Assistant Director of IN2 Soccer Camps
Benton Frayne just finished his second season as head coach Laura Burnett-Kurie’s lead assistant within the Gustavus Adolphus women’s soccer program. He helped lead the Gustavus Women’s Soccer team to their second consecutive play-off appearance in 2016, following winning the MIAC Playoffs and advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 2015.
A native of Albert Lea, Minnesota, Frayne completed his Bachelor of Science in recreation and tourism at Winona State University in the spring of 2009. Following his time at Winona State, Frayne was the assistant women’s soccer coach at Grinnell College in 2009, assistant girl’s soccer coach at Albert Lea High School from 2010-2011 and assistant girl’s soccer coach at Mankato East High School in 2012.
Frayne then jumped back into the collegiate coaching ranks when he became the Bethany Lutheran College assistant women’s soccer coach in 2013. In 2014, Frayne took on assistant coaching responsibilities for both the men and women’s teams at Bethany and earned a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Frayne, who has also coached several club teams, is currently the Director of Coaching for the Mankato United Soccer Club. He holds his NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, USSF E License, and was also a 2013 MYSA Oaths Award Winner.
Previous Head Coaches:
Dane Obermeyer is currently the South Metro Director for Minnesota Thunder Academy as well as being the Head Coach of the U12 C1 girls team and the U14C1 Boys team. He currently holds his USSF National B License and USYS National Youth License. Prior to MTA, Obermeyer was with Eden Prairie Soccer club as the head coach of a U16 Premier girls team and helped run the Club’s youth development program.
Previously to MTA and EPSC, Obermeyer spent four seasons as an assistant with the Gustavus women’s soccer team. A member of Gustavus men’s soccer MIAC Championship teams in 2006 and 2007, Obermeyer played in 28 games as a midfielder, compiling two goals and one assist for five points during his career.
Since graduating from Gustavus in 2008, Obermeyer has also worked with the MapleBrook Soccer Association and Gustie Soccer Camp. The Los Alamos, New Mexico native evaluated player skills for the Maple Brook Club Soccer boys and girls teams for U-11 through U-17. He has served as a head coach for the Gustie Soccer Camps the past six summers.
Molly Rouse is currently entering her third season as an Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at NCAA Division I University of Buffalo in Buffalo, NY. Her responsibilities include: recruiting, travel, camps, day-to-day activities along with working with the UB midfielders and attacking players. Rouse went to UB after one successful season at Alabama State where she served as an assistant coach. Her main responsibilities for the Lady Hornets were recruiting coordinator and positional coach (midfielders).
Prior to ASU, Rouse served two years as assistant coach at Shattuck-St. Mary’s, College Prep Boarding school in Minnesota. While at Shattuck, Rouse played a key role in all facets of the program’s development towards new heights, which went beyond her primary duties as the assistant coach for the U18 team.
Before arriving at Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Rouse capped her stellar career playing in the Women’s Premier Soccer League with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
As a collegiate player, Rouse starred at the University of Minnesota where she earned All-Big Ten honors twice. Rouse helped lead the Gophers to two NCAA Tournament appearances, 2008 and 2010, and played a major role in the Big Ten Championship game in 2008. The four-year starter in the midfield helped lead her squad to a pair of Sweet 16 appearances and served as the team captain during her junior and senior campaigns.
Rouse was named to the All-Big Ten freshman team during the 2007 season and then earned second team All-Big Ten honors as a junior. She was also named to the All-Big Ten Academic team three times during her outstanding collegiate career. The team leader also earned the team Midfield Most Valuable Player award as a junior and senior.
She graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education, a minor in Child Psychology, with an emphasis on American Sign Language from the University of Minnesota in 2012. Rouse currently holds a U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) National “B” License.
Kristen Konkol: Head Coach / Speed & Agility Coach
Kristen Konkol recently finished her fourth year as the speed and agility coach for the women’s soccer team at Gustavus. Holding an PhD in Sports Science, Konkol is also an Assistant Professor in the Exercise Science and Physiology department at Minnesota State University, Mankato. A native of Waupaca, Wisconsin, Konkol brings an extensive background in health and exercise science, human performance, and kinesiology to Gustavus.
After graduating from Waupaca High School in 1995, Konkol attended the University of Toledo where she spent four seasons as a point guard on the women’s basketball team. Konkol went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Toledo in 1999. She then attended the University of Minnesota and earned a master’s degree in kinesiology in 2001. Following her master’s work, Kristen worked as a community program specialist at the University of Minnesota working on research grants from the Susan G. Komen Foundation and National Institute of Health.
In 2008 she went on to work for the ELCA Global Mission unit as Co-coordinator of the Young Adults in Global Mission program in South Africa. She also began working for the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) Sport Science Department as a lecturer, lab instructor, and performance specialist. During her time at KwaZulu-Natal, Konkol also worked towards and eventually achieved a Ph.D. in sports science from the University in 2013. She also played on several semi-professional soccer teams during her time in South Africa.