Mount Marty Men’s Soccer Program Has Changes In Leadership

VSN (admin) Published Monday, April 25, 2022 – 04:30 PM


APRIL 25, 2022, YANKTON, SD – Carlos Saenz, head men’s soccer coach at Mount Marty University (MMU), announced his resignation after his fifth season in the role.

Saenz led the Lancers to the playoffs for the first time in school history and became Mount Marty’s all-time leader for wins as a head coach for men’s soccer. During his five years as head coach, Mount Marty had one All-GPAC performer and 10 Honorable Mention All-GPAC performers.

“It has been enjoyable to watch Carlos grow as a student into a coach,” Andy Bernatow, interim athletic director for MMU, said. “He has done an outstanding job of progressing the men’s program into a competitive team and has built a foundation that should allow for the future success of the program. I wish him the best with his future endeavors.”

A native of Lima, Peru, Saenz played with the Academia Deportiva Cantolao, one of Peru’s best football (soccer) clubs, until coming to America to continue soccer at the collegiate level. In 2011, as a player at Mount Marty, Saenz set and continues to hold the record for the number of assists in one season. Following graduation in 2012, Saenz coached at the state and regional levels for the Olympic Development Program and lead multiple teams to state championships.

“Being an alum and former player, I take great pride in the Mount Marty men’s soccer program,” Saenz said. “My personal goal was to make Mount Marty a competitive program in the GPAC and with the help of my players and coaching staff we have been able to accomplish that. The returning roster is full of outstanding young men and talented soccer players as a quality foundation has been set. I wish continued success to the program and Mount Marty.”

Mount Marty has promoted assistant coach Oliver Tieleman to head coach. Tieleman just finished his third season at Mount Marty and is a recent graduate of the Mount Marty Coaching Leadership Master’s Program. Oliver is from Christchurch, New Zealand, and has spent the last seven years coaching both men’s and women’s soccer. Oliver graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2018 with a Bachelor of Sports Coaching majoring in Performance Analysis. In his final year, I have interned at UC Sport as a performance analyst for the University of Canterbury netball club. Prior to his time at Mount Marty, Tieleman coached at Saint Albans Shirley football (soccer) club as the head coach of the men’s reserve team and an assistant to the senior men’s first team who played in the Canterbury Championship League.

“I am excited for Coach Tieleman to receive this opportunity,” Bernatow said. “It has also been fun to watch him grow over the last few years. Oliver has been highly involved on campus and has a great mindset that should allow him to do a quality job leading the program. He is passionate and hungry.”

Tieleman has met with the team and is ready to connect with recruits.

“I want to extend my gratitude to Carlos Saenz for his commitment to growing the men’s soccer program over the past five years and bringing it to where it currently resides as an emerging competitive collegiate program with a strong diverse student presence on campus as well as within the Great Plains Athletic Conference,” Tieleman said. “Since arriving from New Zealand three years ago, Mount Marty and Yankton have become my home and I am excited to continue my time here and raise the program to a higher level. My focus moving forward is on building a competitive culture that promotes the growth and development of student-athletes while propelling them toward graduation and future goals.”

Mount Marty College Soccer Men’s Great Plains Athletic Conference Staff

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