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Our Coaching Staff

David Proud

USSF National B License

Madison FC Youth Academy Director

David Proud has an 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 2008. 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 player of the PDL franchise Fresno Fuego, and the Kitsap Pumas of the PISL. 

David Proud has over eight years of coaching and training competitive youth teams, and created his own personal soccer training business, David Proud Footwork Academy, in 2011.

USSF National “B” Coaching License (2013)
USSF National “C” Coaching License (2011)
USSF National “D” Coaching License (2010)
USSF National Youth License (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.

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.

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."

Christian Ezell

NSCAA Advanced National Diploma

USSF National C License 

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 also served as a staff instructor for the Brazilian Futebol Arte Academy in Des Moines. In 2007, Christian coached U16, 17, and 18 girl's teams for Glacial Drumlin United before taking over both the boys and girls Cambridge-Deerfield HS programs, serving as head varsity coach from 2008-2012. During that time Christian led his teams to conference and regional championships. 

Christian came to Madison FC in 2012. Since then, he has worked primarily with boys teams and at all age levels in both state and regional leagues.

Christian has degrees in Secondary Education and English from Drake University as well as a Master's in Education from UW-LaCrosse. He currently teaches English at DeForest High School and lives in Madison with his wife Betsy, son Finnegan, and daughter Jane. 

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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.

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 

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 Lassanske

USSF National D Coaching 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.

Jim Klinkner

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