Our Training Staff


  Mark Stauffer  

Mark Stauffer serves as the Vice President of Back Mountain Soccer and is the head women’s soccer coach at Misericordia University.

In his time at Misericordia, Stauffer has led the Cougars to multiple conference championships, and numerous deep runs in the NCAA tournament. 

  • NCAA Tournament Appearances (02, 04, 05, 06, 07, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18) 

  • Sweet 16 (2013, 2014) 

  • Elite 8 (2018)

  • Final 4 (2012) 

  • 2012 NSCAA National Coach of the Year 

  • 2012 NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Coach of the Year

Stauffer graduated from Misericordia University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry and physics. He ranks among Misericordia’s all-time leaders in five categories, including career points, goals and assists and single-season points and goals.

Stauffer currently holds his USC/NSCAA premier coaching diploma and is a regional staff coach for the USC/NSCAA.


  Andy Loughnane  

Andy Loughnane is the current head men’s soccer coach at Misericordia University. He also serves Back Mountain as the Recreation Director. 

  • At Misericordia:

    • ​Three postseason berths

    • MAC Freedom Coach of the Year (2016)

  • Head Coach of the NPSL Electric City Shock

  • Graduate of Caldwell University - two time team captain

  • Assistant coach at the University of Scranton (5 years)

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Caldwell and earned his master’s in biochemistry from Scranton 

Loughnane holds licenses in:

  • USC National Diploma

  • USC Goalkeeping 1 and 2 Diploma 

  • USC Special Topics - Key Moments of the Game and Sports Psychology

  • US Soccer Grassroots license 

  • TOVO V1 Methodology Diploma

  Alessandro Burlew  
  Alessandro Burlew  

Alessandro Burlew is the current assistant coach for the men's soccer program at Misericordia University.

  • Graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland 

    • Bachelor's degree in political science 

    • Rookie of the Year for the CAC

  • Coached one year with Coerver United

  • Holds a USSF National "D" License 

  • "C" License in 2021

Burlew then went on to play overseas in Sweden with Scandanavian FC Örebro and in Italy with Porta Romana, adding trials in the Latvian and Estonian Premier Leagues and the Gibraltar Premier League

  Erin Roberts  
  Erin Roberts  

Erin Roberts is a former standout midfielder for the Misericordia Women’s Soccer program. 
In her time there, Misericordia won 3 consecutive conference titles and made multiple deep runs in the NCAA tournament. She led the team as captain to two Sweet 16’s, and a Final Four in 2012. 

Roberts also received numerous individual awards throughout her playing career. Some of which include:

  • Rookie of the Year 

  • All Conference 1st Team (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

  • All Region 1st Team (2013, 2014) 

  • Defensive Player of the Year (2013, 2014)

Roberts earned her bachelor’s degree in health science, and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology. 

  Emma Sweitzer  

Emma Sweitzer is a current second year Midfielder/Forward for the Misericordia University Women's Soccer Team.
During her first season in 2021, Emma won the following awards:

  • MAC Freedom Rookie of the Year 

  • Second-team All-American

  • First-team All-MAC Freedom

  • United Soccer Coaches first-team all-region

  • Finished Fourth in the country with 23 Goals

  • Set School Record for both goals (24) and points (58) in a season

Carly Cavanaugh 

Carly Cavanaugh is a current second year back for the Misericordia University Women's Soccer Team.


Carly appeared in all 22 matches during her first season on the team, starting each game for the 20-2 Cougars in 2021.

Carly is a local product of Holy Redeemer High School in which she was a three-time First Team All Star on both the Citizens Voice and Times Leader teams.

Michaela Fasolino

Michaela Fasolino is a fourth-year midfielder for the Misericordia University Women's Soccer Team.


During her third season in 2021, Michaela garnered the following accolades:


  • United Soccer Coaches All-American

  • All-American

  • First-team All-MAC Freedom

  • United Soccer Coaches All-Region Team

Madi Welliver

Madi Welliver is a fourth-year goalkeeper for the Misericordia University Women's Soccer Team.


Madi's playing accolades include:


  • 2019 United Soccer Coaches All-Mid-Atlantic third-team

  • 2019 Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Year

  • 2018 All-Landmark second-team

  • 2017 Two-time MAC Commonwealth Defensive Player of the week