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."


Estelle Johnson
Assistant Coach

Estelle Johnson is begining her second season as an assistant women's soccer coach at Avila University.

After four years at Kansas University where she started all but one of her 85 collegiate games, Johnson was selected in the second round of the 2010 Dispersal Draft by the Philadelphia Independence. In two seasons in Philadelphia, she started in 25 matches, and was a member of the 2011 squad that reached the WPS final.

After the Independence folded in 2012, Estelle signed on with the New York Fury and again featured in a team that made it deep in to post season play.

In 2013, Johnson played with undoubtedly the best professional women’s team in the US, the Western New York Flash. The Flash have won three straight championships including the 2010 USL W-League championship, the 2011 WPS championships, and the 2012 WPSL-Elite championships.

Wtih the Flash, Johnson is teammates with US National team players Carli Lloyd and Abby Wambach. Johnson had the following so say about playing along side Olympic gold medal winners and world cup participants, “I’m very excited to have another opportunity to compete at the top level against some of the best players in the world. Getting to train with Abby and Carly everyday is going to be an amazing experience and help me step my game up to the next level”.






Adam Lamb
Assistant Coach                 816-501-2913

Adam Lamb will be starting his first year as assistant coach at Avila in the Fall of 2013.

Adam joins 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.

Max Hasselquist
Assistant Coach

Max Hasselquist begins his fifth season with Avila University as an assistant.  Max was a four year starting goalkeeper for the Eagles from 2005-2009. 

While a student at Avila Max received his degree in music, concentrating on vocal performance. He also completed his graduate school program at Avila receiving his graduate certification in education.

Max has coached club soccer for 6 years in the Kansas City area for the KC Legends. Max currently teaches at Prairie Center Elementary School, in the Olathe School District, where he teaches K-5 elementary music. He will continue to be a great addition to the coaching staff at Avila sharing his knowledge and experience with the men's and women's soccer programs.


Bryan Tunison
Strength & Conditioning Coach

Bryan Tunison has served as the strength and conditioning coach for the Avila soccer programs since 2011.

Bryan is a proud Avila Alum and is a former member of the men's soccer program. He graduated from Avila in the spring of 2011 with a degree in Sports Science and Human Performance. Prior to his time at AU, Bryan attended O’Hara High School in Kansas City where he received All-State soccer honors three times.  He also was a state qualifying wrestler. 

In addition to assisting with the fitness of the men’s and women’s soccer programs here at Avila, he is the Sports Performance Site Director at Boost Physical Therapy and Sports Performance in Independence, MO.

Bryan currently resides in Lee's Summit, Missouri.


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