Coaches

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Nasko Karagyaurov - Camp Director

Atanas Karagyaurov, or Nasko, as he is better known, was born in Plovdiv Bulgaria where he lived with his family until he was 14 years old. Nasko’s family immigrated to the US the summer before he started high school. He attended high school in Elk River Minnesota where he played his junior and senior seasons (2009-2011). 

He continued his playing career after high school at Anoka Ramsey Community College where he still holds the programs scoring records. Nasko lead his team to two National Tournament appearances (2011,2012) in two years; one of which was a National Semi-Final (2011). He was a team captain (2012) and was named 1st team All-Conference (2012), 1st team All-American (2012), Conference player of the Year (2012), and Anoka Ramsey Student Athlete of the Year (2012). 

Nasko was recruited to MidAmerica Nazarene University by Coach Kevin Wardlaw. He helped his team to two more consecutive National Tournament appearances (2013,2014). He was named NAIA Champion of Character both seasons at MNU. Nasko graduated from MNU in 2015 with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. 

After graduation, Nasko pursued coaching by taking a full time position with KC Legends for a year. He worked as the director of their Future Legends program as well as coaching 5 different teams. 

In July 2016 Nasko got married and moved to Europe for two years with his wife Molly. During this time, he co-coached a boys U13 team in Germany and played two seasons semi-professionally for two different German clubs. 

 

Upon his return to the US, Nasko pursued a MBA degree while being a General Assistant for the Men's Soccer team at MNU. After two years as a GA, Nasko continued his coaching career as a full time assistant for MNU, while coaching two teams for Toca FC.

Coach Nasko and his wife Molly, have a daughter called Leoni.

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Kevin Wardlaw - Camp Founder

Head Men's Soccer Coach Kevin Wardlaw took the helm in January of 2003. In his time at MNU he has led the program to eight NAIA National Championship Tournaments ('07, '11, '12, '13, '14, '15, '16, 17'), including a run to the National Championship Final in 2015 and the National Championship Semifinal in 2012. The Pioneers lost in overtime in the 2015 final and finished the year as the #2 ranked team in the country. Coach Wardlaw has two NCCAA National Championships (2004 & 2006), four Heart of America Conference Championships ('05, '08, '13, & '16), a Heart of America Conference Tournament Championship (2011) and 3 NCCAA Regional Titles (2003, 2004, & 2006) to go along with his success at the National Tournament.

Coach Wardlaw was named NSCAA/NCCAA National Coach-of-the-Year in 2006, NSCAA Region Coach of the Year in 2012, 2013, and 2016 and HAAC Coach of the Year in 2005, 2008, 2013, and 2016.  His overall record at MNU stands at 214-101-29.


Prior to MNU, Coach Wardlaw was at Hardin Simmons University (TX) where he was the Men's Soccer coach from 1999-2002. While at HSU he led that program to 3 American Southwest Conference championships and two appearances in the NCAA Div III National Tournament. His record while at HSU was an impressive 51-20-2.


Coach Wardlaw started his coaching career as an Assistant Coach at Cumberland College (KY), now University of the Cumberlands. He obtained his Master's Degree in Education while at CC. A graduate of Olivet Nazarene University (IL), Wardlaw was a two sport athlete. He was a two-time CCAC All-Conference Goalkeeper and a 3-time NAIA Track and Field All-American.


Coach Wardlaw is the Executive Director for Toca FC, and is the founder of Attack the Skills Soccer Camps which he operates in the summers. He holds a Premier Diploma from the NSCAA.

Coach Wardlaw and his wife Tina, have three daughters: Maleah, Ava, and Juliana.