Hometown: Fort Wayne, Ind.
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Wisconsin
Thomas Goines was announced as Concordia University head women's soccer coach in December 2019. He became the eighth head coach in program history.
During an unusual two-part season in 2020-21, Goines led the Bulldogs to a 11-6-2 overall record, tie for second in the GPAC regular season standings and a conference postseason championship. Concordia completed its conference tournament run with a 2-1 victory over Jamestown in the championship game. As a result, Concordia earned an automatic bid to the national tournament. Two Bulldogs earned first team All-GPAC honors: Mikeila Martinez and Grace Soenksen.
In his most recent previous coaching position, Goines served in the same role at NCAA Division II Barton College in Wilson, N.C. The Concordia University, Wisconsin alum oversaw the programs at Barton (2015-18) and Concordia University, Chicago (2011-14) for four years apiece and compiled a total of 73 victories. In his time with the Cougars of River Forest, Ill., Goines guided his teams to a combined 43 wins, making him the school’s all-time winningest soccer coach, men or women. The 2013 squad that went 12-3-4 under Goines continues to hold the program record for most victories in a single season. In his tenure at Barton, Goines coached nine all-conference selections and steered the 2018 squad to 10 wins and a spot in the conference tournament semifinals.
During his collegiate soccer career, Goines played one season in his hometown at NCAA Division I Indiana University-Purdue University of Fort Wayne (IPFW) before transferring to Concordia-Wisconsin. As a standout member of the Falcons, Goines earned three all-conference awards and one all-region honor and was a two-year captain.
Goines began his coaching career at the high school level. As part of a three-year run at Bloomington High School (Ind.), he led the 2010 team to conference, regional and sectional championships. Goines also coached at West Bend East High School (Wis.) and Lutheran High School of Greater New Orleans. He also has teaching experience at the high school and collegiate levels.
Goines holds an Advanced National Diploma and a Regional Goalkeeper Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) as well as a National D License from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). Goines graduated from Concordia University, Wisconsin with a bachelor of arts in secondary education and broadfield social studies. He later earned his masters of athletic administration from Concordia University, Irvine.
Thomas and his wife Melissa have a daughter Mikayla, son Ethan and daughter Payton.
Hometown: Helena, Mont.
Alma Mater: York College
Chris Luther, who also serves as an assistant professor of health and human performance at Concordia, completed his first season on the Bulldog women’s soccer staff in 2018-19. He was elevated to the head coaching role in July 2019 in place of previous head coach Greg Henson. Luther returned to an assistant coaching position in 2020-21.
Originally from Helena, Mont., Luther has familiarized himself with the Nebraska soccer scene since his days as a student-athlete at York College, where he graduated from in 1994. In his first season working with Henson, Luther helped the Bulldogs to a 13-3-5 overall record and a spot in the GPAC tournament championship game for the fifth season in a row. Then in the spring of 2021, Luther assisted Thomas Goines on a GPAC tournament championship run.
Luther returned to his alma mater to coach the men’s soccer team from 1998 – 2008 and again from 2009 – 2012. Luther also served as head coach for the Panther women from 2001 – 2004. Additionally, Luther has experience as a camp director and high school coach, including a coaching stint at Monterey High School in Lubbock, Texas, and most recently at York High School. During his career, Luther has been honored as the National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region Coach of the Year twice (2001 and 2002) and as the Texas District 6-5A Coach of the Year in 1997.
Prior to his coaching career, Luther reached significant heights as an athlete. A member of the York College Hall of Fame, Luther twice collected National Small College Athletic Association All-America honors while serving as a team captain. He led the Panthers to NSCAA national titles in 1990 and 1992. As a high school coach in Texas, Luther also stayed active as a member of the Tri-State Indoor Soccer League’s Lubbock Lasers.
Luther possesses a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced National Diploma and a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National ‘C’ License. He graduated from York with a degree in secondary education (7-12 mathematics). He earned his masters of education in outdoor education from Southern Adventist University (Tenn.).
Chris has two children: Jorre and Aislinn. Jorre is a current member of the Concordia Football team.
Hometown: Oxford, England
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
A former standout goalkeeper for the Bulldogs, Jack Bennett joined the Concordia University Men’s and Women’s Soccer staffs beginning in 2020-21. Bennett works with the keepers for both teams. Following the 2020-21 season, keepers Lindsey Carley (honorable mention) and Federico Simonetti (second team) both earned All-GPAC honors.
A native of Oxford, England, Bennett enjoyed a fine collegiate playing career. He was twice named both Second Team All-GPAC and NAIA All-Plains Region. Bennett’s career included a 23-6-1 record as a starter, 125 saves and eight clean sheets. Bennett’s fondest single memory on the field was his game-winning penalty kick save against Midland in the 2018 GPAC quarterfinals. Bennett was the team MVP and team captain of the ’18 squad.
He was also a key figure for the 2017 team that went 16-3-1 overall while setting a school record for most wins in a season. Furthermore, Bennett earned three GPAC Defensive Player of the Week awards and ranked in the top 20 nationally for goals against average in 2017. After his collegiate career, Bennett played semi-professionally for the St. Louis Lions (USA), Nebraska Bugeaters (USA), Bradford Park Avenue AFC (UK), Stratford Town FC (UK) and Kettering Town FC (UK).
Bennett is a qualified FA level 2 coach with experience running private goalkeeping sessions and goalkeeping camps from the youth level up to U18.
Bennett earned his bachelor of arts in Fitness Studies while minoring in Business at Concordia. He is currently pursuing an MBA. Jack is the son of David and Roisin Bennett. He has a sister named Keeva.
Hometown: Beavercreek, Ohio
Alma Mater: Wilmington College
Mellonee Hall joined the Concordia University Women’s Soccer coaching staff prior to the 2021-22 academic year while continuing her coaching career. Previously, Hall spent two years as an assistant coach at her alma mater, NCAA Division III Wilmington College (Ohio).
A native of Beavercreek, Ohio, Hall excelled during a collegiate playing career that saw her start all four seasons and serve as a captain for two years at Wilmington. She was named the 2017 team MVP and the school’s 2018 Fall Athlete of the Year. Hall also garnered recognition as second team all-conference and second team All-Ohio in 2018. She went on to play for the Dayton Dutch Lions of the Women’s Premier Soccer League and for the Columbus Eagles of the Premier Arena Soccer League.
In addition to two seasons as an assistant coach at Wilmington, Hall coached the CUSA gold 06 girls for one year.
Hall earned her Bachelor of Science in Sport Management along with minors in Coaching and Business Administration from Wilmington. She is pursuing her master’s in Coaching and Athletic Administration. Mellonee is the daughter of Mike and Gwynne Hall and has a brother named Mason.