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Technical Development

Cory Romdenne

Technical Director

Cory played high school soccer at Luxemburg-Casco for coaches Blair and Jenny before moving on to UW-Madison to earn a degree in Computer Sciences. Cory has been playing recreational and competitive soccer since the age of four, and he began his coaching career with Green Bay Lightning at age 18 following his senior year of high school. Cory has spent 11 seasons coaching club and high school soccer and currently holds a USSF National “C” Coaching License.


Boys Classic Teams

U13 Boys

Matt Nelson

U13 Boys Coach

Biography Coming Soon

Cory Romdenne

U13 Boys Coach

Cory played high school soccer at Luxemburg-Casco for coaches Blair and Jenny before moving on to UW-Madison to earn a degree in Computer Sciences. Cory has been playing recreational and competitive soccer since the age of four, and he began his coaching career with Green Bay Lightning at age 18 following his senior year of high school. Cory has spent 11 seasons coaching club and high school soccer and currently holds a USSF National “C” Coaching License.

U14 Boys

Travis Lange

U14 Boys Coach

Travis has been involved in the game of soccer as a player and coach for over 20 years. He played club soccer for Howard Hurricanes in his youth years, and played high school JV and Varsity soccer at Green Bay East. Travis went on to play DIII soccer at Lakeland College before returning home to Green Bay to continue his soccer career as a coach. He has a license E, and has experience coaching every age group from U7 to adult ages. In addition to Lightning, he is currently the Head Coach of both Boys and Girls Varsity soccer teams at Denmark High School, the Denmark Middle School team, as well Head Coach of an adult NWSL team, Kewaunee County FC.


Girls Classic Teams

U11 Girls

Jenny Bandow

U11 Girls Coach

Biography Coming Soon

Tracy Bins

U11 Girls Coach

Biography Coming Soon

U15 Girls

Blair Bandow

U15 Girls Coach

Blair has been involved with soccer for over 25 years. He began playing at a young age and continued on through High School (SPASH) and college (UWSP). Blair has 13 years of coaching experience at all levels from youth to college. He holds a USSF “D” license, NSCAA Regional Diploma, NSCAA High School Diploma and NSCAA State Goalkeeping Diploma. Blair is a certified referee for WIAA and USSF. Blair and his wife Jenny have 2 children who also play for Lightning. 

U19 Girls

Ya Lee

U19 Girls Coach

Biography Coming Soon


Sparks Academy

Cory Romdenne

Academy Director

Cory played high school soccer at Luxemburg-Casco for coaches Blair and Jenny before moving on to UW-Madison to earn a degree in Computer Sciences. Cory has been playing recreational and competitive soccer since the age of four, and he began his coaching career with Green Bay Lightning at age 18 following his senior year of high school. Cory has spent 11 seasons coaching club and high school soccer and currently holds a USSF National “C” Coaching License.


Blair Bandow

Boys Academy Coach

Blair has been involved with soccer for over 25 years. He began playing at a young age and continued on through High School (SPASH) and college (UWSP). Blair has 13 years of coaching experience at all levels from youth to college. He holds a USSF “D” license, NSCAA Regional Diploma, NSCAA High School Diploma and NSCAA State Goalkeeping Diploma. Blair is a certified referee for WIAA and USSF. Blair and his wife Jenny have 2 children who also play for Lightning. 

Jenny Bandow

Girls Academy Coach

Biography Coming Soon


Tyler just completed his fourth season as the Girls Varsity Head Soccer Coach at Green Bay Southwest.

Tyler started coaching Southwest in 2012.  He inherited a very young soccer team and a program with low numbers.  In his first season the team was 3-17-5.  In 2013, the team had improved to 8-12-4.  For the 2014 season, the squad was filled with 3 and 4 year varsity players and went 14-8-3.  The Trojans were also Regional Champions for the first time since 2005.  Back with a young squad in 2015 the Trojans again notched 14 wins going 14-10-4 for the season.  The 2015 season included a Regional Championship, Sectional Championship, and the school’s first ever appearance in the State Championship match (coming home with the silver ball after losing to Oregon in the championship).

Tyler also coached high school Boys Soccer as a Varsity Assistant Coach at Green Bay East High School.  At Green Bay East, Tyler has helped lead the boy's soccer program to a school record in victories, 18, in 2012 and also to the school’s first Sectional Final appearance since 1990.  The boys also won the first soccer conference championship in school history in 2015.

Tyler has also coached club soccer in the area for De Pere Select, Howard Hurricanes, Green Bay Lightning, and the United Soccer of Allouez.  As a coach in Allouez he created the Allouez ICE Boys Soccer Program.  During his 3 years working with Allouez ICE, Tyler helped guide his teams to 5 tournament championships, most notably the U-16 Boy’s USA Cup Championship, and two State League Championships.

Throughout Tyler’s eight years of coaching he has received recognition for his dedication to his players.  In 2012, he was named the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Boys Competitive Coach of the year for his work with the U-15 Boys Allouez ICE Team.  In 2013, Tyler was received the Young Alumni Award from St. Norbert College for his work building the Allouez ICE Boys Soccer Program.  As the coach at Green Bay Southwest for the Girls Soccer Program, Tyler was named the Fox River Classic Conference Coach of the Year in 2014 and the Green Bay Press-Gazette All-Area Coach of the Year in 2015.  Tyler was also named Girls Coach of the year for the Green Bay Press-Gazette "Preppie Awards" for the 2014-15 school year.

Tyler is a 2010 graduate from St. Norbert College.  He is currently employed as a Mathematics Teacher at Green Bay East High School.  His wife, Emily, and he reside on the east side of Green Bay along with their dog, Cider.

Tyler Thomas

Director of Soccer Across America

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