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Coaches

Nick McDonald, Head Coach

Hometown: Kansas City, MO                      College: Rockhurst University

Nick McDonald has spent his last five years as an assistant coach at Rockhurst University. McDonald has helped lead the Hawks to a 60-15-11 record while winning three regular season GLVC titles and two GLVC tournament titles. He was also a key part of the coaching staff that helped the hawks reach three straight NCAA Final Fours in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Nick has also been the director of player development throughout his time at Rockhurst. He has taken charge of running the Development Squad at Rockhurst University and helped create and run a Development League with five other colleges in the Kansas City area.

 

In addition to coaching at Rockhurst University, Nick has also been the assistant coach at Pierce County FC, who play in the NPSL. He also has spent time coaching for various youth clubs throughout Kansas City. Nick has also done private soccer trainings since 2013. For more information on private lessons, you can reach him at his email listed.

Nick started all four years at Rockhurst University from 2010-13. He helped lead the Hawks to three NCAA tournaments and the NCAA Final Four in his senior season. Nick was voted All-GLVC and All-Region three years.

 

Nick also has a lot of experience playing for various semi-professional and professional teams. While in college Nick played for the Kansas City Brass. After college, Nick had stints at West Virginia Chaos, Des Moines Menace and Pierce County FC. Nick also played professional indoor soccer for the Tulsa Revolution and for the Kansas City Comets.

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Jose Ramos, WPSL Head Coach

Hometown: Santa Isabel, Brazil                      College: MidAmerica Nazarene University

Coach Jose Ramos holds a USSF "D" license along with GK 1 and Futsal 1 diplomas through USCA, and serves as an assistant coach for MidAmerica Nazarene University's women's soccer program and as a club coach for Toca FC.

As a player, Ramos took the field with Brazilian professional academies from age 12 to 17, and played NCAA D1 soccer with Albany University, NCAA D2 soccer with Notre Dame College, and NAIA soccer with MidAmerica Nazarene. In addition, Ramos has also played professional indoor soccer with the Kansas City Comets.

Coach Ramos is excited to provide a high level playing experience to local girls who would love to continue to play during their off season in an environment where the coaches will make the players feel welcomed, and a place where they will enjoy themselves playing. Ramos wants to immerse even more women’s soccer teams into the Kansas City community and is excited for the opportunity to help the ladies grow as people and athletes, and he coaches to show individuals how to strive towards growth through discipline, dedication, positivity and passion.

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Kayla Wyrsch, WPSL Assistant Coach

Hometown: San Fransisco, CA                      College: MidAmerican Nazarene University

Coach Kayla Wyrsch was born and raised in San Fransisco, California. She came to MNU in the fall of 2017 where she played for five seasons, having a successful career being named team captain in her senior season. She joined the coaching staff in January of 2022, after graduating from the university in December of 2021 with a degree in Kinesiology. She currently coaches for Kansas City Legends Soccer Club.

In May of 2022, she joined Sunflower State FC as an assistant coach. The team that season won the central conference championship for UWS2.

"I coach because I want to give the girls the opportunities I had to succeed in a competitive and healthy environment. I believe a coach can have such an impact on a player both on and off the field, and I want to provide a space to see woman grow in their own personal way both in soccer and in life. I am excited to continue being a part of the MNU and giving back to the program for the amazing relationships and growth I have had throughout my years here."

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Austin Engleman, Assistant Coach

Hometown: Nixa, MO                                 College: Rockhurst University

Austin started coaching in high school helping with his younger brother's team on 417FC or the Nixa Terminators back then. He double majored in mathematics and secondary education and graduated with a mathematics degree in 2017. Then he was a varsity assistant Coach at Blue Valley High school for three years, while he student taught, and the two years he taught in district from 2017-2020. During that time he coached girls and boys varsity, and one season head coach C team. In winter 2018, he joined Fountain City Football Club. Club Directors Gregg Hudson and Anthony Walker started in the fall. From kindergarten to high-school and he's coached 2, 3, or 4 teams depending on the year. He coaches U13 and U14 boys at the moment for the club! For sunflower, he is excited to be around a high level of play that these guys bring every day in training and games. They compete every day out there, it’s a high level of competition and soccer IQ around the guys.
 

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Matthew Pritchett, Assistant Coach

Hometown: St. Louis, MO                                 College: Rockhurst University

Coach Pritchett has been the Boys and Girls Head Soccer coach at Pembroke Hill since 1999. He has amassed over 200 wins on the boys side and over 100 wins with the girls. He has coached for over 20 years in the Kansas City area at the club, ODP and high school levels. He holds a national C and Coach Educator License from USSF and coaching licenses from The United Soccer Coaches.  He was on the men's staff at Rockhurst University as well as the technical director for Sporting Brookside Soccer Club.

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Evan Morrow, Goalkeeper Coach

Hometown: Kansas City, MO                                 College: Bellmont Abbey

Evan grew up playing soccer in Kansas City, attending Park Hill South HS. He was awarded All State honors his final 2 years. He played 4 years at Belmont Abbey an NCAA Division 2 school. During those 4 years, the team went from a last place team to seeding 1st and 2nd for playoffs his last two year. Effectively helping change a culture as the team went on to win a conference championship a year after his graduation.  

Evan is also the son of Ken Morrow who played Ice Hockey for the New York Islanders for 10 seasons in the NHL and was also a part of the 1980 United States Olympic Hockey Team which is most well-known for the Miracle on Ice.

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