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Coaching Philosophy

With coaches of all ages and experience levels, our camps will provide a great learning opportunity through hearing a variety of coaching points and techniques. Our coaches are committed to growing a love for the game of soccer in our community by providing a friendly, safe, and fun environment to soccer players of all skill levels.

Our coaches are each tasked to create a challenging and interactive environment that encourages campers to develop their soccer fundamentals while learning new skills through activities that make campers excited to come back. To grow the professionalism and accountability of our staff, PTFC Camps requires the following trainings of our coaches:

  • SafeSport Certification: a comprehensive overview of facts, principles, and strategies to help coaches provide safe and positive sport environments. Units include: sexual misconduct awareness, mandatory reports, physical and emotional misconduct.
  • Adult-Youth Policy Acknowledgement: PTFC Camp’s official policy on contact between a minor and an adult with the goal of safeguarding our children while still promoting a positive nurturing environment for learning and athletic activity.
  • NFHS Anti-Bullying Training: Focuses on bullying, hazing, and inappropriate behaviors while providing recommendations and procedures that coaches should follow to protect their students, their program, and themselves.
  • CPR & First Aid: Each of our camp directors are certified in CPR and First Aid knowledge. Each camp has at least one individual certified to assist in these methods if necessary.

Take a look below to see some of our highlighted coaches!

Miguel Ruiz

Miguel has a USSF C Coaching License and is currently a coach for the Timbers and Thorns RTC and ODP programs as well as an assistant coach for Men's and Women's soccer at Multnomah University. Since growing up in Morelia, Mexico, soccer has always been Miguel's passion. He became a coach to share the love he has for the sport with others. He sees soccer as a sport that brings everyone together and includes all people. He mainly directs and coaches at Recreational or Goalkeeper & Striker camps, say hi to Miguel next time you see him at camp! 

Shaela Bradley

Shaela is a senior at La Center High School and is committed to play Division 1 soccer at Rutgers University next year. She is part of the Thorns academy and occasionally trains with the first team. Shaela has played for the U.S. women's national team at the U-17 level. She also was selected to represent the West in the ECNL (Elite Club National League) National Selection Game (and scored a great goal). This year Shaela was named to the ECNL All-American team and the U17 Northwest Conference Player of the Year. She is also a very accomplished track athlete, winning the state title in the 400-meter race in 2022 and was named the Columbian's All-region track and field athlete of the year. Shaela works at both the Technical Training camps and the Recreational camps. Say hi to Shaela next time you see her at camp!  

Chris Thurley

Chris has a USSF A License as well as an Advanced National Diploma through the NSCAA. He has been a head coach at the Westside Timbers, La Salle High School, and Jesuit Highschool. He is currently a head coach for the Portland Thorns academy. Chris is an eight-time coach of the year through The Oregonian and OSAA. He also won the Timbers ODP Coach of the Year in 2016. He played soccer in England for the Bishops' Stortford Swifts in the Essex Olympian League from 1984-1990. Chris mainly worked with the Residential Camps, say hi to Chris next time you see him at camp!

Kaitlin Speer

Kaitlin is currently the head coach of the Jesuit Highschool JV2 Women’s team and the RTC girls East team. She holds a USSF Grassroots coaching license. Kaitlin played high school varsity soccer with Jesuit, winning two back-to-back 6A State Championships. Kaitlin went on to play college soccer at Whitworth University, making 54 appearances across her 4-year career. Kaitlin is a Director and Coach for our Recreational camps. Say hi to Kaitlin next time you see her at camp!  

Nathan Wootton

Nathan is currently the Valley Catholic Boys head coach and holds a USSF C Coaching License. In addition, he is the boys RTC (Regional Training Center) director for the Portland Timbers West Region as well as the head coach for the Hillsboro Rush '07 and '09 boys. Nathan has also spent time as a West Bromwich Albion Academy head coach and the De La Salle High School Varsity head coach. As a player, Nathan played collegiately and semi-professionally in England. Nathan's further qualifications include: FA level 1 and 2 licenses, USC Goalkeeper and Futsal Level 1 Diploma. Nathan coaches at Recreational, Goalkeeper & Striker, Technical Training, and Residential camps. Say hi to Nathan next time you see him at camp!

Kevin Speer

Kevin has a USSF C coaching license and is currently the Sheridan High School Girls head coach. He is a head coach for Salem RTC and Capital FC Salem. Kevin played collegiately at Whatcom College in Germany. He went on to play semi-professionally at Arnstadt in Germany, and professionally at Reading FC. Kevin coaches and directs our Recreational and Residential camps. Say hi to Kevin next time you see him at camp!  

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