Brandon Ponchak begins his first season as Head Coach of the Warrior Men's Soccer Program.
Ponchak comes to Sterling via Ohio. While in Ohio, Ponchak was serving as a graduate assistant with the Bluffton University Men's Soccer Program in Bluffton, Ohio. During his time in Bluffton, Ponchak recruited two of the largest incoming freshmen classes for the NCAA Division III program. In his two seasons, Ponchak coached three All-Conference players and two All-Sportsmanship honorees.
Prior to his stint with Bluffton University, Ponchak spent two years as a graduate assistant with the Dakota Wesleyan University Men's and Women's Soccer Programs. In his two seasons with Dakota Wesleyan, Ponchak helped the DWU men to its first-ever conference tournament semifinal and helped the DWU women to its first-ever soccer conference title, tournament title, and national tournament appearance. While at Dakota Wesleyan, Ponchak coached 20 All-Conference players, one NAIA All-American, and three Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
Ponchak has coaching experience with clubs in Kentucky, South Dakota, and Ohio. He has had extensive experience in working soccer camps from youth to elite college camps. Aside from youth coaching, Ponchak served as the first Head Coach of Zanesville Athletic FC, an amateur team based in Zanesville, Ohio and has also worked with two professional teams in numerous capacities, the Dayton Dutch Lions and Charlotte Eagles who both play in the United Soccer League (USL Pro).
Coach Ponchak and his wife Kellie live in Sterling. Kellie works as a 5th grade teacher at McCandless Elementary School in Hutchinson. The Ponchaks are expecting their first child in March 2014.
Morgan High School, McConnelsville, Ohio – 2003
Asbury University, Wilmore, Kentucky – B.A. – Bible/Theology: Pre-Seminary
Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, South Dakota – M.A. – Educational Policy and Administration
Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio – M.A. – Business Administration