Girls ADC Director
Filip Leander begins his 17th year of coaching youth soccer with six state championships, two state finalists, and four state semi-finalists on his resume. More impressive has been the national results. He has had two different teams ranked first nationally, including the 94 Boys Black who finished one season ranked #1 in the nation over 1,000 other ranked teams on Gotsoccer.com. Leander coached that team for six years (U8-U13) and they went unbeaten in state league and state tournament games during that time (U11-U13).
Coach Leander has built and coached many boys and girls teams who have gone on to state, regional and national success. He is one of only a handful of coaches from Tennessee to lead teams to championships in the top bracket of top national and regional events such as the Mead Cup, Atlanta Cup, Jefferson Cup, Nike Challenge Cup, Ohio Premier Invitational, CASL Shootout, and Concorde Challenge. He also coached a team in the top bracket of the prestigious Dallas Cup, competing against teams from Mexico, El Salvador, California, Texas and other top soccer states. He coached many of the club's top teams- or parts of- when they were younger: 93 Girls Black, 94 Girls Black, 94 Boys Black, 96 Girls Black, 96 Boys Black, 97 Girls Black, 97 Boys Black, 99 Girls Black, 00 Girls Black and 00 Boys Black.
Former players have gone on to have success at every level of soccer. Three different players became high school All-Americans. Five have earned All-South honors. Over 50 have been named All-State and over 100 have played for state and regional Olympic Development teams. He coached Luke and Mark Mishu for a combined seven years, as the brothers went on to win a national championship at Notre Dame. Luke is currently in his second year with DC United of the MLS. Former players can be found on NCAA teams throughout the country. Others are playing in various professional leagues and one represents his country internationally.
Coach Leander has also coached middle school and high school in the area.
He was born in Lund, Sweden, but grew up in Oak Ridge where he played club and high school soccer. He currently teaches English at Clinton High School. His twin daughters both play soccer for the club: Emma for the U9 Norris Academy and Elly for the U9 Girls Black.