Rhian Wilkinson | Head Coach
Rhian Wilkinson arrives in Portland after her time as an assistant coach with the England Women’s National Team. During her tenure with the Lionesses, Wilkinson was part of the coaching staff for Team Great Britain at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Prior to her time with England, Wilkinson served as assistant coach for the Canada Women’s National Team in 2019 and 2020, working with the senior team during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
In 2019, Wilkinson became the head coach of Canada’s U-20 and U-17 women’s national teams, while serving as an assistant coach for the senior women’s national team. Prior to joining Canada Soccer full time, Wilkinson was the head coach of the Girls Elite REX program, helping provide a pathway for youth in Canada to professional soccer, scholarships and the Canadian national team.
Wilkinson began her work within the Canada youth national team system in 2014 as an assistant coach for the U-20 Women’s World Cup team, while also gaining experience with the U-17s and senior team from 2017-2019. At the youth level with Canada, Wilkinson was the head coach at the U-15 Concacaf Tournament in 2018 and helped guide the U-17s to a fourth-place finish at the 2018 U-17 FIFA World Cup in Uruguay.
With Canada, Wilkinson earned 181 international caps, winning two Olympic bronze medals (2012, 2016), appearing in four FIFA Women’s World Cups (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015) and three Olympics (2008, 2012, 2016) before retiring in 2017. A member of the Canada squad that claimed the Concacaf Championship in 2010, Wilkinson helped her country win gold at the 2011 Pan American Games, silver in 2003 and bronze in 2007. She was named Quebec’s Female Player of Excellence six times throughout her international career (2013, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2007, 2005) and in 2012 was honored on the All-Time Canada XI women’s team.
At the club level, Wilkinson played professionally in first division in Norway from 2005-12 with LSK Kvinner, winning the Norwegian Toppserien in 2012. Wilkinson was a member of the Boston Breakers for the team’s inaugural NWSL season in 2013, making 14 appearances and registering two goals. She made her final club appearance with Thorns FC during the 2015 NWSL season.
The Pointe-Claire, Quebec, native holds UEFA A and B Licenses. Wilkinson is a graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications.
Pronunciation: REE-in Wilkinson