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 has been the Director of Coaching since 2010.  In addition to coaching soccer for ESS he has served as the Duluth East Girls Varsity Coach since 2010, 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 2018 coaches.


Girls Jamboree Teams


McKenzie Nelson


Gracie Butchart


Sarah Wilmot


Julien Bratek



U11C3 Girls

Head Coach- Julia Bachand



U12C3 Girls

 Head Coach- Roni Rudolph



U13C2 Girls

 Head Coach- Steve Polkowski

Steve is the director of coaching for ESS.


Assistant Coach- Roni Rudolph


U14C2 Girls

 Head Coach- Steve Polkowski

Steve is the director of coaching for ESS


Assistant Coach- McKenzie Nelson


U15C2 Girls

Head Coach- Alex Lemon




U16C3 Girls

 Head Coach- Steve Voltz



U18C1 Girls

Head Coach- Alex Lemon





U9 Boys Jamboree

Shawn Roed




U11C2 Boys

Head Coach- Nate Hanson



U12C3 Boys

Head Coach- Nick Braun



U13C2 Boys

Head Coach- Nick Bremer




Head Coach- Nate Hanson


U16C1 BoYS

Head Coach- Corey Bachand


U19 Premier Boys


Head Coach- Josh Friday



Duluth East Youth Soccer