University of Maine women's soccer coach Scott Atherley announced today that he has named Linda (Consolante) Hathorn assistant coach. Hathorn starred for the Black Bears for 2001–2005, where she was a two-time America East Defensive Player of the Year. Hathorn has a wealth of coaching and playing experience that will be an asset to the Black Bears.
"I am thrilled that we have been able to hire Linda," said head coach Atherley. "She returns to our program having gained tremendous coaching experience at the collegiate and international levels since graduating in 2006. She is a natural selection for the position given her familiarity with the University, soccer program and me. I have enjoyed following her development as a coach for the past five years, and I am confident that she will contribute greatly toward our continued success".
Hathorn comes to the University of Maine from Valparaiso University in Indiana where she served as an assistant coach from April through December, 2010. While at Valparaiso, she assisted the head coach in all aspects of directing a Division I women's soccer program. She helped with team training, recruiting, scouting, travel, summer camps and clinics along with academic monitoring and compliance.
Prior to Valparaiso, she was an assistant coach at Regis University, a top-30 Division II program in Denver, Colo. She designed and executed a spring training program in addition to recruiting student-athletes and aiding with individual skill training.
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. She serves as an assistant coach with the Canada Women's Youth National Teams, which won the U17 CONCACAF (World Cup qualifying tournament) in Costa Rica in May 2010. She also serves 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 also has Club coaching experience. She served as a staff coach for the Westminster AFC in Westminster, Colorado from May 2009-April 2010. She also served as a Technical Trainer for the Flagstaff Soccer Club. In addition, she has worked numerous summer camps.
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.
Hathorn had a great career at the University of Maine 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.