Meet Our Team

FOUNDING HISTORY

Kick it Forward was founded in June, 2012 by Matt Sahag as a way to provide training to youth soccer players that wanted to improve their soccer skills while also impacting the lives of others in a positive way. The inaugural group consisted of nineteen, eleven and twelve year old players from the Johnston area. During that first summer, the players participated in fifteen training sessions where they improved themselves as soccer players. Off the field, the players engaged in fundraising efforts and successfully raised $6,500. Since that time, over 70 youth soccer players from Des Moines and surrounding areas have participated in the Kick It Forward philanthropic training program. The money raised by these young athletes has helped others in their own communities, in their country and around the world.

 

MEET THE KICK IT FORWARD TEAM

Matt Sahag

matt@kifsoccer.com

515-943-5672

Background:

  • Hometown: Rockford, Ill
  • Education
  • Drake University, B.A. Finance
  • Drake University Law School, J.D.
  • USSF B Coaching License
  • NCAA Academic All-American
  • Drake 4 year starter, and Captain 1999-2002.
  • Current Occupation: Founder and President of Kick It Forward

In my spare time I enjoy coaching soccer and philanthropic work.

Why I joined Kick It Forward: 

I want to be able to reach as many kids as possible to give them the opportunity to use soccer as a vehicle to better their lives.

Favorite Quote: 

“Sometimes we only see how people are different from us.  But if you look hard enough, you can see how much we’re all alike.”


 

Ben Brackett

ben@kifsoccer.com

515-556-4596

Background:

  • Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
  • Special Olympics Adult Soccer Coach, 2016-present
  • Youth Coach 2002-present
  • USSF C License
  • Brown University, Class of 2007, Men’s Soccer Team 2003-2007
  • PDL 2002-2007 (Des Moines Menace, Vermont Voltage, Rhode Island Sting Rays)
  • Current Occupation: Ferguson Commercial Real Estate Service

Why I joined Kick It Forward: 

As my playing career wound down, it seemed like coaching was the (only) way to give back to the game that has given me so much. But as time has passed, I realized how desperately our soccer community needs advocates and supporters of the game itself – not a particular club or team. Accessibility is the name of the game, whether it be through providing free/affordable playing opportunities or developing more soccer facilities. 

Favorite Quote: 

"Only fools are positive."


 

Joe Sithonnorath

joe@kifsoccer.com

515-554-6452

Background: 

  • Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
  • Graduated from Drake University; Class of 2003- BSBA- Corporate Finance Major
  • Dowling Catholic Assistant Boys Soccer Coach- Varsity 2014-2017
  • U-23 USASA Men’s National Team; 2002
  • Des Moines Menace; 1999-2005
  • Drake Men’s Soccer 1999-2002 
  • Current Occupation: Business Support Consultant at Wells Fargo

In my spare time I enjoy family time, golf, and soccer.

Why I joined Kick It Forward: 

By simply making soccer more accessible to our local communities, it will open up more opportunities.  End goals are to provide a platform for a better life, and to bring the community together through soccer.  

Favorite Quote: 

“fortune rewards the brave”


 

Blake Siberz

blake@kifsoccer.com

515-210-6812

Background: 

  • Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
  • Drake University 2003-2006
  • Academic All-American 2006
  • Des Moines Menace National Champion 2005
  • USSF C License
  • Current Occupation: Special Event Coordinator, Keck Parking

In my spare time I like to hang out with family and watch soccer.

Why I joined Kick It Forward:

The opportunity to offer kids options through soccer they may not otherwise have is enjoyable and rewarding. 

Favorite Quote: 

"Nothing worth having comes easy" 


 

Daryn "Ozzie" White

darynozziewhite11@gmail.com

515 724 2764

Background: 

  • Hometown: Johnston, Iowa
  • Former Pro Player
  • US Soccer A License
  • NSCAA Master Coach Diploma
  • NSCAA Premier License
  • NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma
  • Current Occupation: Women's Soccer Head Coach Graceland University

In my spare time I enjoy cooking, reading, travel, and being with family.

Why I joined Kick It Forward: 

To change lives through hard work, big dreams, and maximizing opportunities.

Favorite Quote: 

"I have never played a draw in my life"