viking soccer academy at portland state
Maureen Whitney | Associate Head Coach
Maureen Whitney joined the Portland State soccer coaching staff in the fall of 2017 as the top assistant under first-year head coach Katie Burton.
Whitney helped lead the Vikings back to the Big Sky tournament after a two-year absence during the 2017 season, as the Vikings finished fourth in the Big Sky at 5-4-1 in conference play and 9-10-1 overall. The Vikings also won their first match at the Big Sky tournament since 2013, with a 1-0 win over Northern Arizona - a team they had never beaten in the Big Sky tournament previously - in the Big Sky quarterfinals.
Additionally, Whitney helped lead four individuals to All-Big Sky honors in 2017, as Katie Forsee and Kristin Moyer made the All-Big Sky second team, while Liz Hansen and Morgan Matthews received All-Big Sky honorable mention.
Like Burton and fellow Viking assistant Jenny Lawrence, Whitney came to the Vikings after playing and coaching at Sacramento State. Whitney played soccer and softball at Sacramento State from 1998-99, and coached as an assistant with the Hornets across two stints from 2000-03 and 2007-10. Whitney coached both Burton and Lawrence as players, including in 2007, when the Hornets swept the Big Sky regular-season and tournament titles, and made their first NCAA tournament appearance.
Whitney brings a wealth of post-collegiate playing experience to her role at Portland State, having spent parts of the past 16 years with the California Storm of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). Whitney played for the Storm for over a decade starting in 2001, and spent two different stints as a player-coach and assistant from 2005-09 and 2015-17.
Whitney won two WPSL championships with the Storm in 2002 and 2004, the latter of which she won with former Portland State head coach Laura Schott. Whitney was named the WPSL MVP the following year in 2005, and captained the Storm for 10 consecutive seasons. Additionally, Whitney was named a WPSL All-Star four times (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007), and won the 2012 WPSL Leadership Award.
Whitney played with several national team players during her time with the Storm, including Brandi Chastain (U.S.), Sissi (Brazil), Leslie Osborne (U.S.), Stephanie Cox (U.S.), Shannon MacMillan (U.S.) and current USWNT star Alex Morgan.
Whitney was also called into camp for the San Jose CyberRays of the professional Women’s United Soccer Association, but the league folded a month later. Whitney was twice called up to Sky Blue FC during the 2008-09 season when the team played in the WPS, but turned down both call-ups to stay as an assistant at Sacramento State.
In college, Whitney was a three-sport athlete at Walla Walla Community College for two years, playing soccer, basketball and softball before moving to Sacramento State. Whitney earned NWAC All-Star honors in soccer in 1997.
Whitney has also coached collegiately as an assistant coach at Fresno State from 2010-12, and College of the Sequoias from 2014-15. Additionally, Whitney served as a Youth Soccer Coach at Elk Grove United and San Juan Soccer Club from 2002-06 and 2006-10, respectively, and worked as a Sports Camp Director and Summer Camp Director at Sacramento State from 2001-04. Whitney also served as the WPSL Chief Consultant from 2005-07.
Jenny Lawrence | Assistant Coach
Jenny Lawrence joined the Portland State women’s soccer coaching staff in the fall of 2017, serving as an assistant coach in charge of the team’s goalkeepers under first-year head coach Katie Burton.
Lawrence helped lead the Vikings back to the Big Sky tournament after a two-year absence in the 2017 season, as the Vikings finished fourth in the Big Sky at 5-4-1 in conference play, and 9-10-1 overall. Additionally, the Vikings won their first match at the Big Sky tournament since 2013 with a 1-0 win over Northern Arizona - a team they had never beaten in the Big Sky tournament previously - in the Big Sky quarterfinals.
Lawrence also helped lead Portland State goalkeeper Abbie Faingold to All-Big Sky tournament honors during the 2017 season. Faingold was also named Big Sky Player of the Week for the first time in her career on Oct. 10.
Lawrence completed a staff full of ex-Sacramento State players and coaches, as she, Burton and fellow assistant Maureen Whitney all played and coached at Sacramento State before coming to Portland State. Lawrence and Burton overlapped as players at Sacramento State, including in 2007, when the Hornets swept the Big Sky regular-season and tournament titles, and made their first NCAA tournament appearance.
Lawrence earned All-Big Sky honorable mention in her first year with the Hornets in 2005, and finished her career ranked third all-time in career saves.
Lawrence first joined the Hornets’ coaching staff as a volunteer assistant and goalkeeper trainer, and served in that role from 2009-11 – a stretch that included the Hornets’ second Big Sky title and NCAA tournament appearance in 2010. Lawrence rejoined the Hornets’ coaching staff as an assistant in 2014, and served in that role before leaving to join the Vikings.
Lawrence oversaw the development of three-time All-Big Sky second-team selection Savannah Abercrombie in her first stint mentoring goalkeepers at Sacramento State. Lawrence then coached Kim Mata in her final year at Sacramento State when she rejoined the Hornets’ staff in 2014, and coached Mata to her second straight All-Big Sky honorable mention that season.
Outside of her time at Sacramento State, Lawrence served as a coach and trainer for the Elk Grove United Soccer Club from 2010-17, assisting in the player development for the club’s U8 to U12 girls divisions, as well as the boys and girls goalkeepers, aged 7-14.