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Madison FC Coaching Staff


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."


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.


Sam Cousin

USSF National D License

Born and raised in Madison, WI, Sam played for Madison FC and Madison East HS from 1998-2002. After high Sam school played at UW-Eau Claire for 3 years. Sam has been coaching for 15 years and has worked for Eau Claire United, UWEC Men's Club, Madison 56ers, and Madison West HS. After reconnecting with his old club coach Haroot Mesdjian, Sam began working with Madison FC in 2016.

Sam believes that a successful coach will develop teams by challenging, guiding and teaching players individually and collectively, supporting success on and off the field, and helping kids grow and learn as both players and citizens. "A successful team is both physically and mentally tough, disciplined, and shows respect towards themselves, their teammates, and their competition."

Sam currently works for MMSD as a Special Education teacher and lives in Madison with his wife Ellie and son Kai.


Christian Ezell

Madison FC Youth Academy Director

USSF National C License

NSCAA Adv. National Diploma 

Christian is originally from Des Moines, Iowa and began coaching soccer in 2004 after graduating from Drake University. He coached boys and girls HS programs at Des Moines East High School, and prior to moving to Madison in 2006, he served as a staff instructor for the Brazilian Futebol Arte Academy in Des Moines. In 2007, Christian coached for the GDU club and served as the boys and girls head varsity coach at Cambridge-Deerfield from 2008-2012, during which time the HS teams won conference and regional championships. 

Christian came to Madison FC in 2012. Since then, he has worked with all ages groups and coached in state and regional leagues.

Christian earned his bachelor's degree in Secondary Education/English from Drake University and a Master's in Education from UW-LaCrosse. He currently teaches high school English and lives in Madison with his wife Betsy, son Finn, and daughter Jane. 


Jesús Benedí Oliver

UEFA Pro License

Master of Tactical Analysis and Scouting in Soccer 

A native of Valencia, Spain, Jesús has a UEFA PRO license and a Master of Tactical Analysis and Scouting in Soccer (Máster en Análisis Táctico y Scouting en Fútbol) from Camilo Jose Cela University in Madrid.

Jesús has coached in his native country of Spain, where he served as assistant coach for the U14 Boys team with Levante UD. He then served as head coach for the Mislata Club de Fútbol (CF) women's team that competes on the second-tier Spanish national division. With Jesús as head coach, Mislata CF earned a promotion to the second division. Jesús then guided Mislata CF to its best ranking in club history. Jesús was named Best Head Coach in the 2014-15 season while at Mislata FC.

In 2016, Jesús returned boys’ soccer to coach the U19 Boys team for Huracán CF. Most recently, during the summer of 2018, he coached for the FC Barcelona Academy.

He is currently working as assistant coach and tactical analyst for Edgewood College and Madison College, in Madison, Wisconsin.

Jesús has joined the Madison FC family as a team trainer. We are very excited to have him with us. Our players and coaches will greatly benefit from his knowledge and experience. ¡Bienvenido!


Jim Klinkner

USSF E License

Coach Klinkner is entering his 4th year coaching with Madison FC and 14th year coaching overall. He has been active in the Madison area soccer community for just as long, having served multiple positions on the MGSC Board of Directors, including U11-U15 Age Director for 3 years, as well as serving 4 years on the MAYSA Board of Directors. Jim also officiates throughout the MAYSA Region and uses this opportunity to teach players, coaches, and parents about the Laws of the Game. 

Following an injury-shortened high school career Jim obtained the vast majority of his love for soccer at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh under the tutelage of Toby Bares - one of the winningest coaches in NCAA Division III Men's Soccer history. As UW-Oshkosh team manager, Jim worked closely with Toby for 4 years, learning how to develop practice plans, lead a program, and individually coach many different personalities. One of the most important pieces of advice he learned from Toby is that a player knows when he makes a mistake - there is no need for his coach to embarrass and berate him by screaming at him in front of his friends, family, and teammates.

Coach Klinkner's most rewarding moments of coaching youth soccer are watching the “Ah-ha” moment when something comes together for a player that has been working to improve!


Todd (Otis) Lamberty

Madison FC Goalkeeping Coach

USSF National D License 

Completed levels 1 and 2 of the NSCAA goalkeeper certification

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 Lassasnke

USSF National D License

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.  Amy was inducted into Spring Arbor University's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017, the first female soccer player to receive this honor.

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 enjoys coaching to help kids 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.


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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.