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Staff

Ben Ritsema
Men's Arena Head Coach

Ben Ritsema has led the Muskegon Risers men’s arena soccer team since its creation in 2015. Under Ritsema’s leadership, the Risers men’s arena team has experienced exponential growth and currently competes in the Major Arena Soccer League II.

Stu Collins
Men's Outdoor Head Coach

Stu Collins is a former standout and National Champion at Davenport University and has logged the most minutes as a player in Muskegon Risers history. Collins also served as team captain for the Risers from May of 2016 through 2019.

Chris Denham
Women's Outdoor Head Coach

Chris Denham grew up in Belding, Michigan and attended Cornerstone University as a student-athlete. Chris graduated with a Sports Management Degree and holds his USSF C license with various NSCAA diplomas. Chris also is the Foundation Phase Director at the youth soccer club Michigan Fire Juniors in Hudsonville, Michigan.

Kellie McPherson
Women's Outdoor Assistant Coach

Kellie McPherson graduated from Aquinas College in 2011 with a Bachelors in Sports Recreation and Exercise Science. Kellie earned Masters degree in Coaching and Physical Education at Indiana State University in 2015. She currently holds her USSF B, United Soccer Coaches Advanced National, and Meulensteen 400 licenses.

Steven Jones ("Coach Style")
eSports Head Coach

Steven Jones, known more famously as “Coach Style” manages the personnel and performance of MKG’s eSports team, which currently competes on the PS4 FIFA Pro Clubs 11v11 platform of the newly created eNPSL. Coach Style attended Calvin College and currently resides in Grand Rapids, MI with his wife and children.

Nate Hoover
Partnership Coordinator

Nate Hoover (“Hoov”) is a graduate of Mona Shores High School, former soccer standout for the Sailors and had a successful Division I career with the Western Michigan University Broncos. Nate is now focusing on finishing his major in business management, and has been an absolute force behind the scenes as Partnership Coordinator with the Risers.

Jon Romkema
Jon Romkema, AT, ATC

Jon has 28 years of Athletic Training experience and serves as the Manager of Sports Medicine at Mercy Health. He is responsible for coordinating Athletic Training services for the Risers.

Marcus Schillaci, AT, ATC, CSCS
Athletic Trainer

Marcus serves as Manager of Rehab and Athletic Performance. A longtime soccer player and Muskegon native, his training expertise prepares the Risers as he coordinates sessions for the team through the PEAK Training Academy.

Mark Peterman, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist

Dr. Mark Peterman is the official Team Physical Therapist for the Muskegon Risers. A life-long soccer player and fan, Dr. Peterman graduated from Western Michigan Christian to pursue a career in physical therapy.

Dr. Mike Morea
Team Chiropractor

Dr. Mike Morea graduated with a degree in biology from Michigan State University and graduated from Chiropractic School at Life University in Georgia earning top honors, Summa Cum Laude.

Matt Schmitt
President

Matt Schmitt founded the Muskegon Risers in 2014, inspired by the resurgence of Muskegon while guided by prior experiences in collegiate and professional athletics. Schmitt currently oversees the organization’s business and soccer operations.