest, Southern California, Nevada, Oregon, and most recently, Northern California. A proven track record in recruiting and developing talent at the college, club and ODP levels. Consistently developed positive team cultures resulting in high achieving teams with a focus on the student-athlete experience.

Previous Coaching Experience

  • Head coach, Humboldt State University
  • Assistant coach, University of Oregon
  • Assistant coach, University of Las Vegas
  • Assistant coach, University of Redlands
  • Assistant coach, Millikin University
  • Assistant coach, George Fox University
  • Club director, Sequoia F.C.
  • Staff coach, Nevada ODP
  • Head coach and professional staff, Heat S.C.
  • Staff coach, West Region ODP

Other Licensing
USSF - National A License
USSF - National A License Renewal - Portland Timbers
USSF - National GK License
USSF - National Adult Coaching License
NSCAA - National Youth Diploma
TOVO - T1 Online Diploma

 
U16 - 2005 Head Coach 2020/2021 Season

Chris Thurley - Head Coach U16
USSF A license

Previous Coaching Experience

  • Portland Thorns Academy - Head Coach: 2017- Current
  • Westside Timbers, Head Coach, various teams
  • Jesuit High School, Head Coach
  • La Salle High School, Head Coach

Awards including:
Timbers ODP Boys Coach of the Year, 2016
Eight-time 'Coach of the Year' awards through 'The Oregonian' & OSAA

Chris has coached at the state and regional level since 1994. He coached boys and girls at La Salle HS before moving to Jesuit HS in 2005. In that time, he has coached numerous players that have gone on to play professionally, including Kendall Johnson (Portland Thorns) Ryan Cochrane (various MLS teams) and Rubio Rubin (currently playing for Tijuana in Liga MX ). Chris played soccer in England at Bishop's Stortford Swifts in the Essex Olympian League (1984-1990).

Chris holds a current USSF 'A' & 'Y' license as well as Advance National Diploma through the NSCAA.

 
U15 - 2006 Head Coach 2020/2021 Season

Tracy Nelson - Head Coach U13 & U15 and Head Coach
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.

Awards
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.

 
U14 - 2007 Head Coach 2020/2021 Season

Erin Grand - Head Coach U14
USSF B license "Candidate"

Previous Coaching Experience

  • Bridge City Soccer Club
  • Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club U18 Head Coach
  • North Carolina Football Club Youth U13 Head Coach
  • University of North Carolina Match Analytics Women's Soccer
  • North Carolina ODP Staff Coach
  • Triangle Futbol Club Alliance U13 and U14 Head Coach
  • University of Western Ontario Assistant Coach Women's Soccer
  • North London Soccer Club U13, U17, U18 Head Coach
  • Wilfrid Laurier University Assistant Coach Women's Soccer: 2011-2013

Playing Accomplishments
4-year starter and All-Star at University of Western Ontario: 2007-2011
National Training Team Ontario: 2005-2007

 
Academy Technical Director 2020/2021 Season

Constantine "Cony" Konstin
Academy Technical Director
USSF A license

In addition to his role with the Portland Thorns Academy, Cony has been the Director of Coaching for Westside Timbers since 2002 and the Director of the Metros Futsal Academy since 2016. He has been a FIFA Futsal Instructor since 2005 and has conducted FIFA and Futsal courses in various countries around the world as well as providing scouting and translating for the PFL during the FIFA Futsal World Cup in 2016. He has been a CONCACAF Coaching Instructor since 2016 and holds an 'A' National Coaching License and a Master's Degree in Sports Management from University of San Francisco. Cony was the former Assistant Coach for the USL Portland Timbers and has over 38 years of coaching experience at Club, High School, Collegiate, Professional and Olympic Development levels in California, Texas and Oregon. He played on the US Futsal National team as well as the professional team, Golden Gate Gales ASL and Semi-Pro Greek Americans. He is fluent in both English and Spanish.

  • FIFA Futsal Instructor since 2005
  • CONCACAF Coaching Instructor since 2016
  • United States Soccer Federation 'A' National Coaching License
  • Scottish Football Association UEFA 'A' Intermediate Certificate
  • National Soccer Coaches Association of America NSCAA Premier Diploma
  • Master Degree in Sports Management, University of San Francisco, CA 1994
  • Bachelor Degree in Liberal Arts, San Francisco State University, CA 1980
  • 2016 - Current - Director of Metros Futsal Academy
  • 2002 - Current - Director of Coaching for the Westside Timbers Soccer Club
  • Former Assistant Coach USL Portland Timbers Professional First Division.
  • Bilingual-English/Spanish.
  • 38 years of national and international coaching experience at Club, High School, Collegiate, Professional and Olympic Development Programs in California, Texas, and Oregon
  • Played on the US Futsal National Team
  • Played Professional Soccer Golden Gate Gales ASL
  • Played at University of San Francisco
  • Played Semi-Pro Greek Americans
  • Bilingual-English/Spanish
  • Lead a FIFA Technical Staff to train the UAE U17 Boys National Team in Dubai, in preparation for the FIFA U17 Boys World Cup in 2013
  • Participated FIFA Futsal Coaching Instructor's Seminar in Spain, La Rozas, 2011
  • Conducted FIFA course in Cuba, Egypt, Curacao, Equatorial Guinea, Abu Dhabi, Canada, Fiji, American Samoa, Cambodia
  • Scouting and translation for the PFL during at the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016
  • Conducted the first USA Futsal Certificate Course for USYF, Boston Mass,