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Chris Thurley | Head Coach, Portland Thorns Academy

USSF “A” License

Previous Coaching Experience:

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


  • Eight-time 'Coach of the Year' awards through 'The Oregonian' & OSAA
  • Timbers ODP Boys Coach of the Year, 2016
  • 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 (Real Salt Lake). 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.