Select - Goalkeeping
Goalkeeper Program Director
Justin Hughes (Juice) joined the Sporting Nebraska FC coaching staff summer 2018, assisting with the goalkeepers at all our Academy and Select levels.
"Justin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our club. With his extensive background as a player and collegiate coach, Justin will be able to provide our players with the right development the need to continue to grow and succeed."
Goalkeeper Assistant Director
Kevin Lebahn joined the Sporting Nebraska FC coaching staff summer 2021.
Coach Lebahn came to Sporting NE after moving to the metro area in 2021 to become the Goalkeeper Coach at Iowa Western CC. He will hold dual positions with the club and IWCC. Lebahn previously held the position of assistant/goalkeeper coach at Augsburg University (MN) from 2016-2021. He was also an assistant coach in 2020-21 for the UPSL side, Minneapolis City. Lebahn currently holds the United Soccer Coaches Level 3 GK Diploma, USSF "C" license.
Goalkeeper Program Objectives
At Sporting Nebraska FC we aim to develop a goalkeeper capable of playing modern soccer. Goalkeepers are no longer just the last line of defense, but also the first point of attack. Top Goalkeepers are viewed and utilized as the 11th outfield player as they are more involved with their feet than ever. We also still understand and stress the importance of the core goalkeeping skills; shot stopping, handling, dealing with crosses/aerial balls & communication. The goalkeeping curriculum will incorporate all of these aspects along with being designed to help our goalkeepers develop technically, tactically, physically and mentally while also building character. This training will be provided for all goalkeepers on select teams.