FC Wisconsin is excited to announce that coach Monica Gonyo will be moving into a full-time position in the club as the Milwaukee Pre-ECNL and Goalkeeping Director this fall. In this role, Monica will be responsible for oversight of the club’s U11-U12 Programs and the club’s goalkeepers at all age groups.
Monica has been coaching in the club since 2016, after starring at Loyola University and playing 1 year professionally in the NWSL with the Chicago Red Stars. As a player, Gonyo won the U18 National Championship in 2011 – the first national championship ever won by a Wisconsin youth team, as well as a WPSL National Championship in 2015. She set all-time records at Loyola for career shut-outs, single season goals-against average, and career goals-against average.
“We are thrilled to have Monica join the club full-time this fall, and to have her working with our goalkeepers and coordinating programming for the U11 and U12 age groups,” said Executive Director Hayley Lavers. “Monica has proven her ability to teach and inspire players, and is totally committed to the methods, process, and values of our club.”
The Pre-ECNL Program is for players at the U11 and U12 age groups, and is the transition between the Youth Academy and the 11v11 game that begins at U13. Monica will work closely with new Youth Academy Director Joana Bielefeld to insure that there is a smooth and efficient learning curve as players move from one program to the next in these foundation age groups, with Youth Director of Coaching Andy Lee overseeing the planning and periodization for both programs.
“Monica will do a fantastic job continuing the development of our players in the Pre-ECNL Program, and helping prepare them for U13 soccer,” said Andy Lee. “We are also very fortunate to have her work with and plan the development of goalkeepers of all ages – from the first days of formal goalkeeping training at U11 to the U18 graduating seniors.”
“I am excited and grateful to be able to take on this role at FC Wisconsin,” said Monica. “As I already know from my own personal experience, this club not only develops players, but also better people. I can’t wait to give back even more. I enjoy working with all ages in the club and watching the girls grow from one age to the next, both goalkeepers and field players. The club has a great tradition, high standards, and a mission I truly believe in and embrace.”
By having an experienced and full-time coach lead the Milwaukee Pre-ECNL Program, FC Wisconsin is demonstrating the club’s commitment to providing an exceptional learning environment at every age group in the club, and to providing a seamless transition in teaching, learning, and experience as players move from one age group to the next. For more information on the Pre-ECNL Program, click here. To sign your daughter up for try-outs for the Milwaukee Pre-ECNL Program this June, click here. To sign your daughter up for try-outs for the Madison Pre-ECNL Program this June, click here.