Our Coaches

The backbone of our club


Kaig Lightner, Founder & executive Director

Kaig holds a USSF National ‘C’ Coaching License. He has been coaching and working with youth for over 20 years. He grew up in Redmond, WA and began playing soccer at the age of eight along with basketball, softball and volleyball.


Carolina Hernandez Morales, Program Director

My name is Carolina Hernandez I am from a place in southern Mexico called Chiapas. My family and I migrated there when I was just 5 years old. I got into soccer when I was in middle school because it kept me busy and out of trouble. I was more of a tomboy then so I liked rough sports like baseball and Taekwondo. As I grew up I watched a lot of sports but the main one was baseball since my dad played baseball so that was our family pass of time.


Ocires Morales, Head Coach
U11 State Team, U10

I am Ocires Morales. I’m from Mexico and I’ve been in the USA for 15 years.


James bennett, assistant coach

I have been playing organized soccer since 1973, the first year PIL had soccer. Mojos is a local soccer club for older players. We form teams to go to regional tournaments. I am the Secretary/Treasurer for the club.


German Hernandez, Head Coach, U8 & U9

My name is German Hernandez. I’m from Guatemala and I have been living in Portland Oregon about 17 years. I have 2 kids and one of them plays for PCFC. I have been playing soccer for 7 years and I love it! That is the reason I became a volunteer coach for PCFC. And I’m really enjoying teaching kids.

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Patricio Manueco, fitness & conditioning coach

My name is Patricio Manueco. My core focus is on strengthening our soccer players by motivating, inspiring and connecting that seed of greatness in all of them through soccer.


Joel Rojas, Goal Keeping Coach, Assistant coach, U16, U14

I have been playing soccer since I was 5. I grew up in a huge soccer family from McMinnville Oregon. My uncles were very well know soccer players in McMinnville and my father is a well known soccer player/coach in the community of McMinnville. 


James Hootsmans, Head Coach, U16

Caucasian, Dutch, South African, American. I have lived in over 4 continents. Former AYSO and club coach for girls and boys, US soccer 9v9 and 11 v 11 trained, Certified referee, collegiate varsity/club player.


Carolina Gonzalez, Head Coach, U6/U7

My name is Carolina Gonzalez I am from Puebla Mexico I have been living in Portland for 11 years and since I was a girl I liked soccer.


Guadencio “Bencho” Perez, Assistant, U16

Coaching bio coming soon!