Mathes Mennell enters his fifth season with the Lions as an assistant to Gregg Murphy. Mennell serves as a full-time assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs.
Considered one of the top assistant coaches on the West Coast, Mennell has helped the Lions achieve new heights both on and off the field. Since his arrival, the women's soccer team made their first NCAA College Cup appearance in 2002.
A 1996 Air Force Academy graduate, Mennell was a standout goalkeeper for the Falcons from 1992-1995. A three-year starter, Mennell was named first-team All-MPSF in 1994 and earned honorable mention accolades in 1993 and 1995.
Although Mennell completed his collegiate career in 1996, upon graduation he continued to play, spending time in the A-League with the Colorado Foxes and the USL's Premier League Pikes Peak Stampede.
Currently a USSF "A" licensed coach, Mennell enters his tenth year of collegiate coaching at the Division I level. He is a long time member of the Region IV Olympic Development Program staff and currently is the assistant coach for the 1990 Region IV Boys Olympic Development Program team. In addition, he also serves as the Far West Chairperson for the NSCAA Division I All-America Committee.
A native of Bristol, Tennessee, Mennell attended Bristol Tennessee High School where he was a three-year all-region selection before graduating in 1991.
Mennell and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Culver City with their three children, Jonathan (3) and twins Megan and James, born in April of 2006.