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Tim Alexander

Head Coach Edgewood College Men's Soccer

Head Coach Edgewood College Women's Soccer

USSF National A License

Tim Alexander began coaching the Edgewood College men's soccer program in 1990, and the women's program in 1993.  He is the only coach in the history of the men's and women's programs.

On September 18, 2013, Alexander became just the 17th coach in NCAA history to reach 500 wins.  Alexander has guided the women to over 275 victories while the men are nearing the 250 mark.

The 2013 campaign was one of the most memorable as both the men's and women's soccer teams reached the NCAA Tournament Championship.  The women won their first regular season title since 2005 and earned the No. 1 seed while the men made a historic run at the No. 6 seed.  The men became the first NCAA team to reach the championship as the No. 6 seed.  Both teams put together remarkable seasons, but fell in the tournament championship.

In March 2012, Alexander joined a select group of individuals as he was recognized for his outstanding coaching career upon being inducted into the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

The 2012 season was a noteworthy campaign as Alexander led both the men's and women's soccer teams to the NAC Tournament.  The men fell in the first round to No. 4 MSOE while the women advanced to the championship before losing to Aurora 2-0.  Alexander coached nine different players who earned all-conference honors including Elaine Gerry who was named the 2012 CapitalOne Academic All-American of the Year, the first in Edgewood College's history.

Alexander made history in 2010, becoming the fifth coach in NCAA history (all divisions) to own 200 men's and 200 women's wins.  Alexander won his 200th men's game early in the season with a 3-1 win at Illinois College.  In 2010, the women compiled an overall record of 15-5-1 and placed third in the NAC with a record of 9-3.  The Eagles fell at second seeded Dominican University in overtime of a conference tournament semifinal.

Tim is a United States Soccer Federation A-licensed coach and a veteran counselor of numerous soccer camps, as well as the Wisconsin Olympic Development team, and from 2001-05 was the Director of Coaching for the Yahara Soccer Club in Madison, WI.

Before coming to the Eagles, Alexander built an impressive 153-31-6 record at Green Bay Premontre High School.  His Premontre teams won nine FVCC championships and all eleven of his teams advanced to the WISAA playoffs.  Under Alexander's direction, Premontre finished state runner-up five times.

Alexander was an accomplished player in his own right.  In 1974, he earned the first of two 1st Team National Junior College All-American awards before transferring to UW-Green Bay.  At UW-Green Bay, he became a two time All-Midwest player as a defender.  He helped the Phoenix reach the final four of the NCAA II soccer tournament in 1977.


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 National 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

USSF National C License 

Born in Casablanca, Morocco.

Chafik started playing club soccer with one of the best clubs in Casablanca at the age of 10 and played in the premier league at the age of 17. He left Morocco to continue his studies in France under an academic scholarship. While in Germany he played for a Bundesliga  team (FC koln ). Not to jeopardize his university studies, he settled for a third division team to balance school and soccer.

Chafik came to the US in 1981 to continue his studies and graduated from UW Madison with BS and MS degrees. He has played in the Premier and Major division in Madison for many years.  

He started coaching high school soccer in 1986 as a head coach for boys and girls in Deforest and later in East High School. Chafik continued coaching soccer with a few soccer clubs in Madison, served as a director of coaching and a technical coach for Sun Prairie soccer club for the last few years before rejoining MFC.


Jim Klinkner

Bio Coming Soon!


Megan Knutson

USSF National D License

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 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. 


Amy Lassanske

Amy grew up playing soccer in Southeast Michigan beginning at age 7.  She played collegiately at Spring Arbor University in Michigan, earning a Bachelor's Degree in exercise physiology.  Amy was named Team Captain and an All-American both her Junior and Senior seasons at Spring Arbor.  Additionally, she held the all-time career goals record for Spring Arbor from 2004-2014.

Following college, Amy played in a competitive women's soccer league in Southern California for 4-years before moving to Madison in 2008, where she continues to play co-ed soccer.  She loves the game and still gets excited about playing.  Amy is looking forward to coaching younger girls to help them improve their skills and gain confidence both on and off the soccer field.

Amy is a stay-at-home mom with two sons.  Prior to becoming a full-time mom, she worked as an exercise physiologist in a cardiovascular practice and is a survivor of thyroid cancer.


Julio Malvaez

USSF National E License 

Julio was born in California, but raised in Madison.  He played for Madison FC in the MRL First and Premier Divisions multiple years.  At U15 (2010) he won the WI State Championship.  He currently plays in the Madison Latino leagues and attends MATC.  Julio has been coaching U8-U10 since 2013.


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.


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Chad Wissler

Bio Coming Soon!