Portland Thorns Pre-Academy Staff


Pre-Academy Coaching Staff

2009 Head Coach


Duccio Tagliaferri
Head Coach 
09G Thorns Academy
U12 Team

USSF C License "Candidate"

Duccio Tagliaferri grew up playing soccer in the streets of Naples, Italy. When he was 12 years old his family moved to Florence, Italy where he played at the local club level. When he was 14 he was recruited and played soccer at the semi-professional level for a team just outside of Florence. He was forced to step away from the game only a few of years later with a serious knee injury.

  • Coached for the Westside Timbers for 5 years serving as a Head and Assistant coach (2014-2019)
  • Served as both Coach and Director of Portland Thorns Regional Training Center (2017-Present)
  • Portland Thorns ODP 2007 age group (2019-Present)
  • Tigard High School Girls Varsity Head Coach (2018-Present)
  • Director of Coaching for Southside Soccer Club (2019-Present)


2010 Head Coach


Constantine "Tino" Konstin
Head Coach 10G Thorns Academy
U11 Team

USSF Licensed

Tino grew up playing youth soccer locally in the Portland, Oregon area with the Westside Timbers Soccer Club, on one of the top teams in the country, with his team playing in the National Finals in 2009, while also participating in the ODP Region IV program and playing high school soccer at local powerhouse; Jesuit HS. Tino then went on to play Division 1 collegiate soccer at Sacramento State University in California while acquiring his bachelor's degree in cinema. As a professional soccer player, Tino played for Club Callejas de Tahuichi in Bolivia and with Club America (U20's) in Mexico.

Upon the conclusion of Tino's playing career, he entered the coaching ranks. Tino has coached for the prestigious San Francisco Glens Soccer Club in Northern California and the Westside Timbers Alliance in Oregon. In addition to coaching club soccer, Tino has expanded his coaching experiences serving as a youth camp coordinator & youth camp coach for the MLS professional side, Portland Timbers and Nike Soccer.


Pre-Academy Assistant Coach


Erin Lutz
Assistant Coach 

Erin was selected to the United Soccer Coaches 30-Under-30 Class of 2020-21 and is currently completing the USC Advanced National Diploma. She graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 2019, where she competed for four years at the NCAA Division III level.  In January 2021, Lutz joined the Linfield University Women's Soccer program as an Assistant Coach.

Coaching experience includes, both assistant and head coach positions for Southside Soccer Club, JVII Head Coach and Varsity Assistant at Tigard High School. Additionally, she has served as an RTC Assistant Coach and the 2007 Girls ODP Assistant Coach


Academy Director

Tracy Nelson
USSF A License

As the Academy Director, Tracy oversees the Pre-Academy Programming and integration with the Thorns Academy.

For her full bio see the Thorns Academy Staff page.


Academy Advisor

Constantine "Cony" Konstin
USSF A Licence


Pre-Academy Operations Manager

Gabe Tatz




General Information

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