Grew up in Andover, MN. Was a four-year varsity soccer captain and first team All-Conference. Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Taylor University (IN) with B.A.'s in History and English. Holds Master's Degrees in Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin and Yale Divinity School. Has coached boys and girls soccer for five years at the ms, JV and varsity levels. Earned a coaching license from U.S.A. Soccer. Also coaches the Warriors ms boys soccer team.