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Christian Lavers

Lavers has helped develop elite players at every youth level, and has led teams to National Final Fours at 5 different levels - the ECNL National Finals, the USYS National Championships, the USASA National Championships, the W-League Final Four, and the WPSL Final Four.  As a staff coach with Eclipse Select in Illinois in 2006, Lavers helped lead Eclipse Select to 2 USYS National Championships (U15 and U17) and a USYS National Finalist (U18). In 2010, Lavers led the FC Milwaukee WPSL team to the Midwest Conference championship and WPSL Final Four. In 2011, Lavers’ FC Milwaukee U18 girls team became the first Wisconsin team ever (boys or girls) to win a USYS National Championship.  In 2013, his FC Wisconsin Eclipse U23 team advanced to the ECNL National Championship match.  Lavers is also an assistant coach for the Chicago Red Stars in the women’s professional league (NWSL).

Lavers has worked as an assistant coach with multiple US Soccer Youth National Teams, and holds the highest coaching licenses in the United States - the USSF "A" License, the USSF "Y" License, and the NSCAA Premier Diploma.  He also teaches the NSCAA / US Club Soccer "Director of Coaching" course.  Lavers is the President of the Elite Clubs National League and the Executive Vice President of US Club Soccer.

Andy Lee

Lee has been a staff coach with FC Wisconsin Eclipse since its founding in 2012.  Prior to that, Lee was the head men’s soccer coach at Viterbo University from 2006-2012, leading them to 4 straight Midwest Collegiate Conference semi-finals and one championship game, in five years. Lee holds a UEFA "B" license, the third highest coaching license in Europe, and worked previously in England with the Newcastle United Football Development Academy and the Northumberland Football Partnership. Lee is also currently a coach with Wisconsin USYS ODP.  While at Viterbo, Andy was also the Director of Coaching for Coulee Region United Soccer Association from 2009-2012, and the girls head coach at Aquinas High School from 2010-2012. 

Vito Parente

Parente has been a staff coach with FC Wisconsin Eclipse since its founding in 2012.  Prior to that, Parente was a member of the FC Milwaukee Nationals coaching staff for 6 years, working with teams at multiple age groups, and with both boys and girls.  Parente holds a US Soccer "C" license. Parente played collegiate soccer at St. Norberts and at Marian College in Wisconsin, where he won two Conference Championships and made two NCAA tournament appearances. 

Kate Markgraf

Markgraf has played at every level of women’s soccer in the world.  She played collegiately at the University of Notre Dame, where she was a 3-time All Big East selection, the 1997 Big East Defensive Player of the Year, and the Defensive MVP of the 1995 Notre Dame NCAA National Championship team.  Representing the United States, Markgraf played in 3 Olympic Games and 3 Women’s World Cups, where she won a silver medal (2000), 2 gold medals (2004, 2008), one World Cup Championship (1999), and two third place World Cup finishes (2003, 2007).  She is one of only 10 female players ever to earn 200 caps.

Professionally, Margraf played in the WUSA for the Boston Breakers and Chicago Red Stars, and in Sweden for KIF Obrero.  Currently, Markgraf is a color commentator for ESPN, where she worked as an analyst during the 2012 London Olympics and does a variety of college, professional, and international games.

Billy Solberg

Solberg joined FC Wisconsin Eclipse staff in 2013, when he returned to his hometown of Milwaukee to become the Director of Coaching for FC Wisconsin Nationals - the leading boys club in Wisconsin soccer.  Prior to coming back to Milwaukee, Solberg was the ECNL Director for Challenge Soccer Club in Houston, TX for many years. Before moving to Houston, Solberg led FC Milwaukee boys teams to 2 USYS National Finals in 2005 and 2006, losing the 2006 National Championship in a penalty shoot-out.  Solberg was also the Head Womens Soccer Coach at the University of Houston from 2001-2005.

Joana Bielefeld

Bielefeld played college soccer her freshman year for Ohio University, transferring at the end of the year to play 3 years for the University of Wisconsin.  She finished her eligibility in 2012, after starting 41 games in her final two seasons and being named Academic All-Big 10 in both 2011 and 2012.  During her career at Wisconsin, she helped the Badgers to two NCAA tournament appearances (2010, 2012) and a 33-19-9 record.  In her youth career, Joana trained under the same developmental curriculum currently used at FC Wisconsin Eclipse, leading her team to 2 Regional Finals, the Surf Cup Final, and the Disney final – a list of performances that made them one of the most successful teams in Wisconsin history. She also helped lead her WPSL team to the 2010 WPSL Final Four.

David Check

Check played goalkeeper for Marquette University, finishing his eligibility in 2011. During his career he earned Big East Goalkeeper of the Week multiple times, and led the Big East in saves in 2010. He started 18 out of 21 games in each of the 2010 and 2011 seasons, leading the team to the 2011 Big East Blue Division Championship. Over the past years he has coached goalkeepers at Camp Shut-Out, working under many top level goalkeeping coaches, including former FC Wisconsin Eclipse goalkeeper coach Hideki Nakada (currently at the University of Oregon).

Monica Cieslak

Cieslak was a founding staff coach of FC Wisconsin Eclipse.  Prior to that, she was a member of the FC Milwaukee Nationals coaching staff for 10 years, where she has been the assistant coach for the FC Milwaukee WPSL team since its inception, including with the 2010 WPSL Final Four team. She has worked at multiple levels, including with the U15-U18 FC Milwaukee ECNL teams in 2011-2012. Prior to working with FC Milwaukee, Monica was a Wisconsin USYS ODP program staff coach as well as a coach with the Milwaukee Kickers. Monica holds a US Soccer “C” license.

 


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