Lavers is the FC Wisconsin Director of Coaching and oversees all club staff and programs. He has helped develop elite players at every level, with players that have gone on to play for US youth national teams, professional teams, and hundreds that have moved on to play collegiate soccer.
Lavers 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. In 2013, his FC Wisconsin U23 team advanced to the ECNL National Championship match. In 2011, Lavers’ U18 girls team became the first Wisconsin team ever (boys or girls) to win a USYS National Championship. In 2010, he led his WPSL team to the Midwest Conference championship and WPSL Final Four. Lavers was an assistant coach for the Chicago Red Stars in the women’s professional league (NWSL) for 3 years (2013-2015), helping lead the team to 2nd place in the 2015 season, and was a tactical consultant for the team in 2017.
Lavers has worked as an assistant coach with multiple US Soccer Youth National Teams, holds the USSF "A" License, the USSF "Y" License, and the NSCAA Premier Diploma, and teaches the NSCAA / US Club Soccer "Director of Coaching" course. Lavers is the President of the Elite Clubs National League.
Youth Director of Coaching
Lee oversees the Youth Academy (U8-U10), the Pre-ECNL Program (U11-U12) and the U13-U14 ECNL and Regional Competitive Program. Lee has been a staff coach with FC Wisconsin since its founding in 2012.
Prior to joining the club, 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 worked previously in England with the Newcastle United Football Development Academy and the Northumberland Football Partnership. 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.
Hayley Lavers has extensive experience coaching in youth, college, and professionally across the United States. She coached at Georgetown University from 2011 to 2013, and was the Youth Director at Bethesda Soccer Club in Maryland from 2011 to 2015 in the ECNL. She was an assistant in the NWSL women's professional league with the Washington Spirit in 2015 as well.
As a player, Hayley was a member of multiple US Soccer youth national teams, and starred collegiately at Santa Clara University. After college, she played professionally in Germany in the second division of the Bundesliga before injuries ended her playing career.
Youth Academy Director - Milwaukee
Bielefeld has coached in the club since 2015, and became the Youth Academy Director in the Fall of 2018. She has a Masters in Sports and Performance Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Joana played college soccer her freshman year at Ohio University, transferring at the end of the year to play 3 years at 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, 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.
Pre-ECNL and Goalkeeping Director
Gonyo had a distinguished playing career as a youth, collegiate and professional goalkeeper. As a youth player Gonyo was trained by forrmer FC Wisconsin goalkeeping coach Hideki Nakada, now an assistant coach at Stanford University. Under his tutelage Gonyo won the 2011 U18 USYS National Championship while being named the "Golden Glove" best goalkeeper in the event. She moved on to Loyola University in Chicago where she set the school's all-time records for career shut-outs, single season goals-against average, and career goals-against average. After her collegiate career, Gonyo played with the NWSL's Chicago Red Stars, behind Canadian National team legend Karina LeBlanc, and was the starting goalkeeper for the 2015 WPSL National Championship winners.
Director of FC Wisconsin - Madison Program
Lyon (formerly Jermier) was an outside midfielder in youth soccer, and helped lead her U18 team to the first and only youth national championship ever won by a Wisconsin youth team, boys or girls, in 2011. After overcoming a broken leg and then an ACL injury in her first two years of college, Jermier went on to become one of the most decorated players in Marquette history.
Jacie earned three straight BIG EAST All-Academic team honors (2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15), as well as 2014 ALL-BIG EAST Second team honors and 2014 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team in her junior year. During the summer before her senior year she claimed her second national championship, leading the Chicago Red Star Reserves to the 2015 WPSL National Championship. In her senior year at Marquette, she claimed 2015 ALL-BIG EAST First Team honors and was a 2015 Senior CLASS Award Candidate – one of 30 women’s players across the country recognized for loyalty, achievement, and leadership. A two-year captain at Marquette, Lyon started every game in her final two seasons in the program.
Jacie graduated in 2015 with a BA in Biomedical Sciences, providing her great knowledge and insight on the physical demands of the game and on proper training methodology to maximize athletic performance while reducing injury risk.
Staff Coach - Milwaukee
Kara played at Seattle University where she led her team in goals and assists and is in the top ten goal scorers in team history. Her senior year she was named to the All West Coast team as well as being named the Seattle University Female Athlete of the Year. She played for the Women's Sounders Team in the W-League and coached for the Sounders youth programs as well as ECNL club Crossfire Premier out of Redmond Washington.
Staff Coach - Milwaukee
Malen is a Brookfield native and played midfielder for Brookfield Central High School, leading the team to a 1992 State Championship. Malen then continued playing at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and was on the 1995 National Championship Men’s Soccer Team. He has been a youth team and soccer camp coach throughout the years in the Milwaukee & Madison areas and currently has two daughters participating in the FC Wisconsin program.
Staff Coach - Milwaukee
Solberg joined FC Wisconsin 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.
Staff Coach - Madison
Chrissy Watson is a McFarland, WI native who played club and high school soccer on Madison's east side before going on to play for the University of Wisconsin Badgers and in the W-League with the Rockford Dactyls. Chrissy initially coached for the Madison 56ers from 1997 to 2003 before moving to Texas, earning all-conference honors playing for West Texas A&M University while earning a master's degree in sport and exercise science. Before returning to Madison in 2013, she coached for multiple clubs in Amarillo, TX and Houston, TX, as well as in the South Texas Olympic Development Program. Chrissy earned her USSF "A" license in 2007.
Staff Coach - Madison
Drew Watson is a pediatric sports medicine physician and team physician for the University of Wisconsin Badgers who earned his USSF National Youth License in 1999 and his "A" license in 2001. Watson played collegiately at Trinity University in San Antonio before starting his coaching career in Madison with the Madison 56ers from 1997-2003. He was a founder of Madison Capitol Elite in 2001 in the Super-Y League – spearheading the efforts to bring the best players in Madison together for the first time. While away at graduate and medical school, Watson also coached youth girls for 5 years in Texas with High Plains Drifters SC and Space City FC before returning to Madison in 2013.
Staff Coach - Madison
Christina Toda is a Madison-native, and played goalkeeper at Boston University, graduating in 2008 after winning 2 America East Championships and qualifying for 3 NCAA Tournaments. Toda was First Team All-Conference and America East Goalkeeper of the Year her senior year. After college, Toda coached collegiately with Rutgers-Newark Women’s Soccer, Seton Hall University, and Farleigh Dickinson before moving back to Madison in 2014.