Brett Wiesner Scholarship Fund Board
Francis Wiesner, Brett’s Father
Rachel V. Wiesner, Brett's Sister
Melissa Zielinski, WYSA Executive Director
Danny Sweeney, WYSA ODP Administrator
A special thanks to those who have contributed to the Brett Wiesner Scholarship Fund!
For more information regarding contributions or receiving financial support through the Brett Wiesner Scholarship Fund, please contact Danny Sweeney or visit the website here.
The Brett Wiesner Scholarship is intended to help parents and young soccer players learn about a player who faced adversity, injuries, giving up experiences in his youth to excel in the sport for which he had such passion. Here, we honor the life and career of Brett Valenciano Wiesner.
We appreciate your interest and desire to assist WYSA in helping other aspiring athletes achieve their goals in soccer with financial assistance in travel, fees, or equipment.
2019: 96 Athletes
2018: 91 Athletes
2017: 88 Athletes
2016: 80 Athletes
Brett had passion for the game at early age. People loved watching him play as much as he loved playing. At age 6, his talent was evident as he shined on a U8 team. In 1990 his family relocated to Brookfield, Wisconsin from Pueblo, Colorado. That was the beginning of what became a storied soccer career for one of Wisconsin’s best male players.
Brett joined Brookfield Soccer Association and played on teams like the Sting and Blue Jays, where he continued to excel on the field. Before long, a friend suggested he participate in the Wisconsin Olympic Development Program. He tried out and was immediately selected to the Wisconsin State Team. It didn’t take long before Brett was selected for the Midwest region team. Eventually Brett became a part of the Under 21 US National team.
ODP was a huge part of Brett's life from ages 12-21. The program took Brett around the world; His parents, Linda and Fran, remember him calling home from Bolivia, where the US team was playing in front of 30,000+ fans. Brett’s experience on the Youth Development teams (local, regional, and national) exposed him to professional coaches & training techniques, a diverse athletic array of youth players from around the world, discipline, hard work, and various travel opportunities.
In his senior year at Brookfield East High School, he was selected as the Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year 2001, a Parade All American player 2000/2001, the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Player of the Year and a United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) All-American.
He received a full soccer scholarship to the University of Washington where he was a standout in the PAC 10 conference. After graduation he signed with the Seattle Sounders, and was later recruited to the Milwaukee Wave where he competed for a number of years. He represented the United States on the USA Futsal team in the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil under Coach Keith Tozer.
After concluding an active professional career he coached at North Shore United and then at the Brookfield Soccer Association (now Elmbroko), where his soccer career got its start. Brett was passionate about soccer; coaching, interacting with soccer players, and helping develop the soccer potential in everyone he encountered.