Portland Timbers U23 Hires Aaron Lewis as Head Coach

SALEM, Ore. – The Portland Timbers U23 announced on Monday morning that Aaron Lewis has been named the head coach of the Portland Timbers’ PDL franchise. Lewis, a former Major League Soccer player and administrator, is now the Director of Soccer at Corban University.

“I want to thank the Timbers and Capital Timbers for providing this unique opportunity to work with a great administration, and some of the country’s most talented young players,” said Lewis. “This program has a track record of preparing future professionals for that jump, and we look forward to playing in a way that continues that trend while representing the Willamette Valley well.”

In 1999, Lewis was the first ever NAIA Player to be drafted in the MLS SuperDraft, being selected 35th overall by the Dallas Burn (FC Dallas). Following his career in the MLS, Lewis played professionally for the Portland Pythons of the World Indoor Soccer League. Later, he was hired by the Portland Timbers in 2010-2013, and during that time, he helped lead the Portland Timbers U23 team in an administrative role.

In his first four years as head coach at Corban, Lewis guided the Warriors to a 65-16-4 overall record with two Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) Regular-Season Championships, three CCC Tournament Championships, and four berths in the NAIA National Tournament. In 2016, the Warriors won in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round for the first time ever, advancing to the NAIA Final Site and Round of 16. For Corban’s accomplishments during the 2016 season, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) named Lewis the NAIA Region Coach of the Year.

“When you think about the qualities you want in a coach from personnel management to the tactical approach needed to win games, Aaron has continuously demonstrated these skill sets in his time at Corban,” said Timbers U23 Managing Director Lloyd Fobi. “I am excited to see him bring the right mindset to this team and represent us in the best light.”

On top of his coaching accomplishments with Corban, Lewis guided the Vancouver Victory from the Evergreen Premier League (EPLWA) to two-straight successful seasons, culminating in the EPLWA League Title in 2016.

“Aaron has demonstrated his ability to create a winning team culture both at Corban and with the Vancouver Victory,” said Capital FC Timbers Executive Director, Collin Box. “We are delighted to have him leading the charge and are excited to see what the season brings.”

Lewis will be finalizing his coaching staff for the 2017 season soon, and tryout and schedule information will be announced shortly.

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