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

ESS Coaches


Every year East Select Soccer seeks out the highest level local coaches in the area. These coaches will coach and assist our professional coaches in guiding the teams in individual skill development as well as team development. We would like to thank these coaches in advance for their dedication and work that they will be doing this year. We have a fantastic group of coaches that will continue the growth of soccer in Duluth.

 

ESS Director of Coaching: Steve Polkowski

Steve is back for his 6th year as the Director of Coaching for the club.  In addition to coaching soccer for ESS he has served for the past 5 seasons as the Duluth East Girls Varsity Coach, prior to this position he was the boys coach for one season.  Steve has his teaching degree in social studies with a minor in coaching from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.  He also has a NSCAA national diploma, a USSF D license and other licenses.  Before coaching Steve was a two time all-state striker for Eagan High School before playing college soccer at Northern Illinois University.

 

Below are the 2016 coaches.


 


Girls Jamboree Teams

 

Emily Ball

Emily Ball was a member of the 2012 varsity team where she played outside midfield.  Emily has coached many youth teams in both soccer and basketball.  Emily will be played college soccer in 2013 at the Univeristy of Wisconsin-Superior.  She is in her fourth year in this position and has spent three seasons as the East Middle School soccer coach.

 

Julia Bachand
Julia has coached at all levels in Superior prior to starting with East Select Soccer. She has coached at many youth and high school levels and will be a valued addition to the ESS staff.

 

Roni Rudolph
This former Duluth East captain and UMD keeper is in her second year in this position. Roni was a two year letter winner and starting keeper for the Greyhounds from 2013-14. 

 

 


U11C3 Girls

Co-Coach- Steve Polkowski

Steve is the Director of Coaching for East Select Soccer

 

Co-Coach- Julien Bratek
Julien started with ESS during Steve Polkowski's first year of ESS. In that time Julien has coached every level and aged team that ESS has to offer. Julien also serves as the East B-Team coach in the fall and has been serving Duluth for the past 7 years. In addition to coaching ESS, Julien is also the assistant director at Arrowhead Soccer and runs many of the youth programs in the area.

 


U12C3 Girls

 Head Coach- Anna Rauzi
Anna was a four year letter winner at Duluth East High and currently plays college soccer at UMD. She was voted captain for both her junior and senior year in high school. Anna was the assistant coach of many of the players on this team last season.

 

Assistant Coach- Jada Olson
Jada was a 2016 captain for the Greyhounds and was voted most inspirational by her teammates last year. She also has spent many years helping with the ESS youth programs. Jada will be playing college soccer at Augsburg College next season.

 

 


U12C2 Girls

 Head Coach- Steve Polkowski

Steve is the director of coaching for ESS.

 

Assistant Coach- Sam Fredrickson

Sam was the assistant coach on this team last year and will expand her position on this team this year. She was a 3 year letter winner for the Greyhounds and was a captain her senior season with Anna Rauzi and Roni Rudolph. Sam plays college soccer at Concordia of St. Paul in the fall.

 


U14C3 Girls

 Head Coach- Brooke Lehna

Brook will be coaching many of these girls for the third season and has been on the ESS staff for the past four seasons. Brooke also serves as the Duluth East JV coach for the past two seasons. Prior to coaching she was a member of the most recent Duluth East team to make the state tournament.

 

Assistant Coach- Gabi Biros 

 


U14C1 Girls

Co-Coach- Steve Polkowski

 

Steve is the Director of Coaching for ESS.

 

Co-Coach- Julien Bratek

 

 Julien started with ESS during Steve Polkowski's first year of ESS. In that time Julien has coached every level and aged team that ESS has to offer. Julien also serves as the East B-Team coach in the fall and has been serving Duluth for the past 7 years. In addition to coaching ESS, Julien is also the assistant director at Arrowhead Soccer and runs many of the youth programs in the area.

 

U15C2 Girls

 Head Coach- Emily Ball

 Emily Ball was a member of the 2012 varsity team where she played outside midfield.  Emily has coached many youth teams in both soccer and basketball.  Emily will be played college soccer in 2013 at the Univeristy of Wisconsin-Superior.  She is in her fourth year in this position and has spent three seasons as the East Middle School soccer coach.

 

 


U17 Teams

 Co-Coach- Alex Lemon

Alex has been coaching many of these girls for the past 3 seasons, he is going into his fourth year as an ESS coach and also serves as the East C-Team coach. He played high school soccer at Duluth East before becoming a coach while finishing his schooling to become a police officer.

 

Co-Coach- Nick Bremer

Nick is the boys varsity coach at Duluth East has coached ESS in the past. Nick played high school soccer at Duluth Central and played summer soccer for Steve Polkowski growing up. 

 


U9 Boys Jamboree

 Chris Francis

Chris is in his thrid year in this position with ESS and has done a wonderful job with the younger players in our program. He has coached and officiated soccer at many levels when he lived in Wisconsin. Chris works at the YMCA of Duluth.

 

Ryan Streitz

Ryan has worked on and off with ESS over the past seven years as he went to school at St. Thomas. Now that he is back in Duluth and teaching at Holy Rosary he has returned to ESS. Ryan also coaches the East Club teams in the fall. Ryan is a Duluth East grad and played soccer for Steve as a youth.

 

Nick Braun

Nick was an original member of last years U17 ESS team that went through their entire careers with ESS. Nick has helped with many youth programs that ESS offers over the past four seasons. Nick played as a defender on last seasons Greyhound team.

 

U12 C3 Boys

Head Coach- Nick Bremer

Nick is the boys varsity coach at Duluth East has coached ESS in the past. Nick played high school soccer at Duluth Central and played summer soccer for Steve Polkowski growing up.

 

U12C1 Boys

 Head Coach- Nate Hanson

Nate has worked with this group of boys since they were U9 and also coached the U17 boys team last year. Nate also serves as the assistant coach for the Duluth East girls team. When Nate is not coaching he is a gym teacher at Hermantown Middle School.

 

Assistant Coach- Ryan Streitz

Ryan has worked on and off with ESS over the past seven years as he went to school at St. Thomas. Now that he is back in Duluth and teaching at Holy Rosary he has returned to ESS. Ryan also coaches the East Club teams in the fall. Ryan is a Duluth East grad and played soccer for Steve as a youth.

 

U14 Boys

Head Coach- Corey Bachand

Corey has been a coach at multiple levels including youth, high school and college in Superior. He was an active member in the Rapid Fire program and will be a wonderful addition to the ESS staff.

 

Assistant Coach- Shannon Kittilson

Shannon has been a coach for a number of years at many levels and age groups. He has been a head coach most recently for North Shore Rec. 

 

U16C1 BoYS

Head Coach: Josh Friday

Josh has extensive soccer playing and coaching experiences that include playing college soccer and coaching high school and youth levels.  Josh is the vice-president of East Select Soccer.

 

 


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