HELENA YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS VACANCY
The Helena Youth Soccer Association (HYSA) currently has two vacancies on its Board of Directors. Both terms expire in...
The HYSA Board of Directors meets at 5:30 pm on the third Monday evening of every month, at the Montana School Board building 863 Great Nothern Blvd. Please contact us in case there may be a change of day, time or venue for the meeting. We are temporarily in the school board building awaiting renovations to the Comfort Suites.
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Sean's interest in soccer began in college when he played club soccer while at Dartmouth to supplement training for track and field and cross-country running. He began his association with HYSA when his oldest daughter, Aine, started in the Recreational League program. He quickly transitioned into coaching her team and continued coaching as Gracie and Tess were added to the Lawlor clan. After several years coaching, Sean joined the board. He has been on the board since 2010 and is currently serving as President.
email: Sean Lawlor
Frank Cornwell has lived in Montana his entire life and has grown to love the greater area of Helena since he moved here in 2009. He developed a love for the game of soccer during the first time he saw his daughters, Taylor and Ashlynn, start playing for HYSA.
Ever since their first games, he’s been coaching having earned his E License and then joining the HYSA Board of Directors in 2013. He has coached 6 years of recreational league soccer and had 3 straight seasons were his teams did not lose a game. He is also proud that most of the players he has coached with the recreational program have moved on to play competitively in the Arsenal program. Along with his involvement with the recreational program, Frank continues to be actively involved in coaching after having completed 5 years of coaching Arsenal Academy and Arsenal competitive soccer.
email: Frank Cornwell
Immediate Past President
Scott Lockwood started his interest in soccer when participating on the Helena High ski team. The coach was looking for a fun activity that involved lots of running to get the team into shape during preseason so he had them play soccer. Nobody knew the rules except for a French foreign exchange student who knew the game but not how to coach, especially in English. Scott went on to play intramural soccer in college and occasional adult soccer in Helena. Coaching for HYSA began when he coached his son Sean on the U-14 boys Arsenal team (along with the legendary John Hollow) in 1985. Since then he has coached Arsenal teams at every age group and gender. He started coaching girls in 1993 and met his wife Dawn while coaching her daughter Kim Leighton. His teams have won numerous State Championships and competed at the Far West Regional Tournament as well as the USA Cup. He has a National “D” coaching license and continues to assist HYSA teams. He also assisted with the Helena High School girls soccer program for a number of years. Recognizing a need for girls to develop their soccer skills in an all-girls environment, 1990’s he approached the HYSA with an idea for an All Girls League. He and Dave Michels set up a registration table in the Capital Hill Mall and the first season about 45 grade school age girls played the first recreational soccer sponsored by HYSA. The turnout doubled every season for many years and became a vibrant force in the emerging dominance of Helena girls soccer throughout Montana. This program eventually evolved into our recreational soccer program available for boys and girls.
Scott has been on the HYSA board of directors nearly every year since the beginning and is currently the President of HYSA. He was the MYSA state player registrar and has been recognized as coach of the year by HYSA and the Montana Youth Soccer Association. He was the State Referee Administrator for Montana for more than 25 years and continues to train more than 100 referees every year. He has been the Soccer rules interpreter for the Montana High School Association for more than 20 years and has sat on the National Federation of High Schools Soccer Rules committee for 3 years.
email: Scott Lockwood
Cindy is a fourth generation Montanan whose only early exposure to soccer was when she played crab soccer in her high school P.E. class. She married a die-hard soccer fan in 1990 and soon caught soccer fever. Her daughter played five years in HYSA’s recreational soccer program, spent four seasons in HYSA’s Academy soccer program, and has been playing Arsenal since Spring 2013. Cindy has served as an Arsenal team manager since 2013.
Cindy is currently senior counsel with Doney Crowley PC. Prior to that, she was the Chief Remediation Counsel for the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and served as the State’s senior superfund attorney for over 20 years. Before working for DEQ, Cindy was in private practice in Missoula with the law firm Datsopoulos, MacDonald and Lind, P.C., and also clerked at the Montana Supreme Court.
Besides serving as the Secretary on the HYSA Board, Cindy coordinates the Westside Womens’ Soccer Club, which is the booster group for the Capital High School girls’ soccer team. She is also the Capital High School parent representative to the Helena School District’s Parent Advisory Council, and is the parent representative on the Helena School District’s Materials Review Standing Committee. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Helena Youth Choir, as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees for the Shodair Children's Hospital, on the Montana Children's Home and Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, and as Chair of the Phoenix Fund for Animals for 11 years.
In her spare time, Cindy’s greatest joy is spending time with her family and together they enjoy traveling, reading, cooking, hiking, theatre, and lake life.
email: Cindy Brooks Melton
Amy’s primary exposure to soccer has been as a parent/fan of her two younger daughters, Ellie and Jane, who have played through the rec, Academy, and Arsenal programs at HYSA.
After coaching Jane’s rec team through a few seasons, it soon became clear that the kids knew way more about the game than she did, and she transitioned to being a manager for various teams over the years.
Amy has been a member of the HYSA Board since 2018 and she is the managing partner at Christensen & Prezeau law firm.
email: Amy Christensen
Entering his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Carroll Collefe Saints, Wayne Gardella grew up in Central America where he participated in youth soccer leagues from an early age. While in Honduras he played in the Club Deportivo Motagua youth academy system. When Wayne returned to the USA and played varsity soccer for McLean High School, Virginia. He also played club soccer for McLean Youth Soccer. As an adult, Wayne coached nationally ranked youth travel soccer teams for Team America Soccer Club in Annandale, VA. He also coached numerous futsal and indoor youth teams, successfully competing in many regional and national tournaments.
email: Wayne Gardella
She traveled to Scandinavia as a youth with the Arizona Sunbirds and won the Dalecarlia Cup (Sweden), Dana Cup (Denmark), and Norway Cup (Norway). She participated in the Olympic Development Program and was named to the U-17 Youth National Team in high school.
Amy attended the University of Portland on a full ride scholarship and, as a sophomore, defended her team’s way into finishing the season 3rd place in the nation. She continued to represent the U.S. playing on the U-20 National Team for two more years as well as representing the West Coast at the Olympic Festival in 1994. Her junior year she transferred to the University of San Diego and led her team as a central midfielder to a Sweet Sixteen finish her final year of college.
Her passion for playing soccer continued after college. She played for the San Diego Auto Trader semi-professional team for 2 years and had the opportunity to play the Mexico National team in Mexico City at Aztec Stadium. Next Amy travelled overseas to play professionally in New Zealand for Three Kings United. When she returned to the states, she played semi-professionally for the Arizona Heatwave.
As an educator, Amy has shared her love of the game with youth since college. She has coached numerous youth camps across the U.S., coached high school soccer, club soccer, evaluated and coached ODP, coached college level at Grand Canyon University and Wake Forest University in the ACC, and is now coaching her own two boys in recreational soccer for HYSA.
Amy has her USSF National C License, Montana Elementary Teaching Credential, K-12 P.E. and Health Endorsement and recently became a certified Yoga Teacher.
She has lived in Helena for 7 years and is excited to become part of our soccer community. In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, listening to live music and cloud watching.
email: Amy Hurley
Mike has been involved in youth soccer since 1995 when he coached his oldest son Chris in Kennewick Washington. Since then he has coached both girls and boys teams up to the U-14 level in Washington and Montana.
He holds E Level Coaching Certification. Mike also played high school soccer well before soccer was a popular youth sport. While living in Germany with the US Military he played on the local club soccer team. He currently has two children involved in the program both playing at the Arsenal level and his niece is currently involved in the recreational program.
Mike is an active referee and each weekend you can find him refereeing multiple youth games. Mike works locally for an environmental remediation firm located in St Paul MN.
email: Mike Hoxie
Damon grew up playing soccer in Helena and at Capital High School in the mid 1990’s. He continued playing soccer recreationally while attending the University of Montana and earning a B.A. in Archaeology and an M.A. in Forensic Anthropology.
He has been coaching his daughter and son in the HYSA recreational program since they were in Kindergarten and enjoys teaching them, and their friends about the game of soccer. Damon is the Cultural Records Manager at the Montana Historical Society’s State Historic Preservation Office.
email: Damon Murdo
Joe started playing youth soccer in Boulder, Colorado, and continued after high school with teams in the Colorado State Soccer Association leagues for another 25 years.
He spent two years as the assistant men’s soccer coach at Centaurus High School in Lafayette, Colorado. At the University of Colorado in Boulder, Joe was on an athletic scholarship for Alpine Ski Racing and graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.
After college, he raced on the U.S. Pro Skiing Tour for several years, and coached alpine ski racing for 15 years at the Winter Park, Colorado, Competition Center for both youth and adult competitors.
After moving to the Helena area with his wife and twin daughters in 2009, Joe started coaching HYSA recreational soccer when his daughters began playing in 2010. He has coached HYSA Arsenal teams since 2015 and coached the 2003 girls to a State Cup Title in 2019.
He currently holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National D license and is a certified USSF Referee. His two teenage daughters continue to enjoy playing Arsenal soccer and are also certified referees.
email: Joe Vranka