Entering the 2019 season, Jim Tursi will start his 10th season as the head coach of Lewis & Clark women’s soccer.
In over 20 years as a Northwest Conference head coach, Tursi has led teams to conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances. Two years into his tenure with the Pioneers, Lewis & Clark increased its points total by 17, finishing fourth in 2012 with 24 points. The following year, the Pioneers had their first double-digit win season (10-9-1) since reinstating the program in 2004. Since, Lewis & Clark has finished lower than fifth just twice with Tursi leading the program.
Tursi’s Lewis & Clark teams have set numerous new-era records, including in 2015 when the Pios set three new records: most wins by the program (11), most assists (25) and most goals (35). In 2012, the Pios kept opposing teams to 23 goals over 19 games, the lowest allowed by the program since reinstating the program. That year, six different student-athletes made All-Northwest Conference teams.
Five different Pios have earned All-NWC First-Team honors while competing for Tursi. In 2015, Kylie Carera and Emily Thompson were selected to the first team while also earning NSCAA Scholar All-West Region honors. Carera was Lewis & Clark’s Judy McMullen Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was chosen to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team.
Lewis & Clark women's soccer led all Pioneers intercollegiate athletic teams in team grade-point average in Fall 2016.
Prior to Lewis & Clark, Tursi spent 15 seasons (1993-2007) with Willamette, helping the Bearcats to four NAIA or NCAA national tournament appearances. Twice, the Bearcats reached the Final Four (1998, 2001). Overall, he led the team to 10 playoff berths and nine NWC championships. Tursi finished with 14 winning seasons, including 11 teams with 15 or more wins. He also had nine teams with three or fewer losses.
Tursi finished his career at Willamette with a 237-53-23 (.794) overall record, including a 151-27-15 (.821) conference record. He was named the Conference Coach of the Year on three occasions, picking up the honor in 1993, 1994, and 1997. For his accomplishments with the Bearcats, Tursi was inducted into the Willamette Hall of Fame in 2009.
Prior to taking over at Willamette, Tursi spent three years (1986-1988) coaching at the University of Portland, where he accumulated a 35-17-5 record. He was also named Conference Coach of the Year two times while with the Pilots, coaching five All-Northwest Athletic Conference players. Tursi has the distinct honor of leading the Pilots during their first season as a Division I program.
Tursi was a four-year letter winner for the Pilots, where he is still the all-time leader in goals and assists. He is also the single-season leader in points (64) and goals scored (26).