|3/8/2013 9:35:00 AM|
Former UP player to coach Marist soccer
EUGENE — Lauren Hanson has been named head varsity soccer coach for the Marist High School girls team.
Hanson was an associate coach at the University of Oregon women’s soccer program until 2011. Before that, she spent nine seasons as both a player and assistant coach with the University of Portland women’s soccer program, where she was part of NCAA national championships as a player in 2002 and a coach in 2005.
“I am excited to be a part of Marist High School and its athletic program,” Hanson said, adding that Marist seems like a "perfect fit."
Reflecting on her own approach to soccer, she emphasized her background at UP. Clive Charles, University of Portland coach during the time she played, "will forever be a mentor of mine and touched the lives of so many that he worked with," she said. "He had an amazing ability to teach life lessons through soccer and developed the entire person. He was a huge inspiration to all those who played for him. It has always been my goal to pay forward the passion, leadership, respect, professionalism — and the list goes on — that Clive taught me."
Hanson was a four-year starter for the Pilots at center back. She was named to Soccer America’s 11-player MVP team as a senior. She was selected ninth overall in the 2003 professional draft by the New York Power. She also played on the the U.S. National Team.
A native of Newport Beach, Calif., Hanson, formerly Lauren Orlandos, graduated from UP in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She is married to Travis Hanson and they have a son, Cole, and a daughter, Taylor.
Hanson has worked extensively with club teams in the Portland area. As a member of the FC Portland coaching staff, she assisted the U-16 girls Maroon team to both the 2005 and 2006 state championships.
Marist principal, Jay Conroy and athletic director Sharee Waldron call Hanson "an outstanding role model and leader for young women."