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Our Coaching Staff

Jörg Brendel

USSF National D License 

A native of Düsseldorf (Germany) Jörg played soccer and graduated from Madison East High School. He has been a competitive player (mostly as a Goalkeeper) since the early 1980s. He has played on numerous championship teams and still plays in the Over 30 and Over 40 leagues.


Christian Ezell

USSF C License 

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa Christian grew up playing club soccer for the West Des Moines Soccer club

Christian received his Master's degree in Education from UW-LaCrosse & BS in Secondary Education/English from Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa). He is currently teaching English at Deerfield High School. 

Christian began coaching in 2004 in Des Moines, Iowa with varsity girls at Des Moines East high school.  He coached the Cambridge-Deerfield HS girls varsity from 2008-2012 and he is currently the Cambridge-Deerfield HS boys varsity coach.


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Chafik Fassil

Bio Coming Soon!


Domenick Genova

USSF National B License 

Domenick (Nick) Genova was born and raised in Sicily where he grew up with a soccer ball at his feet. When Nick was ten his family moved from Italy to Madison where he soon became an accomplished player joining the Madison men’s league when he was 16. Genova continued playing throughout the 1980s in the Wisconsin Majors League with Madison United and Amira.

Genova also began coaching in the 80s after he was asked to guest coach a U14 girl’s team. In the 20-plus years since he has coached club soccer at every age from U8 through U19 and at every level: Rec, Classic, Premier, Regional and the Wisconsin Olympic Development Program. 

Nick holds a USSF National “B” coaching license and is formerly the Director of Coaching for the Waunakee Soccer Club. Genova has also seen great success as a high school coach and in just four seasons he has twice led the McFarland HS Girls to the WIAA State Tournament where his teams were State Finalists in 2007 and Semi-Finalists in 2008. Nick also began coaching the Waunakee HS Boys team in 2007.

Says Genova: “I always demand and challenge my players to do their best.  I try to instill this mentality in all my players because it is those who try to be the best that are more likely to succeed not only in soccer, but in life.”

Many of Genova’s former players have gone to play at the collegiate level including: UW-Madison, UW-Green Bay, UW-Platteville, UW-Lacrosse, Edgewood College, Emory University (Georgia) and also the Madison 56ers of the NPSL.

Domenick Genova received his bachelor’s degree and state teacher certification from UW-Madison. He teaches Spanish at McFarland High School and resides in Waunakee. Nick is fluent in Italian and Spanish. He also holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.


Megan Knutson

Megan has been playing soccer since the age of four when she began with Hudson Soccer Association’s recreational league. Megan’s love for the game of soccer began early as she watched her older sisters get to play before her time. She continued to spend most of her summers playing soccer and watching her sisters play up through her college years. Megan competed for UW-La Crosse for four years where she was able to play defense, midfield, and forward and was named the team captain her senior year. While completing her undergraduate and graduate degrees at UW-La Crosse she also competed on the womens track and cross country teams and was named a captain for the track team. Megan’s degrees are in Exercise Science and Clinical Exercise Physiology. She has spent time working as a soccer camp counselor, day camp and overnight camp counselor, personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and exercise physiologist. Megan has enjoyed coaching soccer to children from the ages of 3 to 18 year olds in the recreational, classic, premier, and high school settings. Megan hopes that each player she is granted the opportunity to help will develop and grow their love for the game, establish respect for teammates and themselves, and look forward to each opportunity to play the beautiful game.


Todd (Otis) Lamberty

USSF National D License 

A Madison native, Otis played high school soccer at Edgewood HS before moving on the to play four years at UW-Whitewater. In 1986 as the goalkeeper, Lamberty led the team in to its first-ever NCAA post season appearance with a 12-3-5 record. In the '86 campaign he recorded six shoutouts and compiled a 92% save average, still a Warhawk season-best record.

Otis continued his playing career beyond college with Amira SC of the Wisconsin Soccer Association's Majors Division, where he was a teammate of fellow-MFC coach, Shant Mesdjian.

Otis continues to play club at a high level in the Over-40 division.

He joined the MFC staff in 2010 as a Goalkeeper Coach. 


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Amy Lassanske

Bio Coming Soon!


Haroot Mesdjian

USSF National D License 

Haroot is one of the founding members (1998) of Madison FC where he has coached Classic, Premier and Midwest Regional League teams. Mesdjian is a former player in the Wisconsin Soccer Association's Majors Division. Haroot was also a USSF referee from 1984 to 2005 and an NCAA Division I referee from 1991 to 2005.

Mesdjian believes that: "Hard work, discipline and respect 
are the traits that make you a champion in soccer and life."


Shant Mesdjian

NSCAA Advanced National Diploma

USSF National D License

Director of Coaching 

Shant, who is a full-blooded Armenian, was born in Baghdad, Iraq where he spent the first decade of his life learning soccer in the streets. When he arrived in Madison in the early 70s there was little or no youth soccer, so he began playing in the men’s league at age 16. Mesdjian went on to play 12 years in the Wisconsin Majors for Dynamo, Amira and the Blackhawks.

Shant also spent several years living in the Mediterranean “Costa del Sol” city of Malaga, Spain where he played semi-professionally for the Mijas club as a sweeper. One day in 1989, after his return to Madison, Shant was asked to run a training with a group of 13 year olds and so began his long and highly successful youth soccer-coaching career that is still going strong. In 1998 Shant was the first person hired to coach with the just-formed Princeton Soccer Club (the precursor to Madison FC).

In the ten-plus years since, Shant has compiled an amazing record as a coach that includes THREE State Cup Championships (1995 - U13s, 1998 - U16s & 2010 - U15s) and more than a half dozen Premier League titles. He has taken several teams to the Premier Division of the Midwest Regional League, including one team that received a #12 national ranking for two consecutive years. Many of Mesdjian’s players have gone onto play NCAA soccer including more than a dozen at the Division I level. Several of Shant’s players, past and present, have been selected for Region II and US National team duty.

Mesdjian’s formula for being a successful coach has been to build teams from the ground up: shaping, molding and challenging them individually and collectively to achieve success on and off the field. “Any successes I’ve had as a coach must be contributed to the players developing mental and physical toughness, discipline, good manners and most importantly respect: for yourself, your teammates and your opponents. These are qualities that my players can carry with them throughout the course of their lives.”


David Proud

USSF National B License 

David Proud has extensive background in soccer, both as a player and coach. The Washington state native played competitively throughout his youth, including time with the Washington ODP squad, advancing to the State Championships during his U-17 and U-18 seasons. 

During his collegiate years, Proud spent a season each with Green River Community College and Highline Community College before moving to Concordia University where he played from 2007 to 2009. As a member of the CU Cavaliers, Proud earned First-Team Cascade Collegiate Conference honors and advanced to the Round of 16 in the National tournament with the team in 2008. In 2009, Proud took on a student assistant coach position with the University as he completed his BA in Psychology.

In addition to his collegiate experience, Proud spent time on the semi-professional scene as a member of the PDL franchise Fresno Fuego, and the Kitsap Pumas of the PISL. 

David Proud has over five years of coaching and training competitive youth teams in Washington, and his own personal soccer training business, David Proud Footwork Academy http://www.dpfootworkacademy.com, in 2011.

Licensing
USSF National “B” Coaching License (2013)
USSF National “C” Coaching License (2011)
USSF National “D” Coaching License (2010)
USSF National Youth License (Pending, November 2013)


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Aymar Sinaise

USSF National D License 

Aymar is a former UW Badger player, playing from 1999 to 2003.  After playing for the Badgers Aymar played three years with the Madison 56ers NPSL and currently plays with the Madison Fire helping the team win 4 President Cups.

Aymar also served as President of the Madison Adult Soccer Association from 2010-2011.

Aymar has coached Freshman and JV at Woodstock High School.  He has also coached various youth teams at Verona, Regent, and Rush soccer clubs.  In addition he has been the coach of the Madison United U23, Majors, and Women's teams.