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Staff

Ben Ritsema
Men's Arena Head Coach

Ben Ritsema has led the Muskegon Risers men’s arena soccer team since its creation in 2015. Under Ritsema’s leadership, the Risers men’s arena team has experienced exponential growth and currently competes in the Major Arena Soccer League II.

Stu Collins
Men's Outdoor Head Coach

Stu Collins is a former standout and National Champion at Davenport University and has logged the most minutes as a player in Muskegon Risers history. Collins also served as team captain for the Risers from May of 2016 through 2019.

Jon Romkema
Jon Romkema, AT, ATC

Jon has 28 years of Athletic Training experience and serves as the Manager of Sports Medicine at Mercy Health. He is responsible for coordinating Athletic Training services for the Risers.

Marcus Schillaci, AT, ATC, CSCS
Athletic Trainer

Marcus serves as Manager of Rehab and Athletic Performance. A longtime soccer player and Muskegon native, his training expertise prepares the Risers as he coordinates sessions for the team through the PEAK Training Academy.

Mark Peterman, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist

Dr. Mark Peterman is the official Team Physical Therapist for the Muskegon Risers. A life-long soccer player and fan, Dr. Peterman graduated from Western Michigan Christian to pursue a career in physical therapy.

Dr. Mike Morea
Team Chiropractor

Dr. Mike Morea graduated with a degree in biology from Michigan State University and graduated from Chiropractic School at Life University in Georgia earning top honors, Summa Cum Laude.

Matt Schmitt
President

Matt Schmitt founded the Muskegon Risers in 2014, inspired by the resurgence of Muskegon while guided by prior experiences in collegiate and professional athletics. Schmitt currently oversees the organization’s business and soccer operations.