MTA Coaching Staff

2021-2022 Season Coaches & Staff

MTA ECNL Coach

  • USSF A License
  • Coaching at MTA since 2018
  • Minnesota Thunder Professional Player 1994-2000
  • MN Thunder Pro Soccer Director of Youth Development 1997-2000
  • 1999 University of Minnesota Women’s Soccer – Staff Coach
  • Woodbury Soccer Club – Director of Coaching 2000-2004
  • Bangu Tsunami FC – Director of Player Development 2004-2007
  • Minnesota Thunder Academy – Technical Director 2007-2009
  • East Ridge HS – Girls Varsity Coach 2008-2016

MTA ECNL Coach

  • Coaching at MTA since 2007
  • 32 Years Club Coach
  • 14 Years Director of Coaching
  • 11 Years HS Varsity Coach (St. Cloud Tech, Robbinsdale Armstrong, Holy Angels)
  • 3 Years College Coach (St Olaf College)
  • 2017 ECNL Champions League National Finals 3rd Pl
  • 2015 ECNL North American Cup National Champions
  • 2016 North American Cup Finals 4th Place
  • 2016 Region II Semi-Finalist
  • 8 State Championships
  • 26 League Championships
  • Section 2AA High School Coach of the Year
  • Playing background: St Cloud State University (DI & DIII)
  • 2018-29 MTA Girls’ Coach of the Year
  • Has coached:
    • 35 Current Division I Players,
    • 255 Players Who Played Collegiate Soccer
    • 4 Youth National Team Players
    • 9 Minnesota Ms. Soccer Award Recipients
    • 7 Gatorade Players of the Year
    • 6 HS All-Americans

MTA Pre-ECNL Coach

  • USSF D License
  • 25+ years Coaching experience
  • Former HS Coach at Eastview & Kennedy
  • ECNL coaching experience
  • Masters in Education

MTA ECNL Assistant Coach

  • USSF C Licensed coach
  • NSCAA GK 1 & 2 licensed
  • Coaching at MTA since 2020
  • Head Coach, Rosemount HS
  • Former coach, Augsburg College
  • Former MN ODP coach
  • Former Coerver coach
  • Starting coaching with MTA in 1992 (in Bangu Tsunami)

MTA NPL Coach

  • Coaching at MTA since 2021
  • Assistant Coach, Augsburg University

MTA NPL Coach

  • USSF C License
  • Coaching at MTA since 2017
  • 17 Years at REV
  • 4 Years at Gustavus Adolphus College
  • 2 Years at Lakeville North
  • Men’s Soccer Asst. Coach, Carleton College since 2011
  • 7 MN State Cup Championships
  • Region II Semi-Finalist
  • NCAA DIII Runner-Up
  • 2 US Club Regional Championships
  • Multiple MYSA League and State Championships
  • Multiple US Club State Championships
  • Has coached multiple players that went on to play college soccer, DI-DIII Multiple NSCAA/USC All-Americans
  • 4 year starter, 2 year captain at Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Two time NSCAA All-Region
  • NSCAA All-America MIAC Player of the Year
  • 2021-22 MTA Girls’ Coach of the Year

MTA Juniors Coach
ThunderBolts trainer

  • Coaching at MTA since 2021
  • Former MTA Player
  • USSF D License
  • Cretin-Derham Hall B Squad Coach
  • University of MN-Duluth DII player
  • Coerver Coach
  • Former WPSL player
  • BA Political Science & Philosophy

MTA ECNL Assistant Coach

  • Coaching at MTA since 2008
  • 15+ years of coaching Club and High School soccer
  • Assistant Coach at East Ridge High School for both boys’ and girls’ soccer programs since 2009
  • High School: 1st team All State, All Metro, 2 yr Captain, on state runner-up team
  • Played college soccer at St Mary’s and Mankato State

MTA Goalkeeper Coach – Boys & Girls

  • Former professional Goalkeeper for MN Strikers.
  • Former GK Coach for MN Thunder professional team.
  • Played for Team USA at the World University Games in Japan
  • 4 year starter & captain at St John’s University
  • McDonald’s NSCAA All-American
  • Holds NSCAA & MIAC goalkeeping records
  • 15 yr Boys HS Varsity Coach
  • USSF B License
  • NSCAA GK (Levels I, II & III)

MTA Juniors Coach
ThunderBolts trainer

  • Coaching at MTA since 2020
  • Coaching youth soccer since 2015
  • USSF D License
  • 2021-22 MTA Boys Coach of the Year

MTA NPL & Juniors Coach

  • USSF C License
  • USC Advanced National Diploma
  • Coaching at MTA since 2020
  • Parkland Women’s Soccer Head Coach
  • Coach at IL Women’s Soccer Senior Camp of Excellence
  • Coaching Excellence Award – Arsenal Colorado
  • Tactical Coaching Internship with Stevie Grieve, Head of Analysis & Opposition Scouting for Dundee United
  • ThunderBolts trainer

MTA Juniors Coach

  • Coaching at MTA since 2021

MTA ECNL & NPL Coach

  • USSF B License
  • USSF National Youth License
  • Coaching at MTA since 2008
  • 7 years at Tonka United
  • 3 years High School Varsity (Hopkins)
  • Experience coaching at DI – North Dakota State University
  • Experience coaching at DIII – University of Wisconsin River Falls
  • Playing history: 4 year starter, 2 year captain at University of Northern Iowa (DI)
  • Degree in Physical Education, minor in Coaching
  • Coaching history:
    • Multiple MYSA League Champions
    • Multiple MYSA State Cup Semi-Finalists, Finalists and Championship teams
    • Multiple MYSA State Championship teams
    • US Soccer Region II Finalist
    • Gothia Cup Quarter-finalist (Sweden)
  • osition Scouting for Dundee United
  • ThunderBolts trainer

MTA ECNL Coach
ThunderFoot Director

  • USSF A-Youth License
  • USC Director of Coaching diploma
  • Former Men’s Collegiate Assistant (Gustavus & Hamline)
  • Former Boys HS Head Coach (Nova Classical)
  • Former MN ODP Boys Head Coach (2016-2019)
  • Former Boys High Performance Director, Salvo Soccer Club
  • Former NCAA DIII player at Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Former MNUFC Reserves player
  • M.Ed, Kinesiology
  • B.A., Psychology

MTA Girls Juniors Director
MTA Pre-ECNL Coach

  • Coaching at MTA since 2017
  • USSF D License
  • Coaching youth soccer in Minnesota since 2006
  • ECNL Coaching Assistant
  • 11 years of Boys High School coaching, JV boys and Varsity Assistant
  • 4 years collegiate soccer player

MTA NPL Coach

  • Coaching at MTA since 2018
  • USSF E License
  • USSF D License in process
  • Youth Certificate

MTA Girls Director
ECNL Coach

  • Danny Storlien has been an important part of MTA for 25+ years
  • USSF A License, USSF Youth license, NSCAA Premier license and KNVB Dutch Coaching Certificate.
  • Masters in Education and in Athletic Administration
  • Teacher & HS boys’ soccer coach at Bloomington Jefferson since 1996
  • Former Professional Men’s Asst Coach, Minnesota Thunder
  • Former Semi-Professional Women’s Coach, Minnesota Lightning
  • Former Region II ODP Staff Coach
  • 5x Minnesota Boys AA Coach of the Year
  • NSCAA Midwest Coach of the Year
  • W League Midwest Coach of the Year
  • Has coached:
    • 34 Current Division I Players
    • 377 Players Who Played Collegiate Soccer
    • 11 Youth National Team players
    • 18 Ms Soccer Minnesota & 4 Mr Soccer Award MN Recipients
    • 18 Gatorade Players of the Year
    • 16 NSCAA or USC HS All Americans
    • 15X State Cup Champions
    • 2X Region II Champions
    • 2X USYSA National Runner Up
  • Former Athletic Director, Jefferson High School
  • 6 time ECNL Champions League Qualifier
  • ECNL Midwest Division Champions
  • Head Coach Gothia Puma Trophy Elite U17 Champions
  • Played D1 college soccer at UW-Green Bay and DIII at St Mary’s
  • Played high school soccer at Park Cottage Grove – inducted into Park Cottage Grove HS Hall of Fame
  • Caption of both college and high school teams.

MTA Juniors Coach

  • Coaching at MTA since 2021
  • USSF B License
  • Played professionally in Serbia 2002-03
  • Drafted by Milwaukee Rampage 2001
  • Mount Scenario College – 2 Nat’l Championship finals, 3 yr All-American, 3 yr team captain
  • Coaching since 2002
  • UW-Superior Asst Coach (Mens & Womens)
  • Former Armstrong HS Asst Coach (Girls)

MTA NPL Coach

  • Coaching at MTA since 2017
  • USSF National D License and NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma
  • 16 years’ experience coaching youth soccer in Minnesota
  • 14 years of Coaching Director experience in Minnesota
  • 5 State Cup Championships as head or assistant coach
  • 5 Premier 1 & 2 C1 State Championships as head coach
  • Two Midwest Regional Championships
  • Coached the only 2 MN teams that have won Gothia World Youth Cup
  • Helped over 200 players reach their goal of playing collegiate soccer at Div I, II, III & NAIA
  • High school coaching experience
  • 7 years of collegiate coaching experience.
  • Played collegiate soccer at Gustavus Adolphus College 1993-1996
  • Played semi-professional soccer for Swedish Club IFK Viksjo.

MTA Boys Juniors Director
Juniors Coach
ECNL Assistant Coach

  • Coaching at MTA since 2022
  • Coaching full time since 2010
  • Head Coach Minneapolis City (USL2)
  • 3x NPSL North Conference Championships
  • 2021 Conference Coach of the Year
  • NSCAA Director of Coaching Certificate
  • NSCAA GK Level 1,2,3 Certificate
  • JV Coach / Asst Varsity Coach, Wayzata HS
  • former Mens Asst Coach, Bethel University
  • former U10-U13 Boy Director, Fusion SC
  • Playing history: 2 yr captain, all-academic conference at Bethel University

MTA Juniors Coach

  • Coaching at MTA since 2020
  • USSF Grassroots, 7v7 certified
  • Working toward USSF D License
  • Former MTA ECNL player
  • University of St Catherine player
  • WPSL 2021 & 2022 team player
  • ThunderBolts trainer

MTA Boys Director
ECNL Coach

  • Coaching at MTA since 2009
  • 9 years USSDA coach
  • 36+ Years Club Coach
  • 15 Years High School Coach (6 The Breck School, 4 SPA, 5 Jefferson)
  • ECNL National Runners-up 2012 (Champions Flight)
  • 8 Time Minnesota State Cup Champions
  • 2016 Regional Semi-Finalist
  • Has coached:
    • Over 200+ Division 1 Collegiate Players
    • 2 HS All-Americans
    • 8 US Youth National Team Players
    • 4 Professional Players
  • Playing history:
    • 4 Years for University of MN Gophers (Club),
    • 2 Years St Paul Blackhawks
    • 14 Years St Paul Cougars
    • 1 Year MN Men’s Select Team
    • 1 Year MN Strikers Reserve
    • MVP Thunder Bay Invitational Tournament