Gavin Wilkinson

Gavin Wilkinson (born 5 November 1973) is a former New Zealand footballer and current GM/President of Soccer for the Portland Timbers. Prior to this position, Wilkinson was manager of Portland Timbers in the United Soccer League before their promotion to Major League Soccer beginning with the 2011 season. As a player, he was known as a strong leader and defender.[1]

Gavin Wilkinson
Personal information
Full name Gavin Brian Wilkinson
Date of birth (1973-11-05) 5 November 1973 (age 46)
Place of birth Auckland, New Zealand
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Portland Timbers (Technical Director)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1996 Waitakere City
1996–1999 Perth Glory 68 (4)
1999–2000 Instant-Dict 13 (2)
2000 Geylang United 15 (2)
2000–2001 Kilkenny City 12 (0)
2001–2006 Portland Timbers 124 (4)
National team
1996–2002 New Zealand 33 (1)
Teams managed
2005–2006 Portland Timbers (USL) (assistant)
2007–2010 Portland Timbers (USL)
2012 Portland Timbers (interim)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:47, 29 January 2013 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 October 2007
Wilkinson (center) with Timbers owner Merritt Paulson (left) and player Nat Borchers in 2016

International careerEdit

He played for the New Zealand national football team, the All Whites and collected 33 caps in official FIFA internationals, scoring 1 goal.[2]


Wilkinson played defense for with the USL Portland Timbers from 2001–2006, adding assistant coach duties in 2005 and 2006. Wilkinson retired as an active player and was named Head Coach and General Manager for Portland Timbers in September 2006. During the 2009 season, he directed the Timbers to the Commissioner's Cup as the regular season champion and a league record 24 game unbeaten string (14-0-10), smashing the previous record of 16.

Manager careerEdit

Wilkinson also runs EastSide Timbers FC, a youth soccer club based in Gresham, OR.[3]

On 18 January 2010, Wilkinson was named Technical Director of the expansion Portland Timbers club in Major League Soccer (MLS), set to begin play in the 2011 season. He assumed those duties while still coaching the Timbers through the 2010 season.

Gavin not only played for Portland Timbers, but has also played for the New Zealand National Team 40 times in various competitions including World Cup Qualifiers and the Confederations Cup, playing against countries like the United States, Germany & Brazil.



Perth Glory
  • Most Glorious Player Award (1x): 1996-1997


Portland Timbers

Cascadia Cup (1x): 2012

USL-1 Coach of the Year (2x): 2007, 2009

Managerial statsEdit

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Portland Timbers   United States 26 September 2006 10 October 2010 118 50 29 39 42.37
Preceded by
Perth Glory Most Glorious Player Award
Succeeded by
Danny Hay
Preceded by
Mike Anhaeuser
USL-1 Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Colin Clarke
Preceded by
Colin Clarke
USL-1 Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Bob Lilley


  1. ^ "A-International Scorers - Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Archived from the original on 16 June 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2008.
  2. ^ "A-International Appearances - Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Archived from the original on 1 May 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2008.
  3. ^ "EastSide United FC - Technical Director". ESUFC. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2010.

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