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2021 Head Coach Spotlights: Central Conference

By Staff, 04/22/21, 3:00PM EDT


Check out the Head Coaches of this year’s Central Conference

As USL League Two prepares for its return to the pitch on May 5 for the 2021 season, the league presents a preview of the new and existing head coaches of each #Path2Pro club. 

In this week’s head coach spotlight series, the coaches of the Central Conference tell us what they are expecting for return to play in the 2021 season. Come back next week for a preview of the head coaches in the Western Conference. 

Also, be sure to check out last week's preview of the head coaches in the Eastern Conference. 



Steve Trittschuh
St. Louis Scott Gallagher
License: US Soccer Pro License

“We want to give our players that played or are still playing in the club a pathway to the highest level they wish to play. We expect the players that will be playing on the team will still have the culture they were brought up on and to compete and have a successful season.”
Bryan Perez
FC Wichita
License: USSF B License

“We are excited for a return to play this season. Our mission is to play attractive football and entertain our fans all summer.”
Mark Mckeever
Des Moines Menace
License: NSCAA Premier (UEFA licensing started)

“We want to repeat and exceed our achievements of 2019 and have as many lads proceed through the pathway to the pros as is possible.”
Brian Kamler
Green Bay Voyagers
License: USSF B License in progress

“The Voyageurs are looking forward to returning to the pitch in USL League Two! Our club feels we have put together a competitive side in a very competitive conference. We cannot wait to get back on the field in front of our fans.”
Alex Nichols
Kaw Valley FC
License: USSF D License

“I am very appreciative for the opportunity to lead this program into the future. This is an outstanding organization with extremely high expectations, which is exactly the type of environment that I crave to be a part of. I have no doubt that this team will continue to build upon the foundation and success that Coach Urbanyi and all of the former Kaw Valley FC players have already created. I'm excited to bring the guys in and to get the 2021 season started.”

Mid South

Malek Ben-Musa
Round Rock Soccer Club
License: United Soccer Coaches National Diploma, USSF C License, Master's Degree in Soccer Coaching from Ohio University

“Our belief is our standard is to play with great effort always and to maintain a positive attitude regardless of the situation and to do the right thing always on and off the field. This belief will result in the positive outcomes we are striving to achieve.”
Adriano Versari
Corpus Christi FC
License: UEFA B & USSF A Licenses

“Playing high intensity, attacking soccer through possession, ball recovery and team balance with the ultimate goal of competing and winning every game.”
Josh Gardner
AHFC Royals
License: USSF A License

“I'm extremely happy with the group of players we have added to our roster. Our staff has put together a young but experienced roster that will push to play far into the postseason. As we continue to grow our club, our expectations continue to do the same. Our sight is set to win a USL League Two Championship and this is a roster we believe can get the job done.”
Luke Sanford
Mississippi Brilla FC
License: USSF C License, Advanced National License

“We are very excited about this upcoming season and the team we have coming together. I think we have improved the squad in just about every position and we are very pleased with the quality of people that will be in the team. We will hit the ground running just like everyone else and are looking forward to a great summer together learning from each other and maximizing the group's potential.”
Arez Ardalani
Texas United
License: USSF B License

“We've worked hard since 2019 to revamp how we grow players by creating a proper development process. Our new academy system will focus on development while our USL League Two team will focus on being as competitive as possible.”
Will Montgomery
Little Rock Rangers SC
License: USSF A License

“I'm very excited to be at a great club such as the Little Rock Rangers. This is a dream come true for me professionally. As I look at our schedule and the competitive strength of it, I know there will be challenges, but with the roster of players we have assembled, I know we are capable of meeting our supporters’ desires of representing the club well in our inaugural season of USL League Two. LET'S GO RANGERS!”
Gareth Glick
Bravos Valley Cavalry
License: USSF B License, USSF A license in progess

“We are excited about returning for the 2021 season. We hope to be able to continue the success of previous seasons while providing opportunities for our players to showcase their talents and excite young players that are watching from the stands in our community.”
Bruce Talbot
Houston FC
License: U.S. Soccer C License, National Youth License NSCAA Premier Diploma

“After the loss of the 2020 season, we are looking forward to showcasing our homegrown players that started with us as youth players when we formed in 2017. These players have developed in our culture of playing up against older competition and will be instrumental in bringing along our current youth players in our USL Academy program. Our squad is set and ready to compete with a winning mentality this summer.”

Great Lakes

Paul Nicholson
Kings Hammer FC
License: USSF National A-Youth

“We are looking forward to having a great inaugural season for Kings Hammer FC in an ultra-competitive Great Lakes Division. The level of the Division and League coming to Cincinnati is exciting for the club and its youth players”
Andrew Wagstaff
Flint City Bucks
License: UEFA A and USSF A licenses

“My staff and I are thoroughly excited to get back to work with the Flint City Bucks and the fantastic fans. We are very honored to represent this organization, which is expertly led by Costa, Dan and Gary. Therefore, our number one objective is to repay their trust by doing everything we can to repeat as National Champions. Gary Parsons, our GM, and I have worked diligently for months recruiting a strong squad of players to bring to Flint. We aim to give the fans a team to be proud of yet again by not only giving everything on the field, but by helping support and give back as much as we can to the community of Flint.”
Sid van Druenen
Dayton Dutch Lions
License: UEFA B

“I am excited to get to work with a talented group of players and I am looking forward to seeing our fans in the stands for our home opener on May 15th.”
Stuart Collins
Grand Rapids FC
License: USSF C, UEFA C, USC Advanced National Diploma

“I am very excited to get going with the boys. We have assembled what we feel is an extremely competitive roster filled with quality and experience. We are really excited to showcase what Grand Rapids has to offer at this level of the game.”
Shane Lyons
Kalamazoo FC
License: USSF D License

“We are excited to finally get started! I know our players are looking forward to playing and representing for our city! I expect our fans to be ready and louder than ever!”
Vincent Vasilevski
Oakland County FC
License: National D License, Advanced National Diploma

“I expect our team to compete with the very best in the conference. Can't wait to show the best fans in Michigan what we can do!”
Mike Avery
Fort Wayne FC
License: USSF A License

“We are very excited to get the 2021 USL League Two season underway. With the original inaugural season for the club postponed due to COVID, there is a lot of anticipation that has been building over the last year. FWFC has an incredible ownership group and operations staff and they have done a great job setting up a very professional environment. Now it is up to us on the field to do our job, and I think we have assembled a talented group of players that will represent the club very well in this inaugural season. We know that the Great Lakes Division is a very challenging division and we are looking forward to seeing exactly what it will take to compete at the top of USL League Two as that is our ultimate goal as a club.”
Thiago Pinto
South Bend Lions
License: USSF B License

“We are excited to create the best environment for young footballers to progress in the game and life, allowing them to be better human beings, leaders and people who care about serving others, not just themselves.”
Matt Johnson
Toledo Villa FC
License: USSF B License

“There are certainly a number of unknowns, moving into a higher level league after having missed all of last season due to the pandemic, with pretty much an entirely new roster of players and coaching staff from the last time Toledo Villa was on the field. That said, as a staff we feel good about the level and character of the players we're bringing in and we're really excited for the upcoming season.”

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