The Missoula Indoor Soccer Arena is founded by Matt and Michele Fowler who have been involved with Missoula soccer since 1994. Soccer has been a major part of Matt’s life since the age of five years and his passion led him to play collegiate soccer for Seattle University. Matt has over twenty years of coaching experience at club and high school level and has envisioned building an indoor facility for the Missoula community since he moved here in 1994. Michele, an encouraging soccer wife and mother, has a passion for working with young families and has substantial experience working with children in classroom-style environments teaching music and volunteering in the public school system. Before taking a break from the corporate world to raise their three children, Michele had 15 years of experience in administration, accounting and managerial work. Michele and Matt worked as a successful team in the corporate world before starting a family and they are excited to begin working together again to bring Missoula its first indoor soccer experience as well as providing a new outlet for families to share in some fun at the Inflatapark.
Fraser was raised in Missoula, MT and has been playing competitive soccer since he was seven. He attended Hellgate High School before accepting an opportunity to attend and live at IMG academies where he was able to compete and train with some of the best players in the country. He played four years of collegiate soccer in Minnesota at Gustavus Adolphus College, graduating with a degree in Health Exercise Science. He has worked as a strength and conditioning coach in Wyoming and has been coaching soccer at club and high school levels here in Missoula.
Youth Program Director
Ross was born in Scotland but grew up playing soccer in Germany, Belgium, and England. He played for Hull City’s youth academy from the age of 12 to 16 and was scouted by other professional soccer teams including Chelsea FC. At the age of 16, Ross was hand-selected to represent the East Durham soccer team, receiving coaching and instruction from some of the most respected managers in the United Kingdom. After college, Ross played for several semiprofessional soccer teams before moving to the US in 2009. For the past four years, Ross has been able to live out his passion for the sport through coaching teams for local Missoula clubs, the Olympic Development Program, community schools, and even developing his own camps for youth players. Paired with a high-level playing experience, ten years coaching expertise, and mixed with a vast amount of professional qualifications, Ross is excited to help drive forward the future of soccer in Missoula.
Facility Operations Assistant
Lisa grew up in the Missoula area and played for Missoula Strikers and Hellgate High School. After spending two years at Montana State University-Billings playing collegiate soccer, she returned to Missoula to continue her undergraduate degree in political science. She has spent several years coaching youth recreational teams and clinics, and she remains active in the Missoula soccer community by refereeing adult soccer through the Parks and Recreation department. Lisa is also actively involved with Missoula Taekwondo Center, both as a student and as an employee.
George, Matt’s father, has been an integral part of soccer in the Seattle area for more than 30 years. He has coached multiple club and high school teams to win Washington state titles. George has a master’s degree in Physical Health Education and has extensive experience instructing children inside and outside of the classroom. George is an avid soccer fan and coach. We are lucky to have his passion and experience at MISA.
Facility Operations Assistant
Mat grew up playing soccer in Newtown Connecticut. He won multiple state championships with his team the Strikers in both travel and premier divisions. He has coached youth teams and officiated a wide variety of age levels. Mat has been playing soccer in Missoula since his arrival in 2008 and is a proud member of the Missoula Atheletic mens premier team. He moved to Missoula to attend University of Montana’s Media Arts program where he received a BA and MFA in digital filmmaking. He is currently working in post production on his first feature length film, Subterranea.