For Head Coach Dave Thorvilson and the Carroll College Soccer program, conference titles have become the norm. Heading into his sixth season as the leader of the Carroll College women’s soccer program, Coach Thorvilson has already won his fifth conference championship. With 15 returning players for the 2012 season, it seems like Coach Thorvilson is well on his way to another successful year.
In five seasons Coach Thorvilson has amassed a 69-21-7 record. His five titles and one trip to the National Tournament put him in a class all his own among Frontier Conference coaches.
Coach Thorvilson first joined the Saints as the assistant coach for the 2003 campaign. Prior to his arrival the Saints had a dismal 2002 season that ended in a 4-7-4 record. It did not take Coach Thorvilson long to make his presence felt. The Saints quickly turned things around and were headed in the right direction by the following year. Coach Thorvilson helped the Saints finish ranked #2 regionally and the team qualified for their first NAIA Regional Tournament that year. In 2004 the team finished nationally ranked (25th) and qualified for their second consecutive regional tournament. They were able to build on this for the 2005 season with a 14-4-1 record, their first top 20 finish nationally (19th), and were able to advance to their second consecutive regional final. In 2006 the Saints saw their final ranking move up to 12th in the country and finished the season against Lee University in a 2-1 loss.
In 2007 Coach Thorvilson took over the reins as the head coach. The 2007 season would be a benchmark season for all future Saints soccer teams. The team finished 17-2-2 and lost in the “Elite 8” to eventual National Champions Lindsey Wilson College. In 2008 the Saints compiled a 12-7 record, captured their second straight conference title, and advanced to the finals of the conference title game. In 2009 Coach Thorvilson led the Saints to their third consecutive conference title. They won the Frontier/DAC Conference tournament and advanced to the semi-finals of the NAIA independent tournament. The last two seasons, 2010 and 2011, have been very similar for coach Thorvilson. The saints won conference championship both season, finishing the year 13-3-2 and 12-4-2 respectively. They won the Frontier Conference Championship and the conference tournament championship. They also advanced to the championship game of the unaffiliated tournament both years, losing two heartbreaking games by penalty kicks.
Thorvilson, a native of Helena, started his college career at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. After two seasons he took a year off before transferring to Montana State Billings to complete his collegiate career. He then became the assistant and goalkeeper coach for both the men’s and women’s teams at MSU-Billings. After two seasons, Thorvilson became the assistant at the University of Mary where he earned a Masters of Business Administration degree and helped both programs to national tournament bids (men in 2001 and women in 2002). In addition, Thorvilson coached two All-Region goalkeepers with one garnering All-American honors as well.
Thorvilson holds coaching licenses from both the NSCAA and USSF. He and his wife Amber have two daughters, Taylor & Paige.
Gerry Scheetz is entering his sixth season as an assistant women’s soccer coach for Carroll College.
Besides coaching at Carroll, Gerry has coached over 25 teams and 300 players for the local Helena Arsenal, YMCA, and Vigilante youth soccer programs. During that time, three teams, including last year’s Arsenal U16 girls, have won the state tournament and one earned the right to play at the Far West Regional tournament. Gerry has a NSCAA National Diploma and a USSF National D License.
Gerry is a member of the Montana Youth Soccer Association board as the Director of Development. There he assists clubs throughout the state of Montana with their recreational soccer programs.
Gerry, a native of Montana, grew up in Bridger, MT. He met Stacy, his wife of 17 years, while earning a Computer Science degree from Montana Tech. In addition to coaching, Gerry works as a software engineer for a local technology company.
Coach’s Comments: “Gerry will begin his sixth season with the Saints and has donated his time to our program while asking for nothing in exchange. Gerry continues to learn the college game and is a big help to both me and the team.”
This will be Heather's first year on the staff at Carroll College. Her coaching experience includes a two-year internship with the University of Nevada Reno, as well as two seasons with Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. Heather has also held a variety of coaching positions throughout the United States including Director of Coaching, Assistant Director of Coaching, Professional Trainer, Olympic Development Program State Coach, and Head Coach for a variety of regionally ranked premier level club teams.
Heather, a native of Helena, attended Capital High School where she was a four-year member of the Women's Varsity Soccer Program. She still holds the state records for most goals in a game, season, and career. Heather went on to play for The University of Montana where she still holds the record as the all-time leading goal scorer for the Big Sky Conference. Heather's playing career continued at the semiprofessional level for the Mile High Mustangs, until she was forced to quit due to injury.
In addition to coaching, Heather is Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, as well as a Veterinary Technician with a special interest in Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation. She enjoys spending her downtime with her parents and brother who still reside in Helena. Heather also enjoys the company of her three rescue dogs.
Lynnsey is entering her first season as an assistant women’s soccer coach for Carroll College. Prior to her arrival on staff Lynnsey spent the past two seasons working with the Helena Arsenal as an assistant coach.
Lynnsey is also a former Carroll soccer player. She graduated this past spring after finishing her stellar career. Lynnsey was a two-time All-Conference honoree. She was captain for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. After graduating with a degree in Health Science, Lynnsey played professional soccer for the Colorado Rapids this past summer. In the future she wants to continue to play soccer at the professional level and eventually attend Physical Therapy School.
This will be Meghan’s first season as a member of the Carroll College soccer staff.
Meghan had an outstanding soccer career as a player for Carroll College. She started all four years for the saints finishing second all-time in goals, second all-time points, and fifth all-time in assists. She is one of the all-time Carroll greats. Meghan was a member of four consecutive Frontier Conference Championship teams and was also a three-time All-American honoree.
You can contact the Carroll College Physical Education Center at (406) 447-4480 or Head Coach David Thorvilson at (406) 447-5518 or firstname.lastname@example.org.