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tara erickson | head coach



HEAD COACH • EIGHTH SEASON • WASHINGTON, ‘96 Tara Erickson is entering her eighth season as head coach of the University of Oregon women’s soccer program, and 12th season overall as a head coach at the NCAA Division I level. Erickson, a former All-Pac-10 player and the 2006 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, is UO’s all-time winningest coach with a seven-year mark of 62-61-16. She is 91-99-26 in 11 seasons overall as a head coach. Playing in the newly formed Pac-12 Conference, Erickson was not afraid to put new faces out on the pitch during the 2011 season as she worked freshmen into the rotation. Oregon tallied 19 goals on the season and the freshmen contigent of Shanelle Simien (1) and Bri Pugh (4) and Ally Aschbacher (1) added six of those goals. Erickson led Oregon to a season-opening 4-0-1 unbeaten streak, including a scoreless draw with then-#16 Santa Clara in the Oregon Nike Tournament. The Ducks played seven ranked opponents during the 2011 campaign, including four straight to end the season and highlighted their tough schedule with a 1-0 win over then-#18 Washington State on Oct. 23 in Eugene. In the season finale, the much anticipated Civil War, Erickson led the Ducks to a 1-1 tie against the Beavers, marking the third time in five years that the teams tied in the series. Under Erickson’s direction, Scout Libke and Bri Pugh received all-conference nods, while Libke became the first Duck since 2006 to earn a NSCAA All-Region selection. Erickson’s Ducks capped off the 2011 campaign with eight being tabbed to the Pac-12 All-Academic list. Continuing with the trend of forming new alliances, Erickson was on hand on Oct. 27, 2011 when the University of Oregon athletic department broke ground on the new state-of-the-art soccer and lacrosse facility. Adding more excitement to the program, Erickson made the announcement on Feb. 3, 2012 to bring in Portland-native Paul Karver to her coaching fold. Erickson’s also spent two years with the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team coaching staff from 2009-10. She also coached at the U.S. Super Team Camp in 2008, working with both the U-20 and U-18 teams at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

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Erickson redefined the Oregon soccer program in 2009 when she brought in assistant coach Mac Wilson. As a result of that hire, UO’s recruiting footprint has now expanded into seven states and provinces, recently tapping into Colorado, Georgia and Texas’ strong recruiting base. Over a third of those new Ducks have competed at an elite level with ODP and U.S./Canadian National Team programs. In 2010, Erickson led Oregon to its most league wins and best home record since the 2006 campaign. Erickson became the all-time wins leader in UO’s 2-1 non-league victory over San Diego State in September, passing Bill Steffen who had 49 wins in nine seasons at the helm. Senior forward Jen Stoltenberg had 12 goals and five assists for a school-record 29 total points, becoming UO’s all-time career points leader in the process. Stoltenberg earned first team all-conference honors for her play. UO also had a banner year in the classroom, with 10 total players being recognized as part of the Pac-10 All-Academic teams, the most of any Erickson-coached team. In addition, Stoltenberg was named a Third Team Scholar All-America by the NSCAA. During the 2009 season, Oregon won eight of its first 10 matches ranking the Ducks as high as No. 18 in the NCAA’s RPI report and No. 14 in the Soccer America Women’s Top 25 poll. UO’s strong non-conference mark (8-2-1) included wins over then No. 15 Colorado and No. 21 Denver. Freshman midfielder Scout Libke was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team and junior forward Jen Stoltenberg was named honorable mention all-conference for the second consecutive season. The Ducks also had eight student-athletes recognized as part of the Pac-10 Conference’s All-Academic teams. The Ducks went 9-9-2 in 2008, highlighted by seven consecutive matches without a loss where UO went 6-0-1 from Sept. 5 through Oct. 3. Six Oregon players were named to the Pac-10 Conference’s All-Academic First and Second teams, the most of any school. Senior defender Nicole Dobrzynski (Business Administration, 3.81 GPA) was named the Pac-10’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Sophomore forward Jen Stoltenberg was named honorable mention all-league, while freshman goalkeeper Cody Miles


ERICKSON FILE Coaching Career 2001 Portland State 2002 Portland State 2003 Portland State 2004 Portland State 2005 Oregon 2006 Oregon 2007 Oregon 2008 Oregon 2009 Oregon 2010 Oregon 2011 Oregon Total

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The 2007 squad saw the Ducks post their highest goal total in six years. The team’s 0-0 tie with No. 5 Stanford was a highlight to an 8-8-4 mark as Erickson coached defender Dylann Tharp to all-league honors. The 2006 season was a high mark in school history with the Ducks posting their best-ever finish in the Pac-10 -- second with a 6-1-2 record. The team also established strong defensive marks in allowing just 17 goals (0.81 GAA) and going 12-6-2 overall. Oregon defeated the highest-ranked program in school history -- No. 3 UCLA (2-1, 2OT) and toppled USC for the first time ever. Erickson also led the Ducks to its first Pac-10 road sweep (at Arizona and Arizona State) and mentored Pac-10 Player of the Year Nicole Garbin, also the school’s first. Erickson’s first season, 2005, produced just the second non-losing record in program history (9-9-1) and the Ducks recorded their first wins ever over Washington and an Atlantic Coast Conference school (North Carolina State). The Ducks also posted an improvement of five games over the previous year’s 3-13-3 mark. Erickson also helped Garbin earn All-Pac-10 Second Team honors and goalkeeper Chatfield pick up Pac-10 All-Freshman recognition. Her student-athletes have done well in the classroom, with Caitlin Gamble earning the program’s first Academic All-America First Team award in 2005 -- becoming just the fifth UO woman to accomplish that feat. Gamble was also a District and Pac-10 All-Academic First Team honoree. In six years, Erickson has amassed 19 Pac-10 All-Academic First and Second Team selections. The native of Puyallup, Wash., took over in Eugene after guiding a zero-win Portland State Viking program to a 13-5-4 mark in 2002 and a share of the Big Sky regular season title in 2004. Overall, she posted a 29-38-10 record in four seasons (2001-04) at PSU and was tabbed Big Sky Coach of the Year in 2002. Prior to that, she served as an assistant coach at Washington (19962000) following a decorated career as a Husky midfielder from 1992-96.

In her four seasons with the Vikings, Erickson transformed one of the Big Sky’s least successful teams into one of its best. She inherited a team that went 5-31-0 the previous two years (1999-2000) and two seasons later, had PSU in the Big Sky tournament championship game. Her squad led the league in scoring and allowed the fewest goals against in becoming only the second PSU coach in any sport to receive the leagues’ coach of the year award. She coached the Vikings to a 13-5-4 record in 2002 and an 8-8-3 mark in 2004, when she shared the regular season title with a 4-1-1 conference record.


earned Pac-10 All-Freshman Team accolades.

In Oregon and Washington soccer circles, Erickson is well-known as former head coach for the Region IV Olympic Development Program (ODP), and head coach of the Washington State ODP U-16 team in 1997 and ‘98. She also served as head girl’s soccer coach at The Northwest School in Seattle in 2000 and guided the team to the state playoffs. As a player at Washington, the former Tara Bilanski was a three-time team MVP, four-year letterwinner and captain during her collegiate career from 1992-95. As a junior and senior, she was tabbed to the Pac-10 All-Conference First Team and All-America West Team, while helping the Huskies to the first two NCAA Tournament appearances in school history. She graduated from Washington with a bachelor’s degree in communications in 1996. She finished with school single-season records for goals (12), assists (6) and points (30), and notched a pair of hat tricks and three-assist games. She still ranks among the top five in school history in virtually every statistical category: third in goals (27), fourth in points (74), fifth in shots (175), assists (20), game-winning goals (7) and sixth in career starts (74). After college, she was a player-coach for the Washington State Select Women from 1997-99, and played professionally one season in Germany for FSV Frankfurt. Erickson (8-26-73) is married to Kraig Erickson. The couple have a son Maklain and a daughter Taj.


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The 2012 season marks the fourth year for Mac Wilson as an assistant coach with the University of Oregon women’s soccer program. With the addition of Paul Karver, Wilson shifts over to becoming the Ducks’recruiting coordinator, while also becoming responsible for scheduling, overall operation of the program and direct coaching of all field players. Wilson’s insight on club and ODP soccer in Oregon has paid dividends for the Ducks’ recruiting and the early identification of future prospects. As head coach of the Oregon ODP Region IV squad, his teams were finalists on three occasions, a rare feat for the state’s ODP program. Wilson’s recruiting focus now encompasses the whole country. He took over as goalkeeper coach in 2010, and the program promptly posted its lowest goals against average (1.34 GAA) since 2006. The Ducks posted three consecutive league wins last season against Washington State (3-1), Arizona (4-0) and Arizona State (20), with UO’s goalkeepers allowing just one goal during that stretch of victories. In 2009, Wilson’s first season, the Ducks jumped out to an impressive start posting an 8-2-1 record through the non-conference portion of the schedule. UO ranked as high as No. 18 in the NCAA’s RPI report, and as high as No. 14 in the Soccer America Women’s Top 25 poll. Prior to UO, Wilson spent 15 years working in the Eugene/Springfield area, serving both as head coach and director in multiple settings including club, high school, and ODP. Wilson started his club coaching career as Director of Coaching for the Irish FC from 1998-00. Wilson then served first as a staff coach from 2001-03 and then as the Director of Youth Development for Oregon United Soccer Academy (OUSA) from 2003-05. Wilson was the founder of the Eugene Metro Futbol Club where he served as both Director of Coaching and as a team head coach from 2005-08. During this period, Wilson guided the club as it grew from three initial teams into a state wide premier club with 15 competitive teams in addition to a thriving youth development program. Wilson was recognized as the 2006 Oregon Youth Soccer Association (OYSA) Girls Coach of the Year. In both 2007 and 2008, Wilson served first as Head Coach and then Co-Head Coach for the Eugene Metro FC U23 men’s team, which hosted and competed in two international friendly matches against the U21 teams from elite European clubs AC Milan and Juventus. The Eugene Metro U23 team was composed of mostly NCAA

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division I men’s college players. Wilson’s duties included identification and selection of players as well as running a two week preparatory training camp leading up to each match. Wilson has served as a Region IV Olympic Development Program staff coach for the last three years in which he has assisted in the coaching, evaluation, and development of the top state teams and individual players in the western region. Wilson has also been a Head Coach in Oregon’s Olympic Development Program for the last six years, working with the top male and female players from around the state. Wilson is currently serving as Head Coach of the Oregon ODP ’97 girls team. He guided his Oregon ’95 girls team to a third place finish in the Region IV ODP Championships in 2009, to a championship at the Nike ODP Friendship Cup in 2009, and to the championship match in the 2010 Region IV ODP Championships where they finished as runner-up. His ‘96 team was a regional finalist and semifinalist in 2011 and 2012. Wilson was honored to be named Portland Timbers ODP girls coach of the year for 2011 Wilson was head coach of the boys soccer team at Sheldon High School from 19972004, where 17 of his former players went on to compete at the NCAA Division I and II levels. In 2002, Wilson led the Irish to an undefeated season culminating in a 4A (biggest schools) state championship en route to earning Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) State Boys Coach of the Year honors. Wilson was also named Midwestern League Coach of the Year six times during his tenure. As a player, Wilson enjoyed a successful career at the University of Tampa which has three NCAA Division II national championships in program history. He started over 60 matches (1988-91) at Tampa under legendary coach Tom Fitzgerald and served as captain during his senior year. Wilson helped lead the Spartans to four consecutive NCAA Division II Tournament berths, including a NCAA quarter-final appearance as a senior. He graduated from Tampa in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in business management. Wilson, a native of Miami Beach, Fla., earned a master’s degree in special education from the University of Oregon in 1995. He and his wife Kerry have two sons, Nic and Bailey. Wilson holds his United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “A” coaching license as well as his USSF National Goalkeeping license.




In Nevada, Karver was a head coach for Neusport FC in 2010-11 and Heat FC in 2011-12. He also served as the ODP Region IV goalkeepers coach in 2010.

The Portland-native served as the director of recruiting for the Rebels and successfully expanded UNLV’s recruiting area to include the north west. In his second year of working with goalkeepers at UNLV, Karver improved their goals against average from 1.45 to .95 and guided the youngest goalkeeper in the country, Kylie Wassell, to Mountain West Player of the Week accolades and improved her save percentage to 0.723 during the 2010 campaign.

He spent his freshman year in college at Creighton in 2000 and helped the Bluejays to a conference championship and to the NCAA championship game before falling to eventual champion Connecticut. After being injured during his sophomore year, he transferred to the University of Redlands for the final three years of his career. In his time with the Bulldogs, he helped them earn three Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships en route to a combined conference mark of 40-2. Overall, Redlands went 51-7-5 and made three NCAA Championship appearances, reaching the regional final twice.

Karver contributed in training sessions and game planning that led to the best start in program history and secured an appearance in the MWC Semifinals during the 2010 season. In that same season, Karver’s goalkeepers allowed the Rebels to play into a 1-1 draw with then-No. 6 BYU. “I am extremely excited about our addition of Paul Karver to the staff here at Oregon,”said Erickson. “His knowledge of the game, reputation as an elite goalkeeper trainer, as well as his understanding of our recruiting needs here at Oregon make him a perfect complement to our staff.”


Karver comes to Eugene after spending the last two seasons at UNLV, where he was first assistant for second-year head coach Jennifer Klein.

Karver graduated from the Redlands in 2005 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration and received his master’s degree in higher education in May 2010. He holds a National Youth Diploma from the NSCAA and both a National “A” License and an Adult National Coaching License with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). He also earned his USSF National GK License in 2010.

“With Paul being an Oregonian, I love his enthusiasm for Oregon Duck athletics,” added Erickson. Prior to his stop in Las Vegas, Karver served as first assistant at his alma mater, University of Redlands in Redlands, Calif. He was responsible for team and goalkeeping training, as well as recruiting that led to a SCIAC regular season title, two conference finals appearances and an NCAA Tournament berth. As director of recruiting, Karver was directly responsible for bringing in one All-West Region and four all-SCIAC honorees in two recruiting classes. Karver also has several years of club coaching experience, serving as the director of coaching and player development for MidState Soccer Club in Decatur, Ill., from 2007-08. He spent six years (2001-07) as the goalkeeper coach and staff coach for the Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club in Beaverton, Ore., and was a staff coach for the Illinois ODP (2007-09).


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Grounds Maintenance: Steve DiNatale Grounds Maintenance: Kenny Hoffman Equipment Manager: Kenny Farr Video Manager: Alex Embree Soccer Secretary: Janice Beck

O R EGO N SO CC ER ACADEMI C TEAM The academic support team (Services for Student-Athletes) acts as a bridge between the student-athlete and campus resources, ensuring that they are aware of and use the resources the university has to offer. Functions include: LEANNE BROOKS ASST. A.D., ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY 14TH YEAR

• Advise and assist student-athletes with academic, pre-professional and career situations. • Organize and monitor a structured study hall. All first-year students are required to attend study sessions four nights each week. • Trace academic progress using information on attendance and performance submitted in mid-term grade reports by faculty.


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• Provide individual and group tutoring and other study sessions among students with similar needs, assuring questions are answered properly. • Assist with resumes and sharpening job interview skills. • Encourage students to approach its members with problems and questions.

JOHN E. JAQUA ACADEMIC CENTER This John E. Jacqua Academic Center for Student-Athletes was completed in winter 2010. The first floor of the building, which is open to the public and academic community, will feature a coffee shop, auditorium, conference room and atrium space. The second and third floors are private space for the advising, instruction and tutoring of Oregon’s student-athletes. The space is operated by Services for Student-Athletes (SSA).


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