MTA Soccer Staff

Danny StorlienGirls Director
Danny Storlien has been an important part of MTA for 19+ years
  • USSF A License, USSF Youth license and NSCAA Premier license.
  • 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
  • Has coached:
    • 34 Current Division I Players
    • 349 Players Who Played Collegiate Soccer
    • 11 Youth National Team players
    • 17 Minnesota Ms. or Mr. Soccer Award Recipients
    • 18 Gatorade Players of the Year
    • 16 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.
MTA boys director coach Mark Yueill
Mark YueillBoys Director & Boys Juniors Director
  • Coaching at MTA since 2009
  • 9 years USSDA coach
  • 35 Years Club Coach
  • 13 Years High School Coach (6 The Breck School, 4 SPA, 3 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
Tommy SivongsayGirls Juniors Director
Tommy is an established coach
  • Has coached youth soccer in Minnesota since 2006
  • 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.
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)

MTA Operations Staff

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

MTA Coaching Staff

Boys’ Coaches

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  • Head Soccer Coach for the Womens program at D-II Concordia University
  • 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
  • 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 (when we were Bangu Tsunami)
  • UEFA PRO Futsal License
  • UEFA Futsal Educator
  • FIFA Futsal Instructor
  • UEFA C Futsal License Soccer Coach
  • National Soccer License of Serbia
  • Head Coach of US Mens Futsal National Team since 2018
  • Head Coach for numerous Futsal National Teams since 2004
  • 25+ years of experience as a professional futsal player and coach
  • Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • 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 2018
  • USSF D Licensed Coach
  • 30 years experience coaching youth soccer at all levels
  • 2 years as HS Junior Varsity coach and Asst Varsity coach
Asst coach to Fernando U9+
Club coaching since 2011
MTA coach since 2018
Multiple state championships
Multiple futsal championships
4 years Certified referee
  • Coaching at MTA since 2020
  • USSF Grassroots certified
  • Former MTA USSF-DA player
  • Minnesota Club coach since 2015
  • Won 3 MN State Cup titles in his time as an MTA player
  • First coached for MTA in 1998 (Bangu)
  • Returned to MTA to coach in 2020
  • North St Paul Girls’ Soccer Head Coach 2014-2019
  • Edina High School JV Boys’ Coach 1999-2001
  • Northeast United Girls’ Coach 2011-2017
  • White Bear Soccer Boys’ Coach 2013-2014
  • Coaching at MTA since 2018
  • USSF E License
  • Youth Certificate
  • 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
  • 13 Years MN High School Coach (6 The Breck School, 4 SPA, 3 Jefferson)
  • ECNL National Runners-up 2012 (Champions Flight)
  • 8 Time Minnesota State Cup Champions
  • 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

  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Coaching at MTA since 2017
  • USSF Grassroots coach
  • USSF D License
  • NSCAA Diploma
  • Coaching at MTA since 2017
  • Former MTA Juniors Director
  • 25+ years club/HS coaching experience
  • Masters in Education
  • 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
  • USSF National D License
  • Coaching at MTA since 2018
  • 2 Years Asst Coach at Hamline University (DIII)
  • Played at North Dakota State University (DI)
  • Played at Eagan HS Woodbury Inferno (7 State Cup Championships)
  • Bangu Tsunami (USYS National 3rd Place Winners)
  • Coached numerous players that went on to play in college
  • Multiple Summit League awards
  • British Universities and College Sports National Champions
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • USSF Grassroots certified
  • USSF D License in process
  • Coaching at MTA since 2019
  • Coaching at the youth and HS levels since 2012
  • Asst. Girls Soccer Coach for Hill-Murray School; responsible for development of 8th & 9th graders
  • Div I College Soccer player; Creighton University in Nebraska.
  • As a youth player, Allanna played for the St. Paul Blackhawks and St. Paul Central HS, where she was named All-Conference 3 consecutive years as well as All-State Honorable Mention.
  • Summer soccer camps for MTA and Bethel University.
  • BS in Nursing from Metropolitan State University
  • BA in Journalism & Communication from the Univ of Minnesota
  • Licensed School Nurse working in a St. Paul Public Elem. school
Tommy is an established coach
  • Has coached youth soccer in Minnesota since 2006
  • 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 19+ years
  • USSF A License, USSF Youth license and NSCAA Premier license.
  • 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
  • Has coached:
    • 34 Current Division I Players
    • 349 Players Who Played Collegiate Soccer
    • 11 Youth National Team players
    • 17 Minnesota Ms. or Mr. Soccer Award Recipients
    • 18 Gatorade Players of the Year
    • 16 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 Thorsell is an established soccer coach and director

  • 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 Board of Directors

Jeff WittePresident
Anne BeatonBoard member
Rob CaverlyVice President
Andres CaballeroBoard member
Kelly BrackinSecretary
Abir RoyBoard member
Kurt IshaugTreasurer