Coaches

Coach Ted's inaugural year of 2016 was a big success.  Coaching the Varsity to a winning record in the clubs first year, Coach Ted also led the boys through victory all the way to penalty kicks (aka overtime) against the defending 2015 State and National Champs, the LA Dragons.  But the second year with the Heat was even better, winning the Michigan State Cup and leading the Heat to become State Champions.  In 2018, the Heat became repeat State Champs under Ted’s coaching and were second in the nation, losing in penalty kicks in the championship game.

 

Coach Ted has been playing soccer since a young age and has been passionate about the game his entire life. Beginning in middle school and continuing throughout his schooling years, he was actively recruited by and played for traveling premier clubs, competing in high-level tournaments throughout the country. During the school year, he also played for his high school, winning numerous team and all-area awards.


Ted has been coaching soccer at various levels for the past 16 years. His overall record with the Heat is 52-20-6 with 10 of those losses occurring in the inaugural year of the club.  He looks forward to racking up more wins in the 2019 season. 

 
While coaching, Coach Jones emphasizes fundamentals while forging unity within his team. Above all else, he focuses on helping his team develop Christ-like character both on and off the field.

Varsity Head Coach 

Ted Jones

Coach Jon was an instrumental factor in both successful 2016 and 2017 seasons and has high aspirations for 2018.  Coach Jon has been playing soccer for as long as he can remember. He played goalkeeper for several years in high school. He attended Olivet College, where he played defense and goalkeeper on their soccer team. And as an adult, Jon continues to play soccer year-round, on a few competitive and several recreational leagues. His goal is and always has been to help as many people as possible to learn and enjoy the “beautiful game”.


Jon has his “E” coach license and has coached many age groups from Kindergarten through Junior High. He has coached for the YMCA, Northwest Screaming Eagles, and for SCOR. He also runs goalie training sessions for both Junior High and High School (JV) and has assisted at several soccer camps. He is very excited to be teaming up with Coach Ted and looks forward to learning from his experience. He says, “I appreciate Ted’s coaching philosophy and approach, and I really look forward to assisting and watching as your students grow into Godly young men this season, both on and off the field.”

Varsity Assistant Coach

Jr High Head Coach 

Jon Suggitt

Coach Curt joined the Heat coaching staff in 2018 as head coach for the junior high and JV teams.  For 2019, Curt will coach our JV team and continue to build off of last year as he prepares the boys for higher levels of play. Curt has played soccer since he was 5 years old, including 4 years of varsity soccer at Thornapple Kellogg High School as a Center and Right Mid-Fielder. Curt began coaching at the age of 23 and has coached many age groups from Kindergarten to high school age players for numerous organizations. He coached 8 years as an AYSO coach, 2 years for Thornapple Area Soccer Club (TASC), and was Assistant Coach for Thornapple Kellogg Boys JV.  To further expand his knowledge of the game, Curt has also completed 2 Meulensteen Soccer Training Courses. In his spare time, Curt serves as Vice President of Freedom Works, a local area non-profit, and serves as Front of House Sound Engineer and In-Ear Monitor Engineer at Ada Bible  Church.  

JV Head Coach

Curt Thaler

Coach Scott is honored to officially join the coaching staff at the Heat in 2019.  After playing soccer at a young age, Scott pursued other sports but rediscovered a passion for the game when he first volunteered to coach soccer with AYSO almost 10 years ago.  Realizing he was starting from scratch, he decided to be a student of the game by studying books and consuming countless videos and podcasts then spending time on the field learning the techniques for himself in order to effectively train his players from U6 to U11.  This approach paid off as he was sought out as one of the three inaugural coaches for AYSO United where he promoted his teams through two divisions in three seasons.  He also earned his U.S. Soccer E License in 2018. Scott is especially grateful for Coach Ted’s spiritual leadership and looks forward to working with Curt to strengthen the JV team and prepare the boys for higher levels of play.

JV Assistant Coach

Scott Staal

 

Bio coming soon

Jr High Assistant Coach

Jake Campbelll