Logan Emory will leave his high school alma mater after one season to become an assistant coach at the University of Portland, where he played in college.
The first and only Idaho-born player to play in the MLS, Emory led the Patriots’ boys soccer team to a 15-4-1 record and the state tournament last fall in his only season.
“It’s one of those situations where I hate to leave Boise, and I especially hate to leave Centennial,” Emory, 28, said. “But if I turned it down, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Emory led Centennial to back-to-back state titles as a player in 2004 and ‘05. After suiting up at Portland, he played 26 games with MLS’ Toronto FC in 2012.
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He will become a full-time assistant on a new coaching staff at Portland, which hired Nick Carlin-Voigt as its head coach in January.
“It’s not a job that I pursued,” Emory said. “I didn’t think I would coach in college at all. But in some ways, coaching high school is what got me interested. Being around a group and that environment opened my eyes to it.”