Select - Goalkeeping
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.
Assistant Goalkeeper Director - Girls
Ashley Holland joined the Sporting Nebraska FC coaching staff spring 2023.
Coach Holland grew up playing soccer in the Omaha metro area. Holland went on to play at Benedictine, where she appeared in 65 games as the Ravens' goalkeeper, going 45-10-5 with 24 career shutouts. As a senior, she played a major role in getting Benedictine a top-10 ranking in NAIA and an NAIA Quarterfinals appearance. For her efforts she was named HAAC Defensive Player of the Year and made All-HAAC First-Team for the second time. With Holland in goal, the Ravens won two HAAC regular season championships and a HAAC Championship title.
Holland's first coaching position was as an assistant coach and goalkeeper coach at her alma mater, Benedictine from 2015-17. Holland had a three-year stint as head coach at LSU Shreveport from 2017-2020, going 26-24-5 and leading the team to its first ever Red River Athletic Conference Championship and an NAIA National Tournament berth in 2018. She then went on to coach as an assistant at East Carolina for the 2021 season. Holland spent the last year as an assistant coach at UT San Antonio, leading the Roadrunners to a 12-6-4 record and an NCAA Tournament appearance after winning the Conference USA Championship. Ashley moved back to Omaha and is now the Assistant Coach for UNO Mavericks.
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.