MEET THE BLACKHAWKS STAFF
Prior to 2001, Viktor played professional soccer for MTK Hungary and Kecskemet F.C. He played for the Hungarian National Team between the ages U13-16 and collected a total of 26 international caps against teams, including Scotland, Russia, Italy, Cyprus, and Sweden. He is a five time Youth Hungarian National Champion, and the winner of two Gothia Cups (1993, 1995) and one USA Cup (1997).Viktor graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2005 and received a master’s degree in sports management in March of 2007. Viktor was the assistant varsity coach at Spring Lake Park High School (2004-2006, women), head coach of Hopkins Hatari (2004-2006, U16-U18G) and Northern Lights (2007, U17B), assistant women’s coach at St. Olaf College (2007-2012), and Cretin Derham Hall Men’s Varsity Coach (2012 to 2015). Viktor’s deep experience in playing and coaching, combined with his passion and dedication for the game, will help the club in its journey to become one of the best youth soccer clubs in the state and the country.
Chris played on the University of Minnesota Men’s Club Team, was Club President from 1999-2001, and coached the JV team from 2002-2007. He coached MN high school soccer from 1999-2017 and has been a college assistant with the Bethel University men’s team since 2018. Chris was a lead Olympic Development coach in Minnesota for 6 years and has coached with numerous clubs across the state. Chris has a Master’s degree in Special Education from Bethel University and has worked in the Mounds View School district since 2004. Chris has earned the USSF B License, the USSF National Youth License, the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, the NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, the NSCAA Goalkeeping Regional Diploma and has completed NHSF Coaching and First Aid Certification.
Chris brings a wealth of teaching, high level playing, coaching and training experience to Blackhawks, in addition to years of coaching Blackhawk teams. We are excited to bring Chris’s training skills to our youngest players, helping the club to fulfill our mission of developing stronger, more competitive teams in the future.
Born and raised in MN, John graduated from Breck School 1983 with All Conference and All State honors. Graduated with a BA in Physical Education from Ripon College in WI. All-Conference Goalkeeper 1984-86. Div. III All-State 1985 & 1986. Starting keeper for MN Men’s State Select 1985-93. Member of Region II Men’s Soccer team 1989-93. Member of US Men’s National “B” Team 1993. Starting goalkeeper for MN Thunder Pro Soccer Team 1990-2001. A-League MVP 1999. League Champions 1999.
Owned and operated Mini-Kickers, Inc. teaching soccer to 3-5 year olds at local childcare facilities 1989-2015. Varsity Girls Soccer Coach Mounds View High School 2000-2009. Owned and operated The Wall, LLC. teaching goalkeeper skills 2005-2015. Goalkeeper director MTA Soccer Club 2010-2018. National “B” coaching license 2017. Head coach U17/19 Boys US Development Academy MTA Soccer Club 2017/18. Coach and goalkeeping director St Paul Blackhawks 2019-present.
Physical Education teacher at Breck School. Married to Tami Swallen and father to six kids.
Linh joined the Blackhawks as a Sports Management Intern and now takes on the marketing role. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management in 2021 and is now pursuing her Master’s degree in Sports Management- both from the University of Minnesota.
She has experience working with a D1 college athletics department as a marketing intern as well as experience with game day execution stemming from her work with the University of Minnesota and MNUFC for the past 2 seasons.
She played soccer for a few years but sadly decided to stop playing due to an injury. Most recently, she has began coaching for the Blackhawks. She plans on continuing to grow her coaching and working experience while working for the club
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Elected or appointed to represent the whole membership
Johan Boysen (term ends Nov 2023)
BJ Stevens (term ends Nov 2024)
Pratik Ray (term ends Nov 2024)
Edith Emmings (term ends Nov 2025)
Ben Exley (term ends Nov 2025)
Michael de Leon (term ends Nov 2025)
Donn O’Malley (term ends Nov 2025)
Adam Walsh (term ends Nov 2025)