Goalkeeping Coach - Mike Toshack
Mike Toshack, a native of Prescott, Ontario, joined the Portland Timbers on December 14, 2011. Toshack has served as a goalkeeper coach in Major League Soccer for five seasons, including the last three with Toronto FC (2009-11).
Under his guidance, Toshack’s goalkeepers have regularly ranked among MLS’s top performers each season. In Houston, former goalkeeper Pat Onstad recorded the league’s best goals-against average in 2007. During Toshack’s time at Toronto FC, goalkeeper Stefan Frei was a finalist for the 2009 MLS Rookie of the Year and finished among leaders in saves in 2010 and 2011.
Before working in Major League Soccer, Toshack was Director of Goalkeeping at Vancouver Whitecaps. He started the role in February 2005 and was responsible for the development and training of all goalkeepers in the club, from youth teams to professional. He served as an assistant coach with Vancouver when they won the United Soccer League First Division Championship in 2006 and also spent time with Montreal Impact as an assistant coach in 2002-2003.
Toshack worked with leading youth club Mass Premier Soccer in Boston as Goalkeeping Director where he was responsible for the development of all goalkeepers for the 28 Super Y-league teams as well as the Cape Cod Crusaders of the Premier Development League. From 1994 to 2003, Toshack was the Assistant Coach at S. Lawrence University in Canton, New York and was part of the team that won the NCAA Division III championship in 1999. During his time in New York, Toshack also kept busy by serving as Goalkeeper Coach with the Canadian Under 20 national team from 1998 to 2001. That position took him around the world including a stop in Argentina where the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championships took place.