Hall of Fame Coach

Jim Tursi

Jim Tursi

  • Soccer
  • 1993-2007
  • Hall of Fame Class of 2009

Jim Tursi was the head coach of the Willamette women's soccer team for 15 seasons from 1993 through 2007. He led the Bearcats to 10 playoff berths and to nine NWC championships.

His team reached the NAIA National Tournament in 1996 and the NCAA Division III Elite Eight in 1998, 2000 and 2001. The 1998 and 2001 teams both reached the Final Four.

Tursi coached the Bearcats to 14 winning records, including 11 teams with 15 or more wins. Nine of his teams lost three or fewer games.

His record at Willamette was 237-53-23 (.794), including 151-27-15 (.821) in conference play. His career record, including three seasons at the University of Portland, was 273-67-27 (.866).

Tursi was named Conference Coach of the Year at Willamette in 1993, 1994 and 1997, and was the Conference Coach of the Year twice at Portland. Tursi also coached high school boys' soccer coach at Parkrose High School and Gresham High School (1989-94). He was the founder of the Gresham Football Club and is still the owner of Tursi's Soccer Supply in the Portland area.

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