Linda Hathorn begins her second season as assistant coach with the University of Maine women’s soccer program. Hathorn, a former standout with the Black Bears and Hall of Famer, is a two-time America East Defender of the Year. Hathorn has a wealth of coaching and playing experience that will be an asset to the Black Bears.
Prior to coming to the University of Maine, Hathorn was the assistant coach at Valparaiso University in Indiana, and at Regis University in Colorado, and at Northern Arizona University where she assisted the head coach in all aspects of directing the women’s soccer programs. This included team training, recruiting, scouting, travel, summer camps and clinics along with academic monitoring and compliance.
Hathorn began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Northern Arizona University from July 2006 through May 2009. In 2007, the team attained its first .500 season in school history. In 2008, the team posted its first winning season in school history, won the Big Sky Conference Championship and qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
In addition to collegiate coaching experience, Hathorn also has national coaching experience with various Canadian Youth National Team. She is currently the assistant coach for the Under 17 Canadian Women’s National Team. Who recently finished second at the 2012 CONCACAF Finals in Guatemala and will be competing at the U17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan. In 2010 she was a member of the staff of the U17 Canadian National Team that won the U17 CONCACAF Finals in Costa Rica. She has also served as a consultant for the Canadian Soccer Association National Teams. She provides technical support and assistance for Dartfish Video Analysis Software within the Canadian Soccer Association.
Hathorn entered the coaching ranks after a stellar playing career. She was on the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team in 2003 and 2004. She played in the Women’s World Cup in 2003. Hathorn also played in the Pan American games. She played for the Ottawa Fury W-League from 2003-2006.
As a University of Maine Black Bear, Hathorn had a great career from 2001 through 2005. She was a two-time America East Defensive Player of the Year. She was an All-Rookie team selection in 2001 and earned a spot on the All-Conference team in 2002, 2003 and 2005. She was also an All-Academic selection from 2001 through 2005.