Eli Korthanke was formerly the Director of Vantage Soccer Club, which reemerged as Toca F.C. Eli brings his experience as a player, coach and director to the Toca Team.
Eli is originally from Robinson, a small rural community in northeastern Kansas. He was an all-around athlete in High School, excelling at football, basketball, track, and baseball. After being recruited heavily for his abilities in football, (All-state First Team Class 4A Defensive Back) Eli chose soccer instead, even though it meant walking on. Eli Korthanke began his collegiate career by walking on at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kansas, having never played soccer beyond the recreational level.
By his second year at Cloud County he was awarded a full athletic scholarship, voted team co-captain, and eventually named to the First Team All-Conference and All-Region teams. Eli transferred to MidAmerica Nazarene University in 2003, the same year that Kevin Wardlaw took the position as Men’s Head Coach. In his two years under Coach Wardlaw, Eli received various awards and nominations both athletically and academically, including NAIA Academic All-American. He was voted a team captain both his junior and senior years, and helped lead the Pioneers to a NCCAA National Championship in his senior year.
Eli received his National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in the Summer of 2006.
He received a bachelor’s degree in English from MNU in 2005 and his master’s degree in Liberal Arts with a literature emphasis from the University of Baker in 2008.