FROM THE COACH:
We are very excited about the young women, both current and newcomers, participating in the Spring 2016 Thunder Girls Soccer program. Our Varsity, JV and C programs are once again undergirded by a great coaching staff, with solid soccer and youth ministry backgrounds. Last year’s Varsity team really came together towards the end of the season. By playoff time, we were very competitive, and lost a close playoff game to the eventual state champion, setting the stage for great expectations in 2016. I think this year’s Varsity team has the opportunity to gel much earlier in the season, and use our very difficult schedule to understand what it will take to compete for a state title, when it comes to speed of play and execution. We have the talent to be competitive at the highest level. It is just a matter of our coaches and players together figuring things out from a team tactic standpoint, then executing. Finally, I am moving into a supporting role as associate head coach, as longtime associate head coach Mark Twellman takes the reigns as head coach. Because of Mark’s huge knowledge of the game and great ability to get the most out of our players, we are poised for even greater success in not only developing great soccer players, but young women of great character. With Mark’s great coaching style, and our difficult schedule, every game will be very competitive and enjoyable to watch, so I encourage all soccer fans to put us on your schedule, and we look forward to seeing you this Spring at the games. God bless, Associate Head Coach Enna
God bless, Associate Head Coach Enna
Associate Head Coach Enna
Coach Mark Twellman
Coach Mark Twellman has been involved in St. James soccer since 2009, beginning as a volunteer assistant, then to the JV level, before joining Coach Enna at the Varsity level as associate head coach in 2015. He grew up in St. Louis playing soccer for Scott Gallagher Soccer Club, continued at Chaminade College Prep as a member of the State and National Championship team in 2002-03, and went on to Rockhurst University. His studies took him away from the game as he pursued his Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy, where he now practices in the KC metro area as a home health PT. Much like in his profession, Coach Twellman enjoys challenging his players to become the best version of themselves on and off the field. Aligning with the mission of St. James, Coach Twellman relishes the opportunity to use the beautiful game of soccer to enhance each player’s relationship with Christ. Mark is married to his wife, Jen, and has 4 wonderful kids: Leah, Harvey, Harrison and Jack with a 5th to be born in December of 2015.