Executive Director: Kyle Bakas
Bio: Kyle was born and raised playing soccer in Southern California. He attended college at The Catholic University of America where he was a walk on for the soccer team. After college he began coaching in the D.C. metro area. He was a u11-u14 Girls Age Group Director at Alexandria Soccer Association as well as the Head Women’s Coach for T.C. Williams High School and led the team to their first playoff victory in 25 years. Kyle helped found a program as an Assistant Coach with Lake Superior College in Duluth Minnesota. He was named the Head Coach of Duluth F.C. and led the squad to a North Conference title and Midwest Semifinal Appearance in 2017. Kyle holds the USSF Senior ‘A’ License, and NSCAA Premier Diploma. He began work at Magic City Aug 2017
Director of Player Development: Kevin Luse
Sarah is originally from West Chester, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. Collegiately, she played at the Division I level at the University of Vermont. As a goalkeeper, she led the America East Conference in saves during the 2011 season and set the single-season record for most minutes played by a goalkeeper at UVM. She was also a four-time AEC academic conference selection. After graduating, she began coaching in Spearfish, SD. First, with the Spearfish HS boys program and local youth programs before becoming the Assistant Coach at Black Hills State University in their inaugural 2016 season. Currently, she is the Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at MSU Billings. Sarah holds an USSF ‘D’ License, NSCAA Goalkeeper Level 2 Diploma, and NSCAA Futsal Level 1 Diploma. She began working with Magic City during the fall 2017 season.
Dave began his involvement with soccer in the mid 1970s as a youth recreational player in central Pennsylvania and continued playing through High School at the varsity level.. He began coaching when his daughter reached first grade, coaching several seasons in YSA and in Micro Magic, completing the NSCAA Regional Coaching Diploma in 2010. Dave currently holds USSF Grade 7A as well as MOA/MHSA Certified Referee status and actively serves as a referee at the local high school and club levels. Dave holds the USSF D License and is an NFHS requirements to become an Accredited Interscholastic Coach. He is also the Junior Varsity Boys Coach and Assistant Varsity Boys Coach at Skyview High School.
Dave loves being involved with the game of soccer at all levels — coach, referee, parent, player, and fan. The most rewarding part of coaching to him is fostering a positive and successful team dynamic while supporting and encouraging the growth and development of individual players, both on and off the field. He strives to provide a positive but structured environment at practices to provide the best opportunities for skills development.
Mike has been active with Magic City Soccer club for 9 years as a parent, coach and board member. Prior to coaching with Magic City and with his daughters, Mike coached U14/18 Boys and U13/17 girls while in Des Moines and took teams to several state finals and large tournaments across the country, in addition to being involved with the ODP program. Mike played club soccer in Colorado as a youth and club soccer during his years at the University of Wyoming.
Jim grew up in Maple Grove MN where he played hockey, baseball and youth soccer. He attended college at Saint Cloud State University graduating in 1993. In the spring of 1994 Jim was hired by the city of Billings and moved to Montana. In 2011 the first of Jim’s two sons started playing soccer for YSA and shortly thereafter he began coaching YSA soccer. The boys moved on the join Magic City soccer teams and Jim followed along receiving his “E” license coaching certificate in the spring of 2015. He has been a coach or assistant coach for boys U10 through U12 since receiving his coaching certificate. In the spring of 2017 he became a U8 referee to to increase his knowledge of the game. Most recently Jim was the assistant coach of the boys U12 team and assisted Mike Mayott with the boys U11 academy training.
Michelle has been around soccer for most of her life, having grown up playing in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She played on recreational teams, state game teams, and select teams, as well as refereed youth games prior to going to Geneva College for her collegiate career. During summers, she would coach at youth camps and prepare for a teaching career. After getting married and moving south, Michelle got her feet wet with coaching a U14B team in Kentucky, and maintained a FIFA referee license. Several moves later, Michelle and her young family landed back in Pennsylvania, where she and her husband co-led the local AYSO program for over 250 players, helping to coach, referee, register, lead camps, and coordinate volunteers. The program more than doubled in their time at the helm, converting a recreational league into a competitive league with well-trained coaches and referees, and creating several high school state and regional championship teams. She also helped start up a U6 program in the area, which gets almost 60 preschoolers and kindergarteners playing the “beautiful game.”
Michelle herself coached teams of both boys, girls, and co-ed from the U10 up to U14 divisions, for many years, having at least five undefeated seasons. For AYSO, she retains an Intermediate Coach certificate, as well as an Advanced Referee certificate.
In 2015, Michelle and her family moved to Billings and quickly involved themselves with the soccer programs. She jumped into coaching with a U11G team, followed by a U12G team for Magic City, and a U10 team with YSA. Michelle holds a USSF ‘E’ coaching license and a Grade 8 referee certification. Her greatest joy is seeing young players develop their individual skills and use them for the benefit of the team, while fostering a deep love and appreciation for the game.
Fernando is originally from Greeley, Colorado, but moved to Billings in 2014 to play soccer at MSUB while pursuing his bachelor’s degree in education. After finishing his playing career, he became a part of the MSUB Men’s Soccer coaching staff. Fernando currently holds a U.S. Soccer National E Coaching License.
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All head coaches and assistant coaches of competitive teams must obtain an age appropriate license as a condition of hire for a second year. First year coaches must complete the “F” license course online. Click here for access.
Age Appropriate Definitions:
- U11/12 requires a Youth Module
- U12 and above requires an “E” License.
Either age group will accept an equivalent license, like the Regional/Advanced Regional Course (US Youth Soccer Region IV NCS/Far West Regionals – for premier teams advancing to regionals)
As a note, U13 ‘AA’ and above coaches will be required to obtain a ‘D’ License in 2010.
The club will reimburse your team expenses for one outside tournament (and possibly two tournaments if you are not attending the State Cup or Showcase). Checks requested on Fridays will be processed and available for pick up the next Wednesday. Checks for the above will no longer be hand-written by office personnel.
Please plan accordingly if you want Magic to pay before the tournament:
*File your tournament registration and a check request at least one month before the tournament application deadline.
*Fill out a check request for your coach’s travel pay at least two weeks before travel begins.
You are welcome to pay for the above with a personal check and then turn in a check request (with a copy of your check(s) and receipts) for reimbursement. Magic City cannot reimburse you for any credit card charges you may incur if you choose to register online for a tournament.