Coaching Staff







Sara Matthews
Head Coach


Sara Matthews is beginning her first season as the head coach of the women's soccer program at Avila University. 

Matthews comes to Avila after spending four seasons as an assistant women’s soccer coach at Baker University.  In her four years at Baker, she helped her teams claim a regular season HAAC title, two HAAC tournament titles, go as deep as the NAIA National Tournament semifinals, and have been a perennial NAIA Top 25 program. Prior to Baker, Matthews spent a year as a women’s assistant at Washburn University where she earned her Master’s of Business Administration degree as well. Other experience includes a KC youth club coach currently with KC Fusion, head JV coach at Shawnee Mission West High School, and JCCC summer soccer camp director. 

Matthews is a graduate of Baker University where she played soccer, and also received her B.S. in Business in 2009. She was elected team captain her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons, and in 2006 she was named to the HAAC all-conference team. Matthews was also named the Baker University Student Senate Female Athlete of the Year in 2007.

Sara holds a USSF license and currently resides in Lenexa, KS. 

Matthews said she is excited for the opportunity to continue to build Avila's program into a yearly contender in the HAAC.

“It is a tremendous asset to know the area and know the competition,” she said. “I will be looking forward to preparing the team to be a continued contender in the HAAC and nationally. I am ready to combine the success the Avila women are coming off of with my experience, energy, and eagerness to work hard."






Adam Lamb
Assistant Coach                 816-501-2913

Adam Lamb recently finished his first year as assistant coach at Avila in the Fall of 2013.

Adam joined the Avila coaching staff after serving as the Director of Youth Development at Dexter Soccer Club in Michigan. In addition to his roles at DSC, Lamb served as the State Director for Michigan South for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) as well as a staff coach for the Michigan ODP program. Additionally, Lamb was the Head Coach for the U10 Boys Michigan Coerver Performance Academy.

Prior to arriving in the US, Lamb worked with the youth academies of professional sides Blackburn Rovers and Barnsley FC. At Blackburn Rovers, Adam coached the U6-U8 boys academy team while working at development centers across the UK to develop players to progress to the academy level. At Barnsley, Adam coached the U11 boys academy team and implemented a continued professional development program for community staff coaches.

Lamb graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in England in 2007 with a BA in Sport and Recreational Development.

Adam currently holds his Premier, Director of Coaching, and Advanced National Diplomas from the NSCAA as well as a special topics diploma. In addition, he holds a Level 2 license for the English FA and a Youth Diploma from Coerver.

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Carlos Rodriguez
Assistant Coach


Carlos Rodriguez previously was at Kansas City Kansas Community College as a volunteer assistant coach for both the women's and men's soccer team. He was there for a total of 3 years.

He currently coaches youth soccer for Metro United Soccer Club/KC Fusion. He has two Academy boys teams U15 and U17. He has been with KC Fusion since 2009.

Carlos currently has his USSF "D" license and his NSCAA Advance Regional Diploma. He has over 22 years of coaching experience at various levels.

He played college soccer at Park University (NAIA) 1989-1991 then moved onto UMKC (NCAA Division 1) and played 1991-1992.

Carlos is a life long resident of the Kansas City area.



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