Lyndsey Harpenau, Coach

Coach Lyndsey Harpenau

Coach Harpenau joined Wolves for the 2022-23 season to assistant coach with Ali Sodal and the U11 Boys. And to work with our younger players in Junior Academy and Winter Academy.

How did you get into soccer?

I have played soccer ever since I was 4 years old. I won two state championships at Gretna and went to further my academic and athletic career at Nebraska Wesleyan University. I realized I still have a love for soccer and I want to pass on my love for soccer to others, especially kids. I was an assistant coach for two years at St. Cecelia. This was more of a rec team as there were players with all different skill levels, some being shy/timid to play because of that. I helped increase their confidence and team morale by reiterating the importance of a team and that everyone has to work together to win. Knowing I made an impact on their soccer career would be the biggest achievement I have made as a soccer coach thus far.

What skills do you possess that make you a perfect soccer coach to work with our team?

I have had extensive soccer experience throughout my life that would make me a perfect soccer coach to work with your team! Children have always had a special place in my heart and being able to teach/coach them what means the most to me is something I am extremely excited about. I also vey sociable and will make sure I keep the parents involved, as I know their lives can be hectic at times.

How many juggles can you do?

I wasn’t the best juggler growing up, but I could say I could do at least 50 juggles in a row right now.

Who is your favorite player of all-time?

Mia Hamm is definitely my favorite player of all time.

As a coach, how much of a mentor do you think you are?

I consider myself a perfect mentor and guide, which is what coaching is all about. My attitude is not that of someone who likes friction. I believe in providing guidance to my team members and creating an environment that is conducive to encouraging them to come to me with their problems and concerns, whether being soccer related or not.

On a typical soccer training day in an hour-long practice, how do you decide to structure your sessions?

I base my training sessions on what would be of value to them the most. I would start by making sure my team is motivated and ready to have fun for the next hour. Start by a little warm up followed by a variety of drills. I have always been a fan of scrimmaging or doing a little 4v4 for the last 5-10 minutes of practice as well.

What does working as a soccer coach mean to you on a personal level?

Working as a soccer coach means the world to me. After being heavily involved with soccer the past 23 or so years, I can’t give it up yet! I am excited to share my love for soccer with others, especially being able to show that soccer isn’t all about winning but about the team comradery and fun!