Men's Soccer Coaching Staff

Kevin Mahlan

Head Coach: Kevin Mahlan (2nd season)

Kevin Mahlan, who boasts 15 years of experience as a head coach, was hired as the men’s soccer coach at Carl Sandburg College in June 2016.

Mahlan, who serves as fitness skills coach at the College, came to the Chargers after spending the previous two seasons as the women’s soccer coach at Iowa Lakes Community College. A native of Lindenhurst, N.Y., Mahlan started his college coaching career in 2011 as the men’s soccer coach at Tri-County (S.C.) Technical College, an NJCAA Division I program.

Prior to that, he was the boys soccer coach at Winter Haven (Fla.) High School from 2006-2010. In 2009, his team won its first district title, and he was named the Winter Haven News Chief’s Coach of the Year. Before that, he coached varsity teams at Haines City (Fla.) and Tavares (Fla.) high schools in addition to serving as a competitive club coach and player for Lakeland Football Club from 2000-2011.

A retired police officer, Mahlan spent 22 years on the force in Florida before becoming a high school science teacher in 1999. Mahlan has an associate degree in criminal justice from Farmingdale University, a bachelor’s in criminal justice management from LaSalle University and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from the American College of Education.


Assistant Coach: Adam Woodside (1st season)

Adam Woodside joined the Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer team as an assistant prior to the 2017 season.

A 2001 Galesburg High School graduate and two-time veteran of the Iraq war, Woodside is studying criminal justice at Sandburg while pursuing his bachelor’s in that field.

Woodside, who has three daughters, was a goalkeeper during his junior high and high school playing career and has coached teams through the Knox County YMCA’s youth soccer program.