Oluseyi Famodu, known by family and friends as Seyi (pronounced Shay-E) grew up in the Twin Cities and is the son of a 1st Generation immigrant father from Nigeria, and mother from the farmlands of southwest MN, Luverne. Seyi grew up playing soccer in the Twin Cities. He won multiple Club Championships with his select team in Bloomington, MN, before heading off to play college soccer for Mount St. Clare in Clinton IA. There he was awarded "Male Athlete of the Year" twice during his dual-sport (soccer, tennis) collegiate career, All-American honorable mention, and was later inducted into the MSC NAIA Hall of Fame.
Seyi won a National Championship playing professional indoor soccer and later retired to become a successful business consultant. He currently lives in the South Metro and has been happily married to his wife Kimberly of 16 years with 2 young daughters Zuri (9) and Amara (4).
Nike, the 3rd oldest of 7 children, also grew up in the Twin Cities and fell in love with the game of soccer at a very young age. At age 8, both she and another young girl joined an all-boys soccer team and soon became superstars. From there, the rest was history. After being recruited by great schools, she chose to keep her talents in her home state and become a Golden Gopher and play Division 1 soccer for the University of Minnesota. Nike met her husband Brandon in Honolulu, Hawaii and they have now been married for 8 years with 3 children, Nireti (3) Zaire (3), and Iyanu (15 months). Having twins and a toddler in the house keeps Nike and her husband Brandon very busy, but that hasn’t stopped her from pursuing her love of the game of soccer.
Dr. Oluremi (Remi) Famodu-Jackson is a registered dietitian with Twin Cities Orthopedics. She also serves as the sports dietitian for TCO’s performance facility, the Training HAUS, but spends most of her time working on a contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Outside of work, Remi enjoys spending time with her family which consists of her husband Kenny, 1 year old daughter Lola and their boxer Duchess. Remi is thrilled to work alongside her family helping to mentor future young soccer stars at Soccer Fun-Da-Mentals.
Brenna grew up playing soccer in Bloomington for BYSC and was captain of the 2016 Jefferson High School varsity team. She went on to play Division II soccer at Bemidji State University, graduating with a BS in marketing communications. She currently serves as a marketing/communications manager for The Minnesota Whitecaps pro women's hockey team. When Coach Brenna isn't at the hockey rink or the Fun-Da-Mentals training facility, she enjoys her free time in her backyard practicing her soccer skills and taking long walks with her favorite pup "Lola."
Meet Toye Mortland! Toye is fun-loving, full of energy and passionate about soccer - her dad claims she started kicking a ball around at 15 months old! Toye grew up playing soccer all around her community and then received a soccer scholarship to play Division I at Ohio University. She graduated with bachelor's degrees in Latin American Studies with minors in Spanish, Linguistics and Anthropology. Toye knew she wanted to work with kids after graduating and becoming a full-time, K-3 reading tutor in Bloomington. She then studied to become an English Language teacher and now works at Richfield Middle School. Toye has coached competitive, traveling soccer for the last 5 years and is currently coaching for Richfield High School.
Meet Dave Giancola! He grew up just south of the Twin Cites and is originally from Jordan ,MN. His love for soccer began at a very young age and was nurtured from his Father, Peter Giancola. David (or as he is fondly known at SFDM "Coach Cola" ) competed for several well-known clubs during his high school career in Minnesota, achieving numerous accolades including a State Championship in 2006. David attended the University of Mount Union in Alliance, OH to pursue a degree in Exercise Science in 2008. He also enjoyed a long and successful career in collegiate athletics in both football and track, competing on teams with four consecutive appearances at the NCAA DIII Football National Championship (2008 Champions). Following his time in Ohio, he went on to further his education in Houston, TX attending Baylor College of Medicine receiving a Masters degree in Prosthetic & Orthotics. David currently resides as the Clinical Supervisor of Prosthetics at Twin Cities Orthopedics and is happily married to his wonderful wife, Mitra.
Kristine (Kruger) Kading grew up in the Twin Cities playing soccer with the Famodu family. She excelled throughout her childhood, winning championships at the every club level. During high school at Bloomington-Kennedy, she played varsity soccer starting at 8th grade. She accepted a scholarship to The University of Louisville to play Division I soccer for the Cardinal's. After completing her freshman year, she was voted the team's MVP. Later, she transferred to the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where she finished out her soccer career, winning a few personal awards and was later named a "Top 25 player of the first 25 years" of the program. Kristine now coaches high school varsity soccer in Bloomington and is a Lead Trainer at Soccer Fun-Da-Mentals. In her spare time, she enjoys playing and watching sports with her husband Matt and two children, Ava (8) and Cameron (6).
Edgar Illescas Gomez, originally from Hidalgo, Mexico, grew up playing soccer and has enjoyed "the beautiful game" as long as he can remember. Though he has played multiple sports, his passion has been, and always will be soccer. Edgar graduated from Augsburg University here in the Twin Cities. Before coming to training everyday at Fun-Da-Mentals, you can find Edgar teaching kids in a middle school classroom. In his free time, Edgar enjoys being outside, working out at the gym, talking soccer with friends and family, and spending time with his three-year-old son, Julian. Edgar is hopeful that he can instill his same passion for soccer into other children.
Coach Edgar is a very valuable part of the FDM team as he is fluent in both Spanish and English!
Wendy Famodu is the proud mother and mentor of the owner's of Soccer Fun-Da-Mentals. She grew up in Southwest Minnesota (Luverne) and has over 40 years of "soccer mom" experience despite having never played the sport herself. Having 5 of 6 kids involved in soccer kept her very busy transporting them between games, supporting them through club soccer, and watching them succeed at the college level and above. Wendy has worked in sales for over 40 years and loves working with her clients and customers. Now that her kids are grown, Wendy has pursued her own passions in the fitness world. She has been part of a performing dance troop for 10 years and has now started to build her resume in yoga. Wendy has been in yoga training at a local studio for 7 years and has been teaching yoga for the last 3 years. Even during the Covid 19 crisis, Wendy continues to enjoy yoga as she instructs her children and grandchildren via Zoom and other socially responsible methods. With a growing family and a strong need in the community for healthy activities for families with children, Wendy is very excited about pursuing her new venture with Soccer Fun-Da-Mentals. She will act as the CFO for the company and will also instruct Yoga Classes in the SFDM studio a couple of times a week.