USSF NATIONAL “A” LICENSE AND USSF NATIONAL YOUTH LICENSE
Linus (Rhode) has been a full-time professional coach for over 23 years and has spent most of his life in the state of Oregon. He possesses a deep understanding of the Northwest region as well as a large network that has been built since 1992. Early in his career, Linus was the Director of Coaching for Oregon United Soccer Academy. Where he merged clubs from the Willamette Valley, Bend, and Southern Oregon to form a club that was extremely successful in Oregon, Region IV and Nationally from 2000-2005. He also served five years as an Oregon Olympic Development Team Head Coach, in addition to being a Region IV staff coach for both the boys’ and girls’ ODP programs. During this period, Linus ran the Youth and “C” level coaching education courses in Oregon, under the direction of Jimmy Conway.
Jill Arzie is our Club Registrar and Operations Coordinator. Jill played competitive soccer with Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club from 1987-1992 and was on the first THUSC team to become State Cup Champions (1989 - THUSC U14 “Class Act” - coached by Noeleen Conway). Jill was recruited to play soccer at George Fox University during her college years.
As a parent and a business professional, Kevin has experienced the ins and outs of youth sports and the youth sports ecosystem. With those life and professional experiences, Kevin joined the NW ELITE FC board to make a difference and create an experience our children will enjoy and develop as soccer players and as people.
Kevin has raised four lovely young women, and has experienced the youth sports culture in all its glory personally via his kids and his own experiences as a youth. He understands the value of "clubs" and the impact they have on youth. Kevin is excited that he can give something back to NW ELITE FC in the sincere hope that the experience produced from playing soccer will forever be a positive one for every individual who participates in the process. Player, Parent, and Family alike.
Simply put, soccer is a gift. Whether aware of it or not, in daily life players utilize something they learn from the game every day. The realizable potential for players to grow through the game is what sparked Kathryn’s passion to give back to the game through club committees, fundraising work, support of High School soccer in the school systems, and ultimately Board leadership over ten years ago. Stepping officially into the role of President of our club in August 2020, after serving as Interim President for one year, Kathryn helped the Board set the club on a course for change, that would ultimately result in the creation and launch of Northwest Elite FC in the fall of 2021.
Having a daughter involved in club sports, including soccer, at a young age, and giving back to help improve the experience of club sports is very important to Evan. Looking to improve both the family and player experience on the journey of a young athletes can be key in developing well rounded young adults. In working with like-minded individuals on the Board at NW Elite to do just that is rewarding, challenging and fun.
Evan’s career has been built on providing excellent customer service, strong relationships and transparency with his colleagues and clients. If you’ve ever met Evan, you know that he is a people-person. Evan is also motivated by giving back and doing what is right for the community. Having worked at industry leaders such as Intel and Hanna Andersson and run a men’s health non-profit for 7 years, the desire to give to back is strong.
Alec Ingraham is the Director of NW ELITE FC’s Development Academy and Future Stars programs. He also is the head coach of several Northwest Elite FC Competitive teams.
Alec grew up playing competitive soccer for LOSC/Crossfire. At Lakeridge High School, he was a 4-year varsity player. He was recruited to play for San Diego State University, but, unfortunately, injuries prohibited him from doing so. However, that is what led Alec to becoming a soccer coach – something that he enjoys even more than playing! He finds great joy in coaching and working with young kids and developing soccer players. Alec began coaching as a Junior in high school, where he helped coach and direct a program for children with Down Syndrome called “Challengers.” After high school, in 2012/2013, he began coaching for Southside Soccer Club – now Albion Portland. He was the Girls Competitive Coordinator and their Player Development Program Director before becoming a part of the coaching staff at THUSC, now NW ELITE FC in 2019.
Jana has been volunteering with THUSC for over seven years and most recently has served as Registrar for the club’s ECNL program for three years. Jana has been a long-time team manager, supporting both the 2005 ECNL team manager and her son’s 2002 competitive team – THUSC Titanium. Jana has supported the organization’s apparel distribution and numerous fundraisers. Jana will support NW ELITE FC as Assistant Registrar, with primary focus on the ECNL and ECNL Regional League programs.
As the NW ELITE FC part-time Director of Operations, Andrew (Andy) will work to “elevate the game” of club operations by optimizing financial management and strategy and refining internal processes through identification and implementation of innovative operational solutions.
Andy Frazier is the owner of Frazier Wealth Management, a financial planning and investment management firm, serving a diverse list of clientele. He holds the Behavioral Financial Advisor designation™. Andy has been in the financial planning and investment management business since 2002. Before building a successful financial planning and investment management business Andy worked for the Portland Trail Blazers as the Director of Retail and Merchandise Marketing. A department that oversaw all retail sales and staffing for online sales, brick and mortar locations, as well as all professional sports, concerts, and events held at two arena’s (one of the only places in the world with two full arena’s on the same property). Andy graduated from Willamette University, where he earned his MBA.
NW ELITE FC is extremely excited to welcome Tiffeny Milbrett to our leadership team as the ECNL Director of Coaching. Tiffeny brings extraordinary accolades on the national and global pitch and a strong history of coaching and leading in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL). She has an insatiable love of and continuous motivation to learn from the beautiful game and a desire to help young players elevate their game to reach their potential.