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 coach from 2002-2007. Chris has been a Men’s varsity soccer coach at Mounds View High School since 2002, an Olympic Development Player Coach since 2006, and has coached with numerous clubs across the state. Chris has worked in education since 2004, currently as a Behavior Manager at Mounds View High School. 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 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.
Serving in virtually every capacity available over the last 10 years, Rob will be spending his final year with the club assisting Alyssa with club administrative duties and organizing the inaugural Capital Classic Tournament in the spring.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Elected or appointed to represent the whole membership
Ben Exley (term ends Nov 2022)
Johan Boysen (term ends Nov 2023)
Brandon Harris (term ends Nov 2023)
Open Seat (term ends Nov 2023)
BJ Stevens (term ends Nov 2024)
Pratik Ray (term ends Nov 2024)