Olympic Development Boys and Girls Director of Coaching – Craig Carlson
Craig currently holds a USSF “A” license, a USSF National Youth License, and is active throughout the State of Wisconsin as a National Coaching Staff Instructor. Craig brings eight years of experience as a Region II Olympic Development Coach as well as having been the Wisconsin Girls ODP Head Coach. Craig is also the Associate Director of Coaching for the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association.
David Scott- coaches at Marian University in Fond du Lac. David Scott served as head coach of the Ripon College men’s team for 16 years and has completed an additional 16 years as assistant coach with the men at Marian University. Holder of the USSF “A”, National Youth, and Goalkeeper licenses, he is a former WYSA Director of Coaching and remains active in coaching education in the state. He has worked with teams of all ages and both genders from the smallest to adults.
Jake Provan has seven years of professional soccer experience with the A-League, NPSL, and MISL. Jake won a National A-League title with the Milwaukee Rampage in 1997 and a World Indoor Championship with the Milwaukee Wave of the MISL in 2000. Provan’s ten years of coaching experience include three years with the Wisconsin Olympic Development Program, head coach for the Milwaukee NPSL team, and was a volunteer assistant with the UW-Milwaukee men’s team. He led Waukesha West to the State Sectional Final in 2006. Jake presently coaches for the Bavarian Soccer Club. He played for the Bavarian Majors team and helped lead the team in winning three US Soccer National Titles including two Amateur Cup Championships and one US Open Cup Championship through 2001 and 2003. Jake Provan played his collegiate ball at UWM, earning academic athlete honors three consecutive years, captained the team his senior year, and was the leading scorer. Provan holds a USSF “A” Coaching License.
Kyle Zenoni begins his second season with ODP at UW-Green Bay as a member of the coaching staff. Kyle was a four-year letter winner (2002-05) on the field for UWM, leading the Panthers to the second round of the NCAA Tournament each season. He was a four-year starter at Milwaukee - serving as team captain during his senior campaign. After being selected by the Chicago Storm in the MISL Draft following his collegiate career, Zenoni traveled overseas to continue his professional career. He spent time with Dundee FC, a team in the Scottish Premier League, to begin his trek, while also playing for Falu FK (a Division 1 club is Sweden), La Paz FC (Premiership in South America) and with the Minnesota Thunder (USL) back in the United States. Most recently, his coaching career had him working for the Youth Development Program in Whitefish Bay, Wis. He also provided an instrumental role for the Panthers earlier this year - serving as the interim coach for the spring season. Other experience has come as an assistant for Milwaukee Area Technical College, with youth programs for the Milwaukee Kickers, working with Special Olympics and with the Sussex (Wis.) club team.
Ben Shepard enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Panthers. He came to Milwaukee before the 2010 season from NCAA Division II Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C. He spent five seasons as the assistant coach following a playing career at the same school where he was a four-year starter as a defender and in the midfield and a three-time team captain. He helped lead the program to new levels as part of the coaching staff, with the Saints going 54-30-12 in his tenure, including 52-17-9 the past four years and 27-9-4 in Conference Carolinas play over that same span. Shepherd, a native of Cornwall, England, helped guide Limestone to its first Conference Carolinas Tournament championship and NCAA appearance in 2006. That year, the squad advanced to the Sweet 16 and finished No. 19 in the NSCAA/adidas national poll. The Saints were back again in 2008, finishing with a national rank of No. 23, when they went 16-3-2 with 10 shutouts. He graduated from Limestone in 2004 with a double major in psychology and English. He currently holds the Advanced National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and assisted with the 1991 South Carolina ODP Program.
Kevin Brennan is in his first season as the head coach for the Cardinal Stritch University Wolves men's and women's soccer programs. Brennan, a four-year member of the Wolves men’s soccer program between the 2003-2007 years, was a strong leadership presence on and off of the field. As a player, he started all four seasons and was named the team’s most valuable player during his sophomore campaign. Over the course of the last four years, the Wolves newest head coach has spent ample time earning his stripes in the world of coaching. Since being an assistant men’s soccer coach at Viterbo University in 2007, he has worked with the Jamie Shore Soccer International program where he served as a coach and operations manager in Bristol, U.K., the associate head boys’ soccer coach with Pius High School. Adding to that Brennan also continues to work with Whitefish Bay High School as their head varsity boys’ soccer coach, the Bavarian Soccer Club as an academy coach, and the Olympic Development Program for Wisconsin. He is also English F.A. Level 1 and 2 licensed along with a NSCAA National Diploma.
Scott Suprise has been the varsity coach at Pius XI High School for the last nine years. He has 22 years of coaching experience at the club premier, high school, and junior college levels. Suprise holds several USSF and NSCAA coaching licenses. In 2006 and 2007, Scott was selected to coach in the Wisconsin High School All Star Game and in 2007 was named WSCA Private School Coach of the Year. He currently is youth director of the Croatian Eagles Soccer Club and is a U13 boys premier coach.
Patrick Hodgins is a two year letter winner at Lakeland College. After his playing career ended due to knee injuries he joined the Lakeland College coaching staff as a student assistant coach from 2002-2004. Has coached for the Croatian Eagles SC the past three years; currently coaches the Croatian Eagles U23 teams and is involved with the youth teams. At the club level he has had experience coaching age groups ranging from U7 through U23. Patrick currently works as a program administrator for Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association.
Bojan Jovicic-is a Serbian born in Croatia. As a youth player, Bojan played for FK Pristina Youth Academy in Serbia. After arriving in the US, he played for Milwaukee Hamilton HS and was an MVP player for three years, as well as All State and All Conference. He played club soccer for the Simba Lions, Milwaukee Rampage, Rockford Rampage, and United Serbians-Chicago, as well as the United Serbian Club of Milwaukee. He attended UW Parkside where he was GLVC Conference player of the year in 2006. He was drafted by the Milwaukee Wave in 2008.
Trevor Warren was named the head coach of UW-Green Bay's women's soccer program Jan. 17, 2008. In 19 seasons as a collegiate coach, Warren has served as the head coach for two other collegiate programs. He boasted a head coaching record of 103-38-7 in eight years at the NCAA Division II level at Mercyhurst (Pa.) College and Lock Haven (Pa.) University, including a 1993 NCAA Division II Final Four appearance. In all, he has made coaching appearances in four NCAA Tournaments. Warren spent nine seasons coaching club soccer in Oregon, including seven years with FC Portland. Under his watch, FC Portland claimed three state titles and a U18 US Club Soccer National Championship in 2003. Warren made the transition to Division I in 2002 when he began a three-year stint as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's soccer programs at the University of Portland. Warren assisted former Olympic and national head coach Clive Charles and the women's program to its first-ever NCAA title.Warren is a United States Soccer Federation “A” licensed coach. In all, he has made coaching appearances in four NCAA Tournaments. Warren also has an advanced national diploma from the NSCAA and an English Football Association coaching license. In addition, he has coached at the Olympic Development level, serving as a staff coach for Pennsylvania West from 1988-97, Oregon from 2001-06 and the Region IV program from 2003-05.
Craig Peltonen, entering season number 23 at Marian University, has built the men’s program into one of the region’s elite teams. His first squad in 1988 claimed an LMC title and since then the Sabres have claimed five other league titles (2002, 2001, 1998, 1995, and 1993).
In 2002, Peltonen took his squad back to the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive year. Peltonen is a seven-time LMC Coach-of-the-Year and 1991 NAIA District 14 Coach-of-the-Year. He coaches and has served as an officer in the Fond du Lac Youth Soccer Association and runs numerous camps and clinics throughout the year. Peltonen has also served on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association and been instrumental in educating and licensing the state’s youth coaches. Craig counts an “A” USSF coaching license among his achievements.
Quinn Ross has logged 13 years of coaching with Wisconsin Olympic Development Program’s girls and boys at the district and state level including a recent staff position for Region II boys. He has 11 years as UW-Green Bay men’s assistant coach and 12 years as UW-Green Bay’s women’s coach. He was Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2003. He was named Division II All American in 1988 and 1989. Quinn has played for Lyngby FC in Denmark, the Portland Pride CISL, Portland Timbers APSL, Columbus Xoggz USISL and the Milwaukee Rampage, league champions in 1997. Quinn Ross currently holds a USSF “A” license, and also coaches in the FC Green Bay club.
Kevin Roethe is a four year letter winner at the UW-Milwaukee. While attending college he helped his team to two consecutive conference Horizon League championships and two consecutive Division I- NCAA appearances in 2001 and 2002. Kevin is currently head varsity soccer coach at Divine Savior Holy Angels. During his time there he has posted a 48-2-2 record and the 2008 Division I state girls championship. He received the 2007 NFHS high school girls coach of the year award, and in 2008 was named the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel girls Coach of the Year, the NFHS Wisconsin private high school Coach of the Year and the Region IV private high school girls Coach of the Year. Kevin is also currently involved in coaching both at Marquette University High School and FC Milwaukee. At the club level he has had experience coaching age groups ranging from U11 through U18. Kevin currently has his national “C” license and is looking forward to impacting the state’s top soccer players through the Olympic Development Program.
Tyler Watkins is in his second season as the men's and women's assistant soccer coach at Clarke University.Watkins previously served in the same role at NCAA Division III Cornell College in 2009.While at Cornell,Watkins was also the head men's coach at Center Point-Urbana High School and was head goalkeeper coach for Cedar River Soccer Association/Eastern Iowa United. In addition, he spent time as an assistant women's coach at Cedar Rapids Xavier High School (2009) and Independence High School (2008). Watkins started his coaching career as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Upper Iowa University. Watkins played goalkeeper at NCAA Division II Upper Iowa University, starting the majority of the team's games his freshman and sophomore years. He also played with the St. Louis Lions Soccer Club PDL and Super 20 teams. Watkins has a NSCAA National Diploma and a NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma. He is also a Head Coach with Wisconsin ODP and Dubuque Soccer Club.
Matt Callahan is returning to ODP as both a staff coach and to coach 95 Girls. Callahan is director of youth development for the Oshkosh United Soccer Club. Matt currently holds a USSF “B” license as well as a USSF National Youth License. Callahan is head coach for the Oshkosh West varsity boys team and the Oshkosh West JV girls team. Matt is the author of “Matt Callahan’s Practice Plans” a comprehensive series of soccer practice activities for soccer coaches.
Ryan Quamme is an assistant coach for the UW-Whitewater men's and women's soccer teams. Quamme began coaching for UW-W in 2008. In addition to his responsibilities at UW-W, Quamme has been a coach in the Madison area since 1999. From 2003-2004, Quamme was the head coach of girl's soccer at Madison East High School. In two years at the helm, East went 35-10-2. In 2003, East finished 21-3-2 with a 9th place ranking in the NSCAA/Adidas Regional IV poll. At East, Quamme coached eight All-Big Eight Conference players, one Big Eight Conference Player of the Year and three WSCA All-State players. Quamme holds multiple soccer coaching certifications including the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Premier Diploma and a Union of European Football Associations "B" License.
Sohaila Akhavein- Currently the Assistant Women's Soccer Coach at Ripon College and head Varsity Girls Soccer Coach at Oshkosh North High School. Sohaila played three years collegiate soccer at Marian University in Fond du Lac. During her time there she was named NAC Honorable Mention and named to the All-Freshman Team. She is also ranked 16th in the Sabre's program for All-Time Goal Scoring. Sohaila currently holds her USSF National "D" licence and is affiliated with the Oshkosh United Soccer Club where she is a State league coach and club coach ranging from U-11 to U-14. Carlson spent two years as the assistant men's soccer coach at Trinity International University, Gurnee, Ill., where he helped lead the program to two of its most successful seasons. The Trojans recorded two second-place finishes in the Chicagoland Conference, took second place in the conference tournament, obtained a No. 21 national ranking and took runner-up honors in the NAIA regional tournament.
Jason Carlson is in his first season at head men's soccer coach at Clarke University. Carlson came to Clarke from the University of Dubuque, where he served as assistant men's and women's soccer coach. Carlson, who served as the Dubuque Senior head girls' soccer coach from 2009 to 2011, joined the University of Dubuque men's soccer coaching staff in 2008. The native of Victorville, Calif., helped lead the Spartan men to a 51-23-4 overall record and four Iowa Conference tournament berths over the past four years, including a 41-14-4 overall mark from 2009 through 2011. UD finished 7-1 in Iowa Conference play in both 2009 and 2010, finishing second in 2009 and sharing first place in 2010.
Carlson served as the assistant men's soccer coach and recruiting coordinator for both the men's and women's soccer programs at Hope International University, Fullerton, Calif., before joining the Trinity International coaching staff. Carlson helped guide the Royals to their first regional championship in over nine years and a semi-final appearance at the National Christian College Athletic Association national tournament. He was a member of the NCCAA Western Region Coaching Staff of the Year. Carlson served as team captain at Hope International, leading HIU in scoring and garnering all-region honors. Carlson is actively involved with the Dubuque Soccer Club.
Carlson spent two years as the assistant men's soccer coach at Trinity International University, Gurnee, Ill., where he helped lead the program to two of its most successful seasons. The Trojans recorded two second-place finishes in the Chicagoland Conference, took second place in the conference tournament, obtained a No. 21 national ranking and took runner-up honors in the NAIA regional tournament.
ADDITIONAL ODP COACHES
Melissa Janowitsch was a four year Division II letter winner at St. Joseph’s College. Melissa currently holds a USSF National “D” coaching license and is affiliated with the Madison 56ers Soccer Club, coaching at the youth levels ranging from U11 through U13. Presently, Melissa is pursuing her MBA at the University of Wisconsin.
Brittany Nikolic-Oliviera was hired as the head women’s soccer coach at Alverno College in 2009. Prior to 2009 she served as an assistant coach at Northwestern University, UNLV, and UW-Milwaukee. She has been involved with ODP as a Nevada State Team coach and is currently on the USYSA Region II staff. Brittany also coaches the U14 girls for FC Milwaukee and last year lead the FC team in that age group to a Wisconsin State Championship and regional semi-final appearance. As a player, Brittany played in 84 games for Stanford University while receiving All-Pac-10 Conference academic honors, and made the NCAA Tournament each of her four years. She holds a USSF “C” license and a NSCAA National Diploma.
Megan Dobesh played four years of Division I soccer for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Has coached for the Madison 56ers the past 10 years; currently coaches Madison 56ers U14 Red girls team and is involved with the 56ers ADP program. Currently holds a USSF National “D” coaching license. Most recent playing experience: 2008 played for the Lady Blues WPSL team and 2010 played for Madison 56ers WPSL team. Presently, Megan teaches elementary school on the west side of Madison.
David Madsen is in his first year as an assistant coach with the UW-Milwaukee women's soccer team. He came to Milwaukee after spending four years as the head men's and women's soccer coach at Lakeland College in Sheboygan. In 2008, Madsen led the Muskie men to their first winning season since 1994. Lakeland went 8-7-2 that year and posted a school record for goals in a season. On the women's side, LC posted a pair of 10-win seasons in his tenure. Prior to Lakeland, Madsen spent three seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, UW-Whitewater. There, he served as an assistant with both the men' and women's sides. The Warhawk men went to the NCAA Tournament in each of his three seasons, advancing to the second round in 2004. On the women's side, his tenure included an 11-3-2 record in 2003. As a goalkeeper at Whitewater, Madsen helped the Warhawks to three NCAA Tournaments. Madsen currently holds his National “C” license from the USSF.
Brad Swenby is in his first season at UW-Madison as a member of the coaching staff for the Badger Men’s program. Brad was a three-year letter winner (2000-02) in goal for UW-Milwaukee, leading the Panthers to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in the 2001 and 2002 seasons. Following his collegiate career, Swenby played Goalkeeper for the Minnesota Thunder of the A-League. Most recently, he was invited into pre-season camp with the Kansas City Wizards in March, 2010. His coaching career had him working with the Arizona Olympic Development Program from 2006 – 2009 while living in Tempe, AZ. He moved back to Milwaukee in the fall of 2009 to become a member of the coaching staff for UW-Milwaukee. Other experience has come as goalkeeper coach for Illinois ODP.
Brent Diderrich is the Director of Coaching (U13-U18) for the Lake Country United Soccer Club and holds a USSF “C” license. He has been a coach with Wisconsin ODP for six years. Prior to his current position, Brent served as a graduate assistant coach for the men’s and women’s teams at William Woods University where he helped mentor six All-Conference selections, two All-Region selections, and one All-American selection. He has a Masters degree in education.
Tim Meinholz- Played one year for Madison Area Technical College. Currently holds a USSF National “D” coaching license and has coached for the Madison 56ers for six years. Many of those years were with the u-11- u-12 age group. Presently Tim is a 5th grade elementary teacher in Middleton, WI.
Demetrius Banks-“Dee” has been involved with the Whitefish Bay Soccer club, MK Elite, and New Berlin Soccer Club, coaching U-11 to U-18 players since 2006. He has served as the Assistant at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) , and as head coach at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). He holds a National “C” license.
Alex Mattson- currently holds a USSF National D license. Alex began coaching in 2009 as a Varsity Assistant for Oshkosh North High School Boys. Since then he has coached The Oshkosh North JV Boys and Girls since 2010. He coaches in the Oshkosh United Soccer Club and has coached teams that range from u-11 through u-14 since 2010. He has also spent some time doing various goalkeeper trainings.
Kate Megna was a four-year letter winner (2006-2009) on the field for UWM. Kate was the NSCAA Division 1 Assist Champion in 2009 with a .8 average and was named to All-Horizon League First Team 2007-2009 and the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team in 2006. During her college career, Kate was the assistant high school coach for The Prairie School (Racine, WI), who took 2nd in State in 2009. After college, Kate played semi-pro for the Chicago Red Eleven and professionally for Qbik Karlstad (a Division 1 club in Sweden). Now, Kate in is her second year coaching with Madison 56er’s holds her USSF “D” license.
Carrie Barker- Carrie Barker was the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Northern Illinois University from 2008 to 2011. Prior to Northern Illinois, Carrie was the University of Wisconsin Women’s Assistant (2004-2007) and the University of Michigan Women’s Assistant (1997-2004). She was also part of the coaching staff for the U-14 National Team Staff in 2004 and worked with ODP programs in Michigan (1995-2002) and Wisconsin (2004-present). Carrie has been a Region II staff coach. In addition, Carrie was part of the World Cup USA Organizing Committee in 1994, and Carrie holds a USSF A License.