Staff
Head Coach
Hillary Arthur

Hillary Arthur is in her 12th year as the head women’s soccer coach at Willamette University. Over the past 11 seasons, she has led the team to third place finishes in the Northwest Conference four times (2008, 2009, 2011, 2015). Willamette finished fourth out of nine teams in the NWC in 2017 and 2018. The Bearcats completed the 2018 season with a 12-4-4 overall record.

Arthur previously coached at Western Nevada College (CC) in the NJCAA. While at Western Nevada, Arthur led the women’s soccer team during its three seasons of existence. In the squad’s first year in 2005, she led the Wildcats to a third place finish in the Scenic West Athletic Conference.

In 2006, WNC won the Region 18 title and advanced to the NJCAA Tournament, with Arthur being selected as the Region 18 Coach of the Year. In 2007, Western Nevada earned second place in the Scenic West.

Prior to starting the women’s soccer program at Western Nevada, Arthur was an assistant women’s soccer coach and physical education instructor at California State University-Chico for the 2001-04 seasons. She helped Cal State-Chico qualify for the NCAA Division II National Tournament in 2004.

As a college player, Arthur started all four years at center midfielder for Humboldt State University. She was a three-year captain from 1997-99.

At HSU, she was selected First Team All-Conference three times. As a freshman in 1996, she helped the Lumberjacks earn a #6 national ranking and advance to the NCAA Division II Far West Regional. HSU finished second in the Northern California Athletic Conference in 1996 and 1997 and claimed Pacific West Conference titles in 1998 and 1999. During her senior year, Arthur received a West Region Player Award and qualified for Academic All-Conference recognition.

Arthur received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise Science and Cardiac Rehabilitation/Kinesiology from Humboldt State in 2001. She received a Master of Arts degree in Sports Psychology/Kinesiology from Cal State-Chico in 2004.

In addition to coaching the Bearcats, Arthur has coached with the Capital FC Timbers. Arthur also served as the Salem Girls Director for the Timbers RTC Program and was a staff coach with the Olympic Development Program.

Assistant Women's Soccer Coach
Sam Adelman

Sam Adelman is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Willamette women's soccer team. In 2018 in addition to coaching at Willamette, Adelman is the performance manager intern for the Portland Thorns in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). He holds a "D" coaching license and is working on his "C" license.

Adelman attended Willamette four four years and was a student-athlete on the men's soccer team from 2012-13 through 2015-16. He was an outside defender for the Bearcats. He graduated from Willamette in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science.

He was nominated for the Oregon Youth Soccer Association (OYSA) Competitive Coach of the Year Award for 2016-17. He has coached in several positions with the Capital FC Timbers soccer club in Salem, Oregon. In the summer of 2017, he starting as the assistant coach and fitness coordinator with the WPSL team, before finishing the season as the interim head coach.

Assistant Women's Soccer Coach
Cari Makino

Carianne Makino is in her fourth year as an assistant coach with the Willamette women's soccer team. Her primary responsibility will be coaching the Bearcat goalkeepers.

During the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Makino was a graduate assistant coach at her alma mater, Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu. She coached the goalkeepers, providing them with technical and tactical guidance and planning for goalkeeper workouts and drills.

Makino received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Hawaii Pacific in 2012. She earned a Master of Education degree in Secondary Education from HPU in 2015.

While attending HPU as a student, Makino earned PacWest Goalkeeper of the Year honors in 2009 and 2011. She was a team captain for three seasons.

Graduate Assistant
Whitney Pitalo

Whitney Pitalo is entering her fourth year as an assistant coach for the Willamette women's soccer team.

Pitalo's Playing Experience:
South Salem (Oregon) High School student-athlete 4 years
Region IV and Oregon ODP Captain 2009-2011
Portland Thorns practice player, summer 2014
University of Southern California (USC) Forward and Centerback student-athlete 4 years

Pitalo's Coaching Experience:
Grad Assistant Willamette University Women's Soccer
Head Coach - Regional Training Center (RTC/ODP)
Assitant Coach - Capital FC Timbers
Academy Coach - Timbers Youth
Trojans (USC) Summer and ID Camp Coach