Coaching Lineup

Updated Wednesday October 3, 2018 by Theresa Hand.


The Niskayuna Soccer Club (NSC) is a competitive travel soccer program that caters to kids/young adults age 6-18. Through our club teams, summer camps and soccer academies, the club registers up to 500 children and young adults per year who learn the basics of teamwork and discipline, all while preparing them to play competitively for the Niskayuna school teams. While most kids who play for NSC teams live in Niskayuna, it is not required to be a Niskayuna resident.


Niskayuna Soccer’s Mohawk United Program was created to provide the Club’s older members with an opportunity to continue to play competitive soccer. Given the growing number of other priorities that factor into the lives or our U16 and above members, the Club realized that in order to continue to provide competitive soccer for these age groups, the Club’s roster requirements needed to be flexible. The Mohawk United program accomplishes this by allowing players from outside the Town of Niskayuna and the Niskayuna School District to participate in the program.

The number and composition of each Mohawk United boys and girls team is dictated by the number of players that register, tryout and commit to the program. With the exception of the roster requirements all other Niskayuna Soccer Club Operating Policies, Rules, Regulations and Procedures apply to the Mohawk United Program.

2018-19 Coaching Lineup

While each player needs to take personal ownership of their development, that training is led and directed by experienced and dedicated coaches. The Competition Committee is pleased to announce the coaching line-up for the 2017-18 season:

  Boys Head Coach Girls Head Coach
U8 Coed Melissa Vanderheyden Melissa Vanderheyden
U10 Ian Cutting  Jennifer DeCrescente
U12 Matt Knauss Brian Riordon
U14 Tyler Gansfuss Cheryl Kuzniar
Mohawk United Robby Buckmire/Ali Wilkshire Cheryl Kuzniar
Training Coordinator   Bryce Colby


Bryce Colby’s teams have won or tied 80% of their games in 15+ years at Niskayuna High School, with NY State Championships in 1995 and 1998. The Fall 2007 girls Varsity team was a Section 2 Finalist, and ranked #10 in the state among large school soccer. The Fall 2008 team was a Section Finalist as well. Coach Colby has been a staff coach with Eastern NY ODP, CDYSL ODP, Charbonneau Recreation, and holds a USSF A License. 

Jennifer DeCrescente is originally from Burnt Hills, where she played in High School, ODP and for Capital United. She attended and played soccer at Manhattanville College. Jen also has a master's degree from Columbia University and completed pre-med studies at Harvard University. She is moving back from Boston where she was a head coach in the Super Soccer Star organization, coaching children from 18 months to U12.

Tyler Ganfuss is a lifelong resident of Niskayuna where he attended Hillside, Van Antwerp and Niskayuna High Schools. He began his soccer career playing in the town Rec league, and then on the modified, freshmen, JV and varsity school teams where he was a selected as a captain on all but the modified team.  Tyler was selected to play on the New York State Olympic Development Program team, the CDYSL Select team, and was a gold medalist on the Adirondack team in the Empire State Games.  As a high school senior, he co-captained the team that captured the Section II title and was named fourth player All State.  Tyler was recruited to play soccer at Lemoyne College in Syracuse, but was sidelined with an ACL tear(s) that effectively ended his college career. He currently holds a bachelor’s degree in applied biology from Sage College of Albany and is employed in the QC analytical sciences department at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

Cheryl Kuzniar coached our u10 coed and u12 girls this past season and will coach the u12 and u14 girls for the 2015-16 club session. She grew up on Long Island and played high school and collegiate soccer as a goalie. She started coaching in the club in 2009. Cheryl currently holds an ENYYSA F License and CDYSL Levels 1&2 coaching certificates and follows the Coerver method of coaching, focusing on individual skills development and small group play.


Brian Riordon has coached for NSC for the past 8 years  at the U8, U10, U12 levels, assisted U14, and has coached teams for the Catskill Travel Soccer Club and numerous teams for Niskayuna’s recreation program.  Brian holds an “F” coaching license.  He has also coached baseball, softball, and has assisted with Niskayuna lacrosse teams.  Brian played for Catskill High School and, recreationally, in Washington, DC.  He has a master’s degree from George Washington University and an MBA from SUNY Albany. 

Melissa Vanderhyden started her soccer career in Somers, New York. She played for Somers High School and Somers travel and made the varsity team as a freshman, was captain her senior year. She also played travel for Yorktown and then went on to play at Oneonta State. She was the 3rd leading scorer in the league her sophomore year with 7 goals on the season. Her freshman team was number one in the Sunyac division. She once scored 3 goals in less than 5 minutes on the Oneonta State Red Dragons team! She now has 3 kids and plays with an Afrims women's league team along with coaching for an 3rd year coaching for this club.