Alyssa Kirstein – Head Coach
Matt Salis – Head Coach
Matt has been coaching soccer in Denver Public Schools since 2014, and he started coaching soccer in 1994 while a student at Indiana University. He has coached boys and girls in all age groups in competitive, recreational and high school soccer. He is a US Soccer Federation licensed coach with training in goal keeper coaching from CORE Soccer Academy. As a player, Matt’s West Morris Central High School team won the Iron Hills Conference Championship his senior year in 1990. He believes soccer is a life-long sport and continues to play today!
Matt brings his championship mentality to Kennedy, and believes in a defense-first strategic approach emphasizing shutouts hard-earned by team defending. Academics come first for Matt. After that, playing time is awarded based on player attitude, commitment and participation, and skill. Positivity, energy, and showing up, day after day, is far more important to Coach Matt than natural talent. This is about more than high school soccer. We are helping our next generation of young people develop into creative, disciplined, empathetic, courageous, loving and determined adults.
Please contact Coach Matt with any comments, questions, ideas or feedback. He is eager to get to know parents and families, and is available by phone Monday through Saturday from 8am to 8pm. Please feel free to text or email anytime!
Mike Studer – Assistant Coach
Mike is a tremendous asset to the Kennedy High School Athletic Department with experience coaching both boy’s and girl’s soccer, basketball and volleyball. Mike played high school varsity soccer in the Chicago area, and brings to our pitch his love of the game and passion for teaching and encouraging kids. In addition to coaching multiple sports, Mike teaches Spanish at Kennedy. His bilingual skills make him very valuable in a sport where English is often a second language for our student athletes.
Emmanuelle Luna-Rodriguez – Goal Keeper Coach
Manny joined Kennedy Soccer starting in the 2022 season after a successful collegiate and high school playing career including a regional championship in the fall of 2017 while goal keeping for Otero Junior College. Coach Manny is a DPS alumni who graduated from Denver South High School in 2017 after four years as a starting player. Manny currently minds the net for FC Denver.