Board of Directors

Ethan Adams, Director of Coaching & Player Development

Ethan Adams, the Director of Coaching for Ohio Extreme is from Lehi, UT and has been coaching and playing soccer for over 30 years, 21 of which he  played goalkeeper.  As keeper, he was first team all-state keeper in 1997 and state champion with Lehi high school that same year.   Coach Adams most rencently was Head Coach at Utah Valley University for the Men’s Club team and he was coaching for Celtic FC.   At Utah Valley Univ, he led the team to a semifinal appearance at the NIRSA National Championships.

After high school, Ethan played goal keeper for Olympique Montreux- a division 1 team in the elite amateur program in Utah and competed in the division 1 level and premiere level. Since then, he coached with Lehi high school from 2002-2011 for both the girls and boys teams. Ethan earned is NSCAA goal keeping certification and began to be the featured goal keeper trainer at the Southern Utah University summer soccer camps for both the girls program (2007-2011) and the boys program his least year coaching high school (2011).

Ethan then began coaching with Celtic F.C. and his first year with the team, the girls went on to win the Adidas Cup Championship and moving from division 1 to premiere 2. He then took on a boys team with the sister program Rangers F. C. That team went from last place to 3rd and advanced from division 2 to division 1 the next year. His success led him to take on a premiere 2 girls team at Celtic and they not only had a successful season, but also won the St. George Cup in the age division above them.

Keepers that Ethan has trained have been widely successful and several have signed to play at College of Idaho, Soka University, Dixie State University, Southern Utah University, Southern Virginia University, and Westminster University. The player at College of Idaho broke almost every record at the school and was a 4 time ALL-CCC pick. The other awards keepers he has trained have received include 2 1st team all-state honors, keeper of the year 2010, and a 4-peat Utah ODP goal keeper and current keeper for region IV ODP under Brandi Chastain. Ethan has 6 kids (Mason, Ryker, Corbin, Isabella, Cheyenne, and Jade) and coaches with his beautiful wife Melissa. Ethan recently completed the National USSF C- license course.

Melissa Adams, Director of Coaching & Player Development

Melissa Adams, the Director of Coaching for Ohio Extreme has an extensive playing and coaching background.  She started playing soccer at the age of 6 and had to play on a boys team because there were no girls teams. From there, she advanced to the club level and played with Celtic Storm (now Celtic F.C.) During her time with Celtic, she earned several awards including MVP Offense 2 years, and MVP Defense another year. Melissa was also a 4 year Varsity starter at Timpanogos high school. Her freshman year the team won its first game in the history of the school, and by her senior year they won the region championship. Melissa was a varsity captain 3 years, and also received the Pride of the Pack award, MVP Defense award, and All-State honorable mention. Since then, Melissa has continued to play at a premiere level, and in 2010 was awarded the BARCA Tournament MVP award.

After meeting her husband, Ethan, playing soccer, she began coaching with him and found a passion for coaching. She was the assistant coach for a Celtic F.C. girls team and that year the girls went on to win the Adidas Cup Championship and moved from division 1 to premiere 2. She continued coaching with her husband and helped train a Rangers F. C. boys team from a losing season to advancement from division 2 to division 1. The following year, Melissa continued to assistant coach and help train another Celtic F. C. girls’ team to a tournament championship win in a higher age division.

Melissa became the assistant coach for the Men’s Club Soccer Team at Utah Valley University. During her time as assistant coach, Melissa had 3 girls over the 4 years, and was often found coaching pregnant and/or holding a baby on the sideline. In her first year as assistant coach, the team was a semi-finalist out of 32 teams at the NIRSA National Championship Series. The next year they made quarter finals, and her last year working with the program they won the NIRSA Spring College Showcase Open Cup title in the spring of 2018. In June of 2018, Melissa stopped coaching due to medical issues for her husband and the team went on to win the NIRSA National Championship title in November 2018. Melissa recently completed the National USSF C-license course and is excited to continue her career coaching.

Melissa also grew up playing volleyball, softball, and basketball, which gives her a unique and well-rounded view regarding athletics. It is because of her wide experience that she is passionate about fitness and injury prevention with athletes. Melissa is married to Ethan and together they have 6 wonderful kids (Mason, Ryker, Corbin, Isabella, Cheyenne, and Jade).

Brent Ridenour, President / Executive Director of Coaching & Player Development

Brent Ridenour is the head coach of the Ohio Northern University men’s soccer program. He is the winningest coach in the history of the Ohio Athletic Conference (Men’s or Women’s coaches). He led the Polar Bears to their first Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Tournament Title and the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2006. Under Ridenour, His teams have won the OAC regular season championship eight times (2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015) and the OAC Tournament seven times (2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015).  Ridenour has been named the OAC Coach of the Year six times (2003, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015) the Ohio Division 3 Coach of the Year two times in 2008 and 2012, and the NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year two times in 2011 and 2012.

Ridenour helped lead the Polar Bears to the National Championship game in 2012 and a ranking of #2 in the country.   He has more wins in ONU history than any other men’s soccer coach and he has the most wins of any coach in the history of the Ohio Athletic Conference, which has had soccer for over 50 years.   A four-time All-Conference player, Ridenour became the first men’s soccer player to be inducted into ONU’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Coach Ridenour has been involved with youth soccer for more than 20 years starting as a club coach for Greater Akron Premier soccer club in 1995.   He has successfully trained over 20,000 boys and girls in his summer and winter youth soccer camps and has studied the best methods of improving players of all ages and backgrounds.

Steve Clymer, Asst. Director of Coaching & Player Development, Hancock County

Steve Clymer is from Findlay, Ohio where he has coached competitive and recreational soccer since 2010. He has been a member of the Liberty-Benton Soccer Association for the past 4 years and has served as President for the past two. Steve has earned both Coerver Coaching Youth Diplomas and looks forward to growing Ohio Extreme and developing soccer players in Hancock County.   Steve currently lives in Findlay with his wife Tricia, and two girls, Amelia and Adelyn.

Brian Dunlap, DDS, Asst. Director of Coaching & Player Development, Coshocton

Brian Dunlap DDS has been involved with competitive soccer since 2003. He was Head Boys Coach at Coshocton High School for 8 seasons where he earned league and district coach of the year honors twice. His teams won the East District 5 times and were regional finalist 3 times. He is excited to bring other families the joy that the game has given him with Ohio Extreme Soccer Club.

Lisa Barnard, Director Strength and Conditioning

Lisa Barnard is the Director of Strength and Conditioning for Ohio Extreme.  Coach Barnard is also the Head Strength Coach for Ohio Northern Univ. Soccer.   She has become an expert at performance training and injury prevention of soccer players of all ages.    Coach Barnard is from Connecticut where she interned at Quinnipiac University and Prentiss Hockey Performance. Lisa has years of strength and conditioning experience and is currently the assistant Women’s Lacrosse coach at Ohio Northern University. Lisa interned at Quinnipiac University in their strength and conditioning department working with all of their sports but mainly their Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Hockey, Lacrosse and Soccer Programs. Lisa has a Masters in Exercise Science with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.


Advisors to Ohio Extreme SC:

Mark Pagano – Head Coach of Girls’ Soccer – Liberty-Benton High School
Aaron Troyer – Head Coach of Boys’ Soccer – Liberty-Benton High School

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TBA, Director of Tournament Registration
Mike Kaye, Director of Fields