HEAD COACH – Greg LaPorte
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The San Diego native and Poway High School graduate has a wealth of collegiate and professional playing experience.
LaPorte was the Associate Head Coach for the University of San Diego Women’s Soccer Program. Coaching at the University from 2011-2016. He helped lead USD back to the NCAA Tournament in 2014, after the team posted a 10-8-2 overall record and a fourth place finish in the WCC standings. In fact, USD was one of three teams from the WCC to earn a bid into the NCAA Tournament, which did not include the second place finisher. USD also had impressive wins over No. 10 Michigan (5-0) and No 7 Pepperdine (2-1), which helped boost the USD RPI high enough to earn an at large bid to the postseason. USD also had six players take home All-WCC honors this season.
In his first season with the Toreros, LaPorte helped lead USD to one of the most memorable seasons in program history. Led by WCC Player of the Year Stephanie Ochs, LaPorte helped guide USD to its first ever West Coast Conference championship, as they defeated No. 7 Santa Clara, 3-0, in the regular-season finale at Torero Stadium to claim a share of the crown. The Toreros then went into the NCAA Tournament and were able to defeat No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles on penalty kicks to propel the Toreros into the Sweet-16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. After the season was over, Ochs became the highest player player ever drafted in program history, as she was selected No. 3 overall in the Women’s Professional Soccer League by the Boston Breakers.
LaPorte began at USD after serving as the goalkeeper coach at nearby UC San Diego for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams 2007-2011. In 2010, LaPorte helped lead UCSD to the division II national championship match, falling to Grand Valley State 4-0 in that match. Under his tutelage, the Tritons produced a pair of NSCAA All-America selections at the end of the 2010 season in first-team defender Lisa Bradley and second-team goalkeeper Kristin Armstrong.
In his college career, he kicked off as the starting goalkeeper for the Vanderbilt Commodores, being only a freshman. LaPorte held the lowest goals against average in the Sunbelt Conference. His leadership and skills led him to be named captain of his team following his freshman season. LaPorte left Vanderbilt after his second year to pursue a professional career in Europe and South America.
He began his professional career in England, training with Manchester City and Doncaster Rovers. He then played in Sao Paulo, Brasil for Amparo Atletico. LaPorte then played in the Oberliga and Regionaliga in Germany for numerous teams, most notable being TSG Hoffenheim. LaPorte concluded his professional career in Italy.
It is the blend of all the styles of coaching and soccer he has had throughout his career that makes him very diverse and versatile as a coach. His philosophies have been taken from some of the world’s most renowned soccer minds.
LaPorte began his coaching career back at his high school alma mater, where he coached the Poway Titans. LaPorte joined the varsity staff for the Titans as an assistant coach for four years and in 2006, he coached the freshman girls to an undefeated season. During the 2007 season, LaPorte was the varsity assistant and coached La Costa Canyon’s boys freshman to an undefeated season. LaPorte was also a Asst Director of Coaching for San Diego Surf where he grew up playing. Throughout his stint with the San Diego Surf he wore a multitude of hats, Asst Director of Coaching, Field Coordinator, Girl’s Director of Goalkeeping and Girl’s Head U18/U15 ECNL Coach, he also coached the Boy’s U18 USSF DA Program.
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ASSISTANT COACH – Courtney Drummond
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As an Assistant Coach at CSUSM, Courtney helped mentor 28 all-conference selections and 6 All-Americans. The Cougars have won three more conference titles and have appeared in four more NAIA tournaments with her on the sideline. Before Courtney left CSUSM in May 2016, she was a key part of the University and Athletics Department transition to NCAA Division 2. Courtney left CSUSM to concentrate on ushering in the U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy at LA Galaxy San Diego.
As a player, Courtney started 72 of 73 matches in which she appeared with CSUSM. She scored a record seven goals as a freshman in the program’s first season and helped CSUSM to back-to-back Association of Independent Institutions conference titles in 2008 and 2009. Drummond also appeared in two NAIA National Championships.
Courtney is extremely dedicated to her role at LAGSD and has already successfully placed many of our female players with suitable colleges, some of these players now returning to play under her for our Women’s WPSL team. Click here to see Courtney’s full bio.