Meet Our Coaches

Our exceptionally skilled coaches are available to provide strategic and tactical coaching to your child and welcome any questions you have about the Northern Steel soccer program.

CookieMalcom Cook
Executive Director of Coaching

- FA Coaching
- USYSA Youth License
- Director of Coaching, Northern Steel since 1997
- Boy's Varsity Coach, Knoch High School
- Olympic Development Head Coach (ODP) 6 years
- Professional and Semi-Professional Player and Coach for over 30 years
- Coached multiple State Champions and Finalists
- Coached Regional and National Champions and Finalists

B.A. Politics, also Physical Education Certificate
KevinKevin Wilhelm
Director of Coaching—Boys

- NSCAA National Diploma
- Northern Steel Coach since 1996
- Worked for Columbus Crew of major League Soccer 1998-1999
- Men’s Head Coach, Thiel College (4 years)
- Women’s Head Coach, Thiel College (4 years)
- Men’s Assistant Coach, Slipper Rock University (NCAA Sweet 16 2 years and PSAC Champions 2009)
- Multiple PAW State Champions, US Club State Champions and National Finalists

M.A. Sports Management, Slippery Rock University
BlairBlair Gerlach
Director of Coaching - Girls

- Northern Steel Coach since 1999
- Girl’s Varsity Coach, Mars High School (2000 to current)
- Elite Soccer United Coach (2007 to current)
- BG Soccer Owner (2005 to current)
- Played for Slippery Rock University and University of Maryland
- U20 U.S. Men’s National Team

B.A. in Elementary Education, Slippery Rock University
TroyTroy Mohney
Boys Academy Director

- National “C” Coaching License
- Boy’s Varsity Coach, Butler High School (2005 – Present)
- Northern Steel Boys Academy Director (2009 – Present)
- 4 year starter, St. Francis College (Division 1)
- Northeast Conference, All Conference 1st Team Member 1997
- Elected Butler Hall of Fame, Class of 2014

M.A. Education, Slippery Rock University
SteveSteve Perri
Girls Academy Director

- Girl’s Varsity Coach, Butler High School
- Northern Steel Coach 8 years
- 4 year starter, Slippery Rock University (2 year Captain)

B.A. in Exercise Science, Slippery Rock University
Christian Blake McChesney
Boys Academy Assistant Coach

- Junior Varsity Coach, Butler High School
- Assistant Varsity Coach, Butler High School
- Northern Steel Player 7 years
- 4 years playing, Slippery Rock University
- CDC Concussion Certification
- First Aid & CPR Red Cross Certification

B.S. Slippery Rock University
Emily Karr
Head Coach and Goalkeeping Director

- Assistant Coach, Varsity Mars High School (2014-present)
- Assistant Coach, Varsity Butler High School (2012-2013)
- 4-year starting goalkeeper, Allegheny College (Holds single season shutout and career shutout records)
- NSCAA All Great Lakes Region 1st Team – 2010 & 2011
Jordan Kennedy
Head Coach

- Knoch High School & Longwood University Men's Soccer Club
- NSS U18B, Knoch High assistant varsity and Head JV coach

Knoch High School
Sam Kaiser
Head Coach

- Northern Steel Coach (2015-present)
- Mars Girls Junior High Head Coach (2015-present)
- Mars Girls High School Assistant (2015-present)
- Chopticon High School (MD) Girls Varsity Head Coach (2014)
- 1 year playing at Edinboro University (2011)
- 4 years playing at Duquesne University (2007-2011)
- Certified Athletic Trainer

B.S. In Athletic Training- Duquesne University
Health and Physical Education Teaching Certificate- Edinboro University
GabeKleinertGabe Kleinert
College Recruitment Coordinator
Head Coach

- USSF C License
- NSCAA National Diploma
- Coerver Youth Diploma
- Northern Steel Coach (2016-present)
- Westminster College Women's Assistant Coach (2011-Present)
- PA West ODP (2016-present)
- Region 1 ODP (2016-present)
- PA Crew Head Coach (2012-2016)
- Neshannock HS Coach (2011-2014)

Geneva College (2007-2011)
Reading Rage Super 20s (2007-2009)

B.S. in Business and Sports Management, Geneva College
M.A. in Education, Westminster College