Board of Director Bios
Terry and his wife Sherry have been involved with the Bennington Soccer Club as soccer parents since 2016 when their sons, Corey and Zach, began playing. While Terry’s collegiate athletic experience comes as a former college baseball player, it is his leadership experience in both academia and community organizations which benefit the BENSC.
After serving on the staff at Theta Chi International Headquarters in Indianapolis as a Leadership and Education Consultant, Terry was hired by the University of Michigan. While on staff at the University of Michigan Terry was honored to teach Leadership Development as an adjunct instructor in the Sociology Department. After several years at the University of Michigan, Terry moved to Macomb, Illinois where he served in leadership roles in the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce, the Development Board of the McDonough County Hospital, and the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army.
Having grown up playing soccer my entire life, I couldn't wait for my daughter to take on the same love of the game that I have. I was looking for a club that would challenge my daughter on the field with coaching styles that would help her grow as a player as well as an individual. I was fortunate enough to find this in Bennington. We have been blessed with amazing coaches and teammates.
I joined the board in 2014. I have learned that BENSC is more than a regular club. It's a family. I am excited about the growth our Club is seeing. I am looking forward to watching our players continue to grow as players and as individuals and to love the game of soccer!
Ratina and her husband Matt (a Bennington graduate) have been involved with Bennington Soccer since 2014. Ratina has four children; Bodie (2011), Jolie (2012), Berklie (2014), and Maddie (2017); in which three, and soon to be four, of her children are playing soccer for BENSC.
Ratina is a stay at home mom with a business management background. She joined the Bennington Soccer Club board at Treasurer in January 2020.
Ratina looks forward to helping the Bennington Soccer Club continue to grow and aid kids with their love of soccer.
Director of Competition
Mark comes from a soccer family and played from age 5 up until high school. He has multiple nieces and nephews that play or have played at the college level. Soccer was his number one sport growing up and has been the same with his daughters growing up.
Mark has coached soccer for almost 9 years and also coached track and cross county for a club in the Omaha area until recently. He started coaching at BENSC in 2012 and has loved every minute of it.
Mark has two daughters, Calla has taken the path of running track and cross country, after a number of years out on the pitch. Elle plays with the 2007 BENSC United team which Mark currently coaches. Elle plans on playing at the high school someday.
Mark thinks we have great opportunities here in Bennington and is happy to join a board that is so invested in this club and looks forward to great things ahead.
Director of Coaching
Ed joined BENSC as Director of Coaching Development in June 2018. He has extensive playing and coaching experience. His father was a Colonel in the Air Force, and Ed’s soccer career began while the family was living in Germany.
Ed was a four-year varsity soccer player in Las Vegas winning three state championships as a forward.
Ed played Division I soccer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) from 1985-1988. Prior to his sophomore year, he transitioned from offensive player to defense and remained the starting sweeper throughout his collegiate career.
While at UNLV he earned several awards and honors including: three NCAA tournament appearances, Big West champions 1985 and 1987 (AKA: Pacific Coast Athletic Association, PCAA), 1986, 1987, 1988 all Big-West honors for defense, 1987 All far-West honors, All American candidate, Herman trophy award nominee/finalist, and Inducted into the UNLV Hall of Fame as part of the 1985 UNLV Men’s soccer team (18-2-2 overall record).
He represented UNLV and the West at the 1987 United States Olympic Sports Festival held in Raleigh-Durham North Carolina
Ed was selected to participate in the Senior Bowl and was subsequently drafted 7th overall by the Kansas City Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) in 1989. The only major professional soccer league at the time. (pre-MLS).
Ed coached with Las Vegas Premier Youth soccer club and won several state championships in various age groups.
Ed is married to Lisa and has four children: Emma who participates in volleyball and track, Hayden soccer and track, Edward soccer, baseball, and football, and Graham, who will begin play in a few years.
My involvement with Bennington Soccer Club started when my oldest, who is now in college, was five. Fast forward to today what was supposed to be a one year stint as a volunteer coach has turned into over a decade of coaching all three of my daughters and dozens of other girls and boys in their respective developmental and competitive teams for BENSC.
Currently I am the lead instructor for the 2009G age group and also the head coach of the club's high school girls team. I am extremely grateful to be a part of their soccer journey.
I have been very fortunate to be surrounded by men and women - through coaching and past club and state board experience - who are as passionate about the game and who collectively have made a positive impact for the ones that truly matter - our players.
I look forward to helping BENSC continue to provide the best possible soccer experience for our kids.
Batsi was born and raised in Zimbabwe and moved to the United States in 2001. He grew up watching and playing alot of soccer and is a lifelong fan of the Liverpool Football Club.
Batsi attended Morningside College in Sioux City, IA and played on the men's soccer team. He then attended University of Nebraska Medical Center to become a Physician Assistant. He is employed at OrthoNebraska.
Batsi and his wife, Lisa, have two boys Noah and Micah, who are both involved in BENSC..
Bailey grew up in Omaha. She played for Elite Girls Academy and Millard North High School girls varsity soccer team. Bailey attended and played college soccer at Washburn University in Topeka, KS where she graduated with a degree in Biology. She works for the Urology Cancer Center as a Clinical Research Coordinator. Bailey and her husband, Dan, have a little girl named Collins Jessie.
Director of Apparel
Ryan and his wife Angie have been a part of the Bennington Soccer Club as parents since 2010. They have three kids who all play Bennington soccer: Justine (2005), Nicole (2011), and Austin (2013). Ryan has also been active with the development age groups throughout the years as either a head coach or assistant coach.
He grew up playing soccer through various clubs in the Sioux City area and was highly involved with refereeing during those high school years.
Ryan is a Service Manager for Cintas. Cintas is the nation's leading industrial uniform service provider.
Director of Facilities
Mark has been a Bennington resident since 2012 and involved with the Bennington Soccer Club since 2015. Mark and his wife, Ally, have two children, Leo and Parker, who are actively involved in many Bennington sports clubs. Mark has been the coach of many - flag football, basketball and soccer teams. Mark has coached for the Bennington Soccer Club for 2 years now. Mark's soccer experience comes from playing soccer since he was 6 years old in both competitive and recreational leagues. Mark's soccer play continued throughout high school and intramural soccer in college. Mark's position on the Bennington Soccer Club Board as Facilities Director pairs nicely with his 23 years experience in the landscaping industry as well as lifelong experience in the construction industry. Mark is excited to see the continued growth in the Bennington community and how this will help the Bennington Soccer Club in the years to come. This exponential growth will require careful planning to ensure the Bennington Soccer Club continues as the top soccer club in the community.
Leah has a long and diverse background in sports. She played basketball, softball and volleyball at the varsity level in high school and she went on to play basketball in college.
Leah is an assistant coach for the BENSC United girls team.
Leah is married to Ryan and they have two children; Camryn and Sean, that have been playing soccer for BENSC for many years.
Leah is the owner of LaRK Consulting and is working with BENSC to help grow and expand the club.