Welcome to the East Academy Information Page
East Metro & Surrounding Suburbs

The Minnesota Thunder Academy runs 5 Regional Academies in the Twin Cities (North, East, South, West, Urban).  Within these five locations we offer three Programs:

  • Elite Juniors (Age 8-12 Boys/Girls)
  • Competitive (Age 8-19 Boys/Girls)
  • Recreational (Age 3-9 Boys/Girls)

Interested in Joining?
The East Academy is open to all interested competitive (U9-U12) and recreational (U4-U8) players regardless of current ability and playing level.

Contact: Andy Kaasa at akaasa@mnthunderacademy.org 

East Academy Home

East Director: Andy Kaasa

Email: akaasa@mnthunderacademy.org
Phone: 651-315-0285
Coaching Education: NSCAA Advanced National, NSCAA National Youth Diploma
Andy has been the East Academy Director since 2009.  He has been involved with MTA (previously Bangu) since 2005.  With MTA, Andy has helped coach numerous teams to State Cup championships, won two US Club Region Titles, one US Club National Finalist.  He has also coached the University of St Thomas Women’s team from 2009-2011.  In 2009 St Thomas reached the NCAA National Tournament.
Andy has been a Staff Coach for the US Club ID2 program.
99 Girls Elite Head Coach 
02 Girls Coach

2013-2014 East Academy 
Team Coach Manager Calendar Team Page
05e U9 Girls


Gabe Vogler

Tay Vang

Tiger Thao

 Stacey Jeffers 05e Calendar  
04e U10 Girls Gabe Vogler Christine Arndt 04e Calendar  
03e U11 Girls

Gabe Vogler

Tim Bunnell

Mike Hara 03e Calendar  
02e U12 Girls

Tim Bunnell

Andy Kaasa

Sheila Claugherty  02e Calendar  
02w U12 Inferno Girls Andy Kaasa Craig MacBean 02 Inferno Calendar  
99e U15 Girls

Andy Kaasa

Gabe Vogler

Emily Fischer

Tim Bunnell 99e Calendar  
05e U9 Boys

Tay Vang

Tiger Thao
Jeff Carriveau  05e Calendar   
04e U10 Boys

Tay Vang

Tiger Thao
Anna Thao 04e Calendar  


2013-2014 East Academy Coaches 
Name License Postions Bio Photo
Tim Bunnell USSF ’D’ East Academy Staff Coach 
01e Girls Coach
02e Girls Coach
03e Girls Coach
Tiger Thao   Skillzys® Program Director
05e Boys Coach
05e Girls Coach
02e Boys Coach
Tay Vang   The Future! Program Director
05e Boys Coach
05e Girls Coach
02e Boys Coach


Gabe Vogler  

04e Girls Coach
03e Girls Coach
99 Elite Girls Coach


East Academy Coaches 

Tim Bunnell
Email: coachbunnell@q.com 
Phone: 651-338-5855

Tim has been an intergral part of the East Academy since 2007.  He has helped to build and shape numerous teams that have come through the East Academy and moved into our Elite Program on both the boys and girls side.

Tim currently coaches the 02e and 01e Girls teams

Tim is an experienced High School Coach and has coached the
Armstrong Boys for 2 years
Park High School Girls for 7 years
East Ridge High School for 4 years- Current School

Tim graduated from Cooper High School and went on to play for four years at Augsburg College.

Tim currently lives with his wife Mary, son Austin, and daughter Emily in Cottage Grove.

Email: gabevogler@gmail.com
Phone: 913-558-9891
Coaching Education: USSF C, D & E Licenses
Gabe currently coaches the 03, 04, and 05 pools on the girls side in the East Academy as well as being a pool coach with the 99 Elite Girls group.  He is in his third full year with MTA and won the 2013 U15 Girls State Cup with the 99 Pool.
Gabe was the Varsity assistant at Mounds View High School for 3 years where they managed a third place medal at State.
Gabe graduated from Blue Valley Northwest High School and went on to play for 3 years at North Park University.
Gabe currently lives with his wife Abbie and their daughter Marley in St. Anthony Village.