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Head coach Steve Lynch says he expects the Cavaliers to excel in the classroom as well as on the athletic field



Clackamas High School’s new head girls soccer coach Steve Lynch and his assistants bring a wealth of knowledge about the sport to the program.JOHN DENNY - Clackamas girls soccer coach Steve Lynch gets acquainted with some of his players during a break in a summer open play session at Clackamas High School.

Lynch, 37, is in his seventeenth season of coaching and he has a vast amount of experience working with youth, having taught elementary and middle school students in Boise, Idaho, for 12 years. He has coached soccer at the club, Olympic Development, high school and collegiate levels; and he served as the director of coaching for the Twin Falls Rapids Soccer Club in Idaho, overseeing 50 to 60 coaches.

Lynch was head coach of the girls soccer program at Idaho’s Meridian High School from 2007-2012.

“It was a weak program [at Meridian] when I started,” Lynch says. “The program got better each year and by the time I finished we were mid-table; we made the state playoffs and placed fifth at state one year.

“What I am most proud of is our team had a 3.81 GPA and we were second in all-state academics; we held a summer tournament and we hosted the all-star game.”

Lynch holds a USSF “A” License, NSCAA Premier Diploma, Director of Coaching Diploma and Goalkeeper Level 3 Diploma.

Lynch played soccer in Boise and at Northwest Nazarene University. He earned a degree in elementary education from Boise State University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Northwest Nazarene.

Lynch has been an employee of the Boys & Girls Club of the Portland Metropolitan Area for the past year, serving as Senior Director of Program Quality and Impact.

Lynch said one of the Boys & Girls Club’s programs that he is most proud of is the “Youth Force” college and career readiness program that has youngsters working as guest servers at Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns games.

Others on Clackamas’ girls soccer coaching staff include: varsity assistants Greg Pfleger and Caroline Dudley, jayvee I head coach Andy Deuker, jayvee II head coach Ellen Dinul, jayvee coach Chad Fitzsimmons, and goalkeeper coach Nick Irwin.

Pfleger assisted in the program last year. His coaching career began in 1995 and he’s been a coach with Clackamas United Soccer Club since 2008.

Pfleger played soccer at George Fox University for four years and was inducted into the school’s sports Hall of Fame in 2005. He was drafted out of the USL in 1995 and played First Division professionally with the Cascade Surge and the Yakima Reds.

Dudley played soccer at high schools in Bangkok, Thailand, Singapore and London, England; and she played club soccer at the University of Miami, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in biology. She holds a masters degree in medical science from Yale University and is a family practice assistant in Lake Oswego.

Deuker has been officiating soccer matches since 1997 and has officiated collegiate and professional matches in 18 states. A math teacher at Rock Creek Middle School, Deuker has coached in the Hood River Soccer Club and at Scappoose High School. He coached in a boys program at Scappoose that made the state playoffs six straight seasons and was the boys soccer academic state champion three seasons.

This is Dinul’s third season in the Clackamas High girls soccer program. A native of Ukraine, she played four years of varsity soccer at Fort Vancouver High School, graduating in 2009. She played college soccer in Iowa, where she majored in wellness and coaching.

A senior at the University of Portland, Irwin has assisted in the Wilson High School program the past two seasons. His father, Bill Irwin, is the director of soccer and the head men’s soccer coach at the University of Portland.

As a senior at Wilson High School, Irwin was “goalkeeper of the year” in the PIL. He holds a current USSF E License and is in the process of obtaining his D License.

Lynch and his assistants inherit an established and successful program. In her 10 years at the helm, former head coach Aimee Mansoor developed Clackamas High School’s girls soccer program into one of the most successful programs in the state. Her Clackamas High teams went 96-39-28, winning seven league championships, making the state playoffs every year, the quarterfinals four times (2007, 2008, 2010, 2012), the semifinals three times (2007, 2010, 2012) and the final once (2012).

“I know the program has had success and I expect that success to continue,” Lynch said. “I’ve seen a lot of the girls at open play. They are very talented and the talent is deep....

“I wouldn’t have applied for the coaching position if I didn’t think I could continue to have successful teams. I’m not saying we are going to win a state title every year, but I expect us to be competitive in games, finish high in our league and make a deep run in the playoffs.”

Lynch has been holding open play sessions at the high school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

“It’s nothing formal,” he said. “I just want to get to know the girls. See as many faces as possible and get them to know me. I expect as many as 100 girls at tryouts, and I’m going to have to cut that down to 50.”

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