Brazeau, Rilatt Named To Portland Timbers Staff

Pacific's head men's soccer coach returns for his sixth season as goalkeeper's coach, while Rilatt is named an assistant coach for the first time with the USL First Division side


Jim BrazeauFOREST GROVE - The Portland Timbers are hoping that the magic the Pacific University men's soccer coaching staff worked in 2006 can help the Timbers in 2007.

The United Soccer Leagues' First Division club announced Thursday that Pacific head men's soccer coach Jim Brazeau and assistant Jim Rilatt have been named to the coaching staff by Timbers' head coach Gavin Wilkinson.  Brazeau will be in his second tour as the team's goalkeeper's coach, while will lend his defensive expertise as an assistant coach.

"Both Brazeau and Rilatt are an extremely beneficial addition," said Wilkinson. "Both have extensive knowledge of the local soccer scene and have been successful at every level they've coached."

Brazeau returns to the Timbers after a one-season absence from the program.  He was the goalkeeper's coach under former head coach Bobby Howe from 2001-2005, working with talented former Timbers' keepers Matt Napoleon and Josh Saunders.  He also had worked current Portland netminder Bayard Elfvin during the 2004 campaign.

Rilatt provides his extensive defensive experience to the Timbers after his presence proved golden for the Boxers in 2006.  This is Rilatt's first work with a professional program, but has over 20 years of successful coaching experience at the high school, college and club levels.  In addition to his Timbers and Pacific duties, Rilatt is involved with the Lake Oswego Soccer Club.

Brazeau was named Northwest Conference Men's Soccer Coach of the Year after leading the Boxers to the best turnaround season in NCAA Division III this year.  The Boxers finished fifth in the NWC with a 10-6-1 record and saw senior forward and Portland Timbers' trialist Matt McDonough named the conference's Player of the Year.

The Timbers hope that two Jims can work their magic with a team that struggled under former head coach Chris Agnello last year.  Portland finished with a 7-15-6 record and missed the First Division playoffs for only the second time in team history.


Posted by Blake Timm (timmbr@pacificu.edu) on Apr 20, 2007 at 9:24 AM

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