The Elite staff strives to build self-confidence, teamwork, high skill level and strong leadership skills in every player. Each staff member has a passion for the sport and is focused on providing a positive environment for girls in SWMO to grow as players and young ladies.
Meet the Staff:
Lindsay Paulsell—Director of Coaching, 95 and 96 Head Coach
Lindsay hails from Tulsa, Oklahoma where soccer is almost a religion. Playing club soccer since she was 6, Lindsay has had a very long successful career. After receiving many honors on both the high school and club pitch, Lindsay headed down I44 to play collegiate soccer for Drury College. Lindsay started three years for Drury before she succummed to a serious injury that ended her career before her senior year. Not wanting to let go of soccer, Lindsay began coaching. 16 years later, Lindsay has put together a lengthy coaching resume:
1999-2000- Graduate Assistant Coach for Northwest Missouri State University women’s soccer
1996-present- Coached Club soccer for local teams, Tracker SC, JB Marine SC and now Missouri Elite
2000-2002- Assistant Varisty Coach for Kickapoo HS girls
2002-2006- Head Varsity Coach for Marshfield HS boys and girls programs
Lindsay lives in Springfield with her husband, Chris and their 3 dogs.
Christy Kononiak- Youth Director
Dilan Chastain—Staff Coach, 2000 girls Head Coach
Dilan played at MarshfieldHigh(02-06) and LindenwoodUniversity(06-07). Dilan has obtained NSCAAState and Regional GK diplomas(09) and also attended the NSCAACoaches convention(09). He was the men’s asst at Ozark High School(08-09) and also helped coach the Ozark 6th grade girls middle school team(spring 09). He is currently working on his masters at Missouri State.
Alysan Burgbacher—Staff Coach (Away At College)
Mike Gunnels—Staff Coach
Mike, a 1990 graduate from Drury University, has been coaching soccer for over 12 years. His coaching career began in Sevierville, TN where he volunteered as a coach in the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) recreational program. In the fall of 2002, he helped organize the Sevier County extension of the Blount United Soccer Club and was an assistant coach for the U11 girls team. Mike and his family moved back to Springfield, MO in June of 2003. At that time he helped establish the club that is now Missouri Elite FC (formerly JB Marine – Springfield) and he has been helping as an assistant coach for the club teams for the past seven years. The majority of his time has been spent as the assistant coach for the Elite HSG teams, but he has also spent time helping coach the 2000 team and the 2004/2005 teams. In the winter, Mike normally serves as the head coach for the club’s indoor teams; and in the summer, he has been the coach for many of the club’s 3v3 teams. In addition to his club coaching responsibilities, Mike served as the head coach for the Ozark Middle School girls teams from 2004-2006, the Ozark Middle School boys teams from 2008-2009, and the Ozark High School girls indoor teams from 2007-2010. Mike’s favorite professional club team is Liverpool and his favorite professional player is currently David Villa, the striker for the Spanish national team. Mike’s daughter, Megan, was a member of the Elite ’92 team and will be a junior this fall at Westminster College. Megan is a member of the Westminster women’s soccer team and has earned 2nd team all-conference recognition as as freshmand and sophomore. Mike’s son, Sam, is a junior at Ozark High School. Mike, his wife Laura, and their two children live in Ozark, MO.
Alyssa Reis— Staff Coach
Jessie Yach— Staff Coach
Allie Thomas— Staff Coach