Youth Club Coaches

Youth Club Director/Head Coach (U19): Teresa (Rynier) Rook

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Teresa (Rynier) Rook is a recognizable name in the soccer world. The Lancaster County native is one of the first local players to sign a professional contract. From the Conestoga Valley Youth Soccer Club (CVYSC) in the U-6 age group to the Lancaster Inferno of the UWS, Teresa has a long record of accomplishments.

Teresa played for the Hempfield Cosmos boys team at U12, and with the Lanco Premier U14 girls team. At U-14, she played for FC Delco against some of the best teams in the region. While at FC Delco, Teresa won the EPYSA State Cup and the Region I championship. She played 2 years with PA Classics Leeds and completed her club career for the next 3 years with the PA Strikers, where her team won another State and Regional championship.

Teresa also played for the Olympic Development Program (ODP) at the state and regional levels throughout junior high and high school. Her Eastern PA ODP team won two Region I championships, and her Region I team was a national co-champion. At Conestoga Valley (CV) High School she helped the girls soccer team win 4 league sectional championships, and the league championship her senior year. The CV Hall of Fame inductee also set new career records for goals (63) and assists (56), which still stands today.

While attending James Madison University (JMU), Teresa earned numerous awards including CAA All-Rookie Team as a freshman, and All-CAA First Team for the next three years. As a senior, Teresa started the year on the Hermann Trophy Watch List for Player of the Year in Division 1. Teresa was named to the NSCAA Scholar All-America First Team and NSCAA All-America Third Team. She finished her career with the assist record of 53 for JMU, the CAA and the state of Virginia.

After graduation from JMU, Teresa was drafted by the Philadelphia Independence, played for the Ottawa Fury, and later signed professional contracts in Sweden and Iceland.

In 2021, Teresa was inducted into the JMU Hall of Fame and recognized as one of the most dominant midfielders to ever play for JMU women’s soccer. She still holds the program’s career assist record (53) as well as ranking tied for fifth in career points. Teresa holds a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Millersville University and is a second grade teacher at Penn Manor School District.

Youth Technical Director/Head Coach (U18 & U17): Wendell Hannaford

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As a soccer player, Wendell Hannaford’s accomplishments include a standout college career as goalkeeper at Albright College, where he still holds the career record for “Most Shutouts”. During his time at Albright, Hannaford was also named Commonwealth Conference Goalkeeper of the Week on two occasions, and was named Second Team All-Conference in 2007.

Wendell initially joined the Lancaster Inferno staff in 2021 as Head Coach of the UWS League Two U23 team and led them to the Mid-Atlantic North Conference Championship title, and was also named the UWS2 Mid-Atlantic North Coach of the Year. But his coaching career started much earlier, as an assistant coach with both the Men’s and Women’s soccer teams at Albright College from 2009-2011.

Hannaford then moved into the youth soccer arena, accumulating over 10 years experience in club soccer. Wendell coached the U16-19 age groups at Penn Legacy FC and PA Classics and has led his teams to multiple tournament and league championships, as well as an EPYSA Cup final. He has also served as the Head Coach of Warwick High School’s Girls Varsity soccer team since 2016 and was named the 2020 LL League Section 1 Coach of the Year. He has led the Warriors to 3 district playoff appearances, a runner-up Section 1 placement, and a 2021 Team sportsmanship award. His players have received 23 All Star recognitions, 4 LL League Big 11 all stars, 1 LL section 1 MVP, and 1 PIAA All State recipient.

Wendell has coached for 5 years with the Olympic Development Program (ODP) in the U12-13 age groups. He has also served as the Director of Girls Soccer for Lititz Youth Soccer Club (LYSC) since 2016 and as the Lititz Summer Showcase Tournament Director from 2016-2021. Wendell has his USSF “C” License, in addition to numerous United Soccer Coaches Diplomas.

Head Coach (U15): Kyle Diem

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Lancaster County native Kyle Diem joined Lancaster Inferno as a coach in the new year-round youth travel program in 2022. His experience as a youth included playing at Nether Providence and LANCO United for club soccer. At Pequea Valley High School, Kyle was a 2x LL-League All-Star and helped lead his team to the Section Championship and two District Championships.

Diem’s collegiate career started at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC, where he played on the soccer team his freshman year. He then transferred and graduated from York College of PA with a Bachelor’s degree in Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies. While playing soccer at York College, his team was ranked in the top 10 at the Division III level.

Kyle has over 10 years experience as a club coach at various organizations in Lancaster County and holds his US Soccer National D License.

Head Coach (U13): Liz Wenger

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A native of Lancaster, Liz has played five seasons with Lancaster Inferno’s women’s team in the UWS national pro-am league. A standout at Georgetown University, she was named 2017 Big East Defensive Player of the Year and helped lead Georgetown to the 2016 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal and to win the 2016-17 Big East Tournament.

She was a 17th overall pick in the 2018 National Women’s Soccer League Draft, and most recently played professionally in Switzerland with FC Lugano Femminile. Wenger was also part of the Swiss Association of Football Players “Golden 11” for the 2018/2019 seasons. As a student at Warwick High School, she was 2nd team LL-League All-Star in 2010 and First team in 2011.

Liz’s coaching experience includes serving as assistant coach for the U23 women’s team in 2022 and head coach for the U13 Lancaster Inferno FC youth program. Prior to joining Inferno’s coaching staff, Elizabeth was the head coach for PMG’s ‘06 girls from 2021-2022. She holds her U.S. Soccer Federation National D License and has also acted as the Volunteer Assistant coach for Warwick H.S. Girls Soccer Team from 2020-present.

Head Coach (U10)/Assistant Coach (U15): Stephanie Cleaves

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Former Inferno player, Stephanie Cleaves, previously served as Associate Head Coach from 2017-2019 and head coach of the Inferno Reserves in the newly formed UWS League 2 in 2020.

A graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School, Stephanie has played premier level soccer or above since 1997 and began coaching during her final seasons as a collegiate player.

Stephanie represented Honduras as a member of its Women’s National Team from 2010-13. She played three seasons for Lancaster Inferno and was named an All-Star for the South-Atlantic region (WPSL) in 2014. Stephanie was an Assistant Coach at Franklin & Marshall College (1 season), Elizabethtown College (4 seasons), and Elizabethtown Area H.S. (1 season). She holds her USSF National “C” License and has been coaching youth travel soccer since 2014 and ODP since 2019.

Assistant Coach (U19): Casey Shillabeer

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A graduate of Cedar Crest High School, Casey was captain her Senior Year and played club soccer with Falcon Futbol Club. Casey played at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg for one year, before transferring to Lebanon Valley College where she finished out her college soccer career.

Casey is currently the Assistant Coach for Cedar Crest High School Girls Soccer. Throughout the years, she has coached youth through high school ages at various camps and clinics within Lebanon and Palmyra. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Lebanon Valley College, and minored in Management – Human Resources.

Assistant Coach (U18 & U10): Jordan Rosengrant

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Jordan Rosengrant started playing soccer at age four. In her impressive high school career at Elco High School, Jordan collected 11 goals and 22 assists as an outside defender, lending a hand to the team winning four section championships. As team captain, she was a also helped Elco win a district and league title during her senior year, in 2018. Jordan was named to the All-Star LL Second Team her junior year and First Team as a senior as well as the Big 11 Team.

Rosengrant played soccer at the Division I level Robert Morris University and graduated in May 2022 with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. She started her collegiate career strong, but was plagued with injuries the last few years.

Jordan has had a unique experience with Lancaster Inferno — she has the distinction of playing with the team for 3 years without experiencing a full season. Jordan joined Inferno’s U23 team in 2020, but it was a shortened and restricted season due to COVID. In 2021, she returned but her season was cut short due to injury, and in 2022, she was bumped up to the First Team, but was not cleared to play due to recovering from surgery from a collegiate injury. In 2022 Inferno was fortunate to have her contribute her business acumen and soccer knowledge to help run game day operations.

Jordan’s coaching experience includes coaching Soccer Shots, along with youth camps and high school camps. She is pursuing her U.S. Soccer Grassroots License, followed by the USSF National D License.

Assistant Coach (U17): Maddie Carper

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Maddie Carper started her soccer career at the age of four, eventually being named to the All-State Team & Big-11 Team in her senior year at Manheim Central High School. She was also First Team All-Star (3 years) and Section MVP her senior year. Maddie is now entering her senior year at Lebanon Valley College where she plays Division III soccer and studies Exercise Science.

Carper has been playing with the Lancaster Inferno U23 team since 2019, where she has contributed to the team’s success. In 2021 she earned the title of “UWS2 Mid-Atlantic North Conference Offensive Player of the Year” and had the second highest number of goals scored in UWS League Two (5), and added 1 assist. Scoring multiple game winning goals, Carper dominated in the attack and created numerous scoring opportunities for Lancaster.

Maddie’s coaching experience includes coaching with various summer camps and clinics. She is pursuing her U.S. Soccer Grassroots License, followed by the USSF National D License.

Assistant Coach (U13): Francisco Cleaves

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Francisco Cleaves holds a USSF National “C” License and coached the Lancaster Inferno first team from 2014 to 2021. Francisco was named East Conference Coach of the Year by the UWS in 2018 and 2019, in recognition for Inferno’s success on the field. In 2018, Lancaster Inferno was East Conference Champions, as well as runner’s up to the National Championship. In 2019, Inferno won a back-to-back East Conference Championship, and was a semi-finalist in the National Tournament.

Cleaves has a long history of leading teams to championships. While playing for Bryan College, the team won the NCCAA championship and he was named an NCCAA All-American. He was inducted into the Bryan College Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. His collegiate coaching experience includes organizing and coaching a women’s intramural soccer program. He also coached at Tennessee Tech University (D1) men’s program while a graduate student there.

His high school coaching experience includes leading the Lakeshore High School Men’s Team to state championships from 1989 to 1991. He then developed the first ever Lakeshore High School Women’s Team and led them to winning seasons from 1991 to 1996, including state runner-up in 1993 when he was awarded Coach of the Year by the Detroit Free Press. From 1996 to 1999 he continued on with the Lakeshore Men’s Soccer Team leading them to district championships and a number 1 ranking. Specializing in defense, Cleaves lent his expertise to the LaPorte High School Women’s Soccer Team in 2001.

Goalkeeper Coach: Kayleigh Snyder

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A native of Lancaster County, Kayleigh (Hershey) Snyder was a standout goalkeeper that helped Donegal High School’s Varsity Soccer Team win back to back State Championships (2009-2010) and become District Finalists.

Kayleigh is currently the Goalkeeper Coach for Penn Manor High School Girls Soccer. Most recently, she worked alongside the coaching staff to guide the Varsity Team to win the LL League Championship in the Fall of 2021.

Kayleigh has a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Agriculture and Youth Ministry from Messiah College. She resides in Lancaster with her husband, daughter, and son, with another child on the way and runs marathons in her spare time.

Director of Performance/Strength & Conditioning Coach: Chris Weibel

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Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach, Chris Weibel, holds his bachelor’s in Physical Fitness from Houghton College.

Weibel’s coaching experience includes working as Strength & Conditioning Coach, Physical Education Teacher, and Head Varsity Basketball Coach from 2019-2021 at Lancaster County Christian School. Previously, he was the Head Varsity Basketball Coach at Veritas Academy from 2011-2018, where he recorded the most wins in the school’s history.

Chris has over 10 years of experience leading speed & agility training for athletes at the youth, high school, collegiate, post-collegiate, and national team levels. He joined Lancaster Inferno in 2014. He not only contributes to the club’s on-field success, he also serves Operations Coordinator.

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