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Portland Thorns FC add Sarah Lowdon to 2024 coaching staff

Lowdon, a former interim head coach for the Houston Dash, becomes an assistant coach on Mike Norris' staff

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC announce the appointment of Sarah Lowdon, former interim head coach of the Houston Dash, to serve as an assistant coach on head coach Mike Norris’ coaching staff.

“Sarah has already been such a great addition to our staff, she brings a wealth of NWSL knowledge and experience, and is fully bought into our vision,” Portland Thorns FC general manager Karina LeBlanc said.

Lowdon comes to the Rose City by way of Houston, Texas, where she served as the Dash’s interim head coach twice, in both 2022 and 2023. During those two seasons Houston went 6-6-3 with Lowdon at the helm, including a club-record six-game unbeaten run in 2022. In 2022, Houston also clinched a spot in the playoffs for the first time in club history, finishing the regular season in fourth place.

Additionally, Lowdon recently received her U.S. Soccer Pro License, the highest coaching level in the United States, she is the youngest female ever to do so and only the seventh all-time.

“We are very excited for Sarah’s arrival in Portland, she comes to us with coaching experience in the NWSL, an incredible work ethic and passion for people and player development,” head coach Mike Norris said. “She will be a great addition to our staff and will complement the skill sets we already have in place within our technical staff. We look forward to her challenging and pushing our club to new standards.”

Before coaching in the National Women’s Soccer League, the Newcastle, England native enjoyed stops at Penn State, Sam Houston State, the University of Florida, Wayland Baptist University and McNeese State University.