Lynx Men's Soccer

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Ben Massena

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Office Phone: (217) 732-3155
Cell Phone: (217) 671-1412

Coach Ben MessanaThis is Coach Massena’s 9th year as the head coach at Lincoln College. Coach Massena has transformed the men’s soccer program to one of elite status.  He has guided the men’s soccer team to back-to-back region 24 and central district championships going 23-0-2 in region play. The past two years have seen the men’s team finish 5th in the nation at the NJCAA national championships. He has coached 5 All-Americans, 2 players of the year in Region 24, and a long list of All-Conference and All-Region players. Coach Massena earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Greenville College in 2001 and his Master’s Degree in sports management in 2010 from American Public University.

Coach Massena also teaches math and sports management classes at Lincoln College.

He resides in Lincoln with his wife Olivia and their two children Gianna (5) and Luca (3).

Assistant Coach: Cole Johnson

Coach Cole JohnsonCoach Johnson is in his 3rd year at Lincoln College. He graduated from Garden City Community College in 2007. His playing career includes playing at Division 1 Western Illinois University for a year and a half where in 2005, during his freshmen season, they won the Mid-Continent Conference Championship. Coach Johnson also played for Garden City for the ’06 and ’07 seasons where his team made it to the Region 6 semifinals each year. Before taking the assistant coaching job here at Lincoln College he was a program assistant at an elementary school in Macomb, IL while helping to coach multiple Macomb Soccer Club teams.

His responsibilities  include coaching the field players, recruiting, study tables, weights, and fitness training.

Assistant Coach: Brandon Ward

Brandon WardThis is Coach Ward’s 6th year with the team and 6th year coaching under coach Massena. Coach Ward graduated from Lincoln College in the spring of 2008. Coach Ward’s first year with the team was spent being a manager and learning more about the game from Coach Massena. The past four years he has been an assistant coach and doing all strength and conditioning for the team as well as in charge of training the goalies. Coach Ward is also in charge of scouting of opponents and recruiting.

Originally from Oak Park, Coach Ward resides in Lincoln 9 months out of the year.