BENNINGTON SOCCER CLUB
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Board of Director Bios
The position of BENSC President is currently vacant.
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!
Director of Business Development
Michael and his wife Kelly are active parents in the Bennington community. Their oldest son, Cayden, has been active in BENSC since 2018 and started playing soccer at the age of 3. Their youngest, Olivia, has been active in BENSC since 2020.
Cawcutt has built a career in Design and helping others. Joining the BENSC board allows him the chance to support the Bennington community and share the love of the game!
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.
Wally Wright has been a Bennington resident since 2003 and involved with BENSC for over 12 years. He started coaching when his daughter joined the club in 2009. He continued to coach her throughout her time with the club and even after she left.
Wally has also served on the board in a few different roles and he is thrilled about being the ADOC for the developmental age. He has extensive experience coaching from dev up to competitive and is excited to help manage and grow the dev level.
Wally and his wife Michelle have one daughter, Lauren, who plans on continuing to play in college when her high school career is over.
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.
Steve has played soccer from age 5 through 18. Steve and his wife, Jessica, have four children, Josie (12 years old), Liam (10 years old), Lilly (7 years old), and Maggie (5 years old).
Steve and his family are incredibly active in the Bennington community. Jessica is a nurse who volunteers at Bennington Schools assisting the nursing staff with screenings and as a room mom. Steve has earned several coaching licenses and currently coaches U11 boys, U8 girls, and U6 girls Bennington soccer teams and a 4th-grade boys Bennington basketball team. In the past, Steve has also coached a few seasons of youth boys flag football and a season of youth boys baseball in Bennington. Currently, Steve serves as the Tournament Director for the Bennington Spring Kickoff Cup and a Bennington Soccer Club Board Member. In addition, Steve has been known to perform at the Orpheum Theater for the dad's dance during my kids' dance recital.
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.