Tim Jantzen has over 20 years experience in the soccer industry. Beginning at age five to the present, he has played, coached, and administered the sport at the recreational, club, and collegiate levels. He is a true believer in the individual skill development at early stages of childhood development, matching the primary focus of the Happy Feet curriculum.
In 2006, Jantzen earned his undergraduate degree in business while playing on the men's soccer team at Saint Gregory’s University. In 2008, he received his D Coaching License from the North Texas State Soccer Association, and completed the Soccer Management and Scouting course offered by Sports Management Worldwide. Jantzen also began his coaching career in fall 2008 as assistant coach of the Lawton Soccer Club’s U19 men’s soccer team guiding them through their first season in the Oklahoma Premier League. For the 2009 spring season, he volunteered his services to the Duncan, OK Chisholm Trail Soccer Association as head coach of the recreational U16 coed team, leading Real Duncan F.C. to an undefeated debut season.
His professional career began in 2008, accepting a position at the Simmons Center recreational facility as the Recreational Sports Coordinator. During his tenure at the Simmons Center, Jantzen introduced youth and adult soccer programs to the community in addition to a number of other programs. Beginning with a summer soccer camp, attracting nearly 50 local youths, he then offered a Youth Futsal League in an attempt to better develop the youth game in the area. The Youth Futsal League targeted children ages 6-7, catering to about 35 youths, the first of its kind in Southwest Oklahoma.
Now Tim, his wife Jessica, also Co-owner and Operations Director, have brought HappyFeet to the Twin Cities with the hope of reaching out to as many families as possible and spreading the passion for soccer and character development. Tim is a fan of the Italian side, Juventus, the Italian national team, Minnesota United F.C. and of course the USA men's and women's national team. In his free time, Tim enjoys community outreach events, playing rec soccer, disc golf, and spending time with his sons and daughter.
Licenses & Credentials:
Bachelors Degree Entrepreneurship | St. Gregory University, 2002-2006
Soccer Management and Scouting Certificate | Sports Management Worldwide, 2008
Coach D License | North Texas State Soccer Association, 2008
VIRTUS | The National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc./Archdiocese of St. Paul - Minneapolis, 2012
Trained/Certified Heads Up Concussion in Youth Sports | CDC, 2015
Jessica Jantzen began playing soccer at the age of 6 and finished at 15, as the rural school she attended then did not have a high school soccer program. She then turned her attention to coaching to stay with the sport as much as possible. She began her coaching career at 16 with her younger sister’s U11 & U12 soccer team, the Owls.
Jessica began working at the Lawton Family YMCA in 2007, which inspired her interest in sports & outreach programming. In 2008, she moved to a locally owned recreation center, earning her personal training certification through NETA Fitness, giving her great insight into overall health and wellness. Here she also assisted in the organization and implementation of sports programming. She coached a CTSA U8 girls team, the Red Hots, gaining more experience with youth soccer development.
In 2009, Jessica found her way back to the YMCA working in the Fitness Center. There she was asked to join the facility’s Health & Wellness Affinity group which was a part of the Gulick Collaborative, an organizational improvement effort seeking to better engage members to a healthy mind, body, and spirit. It was then that she introduced small group concepts to help the Y provide a healthy mind and spirit rather than relying on physical fitness memberships.
Now she and husband, Co-owner/CEO Tim Jantzen have brought the HappyFeet Legends program to the Twin Cities area! Jessica is a fan Minnesota United FC, and of course both of the USA’s national teams. In her free time Jessica enjoys free soccer play, disc golf, playing the guitar, and spending time with her 4 kiddos.
Mike Seidl has been playing soccer since he was 6 years old. Over the past 25 years, Mike has developed a true passion for the game. Growing up in Milwaukee, Mike played for numerous teams during his childhood and adolescence, finishing his career playing for one of the top Boys programs in the entire country.
Mike attended the University of Minnesota and took a break from competitive soccer to focus on school. He still found time to play pickup soccer whenever he could. It was in college that Mike earned his first experience working with young children with ACES, an after school program that combined athletic development and academic achievement. It is here where Mike learned that soccer can help children grow and develop not just athletically, but also socially and academically.
Mike returned to coaching in 2016 when he began working with the goalkeepers at a local soccer club. Mike holds his USSF “F” license, as well as other soccer certificates from coaching organizations. Mike will be pursuing more licensing over the coming months. When not on the soccer field, Mike enjoys spending time with 1 year old daughter and his fiancee. They enjoy MN United games and weekends at their cabin.