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North Canton Soccer Club

Our Directors

Jon Zahn - Boys Director

Jonathan Zahn is the Varsity Head Coach for the Hoover High School boys soccer team. He will also be the Physical Education teacher at Orchard Hill Intermediate school.

Brian Girdlestone - Girls Director

Brian Girdlestone is in his 14th year with the Hoover High School girl’s varsity soccer team and his 6th year as Varsity Head Coach. Brian was named 2016 Stark County Girls Division 1 Coach of the Year, and Federal League Girls Coach of the Year in 2014. He has coached teams into the 2014 and 2016 District Finals. Brian started playing soccer at age 4 in Sydney, Australia and was a 4-year varsity player. He graduated from St. Aloysius High School in Sydney, and played soccer, tennis and cricket. He graduated college from Walsh University where he received his Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Psychology and Finance. He later earned his Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling and Master’s in School Counseling, also from Walsh. He is a Guidance Counselor at Hoover High School. Brian resides in North Canton with his wife Marcie, and their 4 sons (Nathan, Thomas, Brian and Timothy).

Jenna Fallick - Little and Junior Vikings Director

Jenna Fallick started coaching for North Canton Soccer Club in the fall of 2019. Jenna grew up in North Canton and graduated from North Canton Hoover High School in 2018. She started off playing for Strikers Soccer Club, CAK Soccer Club, and then went on to be a four-year starter and three-year captain on the Hoover Girls Varsity soccer team. She is currently pursuing two degrees in American Sign Language/English Interpreting and Spanish at Kent State University and plans to graduate in the Spring of 2022. Jenna enjoys watching young players develop a love for the game of soccer and strives to help them in developing the foundational skills needed to grow as soccer players.

Our Coaches

Steve Bell

Steve Bell has been involved with soccer at the youth, high school, college, professional and International level. He has experience as a player, coach, referee and television broadcaster. His passion is making the game fun for younger players. Steve lives in North Canton with his wife Tina and their 3 children (Jillian, Natalie and JT).

Maddie Klingshirn

Maddie Klingshirn is a teacher at Hoover High School. Throughout undergrad, she played soccer for the University of Mount Union and served as team captain her senior year. While playing in college, she also assisted with summer youth programs. Maddie’s official coaching career started with the North Canton Soccer Club in the fall 2020 season. Though she is fairly new to coaching, she looks forward to working with kids who share the same passion for soccer as she does.

Michael Farmer

Michael Farmer spent 12 years as the assistant Varsity Coach for Firestone High School in Akron before retiring to coach for North Canton Soccer Club. Michael is also a certified referee officiating college and amateur games. He serves on the State Referee Committee and is an instructor and assessor. Michael and his wife, Lauren, live in North Canton with their daughters, Giselle and Scarlett. Outside of soccer, he is a local pastor in The United Methodist Church and enjoys watching his daughters dance at On Pointe Arts.

Peter Vandervaart

Pete Vandervaart has coached for Hoover High School, Strikers soccer club and CAK. Pete is a graduate of Hoover High school was a four year letter winner, three time all country and federal league goalkeeper. His senior year, he set records for shutouts and goals against average. Pete is a graduate of Purdue with an engineering degree currently working at M.K. Morris in Canton. He resides in North Canton with wife Laura and three children, Claire, Grace and Jake.

Alex Bodenschatz

Alex Bodenschatz is entering his second year as a soccer coach. He graduated from Hoover High School in 2014 and was a 3-year varsity letterman for the soccer program. He has also been a soccer referee for nearly 12 years and has officiated in multiple leagues across Northeastern Ohio. Post high school, Alex graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Digital Media Productions and a minor in Nonprofit Management. Following college, he served 2 years as a missionary with NET Ministries. Alex is excited to share his experience as a player, official, and coach with your child this season.


North Canton Soccer Club

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Greentown, Ohio 44630

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