Will Lemke | Assistant Coach
VERMILLION, S.D. – South Dakota head women’s soccer coach Michael Thomas is pleased to announce the addition of Will Lemke to his coaching staff.
“Will has had success and experiences at every level of the college game,” Thomas said. “He has seen the game from the eye of an assistant coach and a head coach. He brings a wealth of contacts within the immediate region and I feel very lucky to add someone of his caliber to my staff.”
Lemke spent the 2017 season as the head coach of the Briar Cliff women’s soccer team where he guided the Chargers to their best season in 12 years with a 10-8-1 record.
The winningest coach in the history of Youngstown State, Lemke tallied 36 wins with the Penguins. He guided YSU to its first-ever Horizon League Conference tournament appearance where it made three separate appearances.
While at Youngstown State, Lemke tutored nine Penguins to all-conference accolades and another six to the Horizon League all-newcomer team.
“I am grateful and excited to join Coach Thomas’ staff and be a part of such an exceptional learning community,” Lemke said. “USD is a special place with world-class facilities, a strong academic tradition and a storied athletics history. The support from the campus and surrounding community is remarkable.”
Lemke received his bachelor’s degree in education & history from Wisconsin – La Crosse in 1996 and earned a master of education in educational leadership from Winona State in 2007.
He served as head coach at Viterbo College from 2001-09 where he is the all-time winningest coach with 87 victories. He guided the V-Hawks to seven-straight winning seasons.
From 1998-2001, Lemke was the associate head coach at Winona State where the Warriors were consistently ranked inside the top-20 in NCAA Division II.
Outside of collegiate soccer, Lemke is a district select director and coach for the Minnesota and Dakotas ODP, and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity where has held positions of President and Vice President.
“Coach Thomas has already done an excellent job gaining momentum with the program and the players have responded with great energy and dedication,” Lemke added. “I know the future of USD soccer will be positive and successful.”
Neil Mancktelow | Graduate Assistant
Neil Mancktelow is in his third season as an assistant for the Coyote soccer program. He has coaching qualifications from the English Football Association as well as the NSCAA.
In his first two seasons with the Coyotes, Mancktelow helped the South Dakota reach the 2015 Summit League Tournament, compiled a 9-7-0 league record and worked with three all-Summit League players.
Mancktelow is originally from Maidstone, the county town of Kent, England. There, he attended Oakwood Park Grammar School and began coaching and refereeing junior soccer within the community. After completing his A-levels, Mancktelow graduated into the Southampton Solent University football studies program where he continued his coaching education.
Mancktelow competed in soccer collegiately at the NAIA and NCAA in the United States, first at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Ga., and then at SUNY Canton in New York where he earned a degree in business administration. Mancktelow coached soccer at local high schools throughout his time as a student-athlete.
After earning his degree, Mancktelow moved to North Carolina and began work with Premiere UK Soccer and Sampson County Soccer Club, serving as associate director of coaching and academy director as well as a head coach to several of the clubs teams at various age groups. He also worked with the women’s ODP program.
Mancktelow is working on a master’s degree in sports management at USD.