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Coaching Staff

Kellie Mcpherson
Assistant Coach | Women's Soccer

Coach McPherson is entering her third year as an assistant coach at Aquinas College. For the previous two years she has been involved with training the goalkeepers. McPherson holds a USSF National C license and an NSCAA Advanced Diploma. She coaches for SCOR soccer club where she coaches multiple youth teams. Coach McPherson is an Aquinas alum and former soccer player for the Saints, graduating in 2011.

Jason Buechler
Assistant Coach | Women's Soccer

Buechler comes to Aquinas after spending a season with the University of Northwestern Ohio as a Assistant Coach. Prior to UNOH, he served as the Academy Director for Park Valley United FC and progressed kids through a technical curriculum and developed kids to earn spots in the Minnesota United Development Academy. Buechler played semi-professionally with Minneapolis City SC following his college career at Bethany Lutheran College. He was a four-year starter and two-time All-Conference player for the Vikings. He currently holds his USSF D License and is actively working towards furthering his education.

Nate Van Ryan
Goal Keeper Coach | Women's Soccer

Nate Van Ryn played soccer at Calvin College where he was a part of teams that won 4 MIAA Conference Titles, 4 MIAA Tournament Titles, and went to the NCAA Final Four twice while compiling an overall record of 86-7-5. He was twice named a First Team All-Conference player and was a First Team All-American and the HERO Sports D3 Men’s Soccer Goalkeeper and Player of the Year in 2017. He is ranked 18th all-time for career goals against average in NCAA history (all divisions).

Van Ryn also works for Grand Rapids FC Women as the goalkeeper coach, Midwest United FC as a head coach and goalkeeper coach, and he is the founder of All American Goalkeeping. He currently holds the USSF E License.

Van Ryn graduated from Calvin College in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management with minors in Business and Spanish.

Scott Doney
Graduate Assistant Coach | Women's Soccer

Coach Doney is entering his second season as the Graduate Assistant at Aquinas College in 2019.

Doney holds a USSF Nationals Grass Roots license and is currently furthering his coaching education.

Playing Career:
Doney played collegiately at Marshall University, The University at Buffalo and Midwestern State University. During 2017 he earned All-American honors, All region first team honors, Lonestar conference first team honors and multiple Lonestar conference player of the week honors as a forward.
Doney plays semi-professionally at Grand Rapids FC and is the current all time leader in appearances and goals scored.

A native of New Zealand, Doney earned his Bachelors degree from the University of Buffalo and is currently working on a Master of Management degree at Aquinas.

James Gilpin
Assistant Coach | Men's Soccer

Originally from Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom, Coach Gilpin has his Bachelors Degree from Davenport University. He also holds a US Soccer B License. 
Coach Gilpin spent six years (1998-2004) in the Sunderland AFC Academy before playing two seasons as a Young Professional at Celtic FC (2005-2007). He came stateside to play at Davenport in 2009-10. Coach Gilpin is married to his wife, Annette.
Midwest United FC Goalkeeping Director (2011-present)
Midwest United FC Boys Director (2014-present)
Midwest United FC Girls Academy Coach (2017-present)
Davenport University Women's (2013-17)
Grand Valley Women's (2017-18)
Aquinas College Men's (2017-present)
Grand Rapids FC Men's & Women's (2015-present)
Grand Rapids FC
Great Lakes Western Conference Champions (2015)
NPSL Great Lakes Conference Champions (2016) 
UWS Midwest Regional Champions (2018)
UWS National Final Four (2018)
GLIAC Conference Champions (2017) 
GLIAC Tournament Champions (2017) 
NCAA DII National Elite 8 (2017) 
Record: 20-4
Davenport University
WHAC Conference Champions (2013, 2016) 
WHAC Tournament Champions (2013) 
NAIA National Elite 8 (2013)
Record: 53-19-6

Jack McCarren
Grad Assistant | Men's Soccer

Coach McCarren comes to Aquinas from Dublin, Ireland, by way of Pulaski, Tennessee. Coach McCarren graduated from Martin Methodist College in 2018 with a degree in Physical Education and Human Performance, emphasizing in Administration.

Coach McCarren was a part of the Martin Methodist squad that won the NAIA National Championship his freshman year in 2012. He was a three-time All-Conference honoree for the Redhawks, twice as a first-team selection. During his senior season in 2017, McCarren led the team with 14 goals, eight assists and four game-winning goals in 17 starts. In his career at Martin Methodist, Coach McCarren recorded 28 goals and 15 assists in 70 career appearances.



James Decosemo
Assistant Coach | Men's Soccer


- Coaching since 2013
- USSF National “C” License
- Former SVSU Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach

- Nationals 2016- Current - Director of Coaching
- PSG - 2015-2016
- Lansing United 2014-17 - Club Captain
- Grand Rapids FC - 2019 - Current
- Newcastle United FC Youth Academy
- Northwood University (2012-2016) - 1st Team All GLIAC
- Originally from Stokesley, England. Came to USA in 2012