2009 Boys Head Coach
2005 Boys Head Coach
2006 Assistant Coach
2004/03 Assistant Coach
UEFA: Scottish Football Association, UEFA “A” License
US Soccer: USSF “A” License
US Youth Soccer: National Youth
License NSCAA: Premier Diploma
Thorp comes to LATDP from Louisiana Soccer Association (LSA) following a successful two-year stint as the Technical Director of Coaching Education and Player Development. His duties include management of the Olympic Development Program (ODP) and development of LSA’s grassroots programming.
Beyond his time with LSA, Thorp brings a wealth of coaching and player development experience to LATDP. From 2017 to 2018 he served as the Academy Director of Continental FC Delco of U12 – U19 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. Four years prior, Thorp served as the Youth Technical Director of U10 – U14 at Michigan Wolves Hawks SC in Livonia, Michigan. From 2009 to 2013 Thorp was the Director of Coaching Education and Player Development at Michigan State Youth Soccer Association.
In addition to his management background, Thorp has player development experience with players competing at perennial Division I teams. Programs include Stanford University, Notre Dame University, Duke University, Wake Forest University, Princeton University, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Providence College.
The prospect of working with a program that offers players a greater challenge and pathway for identification is what lured Thorp to this new role. “The LATDP program is an exciting step for Louisiana soccer. MLS Academies are becoming recognized as proving grounds for future professional players (Brendan Aaronson and Weston McKennie) and Louisiana players will now have the opportunity to compete and develop within a similar environment.”
“I truly am enthusiastic about the future of Louisiana soccer,” says Thorp. “LATDP will provide the one ingredient missing for the Louisiana player, access to regular, deliberate high-level training and competition.”