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Board of Director Bios

Executive Board Members

OFFICE NAME EMAIL
President Terry Landes president@benningtonsoccer.org
Vice President Ami Baas vp@benningtonsoccer.org
Treasurer Ratina Crawford treasurer@benningtonsoccer.org
Registrar Jeff Kaiser registrar@benningtonsoccer.org
Director of Coaching Ed Anibal coaching@benningtonsoccer.org

Board of Directors

OFFICE NAME EMAIL
Assistant Director of Coaching - Dev Alex Saunders technicaldirector@benningtonsoccer.org
Assistant Director of Coaching - 9U-12U Batsi Mutize ADOC1@benningtonsoccer.org
Assistant Director of Coaching - 13U-19U Bailey Gabler ADOC2@benningtonsoccer.org
Director of Competition Mark Wittland competitionmanager@benningtonsoccer.org
Director of Apparel Ryan Huse apparel@benningtonsoccer.org
Director of Facilities Bryce Miller facilities@benningtonsoccer.org
OFFICE NAME EMAIL
Administrator Leah Kinworthy administrator@benningtonsoccerclub.org

Committees

OFFICE NAME EMAIL
Tournament Director Steve Shannon tournamentdirector@benningtonsoccer.org
Tournament Events Chair Nichole Andersen events@benningtonsoccer.org
Land Development Chair Malea Melis landchair@benningtonsoccer.org
Land Development Coordinator Charles McFarland cmcfarland@jeo.com
Community Outreach Coordinator Wally Wright communityrelations@benningtonsoccer.org
Fundraising Chair Brian & Kim Hanusek fundraising@benningtonsoccer.org
Mother Son Dance Chair Ali Van Winkle benscdonations@gmail.com

Terry Landes - President

 - President

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.

Ami Baas - Vice President

Leah Kinworthy

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 Crawford - Treasurer

Jeff Kaiser - Registrar

Jeff has been actively involved with BENSC as a coach since 2011. He joined the Board of Directors in June 2013 as a Division Coordinator and Club Registrar. He received his E Coaching license in July 2013.

Jeff successfully transitioned our club's registration system to Blue Sombrero in April 2017 to align with Nebraska State Soccer's registration and technology partner. 

He is married to Lisa and their three children - Kaylee, Ava, and Austin - play for BENSC. Jeff enjoys watching our players develop, compete and have fun. 

Ed Anibal - Director of Coaching Development

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.

Alex Saunders - Assistant Director of Coaching - Developmental

Alex started playing soccer at the age of 5 and has since loved the game. She played select soccer starting at the age of 8 where she traveled throughout the Midwest Region. Alex was also part of ODP and went on to play four years of college soccer at Wayne State in Wayne, Nebraska. Alex played mostly center back but was asked to play outside midfield and outside back as well. 

Alex is a teacher at Anchor Pointe Elementary. She currently teaches 5th grade. In addition to her Technical Director of Developmental Age Group duties for the Club, Alex is the Head Girls Soccer Coach for Bennington High School. 

Alex truly believes the next best thing after playing is having the opportunity to coach. 

Batsi Mutize - Assistant Director of Coaching - 9U-12U

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.

Mark Wittland - 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.

Ryan Huse - 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.  

Bryce Miller - Director of Facilities

Bryce Miller

Bryce has been a part of Bennington Soccer Club since he moved to Bennington in 2007 and a part of the Board since 2015 as field manager. Bryce has also coached for the Club for several years in the developmental age groups and also served as an assistant coach for his son's team. 

Bryce and his wife, Tiffany, enjoy watching their three kids learn, develop, and play soccer through the Bennington Soccer program. 

Bryce works for Verizon enabling new products for network and security solutions. 

Charles McFarland - Land Development Coordinator

Charles McFarland - Land Coordinator

Charles joined BENSC in 2018.   Charles is the father of 5 children, which he has  coached his eldest son and daughter at other clubs.

His eldest daughter has played for BENSC since the fall of 2017. 

Charles moved to Bennington in the summer of 2017.

Charles has been in the Civil Engineering Field for over 13 years.  He has experience in sports field design, as well as overall site and utility design.

Wally Wright - Community Outreach

Wally Wright - Dibs Coordinator

My wife and I moved to Bennington as newlyweds over 15 years ago and we immediately fell in love with the community. Our daughter started playing for the club when she was 5 and I have been coaching in some capacity with the club the same length of time. As this position came open I decided to become more involved with BENSC and look forward to the experience.
I’ve served on a few nonprofit boards and I am excited to help in anyway that I can moving forward.

Leah Kinworthy - Administrator

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 (2007) and Sean (2010), 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.

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