COACHING STAFF

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ALAN MERRICK

Head Coach - Gold

Born in England, Alan played professionally at the highest level with West Bromwich Albion and the England U-18 National team. He then traveled to the United States, where he signed with the Minnesota Kicks of the North American Soccer League and was capped for the US National Team. He has been at the helm of Minnesota Club soccer for over 20 years.

MIKE SWENSON

Head Coach - Maroon

Mike Swenson has been leading Maroon since 2017. Under his guidance, Maroon has seen a remarkable rise, qualifying for the national tournament 3 times in 4 seasons and becoming a top opponent in the region over many schools top club teams. A former Gopher himself, Swenson led the club team in scoring his senior year before taking over as coach the following season.

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JOSEPH HARRIS

Assistant Coach

Joseph Harris joined the Gophers coaching staff in 2021 after a successful playing career with Minnesota. He led the line up front for the Gophers until his graduation in 2019, and has come back to pass on his knowledge to the new generation.