Minneapolis City SC is proud to announce that Matt vanBenschoten will be the head coach for the club’s senior side, the defending champion of the National Premier Soccer League’s (NPSL) North Conference and will participate in this year’s U.S. Open Cup.
Last season, vanBenschoten was head coach of Minneapolis City U23s and was assistant coach for the Crows’ undefeated NPSL team.
“Matt is here because be believes in our mission,” said club President Dan Hoedeman “and, as we go through this critical transition, it’s important that he knows our players–and they know him.”
Hoedeman continued, “Keith Kiecker, head coach of our inaugural season, had Adam Pribyl on his staff. Then Pribyl took over. Adam had Matt on his staff. Now Matt is taking over. The system that we have here, where our coaches come from within after they’ve learned the club, is a great way to ensure continuity, culture, and a shared understanding of our mission.”
“Our coaching search was wide” said Sporting Director Jon Bisswurm, who is in charge of recruitment and personnel, “and there were a lot of name candidates that were interested. But in Matt, we have a top coach, a coach the players respect, and a guy who is all-in on City. He is the top choice.”
Adam Pribyl, the club’s Athletics Director and head coach for the past two seasons is enthusiastic about the move, “in working with Matt, I am comfortable passing the reins to a coach that knows the mission and culture of the club, and does things the right way. Matt has a great feel for the game, and the right personality to manage players at this level. We are all very excited to see what Matt can do in the NPSL next season.”
Last season, the Crows were unstoppable. Their 10 wins set a conference record, their points total set a conference record, their goals scored set a conference record (and led the country), and they went unbeaten in conference play, another record. This season, there will be a level of transition, both in the coaching ranks and in the playing ranks.
“The reality at this level is it’s about constant evolution” said Hoedeman. “Especially because of our focus on local talent, and our track record of players moving into the pro ranks, we always have to be thinking about re-building our teams. Matt, having worked with the U23s, is uniquely capable of seeing that evolution through.”
“It’s an honor to be selected as the next head coach for Minneapolis City” — Matt vanBenschoten
“This is an incredible organization that I fell in love with when I started taking my kids to games three years ago, so to be put in a this position is something that I am truly grateful for” said vanBenschoten.
He continued, “I was fortunate last season to be able to learn so much from Adam while working with the NPSL team and I am excited to take that knowledge and build off the success we had last year. Our front office has laid a great foundation for us going into the 2019 season and I can’t wait to get in front our ‘Citizen’.”