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
  • Coaching at MTA since 2009
  • 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 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 & ThunderBolts 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.
MTA juniors director coach Joe Watt
Joe WattBoys Juniors Director
  • 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
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

  • 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
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  • 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)
Asst coach to Fernando U9+
Club coaching since 2011
MTA coach since 2018
Multiple state championships
Multiple futsal championships
4 years Certified referee
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  • 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

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

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  • 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 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)
  • 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
  • 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 for 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
  • 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:
    • 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

Tobbe Thorsell is an established soccer coach and director

  • 16 years’ experience coaching youth soccer in Minnesota
  • 14 years of 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
  • 6 years of collegiate coaching experience.
  • Played collegiate soccer at Gustavus Adolphus College 1993-1996
  • Played semi-professional soccer for Swedish Club IFK Viksjo.
  • USSF National D License and NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma
  • Coaching at MTA since 2009
  • 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 Players
    • 4 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

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