Linda Hathorn was named an assistant coach for the Valparaiso University women's soccer program in April 2010.
Hathorn arrived at Valpo after serving as an assistant coach at Regis University in Colorado during the 2009 season, where she helped the program maintain a top-25 national ranking in Division II.
She also has worked for the Canadian Soccer Association National Teams as a coach and video technician since February 2009. Most recently, she spent time with the U-17 Canadian National Team during World Cup qualifying in Costa Rica. She will be with the team in Trinadad for the U-17 World Cup in September 2010.
Hathorn spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Northern Arizona University prior to her arrival at Regis, working with all aspects of the program including recruiting, team management, and working with Lumberjack defenders throughout the season. In 2008, Hathorn was instrumental in helping Northern Arizona win its first Big Sky Conference championship in program history and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship.
Hathorn played collegiately at the University of Maine where she earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Northeast Region Second Team honors as a senior defender. She was named the 2002 and 2005 America East Defender of the Year, and a three-time First Team All-America East selection. Named to the America East All-Rookie Team as a freshman, she was a four-time conference All-Academic Team selection in addition to an ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team pick as a senior.
She came to Valpo with a great deal of high-level playing experience as well, having seen action with the Canadian World Cup team in three matches in 2003 while also playing for Canada’s Pan American Team, which competed in the Dominican Republic. Hathorn also spent four seasons with the W-League’s Ottawa Fury, and was twice an All-Eastern Conference defender.
A native of Beaconsfield, Quebec, Hathorn earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and physical education from Maine in 2005. She obtained her NSCAA advanced national coaching license in 2008 and has earned her USSF national “B” license.
Linda, and her husband, Donnie, have been married since 2008.