It is the mission of the SSPYSA, through our In-House soccer program, to encourage confidence, independence, friendship and teamwork. Individual players will learn how to meet new people, be part of a community, show sportsmanship, get physically fit and develop the basic skills and understanding of the game of soccer. The SSPYSA Board of Directors welcomes families of all backgrounds to consider participation in our Association. 


It is the mission of the SSPYSA, through our competitive soccer program, to develop confidence, respect and determination in our participants. Individual players will see an increase in skill, discipline and sportsmanship as it relates to the game of soccer, their coaches, fellow players  and officials. The SSPYSA Board of Directors supports the development of competitive soccer teams with a vision for long term participation in the game.


The SSPYSA Soccer Club Board meets on the second Monday or Sunday of the month. Please check the calendar for specific date, time and location information. Meetings are open to the general membership and public. Individuals interested in addressing the board should contact the President prior to the meeting to be placed on the agenda.


SSPYSA is always looking for people interested in serving on the board. Terms are generally three years. Some soccer knowledge is helpful, but not required for most board positions.  Outside of monthly board meetings, most positions require a few hours per week. Some positions require substantially more time than that. The board accepts applications on an ongoing basis, and starts new board members in the late fall with their three year term. Feel free to contact any of the current board members for info about serving on the board.

The S.S.P.Y.S.A. is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.  These parents and coaches are committed to making our soccer community the best it can be with relevant support for our volunteer coaches, developmental training for players and multiple methods of communication for families. Each season we work hard to create teams that bring fairness and fun to our Recreational League and highly competitive, successful development to our Competitive League.  Our Recreational and Competitive Leagues work hand in hand to provide the appropriate opportunity for each player.

Ben Nelson


Ben has coached an In-house team last 2 years and also his daughters traveling team. This is his second year as SSPYSA President.

Carrie Schindeldecker

Vice President / Treasurer

Craig Van Guilder

Board Member

Craig has been on the board for several years. He has also coached Rec and Traveling in prior years providing him experience with both sides of the SSPYSA program. He has worked with equipment, Competitive teams and the InHouse Program.

Andrew Held


Andrew has been coaching for SSPYSA for several years & joined the board in the Summer of 2018.  He has agreed to take on secretary responsibilities in an effort to improve transparency & community awareness of all the great things our organization is doing.

Jasen Hoglund

Referee and Field Assigner

Vanessa Coates

Board Member

Vanessa has lived in South Saint Paul for almost 10 years. She has a son in SSP Secondary, and a daughter at Lincoln.  Her son  excels at brain games and technology and and her daughter is on her 4th year playing soccer with it being her first year on a traveling team.  She accepted the role of team manager for her team this year and really enjoy it and wanted to be more involved.  Her networking ability and over 18 years of experience in management, customer service, & event planning are strong assets to the association.

Caleb Owens

Board Member

Caleb was a player for the association in his youth and embarked on coaching for SSPYSA a few years ago. Caleb coaches the U12C3 girls traveling team and is a member of the Coach Selection Committee and the Concessions committee on the board. 

Ryan Swainey

Board Member

Patrick Jeffrey

Board Member

Brian Applequist

Board Member

Seth Tjaden

Board Member

Jake Smothers

Director of Coaching



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