2016 Men's Soccer Coaches
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Brandon Ponchak
Head Coach - 4th Season

Brandon Ponchak begins his fourth season as Head Coach of the Warrior Men's Soccer Program in the fall of 2016. Ponchak enters this year with a career record of 15-36- as Head Coach for Sterling College.

In 2015, the Warriors finished with a 5-12-1 record and a eight-place finish in the KCAC. Sterling had many close games that came down to the final minute throughout the season. Three Warriors were selected for All-KCAC honors - foward Raul De Gracia, midfielder Adriano Marques, and defender Joseph Furry.  

The 2014 season was a rebuilding year for Sterling. The Warriors finished the season with a 3-14-1 record and a tenth-place finish in the KCAC. Coach Ponchak helped two Warriors--keeper Nick Seeley midfielder Jason Prichard--receive KCAC All-Conference honors for their performances in the 2014 season.

In his first season at the helm of the Warriors soccer program, Coach Ponchak would help Sterling get to a 7-10-1 season record. The Warriors would finish with a KCAC conference record of 4-4-1 and would lose to Tabor College in the first round of the KCAC tournament. The 7-10-1 record by Sterling would be the best record since 2008 when the men's soccer team went 10-7 on the year.

Ponchak comes to Sterling via Ohio, where he most recently served as the first Head Coach of Zanesville Athletic FC, a top level amateur team in Zanesville, Ohio. Zanesville Athletic FC will compete in its first season in the NPSL this summer.

While in Ohio, Ponchak has also been serving as a graduate assistant with the Bluffton University Men's Soccer Program in Bluffton, Ohio. During his time in Bluffton, Ponchak recruited two of the largest incoming freshmen classes for the NCAA Division III program. In his two seasons, Ponchak has coached three All-Conference players and two All-Sportsmanship honorees.

Prior to his stint with Bluffton University, Ponchak spent two years as a graduate assistant with the Dakota Wesleyan University Men's and Women's Soccer Programs. In his two seasons with Dakota Wesleyan, Ponchak helped the DWU men to its first-ever conference tournament semifinal and helped the DWU women to its first-ever soccer conference title, tournament title, and national tournament appearance. While at Dakota Wesleyan, Ponchak coached 20 All-Conference players, one NAIA All-American, and three Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Ponchak holds a Bachelors of Arts in Bible/Theology: Pre-Seminary from Asbury University, a Master of Arts in Educational Policy and Administration from Dakota Wesleyan University and a Master of Arts in Business Administration from Bluffton University.

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Nic Martinez
Assistant Coach - 7th Season
Alma Mater: Sterling College

Nic Martinez enters his sixth year as the goalkeeper coach for both the women's and men's programs. As a former standout keeper, Martinez provides the Sterling keepers are robust training regimen to prepare for game situation.

When he is not coaching the Warrior soccer programs, Martinez plays semi-professional soccer for the Wichita Wing in Wichita, Kan. Martinez was on the inaugural squad for the 2011-2012 season and returns to the Wings for the 2012-2013 season. During his rookie campaign, Martinez appeared in four games, logging 132 minutes. Martinez made 49 saves in the season, bolstering 10.90 goal keeping average.

While playing at Sterling, Martinez was 5-7-3 in his one season as the Warrior keeper. Nic made 89 saves and had a .802 save percentage during his senior campaign.

Nic is married to his wife, Lacey.

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Andrew Percic
Student Assistant

Andrew "Percy" Percic is a senior sports management major. He played goalkeeper at York College for two years before transferring to Sterling College to finish his education. He has coaching experience working for Eclipse Select out of Oak Brook, Ill., and currently coaches goalkeepers during the off season for Evolution SC out of Naperville, Ill. He is looking to attend graduate school to pursue a master's degree in Sports Management.