PALATINE HILL -- The first contests of the 2018-19 academic year are a few weeks away with fall student-athletes reporting last weekend. With all 19 Pioneers teams preparing for the upcoming seasons, several staffs will have new assistant coaches to help along the way.
Long-time soccer coach Bill Irwin has joined Jim Tursi's coaching staff. Irwin is the former Director of Soccer at the University of Portland where he served as men's head coach and women's goalkeeping coach, helping the Pilots to the institution's first national championship when the women won the 2002 title.
Irwin's roles include coaching goalkeepers for the United States Soccer Federation National Team. He'll work with the Pios goalkeepers this upcoming season.
"I'm happy to be involved again in the college game and working with Jim," said Irwin. "Excited to be on the field again."
"Bill brings over 35 years of expertise to our team with his time as a national coach and directing the Pilots programs," said Tursi. "I'm eager for him to teach our student-athletes."
In total, Irwin coached at Portland for 29 years. He's coached the U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team and for the FC Portland Academy.
Lewis & Clark alumnus Scott Pisapia has joined the women's basketball coaching staff. He'll assist first-year head coach Kristina Williams this upcoming season.
Pisapia competed for the Pioneers earlier this decade as a member of the men's basketball program. While he was a student-athlete, Pisapia was a consistent starter and led the Northwest Conference in assist-to-turnover ratio as a senior. Lewis & Clark qualified for the NWC postseason all four of his seasons.
Since graduating from Lewis & Clark in 2012, Pisapia has founded the Roots Academy, a non-profit that provides opportunities for youth through sports. He has been an assistant coach on the varsity staff at his high school alma mater, R.A. Long in Longview, Wash.
"I have a soft spot in my heart for our campus and the city of Portland," said Pisapia. "I met some of my best friends while on Palatine Hill, and I have a close relationship with Kristina. When she called, it felt like the perfect time."
Williams was hired in June. She is a former All-American for the Pios who graduated in 2013.
Former All-American Hannah Stinson has joined first-year head coach Emily Hayes in volleyball. Stinson earned NWC Player of the Year honors in 2016 as a member of the Puget Sound Loggers.
Stinson joins the Pios after a year as a student assistant for her alma mater. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology last May.
Off the court, Stinson has served as an ACRAS Guatemala Wildlife Conservation intern and held a secondary research analyst internship with the Oregon Museum of Science and Innovation.
Eric Del Prado, a recent graduate from the Willamette baseball team, has joined head coach Matt Kosderka's staff. Del Prado competed over four years for the Bearcats and was a .302 career hitter with over 120 RBI. His senior season, Del Prado brought in 54 runs, a career high, and ranked third in the Northwest Conference. He finished the season in the conference's top 30 in average, top 10 in home runs and was named All-NWC Honorable Mention.
Kosderka says Del Prado will work with the Pioneers hitters. Del Prado graduated with a degree in Economics from Willamette, where he also was an editor and writer for the student newspaper.
Former Oregon State running back Storm Woods and former Grant High School head coach Randy Heath have been added to the Pioneers coaching staff this season. Woods will coach running backs and Heath will work with linebackers.
A four-year student-athlete for the Beavers, Woods finished his career as one of two to accumulate over 2,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving at OSU. Entering his senior season in 2015, Woods was named to the Maxwell Award preseason watch list. Woods, who came to Oregon from Texas, graduated with a degree in human development and family sciences. He ended his career averaging five yards per carry and with 3,768 all-purpose yards, 11th-most all-time for the Beavers.
Heath coached the Grant Generals football program for three seasons and led the team to an 8-3 record in 2017. A 29-year veteran of the high school coaching ranks, Heath's Grant team made it to the second round of the Oregon School Activities Association 6A playoffs last season.