Board of Directors

The SSPYSA Soccer Club Board meets on the second Monday or Sunday of the month. Please check the calendar for specific date, time and location information. Meetings are open to the general membership and public. Individuals interested in addressing the board should contact the President prior to the meeting to be placed on the agenda.

SSPYSA is always looking for people interested in serving on the board. Terms are generally three years. Some soccer knowledge is helpful, but not required for most board positions.  Outside of monthly board meetings, most positions require a few hours per week. Some positions require substantially more time than that. The board accepts applications on an ongoing basis, and starts new board members in the late fall with their three year term. Feel free to contact any of the current board members for info about serving on the board.

The SSPYSA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.  These parents and coaches are committed to making our soccer community the best it can be with relevant support for our volunteer coaches, developmental training for players and multiple methods of communication for families. Each season we work hard to create teams that bring fairness and fun to our Recreational League and highly competitive, successful development to our Competitive League.  Our Recreational and Competitive Leagues work hand in hand to provide the appropriate opportunity for each player.

Ben Nelson


Ben is on the third year of his first term and also coached an In-house team last 2 years. He moved to South St. Paul 7 years ago and was happy to find he moved onto a community rather than just a city. He has 2 kids that play for SSP and is in charge of the in-house prgram and pictures and trophies for SSPYSA. This is his first year as SSPYSA President.

Andrew Held


Andrew has been coaching for SSPYSA for several years & joined the board in the Summer of 2018.  He has agreed to take on secretary responsibilities in an effort to improve transparency & community awareness of all the great things our organization is doing.

Craig Van Guilder

Board Member

Craig has been on the board for several years and is now Vice President. He has 2 daughters that have  played for SSP - one in In-house and one that travels. He has also coached both in prior years providing him experience with both sides of the SSPYSA program. He has worked with equipment, Competitive teams and the InHouse Program.

Vanessa Coates

Board Member

Vanessa has lived in South Saint Paul for almost 10 years. She has a son in SSP Secondary, and a daughter at Lincoln.  Her son  excels at brain games and technology and and her daughter is on her 4th year playing soccer with it being her first year on a traveling team.  She accepted the role of team manager for her team last year and really enjoyed it and wanted to be more involved.  Her networking ability and over 18 years of experience in management, customer service, & event planning are strong assets to the association.