Coaching Staff

Varsity

Head Coach: Corey Brinkmeyer joined the Lions in the spring of 2000, as an assistant coach and teacher. The following year he took over the reigns in an attempt to turn around the program and reestablish its success in mens soccer.  Brinkmeyer took the Lions to their first ever State Tournament in 2004. They also participated in 2005 and 2008. In 2014, Linn-Mar ended the season with a 4th Place finish. In 2015, the Lions brought home the school’s first State Championship in soccer.

Brinkmeyer is from Illinois but went attended Mount Mercy College, where he played soccer for the Mustangs and received his degree in Secondary Education, in 1998. He currently teaches in the High School’s Business Ed. Department. Corey and his wife, Amy (LM grad, ’90) reside in Cedar Rapids with their two boys, Graham and Mitchell.

Record as a head coach (19th) entering 2019: 179-155-6.   
Other coaching achievements: 

  • 2015–NSCAA Iowa Coach of the Year (Large Schools), NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year Finalist, Metro Co-Coach of the Year, MVC-Valley Coach of the Year
  • 2013–100th Career Victory (2-0 vs. Dubuque Hempstead, 4-18-13)
  • 2010–East-West Senior All-Star Game, East Team Coach
  • 2004–MVC Coach of the Year
  • 2002–Metro Coach of the Year, MVC Coach of the Year

Assistant Coach: Scott Berger joined the staff in 2018.  Scott played soccer at Cedar Rapids LaSalle (now CR Xavier) and then at Loras College in the early 1990s, and completed his education at Mount Mercy College.  Following graduation, he became an Assistant Coach for the Mustangs. Scott and his wife, Christine, are LM parents.  They have three children, Marissa, Alex, and Amelia.

JV1

Kevin Schmidt joined the staff in 2005.  Kevin is originally from Minnesota, and also is a Mount Mercy graduate.  Kevin and his wife, Heidi (also a Mount Mercy graduate), reside in Center Point, and have three daughters, Ellie, Katelyn, & Ava, and a son, Parker.

JV2

Chris Tofanelli joined the coaching staff in 2019, and is coaching the JV2 Red team. He is originally from Davenport in the Quad Cities, but has called the Cedar Rapids metro area home for more than 20 years. Chris has coached soccer for eight years, and has experience coaching other sports, as well. He and his wife, Lori, a Mount Mercy graduate, have two children, Matthew and Rita, at Linn-Mar.

Connor Geuder joined the staff in 2019. He currently attends Mount Mercy University where he studies marketing and sports management. Connor plays soccer for the Mustangs, where he plays center back. Connor has grown up in Cedar Rapids all his life and someday plans to take his coaching career to the next level.