Michelle French Named Portland Women's Soccer Coach
MICHELLE FRENCH RETURNS TO THE BLUFF AS WOMEN’S SOCCER HEAD COACH
(Courtesy of University of Portland Sports Information)
PORTLAND, Ore. --- The University of Portland officially introduced Michelle French as the new women's soccer head coach with a reception on Monday afternoon at the Chiles Center. French, a UP women's soccer alum, was announced as the new head coach last Friday.
French returns to Portland where she helped lead the Pilots to three NCAA Final Four appearances and was a national player of the year finalist as a senior in 1998. A defender, French earned All-American honors with the Pilots, and she went on to become an Olympic medalist with the women's national team.
French, who originally hails from Fort Lewis, Wash., spent the past 12 years coaching in the U.S. Soccer system, most recently as an assistant coach since December of 2016 with the senior Women's National Team. She also served on the USA Women's National Team staff at both the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2016 Olympics and became a full-time assistant earlier this year. She previously was the first full-time head coach of the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team from 2013 until her appointment in January with the senior squad. She coached the USA at the 2014 and 2016 U-20 Women's World Cups. She was on the shortlist for the CONCACAF Female Coach of the Year Award in 2016.
As a player, French earned 14 caps for the U.S. Women's National Team from 1997-2001. She was a member of the 2000 Olympic Team in Australia that claimed a Silver Medal. She also was on the U.S. Under-21 National Team from 1994-99, serving as the team captain the last two years.