The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching.

- Anson Dorrance

Duluth East Soccer & East Select Soccer

Duluth East Youth Soccer


East Select Soccer is governed by the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) as part of US Youth Soccer (USYS), for a complete list of rules and bylaws of those organizations please click: here



Board of Directors

East Select Soccer is run by a volunteer group of people dedicated to working on improving the soccer experience in the Duluth area.


 Club President: Heidi Guenther

Heidi has two daughters in the club and has been president since 2015.



Past-President: Natalie Hoff

Natalie has a daughter Callie, who played ESS for 9 years. Natalie was the President of East Select Soccer for four years.  


Vice President: Josh Friday

Josh has been on the ESS board since 2008 and has had 5 kids participate in ESS.


Treasurer: TBD



Tournament Director: Toni Christensen

Toni has two kids in ESS and has been the LSO Tournament Director since 2016.


Manager of Mangers/Club Secretary: Cindy Rourke

Cindy has one daughter who plays ESS, she has served in multiple positions within ESS since 2014.


Member at Large: Jermey Downs

Jeremy has one son that plays ESS, Jeremy has been a manager since 2011 and a board member since 2012.



Member at Large: Trish Johnson

Trish has been involved with ESS and the LSO in many capacities since 2013, she has a daughter that plays ESS.


Member at Large: Emily Nothacker

Emily has been a board member since 2012 and her daughter Gracie played ESS her entire career. Gracie is a current ESS coach.


Member at Large: Alina Heydt

Alina has been on the ESS board since 2014 and became the ref assigner for the LSO in 2017. She has a son and a daughter involved in ESS.


Member at Large: Jodi Nelson- 

Our long time tournament director has been a board member since 2012. Her daughter McKenzie played her entire career with ESS and is currently a coach for ESS.


Member at Large: Tracy Ricketts- 

Tracey has been a board member since 2017 and is also involved in the LSO as the volunteer coordinator. Her daughter plays ESS.


Member at Large: Eric Beyer-

Eric joined the ESS board in 2017, his son plays ESS.




ESS Registrar

– Act as the main contact during try-outs, put initial rosters together, work with coaches

  • Verify and Submit player information to AYSA
  • Receive players passes from AYSA, distribute to team managers to be signed
  • Get signed passes back from team managers, laminate, distribute.
  • Other tasks as necessary (contact MYSA if a player drops out or joins)


Update website – Attend Board meetings and update website on a monthly and as needed basis

Board Member – Yearlong commitment
This is not your run-of-the-mill Board. Serving on the Board is a Great way to meet other parents and become more involved in ESS!

Tryout Committee – Help organize and be involved during tryouts. 1-month time commitment

  • Distribute Flyers and recruit new players
  • Reserve Sites
  • Help with Field Set-up and registration the days of tryouts


Tournament Committee – Help organize/run Lake Superior Open. 4-month time commitment

Tournament Registrar - Be the contact for registering teams for the LSO. 4-month time commitment

House a coach – If you have an extra room in your home, have an English Coach stay with you! 3-months

Team Manager – Season long commitment. Please ask for more information.

ESS Address:
PO Box 3272
Duluth MN 55803-3272


Annual General Meeting Presentation- Click Here

ESS Board Meeting Minutes- Click Here

Duluth East Youth Soccer