Nick Carlin-Voigt, who spent the previous four years as the associate head coach for the UCLA Bruins, was named the head coach of the University of Portland men’s soccer program in January of 2016. Carlin-Voigt previously helped build championship programs at both UCLA and George Mason where he brought in nationally ranked recruiting classes each of the last seven seasons.
He brought his recruiting skills to Portland, where he quickly assembled the nation’s 17th-ranked recruiting class. From there, Carlin-Voigt helped guide the Pilots back to the NCAA Playoffs, while collecting a West Coast Conference title along the way. The first-year coach was also tabbed the WCC’s Co-Coach of the Year.
The 2016 regular season featured a seven-game winning streak, which is the program’s longest winning streak since 1995, and the Pilots found themselves among the nation’s leaders with a potent offense. During a four-game stretch (Sept. 22 - Oct. 14) the Pilots scored 15 goals, which was the most goals scored during a four-game span since Portland collected 17 goals over four contests in 1999. The Pilots also registered three straight blank sheets at one point, producing a 315-minute stretch of not allowing a goal.
Portland carried their momentum from the non-conference portion of their schedule into the WCC, and the Pilots won their first five games against league opponents. The 5-0-0 start in the WCC matched the legendary 1988 Portland squad for the best start to a conference schedule in program history.
The fall culminated on an electric night at Merlo Field as Saint Mary’s visited The Bluff on the final night of the regular season. A win meant a league championship for the Pilots, and in front of 4,362 fans and a regional television audience, Portland came through with a thrilling 1-0 win, sparking a wild celebration never seen before on the historic pitch.
The crowd was the second largest ever, and most of them rushed onto the field to celebrate with the team as the Pilots hoisted the WCC trophy into the air for the first time since 2002. The win also meant a return to the post-season for the Pilots, who hadn’t reached the NCAA Tournament since 2009.
The season brought with it a plethora of accomplishments and individual accolades as the Pilots nearly swept the annual WCC post-season awards. Eddie Sanchez was named the league’s player of the year, becoming the first Pilot to do so since 2002. Paul Christensen nabbed the goalkeeper of the year honor, and the always electrifying Benji Michel, who led the league in goals, was voted the WCC’s top freshman.
Portland also returned to its rightful spot among the nation’s leaders in attendance as nearly 2,500 fans showed up per game to support a remarkable team.
At UCLA Carlin-Voigt helped put together the nation’s number one recruiting class three times (2013, 2014 & 2015). Since his arrival in Westwood, 11 Bruins were drafted or signed into Major League Soccer, highlighted by 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy winner, Leo Stolz.
In 2012 the Bruins won the Pac-12 Championship while finishing with an overall record of 13-3-3. The Bruins reached the post-season all four years, grabbing the No. 1 overall seed in 2013 when UCLA finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The Bruins finished with a 12-3-5 overall record and a 6-1-3 mark in the Pac-12 Conference and defeated four top-3 opponents during the course of the season, including top-ranked Indiana and California. In 2014 the Bruins advanced to the NCAA College Cup Championship in a game that was decided by penalty kicks. Carlin-Voigt had an influential role in building and coaching each of the teams that advanced further each year at the NCAA Championships from 2012 to 2014.
Carlin-Voigt has a passion for teaching and champions a possession-based brand of attacking soccer that was instrumental in the growth of one of the nation’s most explosive offenses. He primarily coached the attacking players in 2014 when the Bruins were the highest scoring team in the NCAA tournament with 11 goals in four games leading into the title game. In 2015, Carlin-Voigt coached the team to 47 goals, which ranked in the top three nationally for goals per game. The 2015 Bruins were the only team in the country to have four players record 20 points or more, and all of them were underclassmen Carlin-Voigt was honored as one of College Soccer News’ top-15 assistant coaches in the country in 2013 and 2014, when he was the only coach on the West Coast to earn that distinction. Carlin-Voigt was actively involved in all aspects of the UCLA soccer program, including player development, training, scouting, scheduling, soccer-specific fitness training, summer camp development and alumni and community outreach. As the academic liaison in 2013, he helped the Bruins claim the highest team grade-point average in the UCLA athletic department for first time in program history.
Prior to his stint at UCLA, Carlin-Voigt helped assemble three consecutive recruiting classes at George Mason that were ranked in the top 35. In 2008, he helped coach the Patriots to their first ever Colonial Athletic Association Conference Championship as his recruiting and coaching made immediate turnarounds as the Patriots had a ninewin improvement after his first recruiting cycle. His recruiting classes at George Mason were the foundation of the 2013 Patriots team which went on to win their first ever Atlantic-10 Conference Championship. Carlin-Voigt assisted with every aspect of the George Mason program led by former Major League Soccer Coach of the Year, Greg Andrulis.
Carlin-Voigt spent five years (2007-12) at George Mason, while also coaching the D.C. United Youth Academy Program (2007-10), where he helped mentor U.S. National Team Goalkeeper and D.C. United starter Bill Hamid. In addition to Hamid, who was named the 2014 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, Carlin-Voigt coached 30 NCAA Division I players with D.C. United.
While at George Mason Carlin-Voigt helped recruit 12 players with U.S. Youth National Team experience. Five players were either signed or drafted into the MLS while another seven played professional soccer abroad. Prior to his time at George Mason Carlin-Voigt was an assistant women’s coach at University of Wisconsin (2005-06) where he helped the program win the Big Ten Championship.
Before his coaching career, Carlin-Voigt was an NSCAA All-American at Kalamazoo College, where he was a regular on the Dean’s List and graduated cum laude with a degree in economics. Considered one of the top goalkeepers in Division III soccer, he was a two-time team captain for Kalamazoo and a four-year starter, and he holds the Kalamazoo record for shutouts and saves.
Following his graduation in 2004, Carlin-Voigt had a short playing stint with Cruz Azul Oaxaca of the Mexican Second Division that was cut short due to a knee injury. From 2002-05, he played for the Kalamazoo Kingdom where he set franchise records as a goalkeeper for wins and shutouts during the 2004 season. He also saw time on trial with Osnabruck of the German third division in 2006. In 2013 Carlin-Voigt was called into camp with the United States National Beach Team.
An avid learner and student of the game, Carlin-Voigt has studied leadership development and coaching methods at professional clubs such as Real Madrid, Chelsea, Fulham and Santos. He also observed the U.S. National Team’s preparations during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Leonard Griffin, Associate Camp Director
Leonard Griffin, a former MLS player and an assistant coach the past two years at UCLA, was hired as an Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach in March of 2016. Griffin was an All-American defender at UCLA, and he’s also coached at Cal and Saint Mary’s.
Griffin, who originally hails from Palmdale, Calif., comes to The Bluff after two successful years on the UCLA bench. With the Bruins, he contributed to various aspects of the soccer program, including recruiting, the development of players, practice and gameday preparation, camp development, scouting, video breakdown, team academics and day-to-day field training.
UCLA reached a number one national ranking both years, and in 2014 the Bruins advanced to the NCAA College Cup Finals. Griffin also helped Carlin-Voigt build the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class in 2014 and 2015, and he coached nine All-Pac 12 players, including 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy winner Leo Stoltz and 2015 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Jose Hernandez.
Prior to joining the UCLA staff, Griffin spent one season as an assistant coach at California and three seasons as an assistant at Saint Mary's. Griffin joined the California men's soccer staff in May of 2013, helping the Golden Bears to an appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals. Cal was the No. 1 team in the nation for six weeks, and they received the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, the highest seed in school history.
He spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Saint Mary's, helping the Gaels reach the NCAA Elite Eight in 2011. The Gaels also won the West Coast Conference championship that year, and Griffin coached the 2012 WCC Defender of the Year Trevor Newquist.
Additionally, he spent three seasons as an assistant coach for the women’s team at Cal State San Bernardino prior to coaching at Saint Mary's.
Griffin was a four-year standout at UCLA from 2000-2003, leading the Bruins to an NCAA title in 2002 and earning All-America honors in 2003. He was also a First Team All-Pac 10 selection in 2003, while also landing All-Far West Region accolades. Griffin was also a member of the U.S Soccer National Team U-17, U-18 and U-20 player pools.
Following his UCLA career, Griffin spent six seasons in the MLS, playing with the Chicago Fire (2004-06), the Columbus Crew (2007-08) and the Los Angeles Galaxy (2009). Griffin has also played professionally in the USL, which included a stint with the Portland Timbers (2007-08).
Logan Emory, Assistant Coach
Logan Emory, who starred for the Pilots as a center back before embarking on a professional career, joined the University of Portland men’s soccer staff during the summer of 2016. Since retiring from the professional ranks in 2014, Emory has been coaching in Idaho.
Emory, who starred on the pitch for the Pilots from 2006-09, was instrumental during Portland’s run to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2009. Emory appeared in 81 matches during his career at UP, finishing with five goals, two assists and 12 points. He earned WCC Honorable Mention twice, and he landed on the league’s all-freshman team in 2006.
Emory then spent a couple of seasons with the Puerto Rico Islanders of the USL/NASL before moving on to Major League Soccer, joining Toronto FC in 2012. Emory was north of the border for two seasons and would continue his career with the San Antonio Scorpions of the NASL. In 2014, Emory played for the USL’s L.A. Galaxy II.
A native of Boise, Idaho, Emory returned home in 2015 to begin his coaching career. He was head coach for the Boise Nationals, Idaho ODP and Centennial High School, his alma mater. He led his Boise Nationals club team to three state titles, and his Centennial squad finished fourth in the state.
Emerson De Oliveira, Assistant/Goalkeeper Coach
Emerson De Oliveira joined the UP staff as a goalkeeper coach during the summer of 2016.
De Oliveira comes to the Bluff via Seattle, Wash., where he served as Associate Head Coach/Goalkeeper Coach for the Highline College Thunderbirds. Having worked for the T-Birds since 2010, he has coached some of the top keepers to come through the junior college ranks. De Oliveira helped Thunderbird keepers lead their teams to five consecutive Final Fours, two Championship games and one Championship title in 2014.
De Oliveira has helped the ‘Birds goalies gather a cumulative 0.96 goals against average during his six-year reign in addition to helping Highline become one of the premier Junior College Programs in the country.
De Oliveira holds his NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeper license as well as his USSF C license. In addition to coaching at Highline, De Oliveira previously was the Director of Goalkeeping at Issaquah Soccer Club, Assistant Coach for the Issaquah Gunners PDL and Goalkeeping Director for US Club’s Washington Player Development Program. He has experience working with some of the most talented goalkeepers in the state of Washington.
He also works as part of the National Goalkeeping Staff for the NSCAA.
De Oliveira played collegiately for Seattle University where he was a standout goalkeeper for Redhawks. He gained national recognition by posting a 0.49 GAA his junior year and he was invited to train with Seattle Sounders FC. He graduated from Seattle U with a Bachelors Degree in business, with a specialization in Marketing.
Cody Carlson, Assistant Coach
Cody Carlson joined the University of Portland men’s soccer staff as the director of operations in July of 2017. Carlson came to The Bluff from the University of Redlands, where he was the men’s soccer assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for three years (2014-17).
While at Redlands, Carlson helped lead the Bulldogs to their highest national ranking ever, reaching No. 7 in 2016, and they claimed regular season SCIAC Conference Championships in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and SCIAC Post-Season Tournament Championships in 2015 and 2016. Redlands reached the NCAA DIII Quarterfinals in 2016 after advancing to the Second Round in 2015. The staff was named the SCIAC’s Coaching Staff of the Year in 2015, as well as NSCAA All-West Region Coaching Staff of the Year in 2015 and 2016. Carlson helped guide 12 All-SCIAC Players, one league player of the year, eight NSCAA All-West Region selections, four NSCAA Scholar AllWest Region players, three NSCAA Scholar All-Americans and two CoSIDA Academic All-District players.
Carlson was also the head coach of the Redlands High School boys varsity team for one season (2016). In his one year at the helm, he led the team to a third-place league finish and the CIF Playoffs, after they placed eighth the previous year. Other head coaching stints for Carlson include club soccer with IER Pateadores B2000's, and Riverside Coras of the NPSL, where he led the squad to a 3rd place finish and into playoffs. He is currently coaching the U-10 boys youth academy at FC Portland.
Carlson played collegiately at Redlands (2008-11), where he was the SCIAC Conference Player of the Year as a senior in 2011. He was also a two-time NSCAA All-West Region First Team pick, he landed on the SCIAC all-conference first team three times, and he was an NSCAA All-America Third Team selection in 2010. A two-year team captain, Carlson landed on the NSCAA Scholar America Second Team, the NSCAA Scholar AllWest Region First Team, and the CoSIDA All-District Second Team.
Following college, Carlson played professionally for Pali Blues FC and Ventura County Fusion FC in the PDL, and for the Ontario Fury in the MASL.
Carlson holds a USSF 'C' Coaching License and he graduated with B.S. in business administration from the University of Redlands in 2012. In 2016, he earned a masters from Redlands in business management
Steve Evans, Assistant Coach
Former Portland standout midfielder Steven Evans returned to The Bluff as a volunteer assistant coach during the summer of 2016.
Evans spent three years (2010-12) on the pitch with the Pilots before embarking on a professional career. As a junior, Evans was named to the All-West Coast Conference First Team for the second consecutive season. He finished second in the conference in goals (14) and points (31), while ranking eighth and 16th in those two categories nationally. Evans also had three assists that season and a team-high three gamewinners, and he became the first UP men’s soccer player to register a hat trick in nine years.
Previously Evans was named the league’s freshman of the year in 2010, landed on the WCC’s all-freshman team, garnered conference second-team accolades and was named a Freshman All-American. In 53 career games for the Pilots, Evans totaled 24 goals, 12 assists and six game-winners.
Following his junior year at Portland, Evans signed professionally with the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer as the club’s second Homegrown Player. Evans played professionally for three years and won a USL national title before deciding to retire.
A Portland native Evans began his soccer career at Eastside United FC, for which he won the U.S. Youth Soccer U-18 national championship with in 2010. He also was an all-state player for Portland's Central Catholic High School where he helped guide the Rams to a 2007 6A State Championship.
During the summer months, Evans played for the Portland Timbers U23s in the USL Premier Development League, beginning in 2009. While with the Timbers U23s, Evans assisted on the game-winning goal in the final match of the 2010 PDL season against the Thunder Bay Chill as the Timbers won the championship match that season 4–1 in an undefeated season for the under-23s