MacRoc Soccer Academy & Player Development Facility is an exclusive soccer specific center in Northeastern, WI that specializes in player development. We are the first and only facility in Wisconsin to house a Toca Touch Trainer, Elite Skills Arena: Fast Feet, Icon Version 2 & Precision Wall.
We are dedicated to providing specialty training to youth beginners and competitive soccer players who exhibit the desire to excel technically, tactically, mechanically and mentally. Whether you are just learning the game, working towards collegiate play or semi-professional and professional play, we can assure you our resources will help you reach your goals!
Our motto is: You have to be willing to get uncomfortable, in order to get comfortable.
What we mean by this is, whether it be in sports, work, school, parenting etc., us as individuals need to be willing to get out of our comfort zone in order to get comfortable in new areas. Our staff help athletes understand that there will be times in training when things just do not feel right or something may be too difficult, but that that is expected & as we always say... its the beauty of training!
We need to accept all obstacles and tackle them and then weeks, months and years will go by and we will look back and say "remember when I couldn't _______ and now I can"!
You as the coach. The coach to a player. The player to themselves. Players respond more to a coach who believes in their own abilities; in turn, this is passed onto the player themself.
Understand your player. How do they respond to different techniques? Do they need to be pushed, or do they need a simple, quiet explanation. Commit to each of your players and they’ll commit to your session.
Real simple, encourage the player to be as creative as they can during sessions. Remind them not to be afraid of making a mistake.
Build a trusting relationship with your player. Tell them the exercise worked and they got better as a player. Create an atmosphere they want to return to each week. Want what the player wants and build from it.
Ask open questions that could have multiple answers. Get them to figure out one answer themselves and explain another answer. Soccer is constantly changing, controlling the brain to control the game.
Our staff consists of semi-professional soccer players, former professional soccer players and former collegiate and professional coaches who are driven in player development and have experienced the game at all levels from a coaching and playing perspective.
Check them out below!
Coach Mackenzie August
Founder & Owner
Hello! My name is Mackenzie Jaroch, founder and owner of MacRoc Soccer Academy. Thank you for visiting the site! Let me tell you a bit about myself.
I began playing soccer at the age of 6. The years went on and all the sudden I was playing varsity at Libertyville High School and then graduating high school and playing at the University of Arizona for the Division I Women's Soccer Team and the Women's Club Soccer Team. In 2013, I received the opportunity to study and play at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. After a life changing experience, I traveled home and decided I was not satisfied stopping my competitive soccer career after college graduation. Therefore, I dedicated my senior year of college to begin training for the USA National Women's Soccer League tryouts. In 2014, I played for the NWSL Chicago Red Star Reserve Team. In 2015, I played for the Colorado Storm USL W-League Women's Semi-Professional team. I currently play on the Green Bay Glory, with Coach Skylar and Coach Hanna.
I have also been fortunate enough to carry out a career in sports management over the years and have made multiple connections all over the country with sports professionals, coaches and directors. In 2011, I successfully obtained my United States Soccer Federation (USSF) "E" coaching license in Tucson, AZ. In June of 2016 I received my USSF "D" coaching license in Milwaukee, WI.
I began training out of college while directing and operating summer camps and small clinics for the Chicago Red Stars. I began to network quite a bit and in time I had coaches requesting me to come out and train their teams. When I moved to Denver to play, I continued to train many teenagers. Since moving to Green Bay, I have personally trained players and collectively coached teams (club and high school teams) while having the pleasure of getting to know a majority of the soccer representatives in the area and the wonderful parents of the multiple players I have worked with thus far.
Soccer has shaped me into who I am today and it continues to do so as I start each new chapter of my life. I never would have thought the game would hold such great importance this far down the road, but it has continued to open so many doors that I have never hesitated walking through.
I am thrilled you have taken the time to check out MacRoc and we hope to see you soon!
Coach TONY Pierce
Training Director & Lead Trainer
Please welcome Tony Pierce, former professional soccer player and Wisconsin Soccer Hall of Famer. Pierce is a Green Bay resident whose playing career included an NCAA Championship at the University of Connecticut as well as an eight-year career with the Milwaukee Wave where he was a three time All-Pro goalkeeper. Pierce’s successful playing career earned him an induction to the Milwaukee Wave Hall of Fame in 2010 and Pierce was inducted to the Wisconsin Soccer Hall of Fame in 2017.
The former goalie is a southern Illinois native who has been coaching at the collegiate level for over 20 years. Pierce was most recently an assistant coach to the Green Bay Voyageurs for the 2019 season. Pierce has experience coaching both men’s and women’s teams and has helped improve the soccer program at seven different NCAA institutions.
Coach Skylar prentice
Training Manager & Lead Trainer
Hi! My name is Skylar Prentice and I have been coaching at MacRoc since 2018. I was born and raised in Green Bay,WI and graduated from Pulaski High School. When I was 5 years old I started playing soccer and I have never looked back since. After graduating high school in 2016, I knew I didn’t want my soccer playing years to be over so I ventured of to northern Minnesota to continue playing soccer for the Division 2 Women’s soccer team at Bemidji State University. In the Spring of 2020 I graduated from BSU with a Bachelors Degree in exercise science with a medical emphasis. I also play for the WPSL team Green Bay Glory during the summers.
Coaching at MacRoc has been such a joy for me because I get to share my immense passion for soccer with so many new people. Helping and getting to see players make improvements in their game is one of my absolute favorite things.
Coach Hanna Lech
Hi I'm Hanna Lech, I'm from Green Bay, Wisconsin and I currently play at St. Norbert College. I grew up playing for Depere Select, and then continued my youth play at FC Wisconsin Eclipse ECNL. In 2015, my team received runner-up at the ECNL National Playoffs- Northeast Division. I went to high school at Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay and completed my freshman year of college at Oral Roberts University. My favorite position is Attacking or Defensive Midfield, however anywhere on the field is good enough for me. I play on Green Bay Glory WPSL with Coach Mackenzie and Coach Skylar! My favorite professional team is Chelsea. Fun facts about me are that I have dual citizenship in another country and I enjoy playing the guitar!
Coach Antonio De Castro
Hi, I’m Antonio De Castro. I am 21 years old and have lived in Green Bay my entire life. I began my soccer career when I was around 3 and played on a variety of local teams throughout my childhood. As time went on, I became very serious about my personal development as a player, ultimately joining a team that required long distance travel 2-4 times per week. In 2013, after a successful first season at Green Bay Preble High School, I was invited to join a youth club called FC Wisconsin in Germantown, WI (near Milwaukee). Although my parents were hesitant about the travel time and cost, they agreed to the commitment and I spent the final 4 years of my youth career there. I am extremely grateful for my parents’ contribution to my development and I would not be the player I am today if it weren’t for them!
While I experienced a fair share of success during my time in high school and at FC Wisconsin, the highlight of my youth playing career didn’t come until the summer before my Freshman year of college, when my club team won the U18 National Championship. To this day, I consider this to be one of my greatest accomplishments ever. It is an experience that I will never forget and was an incredible way to end my career at the club. I’m glad I got to share the adventure with my family, teammates, and coaches.
Shortly after, I completed my first season of college soccer in my hometown at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Although I made several lasting friendships and the team had one of the most successful seasons in program history, I had a difficult time adapting to the playing style and coaching mentality of the team. After just one year, my desire to continue playing quickly diminished and I considered walking away from competitive soccer altogether. So that’s what I did. A few months later, my former club coach reached out to me and asked if I’d consider transferring to Cardinal Stritch University, where he had also been coaching for the past few years. I have been there ever since and have loved every minute of it. This past season, we won both the regular season and conference tournament but were unfortunately beaten on penalties in the first round of the NAIA National Tournament.
Last summer, I was lucky enough to play for the Green Bay Voyageurs. The experience was amazing and I was able to build up a lot of confidence I had lost during my first season as a collegiate player. In addition, the summer season provided me an opportunity to get back into playing competitive, 90 minute games, as I had not tallied game time in almost 2 full years. Playing with the Voyageurs made my transition into my first season at Cardinal Stritch effortless and was another experience that I will never forget.
Even during those tough times when I felt like giving up or like I had lost my love for the sport, soccer has always had a way lifting me back up. My passion for the game is something that has remained constant in my life and I don’t know what I’d be doing if I hadn’t started kicking a ball around all those years ago.
Coach Brady Lenius
Hello everyone! My name is Brady Lenius and I am super excited to have joined the team at MacRoc Soccer Academy. I grew up in Sturgeon Bay and have had a soccer ball on my foot for as long as I can remember! When my parents saw how serious I was about soccer at a young age, they helped me tryout for some select programs and I grew up playing for DePere Select. This ultimately gave me the platform I needed to move forward with my career.
As I got older, I participated in the Olympic Development Program (ODP) at the State level where I was a part of the team that brought Wisconsin to the national tournament and made the Region II team that played the best players from the other regions. I attended Sturgeon Bay High School and played on the Varsity team during my Freshman and Sophomore years. We were ranked first in the state and I got to play in the state tournament which was a very fun experience.
Following my Sophomore season at Sturgeon Bay High School, I decided to pursue my dream of playing Division 1 collegiate soccer. To do this, I made the tough decision to stop playing on my high school team and instead played for FC Wisconsin Academy in Milwaukee. This was a huge commitment for me and my family as we drove almost 3 hours, one way, for practice multiple times a week. However, this decision, along with a lot of hard work, allowed me to play for Saint Louis University. I attended SLU for my Freshman and Sophomore years and loved everything about the experience. I received quality coaching and played with, and against, some amazing players and great competition.
After my Sophomore year, I transferred to UW-Green Bay as I had not earned a scholarship to play at Saint Louis University. I had a very successful career at UW-Green Bay and helped lead the team to one of the best seasons in program history and earned a Horizon League Regular Season Championship.
I have always played central midfield position which makes it no surprise that my all-time favorite player is Iniesta. While my days of playing competitive soccer are done, I am now looking to help young athletes become better and meet their personal and individual goals. It is my goal to teach others what I wish I had learned at a younger age to make them better players.