In her first year as the volunteer coach at Washington is former University of Portland standout andU.S. National Team member Michelle French.
French was a two-time Parade High School All-America at Kennedy High School in Burien, Wash. She led the Lancers in scoring all four years, amassing 69 career goals and 75 assists. Kennedy won state championships her freshman and senior seasons.
She then attended college at Portland from 1995 to 1999 and played in three Final Fours with the Pilots. French was named selected to the 1998 All-America team by the NSCAA, Soccer America and Soccer Buzz.
In 1997 she was a nominee and a finalist in 1998 for the Hermann Award for the National Player of the Year. French was an All-West Coast Conference first-team honoree in 1997 and 1998. She was honored at the WCC Freshman of the Year and was selected to the Soccer America Freshman All-America team in 1995.
French was a member of the Under-21 National Team from 1994-99. She captained the squad at the 1997, 1998 and 1999 Nordic Cup competitions which the U.S. won in 1997 and 1999.
She was called up to the full national team for the first time for a pair of games against England on te 1997 Victory Tour. French earned her first cap on May 11, 1997 against England.
French participated in the 1999 FIFA World Cup residency camp. She received a silver medal as a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team and took part in the 2004 Olympic Team Residency camp.
She joined the WUSA in 2001 as a member of the Washington Freedom. From 2002-03 she played for the San Jose CyberRays.
French played in the W-League with the Seattle Sounders from 2004 to present.