Hillary Arthur is in her ninth year as the head women’s soccer coach at Willamette University during the 2016 season. In her first eight seasons, she has led the team to four third place finishes in the Northwest Conference (2008, 2009, 2011, 2015).
During the 2015 season, the Bearcats earned third place in the NWC with a 9-6-1 conference record for 28 points. The Bearcats were 9-9-2 overall.
Willamette ended 2014 with a 2-0-1 record in its final three games, while recording three consecutive shutouts. The Bearcats earned a 1-0 victory over Pacific Lutheran University one day before the end of the regular season, helping drop the Lutes from first place into a tie for second place in the NWC.
In 2011, Willamette achieved an 11-8-1 record, including 10-5-1 in the NWC. Arthur was named NWC Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year.
Stephanie Skelly was chosen as the NWC Offensive Player of the Year in 2011 after scoring 16 goals and 5 assists. She was named Second Team All-West Region.
Arthur previously coached at Western Nevada College (CC) in the NJCAA. While at WNC, 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, WNC earned second place in the Scenic West.
Prior to starting the women’s soccer program at WNC, 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 coaches the local U-17 Girls Team with Capital FC Timbers. Regionally, Arthur is the Salem Girls Director for the Timbers RTC Program and is a staff coach with the Olympic Development Program 2001 Girls Team, which placed second in the U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Region IV Championships in January of 2016.
Arthur resides in West Salem with her wife, Courtney, and their 3-year-old son, Claven.