Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis City SC launch event today was punctuated by the introduction of the team’s coaching staff.
“We want to provide a professionally amateur environment for our players” said club Chairman Dan Hoedeman. “An environment that is high performance in every way, and also keeps them NCAA eligible. The right coaching staff is critical to that.”
Keith Kiecker will take the role of Head Coach. As a player, Kiecker turned out for University of Louisville and the Twin Cities Tornado (PDL). As a coach, Kiecker worked with elite players in southern California and, uniquely, has also spent time in financial services and on Wall Street.
“Keith’s coaching ability is top notch, and his experience outside of soccer has helped make him a supreme communicator and motivator” – Hoedeman
Jeremy Iwaszkowiec will take the role of Assistant Coach. Iwaszkowiec played college ball at Clemson, is currently head coach at Bethel University and brings professional coaching chops and a passion for giving back to the community that made him a perfect fit for City.
“He was an extremely talented player who has become a very talented coach. He provides great tactical and technical knowledge while seeing the bigger picture for the players, the organization, and the community.” – Kiecker
Adam Pribyl was named Goalkeeper Coach. A goalkeeper at St John’s as a player, Pribyl also has a wealth of coaching experience at different levels.
“Adam will be a huge asset to our goalies and players alike. He brings several skill sets that not many coaches have and it’s great to have him on the staff.” – Kiecker
Additionally, the club welcomed Alan Merrick as Technical Director.
“What can you say about Alan that hasn’t been said? He’s been so involved with soccer in Minnesota for so long, he’s done so much for the sport, it’s fantastic to have him involved on the technical side” said Kiecker.
“He will help the entire staff – the entire organization – be better” said Hoedeman.