Leadership Academy Speaker Series

The purpose of MTA is not just to develop successful players, but also successful people.
Leaders are developed, and sports is the perfect vehicle in which to hone these skills in young people. The MTA Leadership Academy Speaker Series represents another shining example of MTA’s commitment to excellence.  The Speaker Series will provoke thought and self-reflection for our players and parents alike through a series of discussions by selected speakers. While the topics and color around these discussions will change from session to session, our hope is that our players can learn much more than soccer and can take away a better understanding of what it means to be a great teammate, leader and person.

While several of the speakers have already been scheduled the club remains open to discussion and suggestions of other potential influential people. Do you know someone who would be a great speaker for our athletes to hear from? Please send us an email with the details. 

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more,
do more and become more, you are a leader”

-John Quincy Adams

We are excited to kick off our new MTA Leadership Academy Speaker Series, which will provide our players with a great opportunity to learn a holistic approach to leadership and inspire our players to be leaders!

The series will consist of four 1-hour interviews with our speakers, that will be carried out virtually between December and March.

The 2020-2021 Speakers: (Use tabs to register or to view speaker interviews)

December 7, 2020 Yael Averbuch
former Professional Soccer Player and founder of Techne Futbol
December 21, 2020 Joe Mauer
former professional baseball catcher, designated hitter, and first baseman who spent his entire 15-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career with the Minnesota Twins
January 11, 2021 Kyndra de St. Aubin
former University of Minnesota soccer star and one of the most experienced broadcasters in American soccer.
February 1, 2021 Brooks Bollinger
Former NFL Quarterback,
VP – Senior Wealth Fiduciary Advisor at Bell Bank Wealth Management

Yael Averbuch.

former Professional Soccer Player and founder of Techne Futbol
December 7, 2020  7:00pm

Yael grew up in New Jersey and went on to attend the University of North Carolina, where she was part of 2 NCAA Championship-winning teams. Her jersey #17 was retired at the end of her collegiate career and she went on to play professionally for 10 years, all around the U.S. and the World. Yael has also represented the United States at all levels of the youth and senior National Teams, including 26 caps for the U.S. Women’s National Team. As an active pro player, Yael founded the National Women’s Soccer League Players Association as well as Techne Futbol. 


Joe Mauer

December 21, 2020  7:00pm via Zoom
Joe Mauer is a former catcher, designated hitter, and first baseman who spent his entire 15-year career in Major League Baseball with the Minnesota Twins.

He attended St. Paul’s Cretin-Derham Hall where he had a successful career in three sports – baseball, basketball, and football. He was the first-ever athlete to be selected as the USA Today HS Player of the Year in two sports (football and baseball).  He gave up a football scholarship from Florida State to take part in the 2001 MLB draft where he was selected as the first overall pick by the Twins.

Joe earned numerous awards throughout his career with the Minnesota Twins, including being the only catcher in MLB history to win three batting titles and the only catcher to ever win a batting title in the American League.

Joe retired in 2018 from the Twins, currently still lives in Minnesota, and has three children with his wife, Maddie.


Kyndra de St. Aubin

Color Commentator, MNUFC Broadcast Team @Minnesota United FC
January 11, 2021   7:00pm via Zoom

Kyndra de St. Aubin is a former U of MN soccer star, lettering twice. She is one of the most experienced broadcasters in American soccer, and has been color commentator for the MNUFC broadcast team since the 2017 season.
Kyndra has been part of Fox Soccer’s coverage of the U.S. Women’s National Team since 2011 as a color commentator & sideline reporter. She was on one of five  broadcast teams selected for coverage of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, has been in the booth for coverage of the Women’s Professional Soccer League, and continues to be lead analyst for the National Women’s Soccer League.

Kyndra has covered MLS regular season and playoff games as well as the U.S. Men’s National Team during Copa America 2016. In addition to her professional soccer coverage, she has been analyst for women’s college soccer, basketball, and softball for both the PAC-12 and Big Ten Networks. During her career, she covered pro teams in WI and AZ as a beat reporter, and was a host on ESPN’s SportsCenter.



Former NFL Quarterback,
VP – Senior Wealth Fiduciary Advisor at Bell Bank Wealth Management
February 1, 2021   7:00pm via Zoom

Brooks is a former NFL quarterback, having played 5 seasons in the league with 4 different teams including our own Minnesota Vikings. Brooks has also held coaching positions at the University of Pittsburgh, Hill Murray High School and most recently Cretin-Derham Hall where he served as the school’s head coach. His youth athletic career started in Grand Forks, ND where his list of achievements made him one of the best athletes the state has ever produced. A 4-year, all-state starter at quarterback; Gatorade Player of the year; a two-time all-state point guard on a state championship team, and an all-state baseball player drafted twice by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Most notably, Brooks continued his education and athletic career at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he started for 4 years and led the Badgers to a 2000 Rose Bowl win. In 2017, Brooks was deservedly inducted into the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.


Why Choose MTA

  • Year-round training with the top talent in Minnesota.

  • Highly-qualified coaches with US Soccer, UEFA & USC accreditation.

  • Perfect for serious players who seek a high level of competition.

  • Gain visibility to collegiate scouts and national team coaches.

What Parents Say

MTA provides elite coaching and technical training other clubs cannot match. They also understand how to prepare the kids for the next level.

The kids that gravitate to MTA push each other to be better soccer players while being good people.

The coaching is consistent. It doesn’t matter who the coach is or what level—Each and every coach is teaching the players how to possess the ball and increasing their soccer IQ. We are always please with the methods.

The training, teaching of ball control and footwork, and knowledge of game strategy is hands above community clubs.

Training is great! If you want to play college soccer MTA is heads above everyone else.

As the years go by, our son is growing so much as a player and we are excited for his future with the club

Great coaching staff!


Challenging every player, at every level, thereby giving an equal opportunity to develop to anyone who wants it.

The coaching and training is excellent as well as the facilities for winter training.

MTA provides a safe and effective training environment.  They provide top level coaching for the elite teams and challenge the players to develop their skills.

MTA provides opportunities for soccer players who are very dedicated to the sport through great coaching and playing opportunities.

My son’s coach truly cares about him and every player on his team.

Camps & Clinics

Minnesota Thunder Academy offers various camps & clinics throughout the calendar year.  Participation in MTA camps and clinics provides an alternative to private lessons and private training.

MTA’s Father & Son Soccer Camp is an exceptionally unique soccer camp that will build magical memories and top flight soccer skills. Each participant receives individual and group instruction in a fun environment designed to help kids maximize their playing potential and help dads shake some rust off to learn (or relearn) some skills.

Learn more about the Father & Son Camp >>

MTA’s Juniors Camp is designed to introduce players to the core training & tactical activities that coaches implement with the MTA Elite Academy.  The experience emphasizes the values and philosophy of the MTA program.

Learn more about the MTA Juniors Camp >>

MTA  Camp is designed to introduce players to the core training and tactical activities that coaches implement with MTA’s ECNL programs and the MTA Elite Academy. The experience emphasizes the values and philosophy of the MTA program so the players have an understanding of what evaluation criteria are used during the tryout process.

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MTA’s Girls College Soccer ID Camp, open to all, is hosted by MTA and is designed to introduce players to some of the top coaches in the midwest while competing with other top girls from Minnesota.

Learn more about the Girls College ID Camp >>

MTA School Holiday Camps are held on days when school is not in session. Martin Luther King Jr Day in January, Presidents Day in February, Thanksgiving weekend, Winter break, etc are all times when camps may be held. Holiday Camp dates will change annually.

Learn more about MTA Holiday Camps >>

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