Chris Bartels, Legends Club Director

Born and raised in New Jersey, Chris began his soccer journey playing for River Dell Regional High School winning a state championship.  The off season was spent playing for the Hoboken German-Americans in the New York Metropolitan German-American League.  Chris later attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio on scholarship where he captained the Falcons to their first NCAA tournament. An All-League, All-Ohio and All-Midwest selection while at Bowling Green, Chris earned his BS in Journalism/Public Relations.

In the summer before is senior year, he worked with the New York Cosmos in public relations and was given the opportunity to train with the Cosmos on occasion.  On the off season, he played for the Toledo Bavarians and the Cleveland Ukranians.  After graduation Chris started his coaching career as an assistant coach at BG and earning his Masters in Sports Sciences.  During that time, he traveled to Mexico with Cleveland Ajax and played a series of matches against professional teams.  Chris played two matches for the Seattle Sounders of the North American Soccer League and for the Golden Gate Gales in the A-League.

Chris joined Athletes in Action in California, which was the athletic arm of Campus Crusade in Christ where they toured Mexico, St. Croix, Trinidad, Barbados and Puerto Rico as well as playing in a regional professional league in California.  After three years in California, Chris returned to Ohio where he spent two years as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Physical Education and assistant soccer coach.  During this time, he earned his USSF National "C", "B" and "A" coaching licenses.  In the 1980, Chris expanded his coaching experience traveling to England and spending a month with Lincoln City of the English Third Division.

In 1981, Chris moved to Memphis where he worked with the Memphis Americans of the Major Indoor Soccer League.  Chris served as the Academy Director, Assistant Coach, Director of Player Personnel and also did radio and TV color commentating.  After three years when the franchise was sold to Las Vegas, Chris became the General Manager and Head Coach of the Kalamazoo Kangaroos of the American Indoor Soccer Association.  Two years later, he moved back to Memphis where he assumed duties as General Manager of the Memphis Storm of the National Professional Soccer League.

In 1988, Chris was named head coach at The University of Memphis where he coached for eleven years and took the Tigers to their first NCAA Tournament.  He was able to tour and coach in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium with a touring group out of Cleveland as well as taking the Tigers to Mexico for preseason.  In his final year, Chris visited Holland to make contact with and observe Ajax of Amsterdam.  After achieving a 119-89-11 career record at the Tiger helm Chris stepped down to assume teaching and coaching duties at Briarcrest Christian School.

Chris has been active locally in youth soccer having coached with the Dragons, MFC and Lobos as well as one year as the State Coach of Tennessee.  In 2008, Chris joined the HappyFeet/Legends as the Memphis Director.

Coaching Certification: 
       United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National ''A'' License (1976)
       United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National "B" License (1975)
       United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National "C" License (1974)
       National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Director of Coaching Diploma (2016)

Carey Talley, Director of Coaching - Competitive Program

Upon graduating from the University of North Carolina where he was a four year starter, Talley was drafted 14th overall by D.C. United in the 1998 MLS College Draft.  Talley immediately earned a spot in the United lineup, starting 19 games and appearing in 29; he would remain in that role for the next three years, winning an MLS Cup with the team in 1999.  During the 1999 MLS Cup title season Talley scored a career-high 4 goals. He scored his first MLS goal on May 15, 1999 at Kansas City, and started all six playoff matches for DC, including MLS Cup 1999, which United won 2-0 over the Galaxy.

In 2002, Talley was traded to the Kansas City Wizards for future considerations; although he was usually a starter when healthy. Talley had injury problems in 2003, and was subsequently traded in the offseason to the Dallas Burn along with Eric Quill in exchange for Shavar Thomas.  Although he had little playing time at the beginning of the season, Talley eventually supplanted Philip Salyer as the team's starting right back, and finished the year with one assist in 19 starts.  After playing in 20 games in 2005, he was traded to Real Salt Lake. In his first season with RSL, he posted career-highs after starting in all 30 appearances and logging 2,618 minutes played, and tied for second on squad and recorded a career-best eight assists from his right back position.  On May 13, 2006 he recorded his first two-assist game at the Los Angeles Galaxy, helping RSL to a 3-0 win and its first-ever road victory.

On May 9, 2008, he was traded to Chivas USA for a future conditional pick in the 2010 or 2011 MLS SuperDraft. During his stay with Chivas, he appeared in 43 league matches scoring 1 goal, being primarily deployed as the club's starting right back.  On March 2010, he was released by Chivas USA and later signed by D.C. United.  Talley appeared in 15 league matches for United upon his return to the side appearing in 15 matches and scoring 1 goal.  He was traded by D.C. United to New York Red Bulls on September 15, 2010 in exchange for a 2011 MLS SuperDraft 2nd round pick.  The move was made by New York to help strengthen the squad during its playoff run.

Coach Talley resides in Germantown, TN with his wife and two children.  He is still active with Major League Soccer.

Coaching Certification:
     United States Soccr Federation (USSF) A License

Ted Bartels, Director of Coaching - REC Soccer

Ted played at Division I Winthrop University where he was a part of 2 Big South Conference Championship Teams.  A four year player at Briarcrest Christian School, Ted was a three time All-Region and two time All-State player.  A long time player for MFC who played in England, Denmark and Poland. 

Bartels was also a four time member of the Tennessee Olympic Development Program.  A very technical player, Ted has worked as an assistant coach at Briarcrest as well as a staff coach with HappyFeet and with the Legends Goalscoring Camp.

He is currently the Volunteer Assistant coach with the University of Memphis Womens soccer team. Previously he was the Assistant coach at Southwest Tn CC, and the head coach at Germantown HS for 4 years. 

Coaching Certification:
       Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma
       National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Premier National Diploma
       National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Goalkeeping Level 2 Diploma
United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National D Coaching License

Donald Nobert, Director of Operations

Donald started his competitive soccer career in the 70's, and has continued his love of the game through coaching.  Donald started coaching in 1999, focusing primarily on young players just starting their soccer careers.  He has coached competitive teams, helping in the transition from the Germantown Fire to the Germantown Legends Soccer program.

Currently, running the Germantown Legends Recreation Soccer programs, he oversees our Future Legends Skills Sessions for U5 thru U10. 

He also helped to start our TOPSoccer Program as well.

Coaching Philosophy:

"My goal is to develop players to the best of their ability.  I want to pass on an appreciation, respect and understanding of the beautiful game of soccer.  I want to enable the players to make good decisions, while learning good sportsmanship, confidence and team unity, as they grow as individuals and as well as a team.  The game of soccer teaches, as in life, that nothing comes without a little hard work and dedication.  And, that by doing the little things, the right way, they can lead to having success both on and off of the field, while also having a little fun along the way." 

While attending Christian Brothers High School, he participated in the Cross Country and Track & Field programs, while also playing club soccer.  He continued running Cross Country and Track & Field into college at Missouri State University.

A 1986 graduate of Missouri State University, Coach Nobert resides in Germantown, TN with his wife and four kids.

Coaching Certifications: 
             United Soccer Coaches (USC) National Diploma
             United Soccer Coaches (USC) Goalkeeping Level 2 Diploma
             United Soccer Coaches (USC) Level 1 Futsal Diploma
             United Soccer Coaches (USC) Get aHEAD Safely in Soccer Diploma
             United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National D License
             United States Youth Soccer (USYS) National Youth License
             The FA Level 1 Introduction to Talent Identification

Brett Borm, Director, HappyFeet

Brett Borm has been the Director of Memphis HappyFeet Soccer since 2012.

Borm is currently the Goalkeeper Coach for Memphis 901 FC of the USL under Coach Tim Mulqueen. 

Borm was the Rhodes College Men's Assistant Soccer Coach under Coach Andy Marcinko from 2012-2014. He spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons as the Assistant Men's Soccer Coach and Goalkeeper Coach with the University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles (NCAA II) and Coach Mat Santoro. In his first season with USI, Borm helped lead the Eagles and their goalkeepers to their first winning season since 2003.

In 2011, Borm was the assistant coach for W-League professional powerhouse Pali Blues in Los Angeles, California. While with the Pali Blues he worked with many top International team and collegiate players including Italian Women's National Team goalkeeper Anna Picarelli. He also trained veteran Mexican International and successful Mexican Primera Division goalkeeper Oscar Duatt at brother club LA Blues of the USL.

Prior to joining USI, Borm served as assistant coach at Briarcrest Christian Academy with former University of Memphis Head Coach and Legends Owner Chris Bartels.

Borm graduated from Lambuth University (TN) in 2009, where he was the starting goalkeeper and captain for the Eagles under Coach Paul Conway. He helped Lambuth to the 2007 TranSouth Conference championship and the 2008 Association of Independent Institutions Tournament title. In the 2008 season, Borm had 8 shutouts and was named to the A.I.I. all tournament team along with two A.I.I. Player of the Week awards and a NAIA national player of the week nominee.

In 2009, Borm played for the St. Louis Lions (USL) under Coach Tony Glavin that qualified for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. He also had the chance to compete against legendary 1875 FA Cup winners Royal Engineers A.F.C. in an exhibition match.

Borm earned his BS in Sport Management at Lambuth University in 2009, he then earned his Masters Degree in Liberal Studies at the University of Southern Indiana in 2012. 

Coaching Certification:
              Coerver Youth Diploma
              National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Level 1-5 Diploma
              National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Goalkeeping Level 2 Diploma
              National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Level 1 Futsal Diploma
              United States Soccer Federation (USSF) D License

Played college soccer at Holmes Community College and Delta State University.

Coaching Certifications:
       United States Soccer Federation (USSF) E License

Playing Career/Accolades:

1992 Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year
4 year starter at Christian Brothers University
1993, 1994, 1995 TCAC All Conference
1994,1995 Goalkeeper of the Year
1993 NSCAA All South Region Team
1995 All American Honorable Mention
1996 Gulf South All Conference
1996 Panama City Classic All-Tournament Team

Professional career:

1997 A League Worchester Wildfire
1997 Division III Pro-League Cape Cod Crusaders
1999 Connacht Senior League in Ireland

Coaching Career:

Club Staff Coach 2001-present
ODP Staff Coach 2006-present
Christian Brothers University Goalkeeper Coach 2000 & 2001
University of Memphis Goalkeeper Coach 2004 & 2005
Rhodes College Goalkeeper Coach 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013-2016
Southwest Community College Assistant Coach 2018-present

Coaching Licenses:

USSF National Youth License
NSCAA National and Advanced National Diplomas