Bryan Ufheil has completed 12 seasons as an assistant coach with the Winona State soccer program and has helped the Warriors set the standard for dominance among NSIC teams. Winona State has claimed the NSIC Championship in eight of Ufheil’s seasons with the team and has advanced to the NCAA Tournament six times. The team has also claimed three NSIC Tournament titles during his time with the Warriors.
Ufheil has helped tutor a pair of dominant goalkeepers in Amanda Diehm and Anna Belpedio. Both players were named All-Americans with Belpedio earning first team honors in a vote of the nation’s soccer coaches in 2010 and second team accolades the following season. He has coached six NSIC Players of the Year and three NSIC Defensive Players of the Year, including Belpedio in 2010. He also coached Alexandra Vial to All-Region honors in 2013.
Last season Winona State was back in the NCAA Tournament after a 13-6-3 season. The defense allowed just 16 goals, an average of just .73 goals per contest. They only gave up four first half goals on the season.
In 2014, The Warriors were led again by a strong defense, taking the team to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season. The Warriors only gave up 17 goals on the season and finished with a 15-6-2 overall record and 10-4-1 mark in conference play. The Warriors also won their first NCAA Tournament game in a 1-1 shootout victory over Southwest Baptist.
The Warriors returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2013 behind a defense that allowed just 14 goals on the year. The team posted a 15-4-3 overall record and went 13-2 in conference play.
A 16-5 record and 13-2 mark in NSIC play gave the Warriors a second place league finish in 2012 while the team advanced to the championship game of the conference tournament.
The Warriors won their eighth consecutive NSIC title in 2011 after posting a 12-1 record in conference games and a 14-4-1 record overall. Belpedio was named an All-American for the second consecutive season and the Warriors opened the season with a 1-1 draw against defending national champion and the nation’s top-ranked team, Grand Valley State.
Winona State put together a season to remember in 2010, winning both the NSIC Regular Season and Tournament titles and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons. The team recorded seven consecutive shutouts during the season. Once postseason play began, the Warriors advanced to the NCAA Super Regional Tournament for the first time in school history after a shootout win over Regis (CO).
Ufheil helped guide the Warriors to its highest national ranking in 2008, moving to No. 3 after a 19-1-1 start to the year. The team set a school record with 16 consecutive victories and had a shutout streak that ran for 1,093 minutes over the span of ten games. Winona State qualified for its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament that season as well.
Winona State fielded the best defense in the country in 2007 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. WSU finished the year ranked 17th in the nation after posting a 16-3-2 overall mark and an 8-1 record in the NSIC.
In 2006 the Warriors finished the season 14-5-2 overall and undefeated in the NSIC going 8-0-1, earning the team’s third consecutive NSIC Championship.
The Warriors won both the NSIC Regular Season and Tournament Championships in 2005 for the second consecutive season. Ufheil helped the Warriors go 19-1-3 overall and undefeated once again in the NSIC at 12-0-2. The 19 wins set the highest single season win total for the Warriors in the program’s history.
Winona State claimed both the league regular season and tournament titles during Ufheil’s first season with the Warriors. The 2004 WSU team posted a 15-3-2 overall record and a 6-1 mark in the NSIC.
Ufheil graduated from Winona State in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He completed his Master’s of Science degree in Educational Leadership with a Sport Management emphasis in 2010.
Graduate Assistant Coach
Katie Berkopec is in her second year with the program. Prior to coaching at Winona State, Berkopec was a colligate goalkeeper for the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Berkopec comes to WSU after spending a season as an assistant coach for Ripon College (Ripon, Wis.), primarily serving as a goalkeeper coach. Berkopec also serves as a youth soccer coach, coaching the girls' under 11 Oshkosh United Soccer Club and the girls' under 11 Bloomington United Soccer Club.
She also spent time as a goalkeeper trainer at UW-Oshkosh in 2014 before taking the Ripon coaching job.
Berkopec played for UW-Oshkosh from 2010 to 2013, playing goalkeeper for the Titans and starting for them in the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Berkopec graduated from UW-Oshkosh in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education.