Likius Hafeni, Head Coach
Likius Hafeni has been promoted to the position of head coach for the CFC women’s soccer team for the 2018 summer season. Likius is currently the Head Coach for the Warrior women’s soccer program at Corban University.
Likus has been the Head Coach of the Corban University women’s soccer team for two years. During his first year as the head coach of the Warrior women’s soccer program, Hafeni guided the Warriors to a 12-6-1 overall record and an 8-3 mark in Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) play. During the 2016 season, Hafeni coached the CCC Newcomer of the Year and an NAIA All-American.
Boasting an accomplished playing career, Hafeni competed for Ramblers F.C. in the Namibian Premier League (2001-2008) and then played for the Cascade Surge F.C. in Oregon in 2009. He also represented the Namibian U19 National Team at the World Youth Cup in Sweden, the Helsinki Cup in Finland, and the Southern African Ball in Botswana. Additionally, Hafeni was named the Player of the Tournament at the Pepsi Challenge Cup in Namibia in 1999.
Hafeni brings both international and domestic coaching experience to the CFC women’s soccer program. While holding his FA Level 2 UEFA B Coaching License, Hafeni is a FIFA Grassroots Coaching Educator. Overseas, he coached the Black Morocco Chiefs, a Division 2 team in Namibia during the 1998 season.
Additionally, Hafeni is the head of the Coerver Coaching Staff in Oregon and was the former assistant coach for the Vancouver Victory PDL team.
Will Hander, Assistant Head Coach
Hander joins the CFC women’s soccer coaching staff this year for the 2018 summer season. Hander has been the Assistant Coach at for th Warrior Women at Corban University for two years. He joined the team in July of 2016 following a number of years of coaching experience and a high level of playing experience.
Prior to Corban, Hander served as the coach of Philomath High School, leading the team to the State Championship in 2008. Prior to that, he worked at Linfield College as an assistant on the women’s team while also coaching with the Lake Oswego Soccer Club. Moreover, Hander has worked with the Portland City United Soccer Club and at Sprague High School as an assistant on the boy’s team.
Hander boasts a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Diploma, as well as an NSCAA Advance National Diploma.
During his playing days, Hander competed collegiately at Pacific University, earning First-Team All-Conference plaudits during his time there. Prior to Pacific, he played at Cornell College, garnering First and Second-Team All-Conference honors.
Following college, Hander played in the USL for the Cascade Surge.
He ultimately earned two graduate degrees, with one coming from Cleveland State University for Graduate Studies in Sports Management. The other was a Graduate Studies degree in Sports Medicine, Fitness, and Health from the United States Sports Academy.
Whitney Pitalo, General Manager
Pitalo is a Former Division I women’s soccer player for the University of Southern California and CFC alumn. Pitalo created Salem’s first women’s semi-professional soccer team because she is passionate about the future of women’s soccer in Oregon and believes female athletes should have the opportunity to play elite women’s soccer in Salem.
Pitalo’s career included playing competitive soccer at CFC, Lake Oswego Soccer Academy, starting forward and defender for USC, along with playing for multiple Northwest WPSL squads in the summer, and as a collegiate practice player for the NWSL Portland Thorns women’s professional soccer team.
She will graduate from the Willamette Atkinson Graduate School of Management with her MBA in May 2018.