Portland Thorns Academy

Laura Schott

Director - Portland Thorns Development Academy

 
Tobin Heath

Assistant Youth Techincal Director

 
Chris Thurley
 
Tracy Nelson
 
Laura Schott

Laura Schott

USSF B licensed coach

Previous Coaching

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

Playing Experience

  • Cappedplayer for US Womens National Team
  • U-21 US Womens National Team
  • Washington Freedom
  • FC Energia
  • University of California, Berkeley
 

 
Chris Thurley

Chris Thurley - Head Coach U19 Thorns Development Academy Team

Chris has lived in the US for 28 years, coaching at the state and regional level since 1994. He coached boys and girls at La Salle HS before moving to Jesuit HS (where also teaches History & Health) 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 has earned numerous coaching awards, including 8 state 'Coach of the Year' awards through 'The Oregonian' & OSAA, and most recently the Timbers ODP Boys Coach of the Year for 2016.

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

 
Tracy Nelson

Tracy Nelson - Head Coach U15 Thorns Development Academy Team
USSF A licensed coach

Coaching Experience:

Portland Thorns Girls DA -U14 Head Coach: 2017-Current

Clackamas Community College:

  • Head Coach: 2002 - 2010
  • 2004, 2005 and 2007 NWAACC Champions
  • 2004, 2005 and 2007 NWAACC Coach of the year honors
  • 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2010 Southern Region Coach of the Year honors
  • Compiled a record of 132-38-18 over 9 seasons

Other Coaching Accomplishments:

  • USSF National "A" license coach
  • 2006 ODP/RTC Coach and Director - 2016 - 2018
  • SSC Player Development Coach - 2015 - 2017
  • Thorns Academy Assistant Coach 2015/16
  • ODP Region 1V staff coach 2004, 2005
  • ODP Region 1V assistant coach 2005/06
  • Recipient of the April Heinrichs/Nike Inc. Continuing Education Scholarship
  • Club Coach for Lake Oswego SC 2002 - 2006
  • Varsity Coach at Century HS 2001
  • Oregon ODP State Team Coach 2000 - 2004, 207/08
  • Coach for FC Portland Academy 1997 - 1999
  • JV Coach for Jesuit High School 1997 - 2000
  • Freshman Coach for Grant HS 1995
  • Coach for Portland Mailing 1993 - 1995

Playing Accomplishments:

University of Portland 1991 - 1995

  • All conference selection 1991 - 1995
  • 4 year starter
  • Voted Most Inspirational Player 1994
  • Finished career as 5th overall in goals and assists
  • Member of the first Final Four team 1994

Professional and Amateur Player Accomplishments:

  • Member of the Women's Semi-Professional Team, The Portland Rain 2000
  • Member of the US Women's Amateur Soccer National Championship Team 1999
  • Member of the Adidas Summer League 1997 - 1998
    • Selected to the all-star team and captain 1997 - 1998
    • ASL league Champions 1998
  • Played Semi-Professionally in England for Millwall FC 1997
    • FA Cup Champions 1997
    • League Cup Champions 1997
    • Kent Cup Champions 1997
  • Played Professionally in Sweden for Umea IK 1996
  • 1994 Women of the Year in Sports for Washington State
  • Member of the Gold Medal Olympic Festival Team 1993
  • Member of the US Women's Youth National Team 1990 - 1992

Other:

Portland State University - Masters of Science - Adult Education 2004

University of Portland Bachelor of Science - 1995