Grizzly Soccer Academy 

Academy Staff

The Grizzly Soccer Academy is a training experience that is second to none due to the outstanding level of its coaches.Each Academy is staffed by top men’s and women’s college soccer coaches from around the country, along with The University of Montana coaching staff and players as well as guest coaches and players from around the soccer world.One of the goals is to expose every level of player to some of the best coaches available to them. We want to maximize the potential of individual players in a challenging, fun atmosphere. As a new player you will be introduced to this great game, as a seasoned player you will be given the information to help you become a better player, and as an advanced player you will see what it is like at the college level and be exposed to coaches who can help you get there. Whether you are a player just starting out in our great game, a seasoned player looking for an edge to raise her or his game to a higher level, an experienced player looking to find out what it takes to play at the collegiate level, a goalkeeper looking to be the best, or a team looking to capture a league or conference championship – The Grizzly Soccer Academy offers a training program and environment for you that is second to none due to the members of our staff.

Here is a listing of present and past coaches of the Grizzly Soccer Academy:

Mark Plakorus Head Women's Soccer Coach, The University of Montana
USSF 'A' License

Former Associate Head Women's Soccer Coach, TCU (NCAA Div I)

Former Assistant Women's Soccer Coach, Tulsa (NCAA Div I)

Former Assistant Women's Soccer Coach, University of Iowa (NCAA Div I)

Former Assistant Women's Soccer Coach, Air Force Academy (NCAA Div I)

Former Assistant Men's Soccer Coach, Colorado-Colorado Springs (NCAA Div II)

Former player, Colorado Springs Ascent 14, PDL

Former player, Colorado Springs Rattlers, SWISL

Sophie Clough 

USSF 'B' License
Former Player for England Women's National Team -- U17, U19, U21
Former Player at Oregon State University

Former Assistant Women's Soccer Coach, Lamar University (NCAA DIV I)
Former Assistant Women's Soccer Coach, University of Montana (NCAA DIV I)


Eric Lona

USSF 'B' License
Former Player at High Point University (NCAA DIV I)
Former Player for Aalborg BK (Denmark First Division)
Former coach Southern California ODP

Former Assistant Women's Soccer Coach, MSU-Billings (NCAA DIV II)
Former Assistant Women's Soccer Coach, University of Montana (NCAA DIV I)


Vijay Dias  

Former Assistant Women's Soccer Coach, University of Montana (NCAA DIV I)

Former Assistant Women's Soccer Coach, Northern Arizona (NCAA DIV I)

Former Assistant Men's Soccer Coach, Carroll College (NAIA)
Former Player at Indiana University -- NCAA National Champion

Former Professional Player -- Eagles FC Kerala -- Cochin, Kerala, India
Former Player for Columbus Crew, NY/NJ Metrostarrs -- MLS
Former Player for LA Blues -- USL


Kerri Hanks

Former professional player -- Sky Blue FC (WUSA Champion)

Former US Women's National Team (U19, U23)

Former Assistant Women's Soccer Coach -- TCU

Former Player at Notre Dame

4 Time All-American

2 Time Herman Trophy Winner

Holds 76 Notre Dame/NCAA scoring records

U19 World Champion (US Women's U19 World Cup)

KC Crabb Staff Coach, Lonestar Soccer Club -- Austin, TX
USSF 'A' License
Assistant Women's Soccer Coach -- University of Illinois, Purdue University
7 Time US Youth Soccer National Champion
Former Player for Dallas Sidekicks -- MISL

Colin Clarke -- Scout Bolton Wonderers (English First Division)

UEFA Pro License

Former Youth Director -- Charlton Athletic (EPL), Aston Villa (EPL)
Former Assistant Men's Soccer Coach -- University of Tulsa (NCAA DIV I)
Former Player LA Aztecs -- NASL
Former Player Oxford United (England)
Former Player Arsenal Football Club (England)


Lexi Robison

Associate Head Women's Soccer Coach -- Gonzaga (NCAA Div I)

Former Assistant Women's Soccer Coach -- Utah Valley University (NCAA Div I)

Former player at Utah Valley University

Rebekah Patrick

Former Assistant Coach -- Colorado Rapids (W League)

Former Player at Univ of Portland/Cal St Fullerton -- 2002 National Champion Former Player Euromat L 'estartit and  Prainsa Zaragoza -- Superliga (Spain)

Former Player Pali Blues -- W League -- National Champion

Former Player various teams in WPSL and W League


Chris Swift -- Head Men's Coach -- Greenville College (NCAA Div III)

Former Player at Vanguard University (NAIA)

Former Assistant Women's Coach Lamar University (NCAA Div I)

Former Assistant Women's Coach E. Kentucky University (NCAA Div I)


Katie Benz 
Director of Soccer Operations -- University of Denver (NCAA Div I)

Former Player at University of California - Berkeley (NCAA Div I)