Meet the Coaches
Head Coach Rafael Martinez
Coach Rafael Martinez (Cordoba, Spain) became MCC’s third head soccer coach in the spring of 2010. Before that, he was the assistant coach for three years, including the 2007 season when the Tigers finished 3rd in the NJCAA National Tournament in Tyler, TX.
In his first season as the head coach, Coach Martinez collected a 6-9 record, finishing 5th in conference. In 2011 the team improved to a 12-5-1 record, good for 3rd in the Region XI and #20 in the NJCAA-1 national rankings. Martinez also led the team to win the Minnesota Classic Tournament, a competition that included junior colleges from all over the country.
Coach Martinez has accumulated vast playing experience throughout his life. He started playing club soccer at age 9, when he was scouted by the coaching staff of Club Deportivo Alcazar. At age 19, he received the opportunity to compete at the amateur level with C.D. Miralbaida. After a very successful season, he was offered a spot at Seneca Club de Futbol, a club that competed at the semi-professional level in the southern part of Spain. During those years, Martinez was selected to represent his state in the National University Cup. In 2004, he moved to the United States to play soccer at Iowa Wesleyan College (Mt. Pleasant). During his playing career with the IWC Tigers (2004-2006), he earned First Team All Conference honors and was named All Conference Newcomer Player of the Year. He was team captain and set school records both in season and career points and goals scored.
At Iowa Wesleyan, Martinez double majored in physical education and exercise science and wellness, graduating with honors in May of 2007. While in Spain, he graduated from the Universidad de Cordoba in 2003 with an elementary education degree. Martinez is currently working on his masters in coaching and athletic administration through Concordia University Irvine.
Coach Martinez also has head coaching experience in clubs like C.D. Alcazar, soccer schools like Seneca-Real Madrid C.F., boys and girls high school soccer in Columbus Junction and Marshalltown, and in several international soccer camps. Coach Martinez holds a “B” National Coaching License from the United States Soccer Federation.
Coach Martinez combines his coaching duties at MCC with teaching physical education at Marshalltown high school. He lives in Marshalltown with his wife, Ashley, and their two sons, Iker and Rafa.
Assistant Coach Creighton Jenness
Coach Jenness is starting his second year as an Assistant Coach with the Tigers. His playing experience started at Marshalltown High School, where he helped the team reach the state’s top 5 ranking. After graduation, he played one year at MCC before transferring to Saint Francis University (NCAA-I) in Pennsylvania. He has played PDL soccer for both the Des Moines Menace and Springfield Storm.
His coaching background started at the high school level, where he helped the MHS girls program in 2008 and 2009. Coach Jenness will finish his Elementary Education degree with the University of Northern Iowa this winter. He hopes to find a teaching job in the Marshalltown area.
Assistant Coach Allie Osmundson
Coach Osmundson is starting her second season as an assistant coach with the Tigers. Along with serving as an assistant coach for the men's team she will also be the head coach for the women's club soccer team.
Osmundson, a native of Marshalltown, IA competed at Marshalltown High school from 2002-2005. She then attended Missouri State University in Springfield, MO where she started all 76 matches she competed in. During her career at Missouri State she received all conference honors 3 times including a 1st team honor in 2007. She was also named to the MVC all tournament team and received 2 player of the week honors during her career. During her senior campaign in 2008 she served as a team captain. Coach Osmundson graduated from Missouri State in 2009 with a Bachelors degree in Recreation. Osmundson holds her USSF "D" National Coaching License.
Her coaching experience includes helping with various camps as well as coaching at the middle school level at Lake Country Soccer and MASC. Coach Osmundson also serves as head coach at Marshalltown High School.
Volunteer Assistant Coach Chris Fuchsen