Mustang Coaching Staff
Head Coach Tom Maxon
Tom Maxon is an 18-year veteran as the Mustangs' head women's coach. He is also the head coach of Morningside's men's soccer team.
Maxon has a 176-158-23 record with the Morningside women since starting up the school's varsity program. Maxon has led Morningside to three NAIA National Tournament appearances, most recently in 2015 when the Mustangs punched their national tourney ticket with a 2-1 victory against Concordia in the GPAC Tournament Championship Game.
He was named the 2013 GPAC Women's Soccer Coach of the Year after he guided the Mustangs to a 14-3-4 record and the GPAC regular season championship. The Mustangs upset nationally ranked Hastings 1-0 during the regular season to hand the three-time reigning GPAC champion Broncos their first regular season league setback since the 2009 season.
Maxon was named the 2007 NAIA Region III Coach of the Year and the 2007 GPAC Coach of the Year after he guided the Mustangs to a 17-3-1 record, GPAC and Region III championships, and a second straight NAIA National Tournament appearance. Maxon led Morningside to a 15-5-1 record and the college's first-ever appearance in the NAIA National Tournament during the 2006 season. He guided the Mustangs' within one victory of a national tournament appearance in 2011 when they lost in the championship match of the GPAC Post-Season Tournament.
He led the Mustangs to an 18-2 record in 2002 during their first season as a member of the NAIA.
Maxon has a 145-169-17 record in 17 seasons with the Morningside men since starting up the college’s varsity program. It took Maxon just two seasons to produce a winning team when the Mustangs posted a 14-6 record during the 2002 campaign. He guided the Mustangs to five consecutive NAIA Region Playoff appearances from 2003 to 2007. Maxon was named the 2004 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Men's Soccer Coach of the Year after he guided the Mustangs to a 9-2 league record and a share of the GPAC championship. The Mustangs finished 15-8 in 2004 and came within one victory of a NAIA National Tournament berth when they reached the championship game of the NAIA Region IV Tournament.
Maxon has an overall record of 404-367-48 in the collegiate ranks. He previously coached at St. Mary of the Plains College and at National American University.
Maxon also coached five seasons in the Premier Development League, leading the Sioux City Breeze team to the 1999 Midwest Regional Final with a 19-4 record, and the Sioux Falls SpitFire team to the 2001 National Final Four with a 20-3-1 record.
Maxon, a United States Soccer Federation 'A' licensed coach, is a 1988 graduate of the University of Southern Maine, where he was a two-time All-American midfielder and set a school record for career assists. He played professionally in Germany and the United States following his collegiate career.
He received a master's degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy in 1990.
Assistant Coach Brandon Wylie
Mustang assistant coach Brandon Wylie was one of the top players in the history of Morningside's men's soccer program.
Wylie, a 2008 Morningside graduate, scored 23 goals and 16 assists for 62 points during his three-year Mustang career. He was a three-time All-GPAC performer and a two-time NAIA honorable mention All-American. He set a school-record with six game winning goals to help lead Morningside to a 15-8 record during the 2004 season. That season he scored a Morningside post-season record two goals in one game to lead the Mustangs to a 3-2 victory against Hastings in the semifinals of the 2004 NAIA Region IV Tournament.
Assistant Coach Jackie Martinez
Jackie Martinez joined the Mustangs' coaching staff for the 2017 season.
Martinez, a 2018 Morningside graduate who majored in Spanish, was a starting midfielder for the Mustangs during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. She tallied six goals and six assists for 18 points during her Morningside career.
Martinez scored one of the biggest goals in the history of the Mustangs’ women’s soccer program when she tallied the game winner with 38 seconds left to lift the Mustangs to a 2-1 victory against Concordia in the 2015 GPAC Post-Season Tournament Championship Game to send them to the NAIA National Tournament.
She played at Iowa Central Community College prior to Morningside.
Assistant Coach Amy Grause
Amy Grause is in her second season as one of the Mustangs’ assistant coaches following a standout playing career.
Grause, a 2017 Morningside graduate who majored in nursing, was a four-year starter and a two-time second-team All-GPAC forward as a player. She finished her career as the fifth leading scorer in Morningside history with 99 career points with 37 goals and 25 assists. Grause had 12 game winning goals during her career for the fourth highest total in Morningside history.
She made an immediate impact as a freshman with four goals and three assists to rank third on the Mustangs in scoring with 11 points. Grause was the Mustangs’ co-scoring leader as a sophomore with seven goals and four assists for 18 points. Grause’s most prolific scoring season came as a junior when she tallied 14 goals and 13 assists for 41 points to help lead the Mustangs to a 15-6-1 record and a NAIA National Tournament appearance.
Grause led the Mustangs in all of the offensive scoring categories as a senior with 12 goals and five assists for 29 points and provided the game winning goal in five of the Mustangs’ victories for the sixth highest single-season total in Morningside history.