USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers 2 announced on Wednesday that former player Andrew Gregor had been appointed the club’s new head coach. Gregor made more than 200 appearances for the Timbers during the club’s USL era, and was an assistant coach in the club’s inaugural season in 2015.
“This is a great opportunity to continue the growth of the club’s development plan with my experience coming from the Timbers Academy and with T2,” said Gregor. “Personally, this is going to be a great opportunity for me to continue my development as a coach in this great organization.”
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A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Gregor, 40, played parts of three seasons for the second-division Timbers (2004, 2007-08) as part of a 12-year professional playing career that included time in Major League Soccer. A standout at the University of Portland during his collegiate career, Gregor appeared in 50 league games for the Timbers, registering 10 goals and eight assists. He helped Portland capture a regular-season title in 2004 and earned all-league honors in 2007 while leading the club to the semifinal of the USL First Division playoffs.
“Andrew is a talented young coach that has a great understanding of the role and associated responsibilities,” said Gavin Wilkinson, general manager of the Timbers and T2. “He has a very good working relationship with the first-team staff, and along with Caleb Porter, we felt that this was the right hire for both the club and the development of the T2 players.”
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Gregor originally joined the Timbers Academy coaching staff in March 2014 and has played an important role in developing youth players as head coach of the Timbers U-16 side, helping lead the team to its first appearance in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs last season. During the 2015-16 Academy season, Gregor took charge of both the U-16 and U-18 sides. Following the 2014-15 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season, Gregor was named the U-15/16 West Conference Coach of the Year, while the team also earned the U-15/16 Style of Play Award for the West Conference.“Andrew Gregor is a hungry coach who has been studying and implementing our first-team methodology successfully with the Academy for several years,” said Caleb Porter, head coach of the Timbers. “We felt this built-in understanding and connection with the first team was a critical piece. Andrew’s involvement with T2 last season also allows us to maintain some positive continuity in the team and in our development process.”