LIer Mendolia Joins Sky Blue FC Coaching Staff

Alex Mendolia shown during his days as head coach of St. Joseph's College's men's soccer team. Photo: St. Joseph's College

Smithtown native Alex Mendolia is one of three new assistant coaches named to Denise Reddy’s coaching staff at Sky Blue FC.

Mendolia joins Sky Blue from Unión Deportiva San Lorenzo del Flumen of the La Liga Division 3 in Spain where he served as the first assistant coach. Prior, he was an academy coach for Escuela de Futbol Huesca, where he oversaw the player residency program for domestic and international players and the Women’s B team.

Before his time in Spain, Mendolia spent two years (2016-18) as the head coach for the men’s soccer team at St. Joseph’s College where he led the team to the 2017 Conference Finals. He also served as an assistant coach for Stony Brook University (2015-16), LIU Post (2012-15) and Farmingdale State College (2011-12).

A graduate of Farmingdale State, Mendolia was a four-year collegiate athlete and finished with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management Technology and Sports Management. Most recently he earned his Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Science with an emphasis in Soccer Coaching Education from Ohio University.

In his four years as a member of Farmingdale State’s men’s soccer team, he appeared in 69 matches scoring 9 goals and 14 assists.  

Mendolia earned his coaching degree and Nivel 1/UEFA B license from Técnico Deportivo Especialidad en Fútbol. In addition, he has a Certificate in Psychology for High-Performance Sports from FC Barcelona Innovation Hub Universitas. He also has his United States Soccer Federation D License and U.S. Youth Soccer – National Youth License.

Other new members of the NWSL side’s coaching staff are assistant coach Christiane Less and goalkeeper coach Hugo Macedo.

“We have put together a strong, experienced and diverse technical staff to ensure we get the best out of each individual player,” Reddy said. “These coaches all bring international experience, expertise and are specifically knowledgeable of the women’s game here in the States.”

Lessa joins Sky Blue from Shandong Province Federation of China where she has served as their head coach since September of 2018. Prior to that, she spent time in Norway as the assistant coach for Avaldsnes I.L. who competed in the Champions League.

Prior to going overseas, Lessa served as the U-20 Washington Spirit’s Head Coach. Additionally, she was the head coach for Young Harris College and Iowa Central Community College.

She has earned her United States Soccer Federation B License as well as Brazilian Football Confederation B License and she is currently pursuing her UEFA B coaching license.

Lessa received her MBA in Sports Management from Concordia University Irvine and her B.A. in Religious Studies from Saint Thomas University.

Macedo joins Sky Blue from Des Moines Menace of the Women’s Professional Soccer League and Premier Development League where he served as the head coach. In addition, he has served as the assistant coach for Drake University. Macedo has also been a professional coach for Johnston Urbandale Soccer Club and Sporting Iowa Soccer. He has also been the Director of Goalkeeping for Altoona Youth Soccer Associations.

He has earned his United States Soccer Federation D License as well as his NSCAA Level 3 Goalkeeping license.

Macedo is currently pursuing his MBA in Sports Management from Grand View University. He has received his B.A. of Science in Business Administration from AIB College of Business.