MTA Soccer Staff

Steve BellisBoys Director

Steve Bellis was named MTA Boys Director in July, 2018.

  • Head Soccer Coach for the Womens program at D-II Concordia College.
  • Led Wings Soccer Club prior to its merger with MTA.
  • Prior Olympic Development Program (ODP) staff coach
  • 4 years as a boys’ soccer academy coach at Manchester United Football Club
  • 7 years as Head Coach at D-III St. Catherine University.
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in applied sport studies and social science
  • Masters in Sports Management
  • Played for Chorley AFC in Lancashire UK from 1992-1998
  • UEFA and USSF B License, NSCAA Advanced National License
  • English Football Assoc Coaching License
Terry LeiendeckerGoalkeeping Director
  • 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)
Tommy SivongsayGirls Juniors Director
Tommy is an established coach
  • 13 years experience coaching youth soccer in Minnesota
  • 11 years of Boys High School coaching, JV boys and Varsity Assistant
  • 4 years collegiate soccer player
  • USSF Grassroots E/F.
  • USSF D License in process.
Dan StorlienGirls Director

Danny Storlien has been an important part of MTA for 18+ years

  • USSF A License, USSF Youth license and NSCAA Premier license.
  • Masters in Education and in Athletic Administration
  • Teacher and HS boys’ soccer coach for 23 years at Bloomington Jefferson
  • Former Professional Men’s Asst Coach, Minnesota Thunder
  • Former Semi-Professional Women’s Coach, Minnesota Lightning
  • Former Region II ODP Staff Coach
  • Has coached:
    • 26 Current Division I Players
    • 330 Players Who Played Collegiate Soccer
    • 11 Youth National Team players
    • 15 Minnesota Ms. or Mr. Soccer Award Recipients
    • 17 Gatorade Players of the Year
    • 14 NSCAA or USC HS All Americans
  • Former Athletic Director, Jefferson High School
  • 3 time ECNL Champions League Playoffs
  • ECNL Midwest Division Champions
  • Played D1 college soccer at UW-Green Bay and DIII at St Mary’s
  • Played high school soccer at Park Cottage Grove
  • Caption of both college and high school teams.
Tobbe ThorsellBoys Juniors Director

Tobbe Thorsell is an established soccer coach and director

  • 15 years’ experience coaching youth soccer in Minnesota
  • High school coaching experience
  • 6 years of collegiate coaching experience.
  • Played for IF Brommapojkarna Youth Academy in Sweden
  • Assistant Coach at Gustavus Adolphus College – 3 MIAC Championships and NCAA berths.
  • Played semi-professional soccer for Swedish Club IFK Viksjo.
  • USSF National D License and NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma
  • USSF National C License certification in process

MTA Operations Staff

Tara BlastickOperations - Events & Financial Aid
Maureen BrickExecutive Director
Shelly KellyRegistrar
Kate ZaverOperations - Fields & Scheduling

MTA Coaching Staff

Boys’ Coaches

  • Head Soccer Coach for the Womens program at D-II Concordia College.
  • Led Wings Soccer Club prior to its merger with MTA.
  • Prior Olympic Development Program (ODP) staff coach
  • 4 years as a boys’ soccer academy coach at Manchester United Football Club
  • 7 years as Head Coach at D-III St. Catherine University.
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in applied sport studies and social science
  • Masters in Sports Management
  • Played for Chorley AFC in Lancashire UK from 1992-1998
  • UEFA and USSF B License, NSCAA Advanced National License
  • English Football Assoc Coaching License
  • USSF National Youth License
  • FIFA Futsal Certificate
  • UEFA C Futsal License
  • UEFA B PRO Futsal License
  • National Youth Diploma
  • Advanced National diploma
  • Goalkeeping Diploma (level 1, 2,3)
  • 11 Years at MTA
  • 29 Years Club Coach
  • 5 Years Futsal Coach
  • 2010 MTA coach of the year
  • 2016 MTA coach of the year
  • Multiple state championships
  • Multiple USA Cup championships.
  • Coaching at MTA since 2018
  • 28 Years Club Coach
  • 2 Years Junior Varsity Coach
  • Coaching at MTA since 2016
  • 22 years of HS Varsity Coach (Mpls. Washburn)
  • 15 years of various club coaching experience
  • 2018 United Soccer Coaches MN Large School Coach of the Year
  • 4 time HS Section Coach of the Year (3A and 6AA)
  • Has coached:
    • 4 D1 players
    • 2 Mr. Soccer Minnesota award winners
    • 12 All State players
  • Coaching at MTA since 2018
  • National Youth diploma
  • 14 Years HS Varsity Coach (Waconia)
  • 3 Time HS Section Coach of the Year (6A)
  • UEFA A License candidate
  • USC Master Coach
  • USC Premier diploma
  • USYS National Youth License
  • National Trainer & Master Coach, United Soccer Coaches, 2012-present
  • Boys Head Coach, St Thomas Academy HS 2016-present
  • Girls Head Coach, Eden Prairie HS, 2012-2016
  • Boys Head Coach, Simley HS, 2008-2012
  • Asst Coach, St John’s University, 2005-2008
  • Women’s Head Coach, Central Lakes College, 2004-2006

Tobbe Thorsell is an established soccer coach and director

  • 15 years’ experience coaching youth soccer in Minnesota
  • High school coaching experience
  • 6 years of collegiate coaching experience.
  • Played for IF Brommapojkarna Youth Academy in Sweden
  • Assistant Coach at Gustavus Adolphus College – 3 MIAC Championships and NCAA berths.
  • Played semi-professional soccer for Swedish Club IFK Viksjo.
  • USSF National D License and NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma
  • USSF National C License certification in process
  • English football association level 2 qualified coach
  • Coaching at MTA since 2019
  • College of St Scholastica men’s and women’s assistant coach 2014-2019
  • Minnesota club soccer coach 2011- present
  • Played college soccer at St. Scholastica for 4 years
  • Played for NPSL side Duluth FC 2016-2019
  • Played for Semi-professional side Dartford FC academy as a YTS
  • Under graduate degree in marketing and graphic design
  • Postgraduate MBA in management
  • Coaching at MTA since 2009
  • 33 Years Club Coach
  • 12 Years High School Coach (6 The Breck School, 4 SPA, 2 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
    • 7 US Youth National Players
    • 3 Professional Players
  • Playing history:
    • 4 Years for University of MN Gopher’s (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

Girls’ Coaches

  • 10 Years at MTA
  • 30 Years Club Coach
  • 12 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
  • 22 League Championships
  • Section 2AA High School Coach of the Year
  • Playing background: St Cloud State University (DI & DIII)
  • Has coached:
    • 35 Current Division I Players,
    • 245 Players Who Played Collegiate Soccer
    • 4 Youth National Team Players
    • 7 Minnesota Ms. Soccer Award Recipients
    • 6 Gatorade Players of the Year
    • 6 HS All-Americans

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  • Coaching at MTA since 2017
  • 17 Years at REV
  • 4 Years at Gustavus Adolphus College
  • 2 Years at Lakeville North
  • 8 Years at Carleton College
  • 7 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
  • USSF National D License
  • Coaching at MTA since 2018
  • 2 Years at Tonka United
  • 2 Years at Hamline University
  • Played at North Dakota State University (DI)
  • Eagan High School Woodbury Inferno (7 State Cup Championships)
  • Bangu Tsunami (USYS National 3rd Place Winners)
  • USSF National D license
  • played 2 years of Division I soccer at UW-Green Bay.
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • USSF National Youth License
  • USSF B License
Tommy is an established coach
  • 13 year’s of experience coaching youth soccer in Minnesota
  • 11 years of Boys High School coaching, JV boys and Varsity Assistant
  • 4 years collegiate soccer player
  • USSF Grassroots E/F.
  • USSF D License in process.

Danny Storlien has been an important part of MTA for 18+ years

  • USSF A License, USSF Youth license and NSCAA Premier license.
  • Masters in Education and in Athletic Administration
  • Teacher and HS boys’ soccer coach for 23 years at Bloomington Jefferson
  • Former Professional Men’s Asst Coach, Minnesota Thunder
  • Former Semi-Professional Women’s Coach, Minnesota Lightning
  • Former Region II ODP Staff Coach
  • Former Athletic Director, Jefferson High School
  • 3 time ECNL Champions League Playoffs
  • ECNL Midwest Division Champions
  • Played D1 college soccer at UW-Green Bay and DIII at St Mary’s
  • Played high school soccer at Park Cottage Grove
  • Caption of both college and high school teams.
  • Has coached:
    • 26 Current Division I Players
    • 330 Players Who Played Collegiate Soccer
    • 11 Youth National Team players
    • 15 Minnesota Ms. or Mr. Soccer Award Recipients
    • 17 Gatorade Players of the Year
    • 14 NSCAA or USC HS All Americans

Tobbe Thorsell is an established soccer coach and director

  • 15 years’ experience coaching youth soccer in Minnesota
  • High school coaching experience
  • 6 years of collegiate coaching experience.
  • Played for IF Brommapojkarna Youth Academy in Sweden
  • Assistant Coach at Gustavus Adolphus College – 3 MIAC Championships and NCAA berths.
  • Played semi-professional soccer for Swedish Club IFK Viksjo.
  • USSF National D License and NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma
  • USSF National C License certification in process
  • Coaching at MTA since 2009
  • 33 Years Club Coach
  • 12 Years High School Coach (6 The Breck School, 4 SPA, 2 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
    • 7 US Youth National Players
    • 3 Professional Players
  • Playing history:
    • 4 Years for University of MN Gopher’s (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

MTA Board of Directors

Pete HaineyPresident
Kevin OlsonBoard member
Dan LeeTreasurer
Tony PeleskaBoard member
Kelly BrackinSecretary
Abir RoyBoard member
Anne BeatonBoard member
Jeff WitteBoard member
Craig MacBeanBoard member