Exciting NEW Developments for MTA Boys!

Minnesota Thunder Academy proudly announces Steve Bellis as its new Boys’ Director, effective July 15, 2018. Between now and his official start date, Steve will be meeting with MTA’s coaches and staff to prepare for the 2018-19 soccer season, including tryouts.

Steve already has a positive history with MTA, as he led Wings Soccer Club prior to its merger with MTA.  Before his time with Wings Soccer Club, Steve spent time as an Olympic Development Program (ODP) staff coach. Before ODP and Wings, Steve spent four years as a boys’ soccer academy coach at Manchester United Football Club.  After seven years as Head Coach at D-III St. Catherine University, Steve is, currently the Head Soccer Coach for D-II Concordia College. In his college head coaching roles, Steve has overseen all coaching, recruiting and budgets for the program.

About coming to MTA, Steve said “I am extremely excited to get working with the MTA coaches, players and families. I would like to thank MTA President Pete Hainey for this fantastic opportunity, along with the rest of the MTA administration for their confidence in me to lead this program.”  And, about MTA, Steve said “MTA is a club with huge ambition. The challenge to help deliver that ambition is what really attracted me to the role. I know the youth soccer scene very well, and I want to ensure MTA delivers the best youth soccer experience possible to all its players.”

Steve comes to MTA having earned the respect of his youth soccer coaching peers.  “Steve is one of the most successful and highly respected coaches in the Twin Cities,” said MTA Coach Tobbe Thorsell.  “He’s a great leader and communicator who will connect with our parents and players. Having previously worked on Steve’s staff for seven years at St Catherine University and Concordia College, I’m confident Steve is the right person to get the boys’ program to the next level.” Hainey concluded that “Steve’s history with our club and his professional reputation in the Twin Cities soccer community makes him uniquely qualified to lead our boys’ program to success.”

Steve is a native of Manchester, England. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in applied sport studies and social science from Lancaster University in Lancaster, U.K. Steve recently completed his Masters in Sports Management at Concordia College.  Steve played for Chorley AFC in Lancashire, U.K from 1992 to 1998.

Steve holds a UEFA and USSF ‘B’ Coaching License, an NSCAA Advanced National License, and an English Football Association Coaching License.

Steve lives in Minneapolis with his daughters, Pippa and Ruby.

Please welcome Steve to MTA at sbellis@mnthunderacademy.org

Minnesota Thunder Academy is proud to announce that it has signed a partnership agreement with Villarreal CF.

Villarreal CF is one of Spain’s biggest La Liga soccer clubs and is known internationally for world-class player development. There are players in every age group on the Spanish national football team who developed their skills at Villarreal CF.  Additionally, MTA’s own, Mukwelle Akale, is currently making his mark with Villarreal CF.

By partnering with Villarreal CF, MTA will have access to the best player development methodology and technology available in the soccer world. Specifically, Villarreal CF will focus solely on the MTA boys’ program and development during the first year of partnership. It will provide technical leadership and support on coach evaluations and training, as well as player tryouts and development. It will also provide software to manage training and development plans for players and will assist MTA in marketing efforts. Dedicated to bringing you the best development opportunities for your player,

MTA is very excited to bring Villarreal CF’s professionalism, technical tools, and approach to Minnesota.

For more information on Villarreal CF please visit: https://www.villarrealcf.es/en

Tobbe is an established soccer coach and director with 13 years’ experience coaching youth soccer in Minnesota, high school coaching experience, and 6 years of collegiate coaching experience.

Tobbe played for IF Brommapojkarna Youth Academy in Sweden before he helped Gustavus Adolphus College earn three MIAC Championships and NCAA berths. After College, he played semi-professional soccer for Swedish Club IFK Viksjo.

Tobbe holds a USSF National D License, an NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, and is taking the USSF National C License certification this year.

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    • 2 President’s Cup Winners
    • 1 National President’s Cup Runner-Up
    • 5 League Winners
  • 6 Teams expected to play in National Premier League/NPL*

  • 4 TCSL National Teams

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