who we are

Girls Head Coach

Becky Hogan

Alma Mater:  University of Nebraska

Graduating Year:  1998

Licensing:  USSF A License, NSCAA Premiere License, USSF National Youth License

Coach Hogan was a three-time All-Big 12 selection for the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 1995-98 and was named to the All-Big 12 Tournament team following her senior season. Her team also captured three Big 12 tournament titles (1996, ’97, and ’98) while advancing to the NCAA’s Sweet 16 in 1997 and 1998 as well as the Elite 8 in 1996. Hogan also served as a team captain during her senior season.

Following her collegiate career Hogan played professionally for several professional teams including the RushSLC of the Women’s Premier Soccer League, the Boston Breakers of the WUSA, and the Chicago Cobras and Denver Diamonds of the W-League.  Hogan played in the Adidas summer league in Portland, OR and she was a member of the Region IV team for the Olympic Festival.

Hogan has coached exclusively at the Division I level as an assistant coach at Idaho State and Winthrop University.  Prior to that experience she coached at the club and high school levels, heading up the Utah Avalanche and Utah Rush Soccer Clubs as well as the Skyline Eagles women’s soccer program.  Most recently she was the head coach at Southern Utah University for 6 years.

Coach Hogan earned a degree in English from Nebraska in 1998 and later received a secondary teaching certification from Weber State in 2009.  Hogan went on to earn two Master's Degrees from Idaho State University, one in communication and rhetorical studies and one in P.E. and athletic administration.

Girls Assistant Coach

Megan Molumby

Alma Mater:  Westminster

Graduating year: 2017

Licensing: USSF E License

Megan was born and raised in Utah where she attended high school and college. As a high school athlete at West Jordan she was recognized as a 5A 1st Team All-State defender and All-State track athlete. Following her high school career she attended Westminster College majoring in elementary education and minoring in communication. Megan participated in track and soccer all four years of her college career. Excelling in soccer, Megan was selected as first team All-Frontier Conference. During her sophomore and junior years her team won the conference tournaments taking them to nationals both years. Megan is currently working on her USSF D coaching license.

Girls Assistant Coach

Brandee Merkley

Alma Mater: Brigham Young University -- Idaho

Graduating Year: 2010

License: USSF D, USSF E, Grassroots 9v9, 11v11 Cert, USSF National Youth 

Merkley grew up in North Carolina where she played high school and club soccer in the shadow of Mia Hamm's stomping grounds. As a high school athlete she led her team to two play off berths, being selected as 1st team All-State and All-Region defender four years in a row.  Merkley played club at the Division 1 level, until she tragically tore her ACL at tryouts before her senior season. During physical therapy she played for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte club team until transferring to BYU-I. After college, she played for Utah Stars, having to shorten her season because of a long awaited pregnancy.  She attended BYU-I earning a degree in Mathematics Education with a minor in Physical Education.  After a few years of teaching and coaching, she went on to earn her Master's degree from Utah State University in Mathematics in 2015.  Since 2011, Merkley has taught and coached in Utah County at Westlake High School and Arsenal Soccer Club. In 2018 she made the switch to Real Salt Lake Academy and Sparta United. 

Boys Head Coach

Mike Polich

Alma Mater:  Westminster

Graduating year:  1992

Licensing:  USSF A License, NSCAA Premiere License

Coach Polich is one of the most decorated coaches in the Salt Lake Valley.  Highlighted by a tryout with US Men's National Team under coach Bora Milutinovic, Polich has achieved success at all levels.  Polich was 4 year collegiate starter and 3 year captain at Westminster where the team had several national top 20 team rankings.  Polich was an All-Conference player in the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Soccer League (RMISL) and was named the leagues Most Valuable Player.  Polich was a NSCAA and NAIA Academic All American and was named to the All Far West All American Team.  Immediately following his stellar collegiate career Polich was named to the U23 MNT Olympic Festival squad and played on several semi-professional teams.

After he finished playing, Polich naturally made the transition to coaching where he has coached 100's of players who went on to the college level, and at least 50 players who have gone on to play professionally at home or abroad.  Highlighting the list of players Polich has coached are RSL's own Danillo Acosta and Sabastian Saucedo.

Boys Assistant Coach

Pace Ford

Alma Mater: University of Utah

Graduating year: 2013

Licensing:  USSF E License

Coach Ford grew up in Salt Lake City playing for local clubs Firebirds, Sparta and Impact at the Division 1 and Premier levels. He played varsity soccer at Olympus High School. Following high school Pace attended the University of Utah earning a degree in History and Mathematics Teaching in 2013.

Pace was then hired in Nebo School District where he coached the Spanish Fork Men’s soccer team until 2016 when he was hired to teach and coach at Real Salt Lake Academy High School.

Boys Assistant Coach

John Evans

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Boys Assistant Coach

Wade Aitken-Palmer

Alma Mater:  Missouri University of Science & Technology

Graduating year:  2010

Licensing: In progress.

Coach Aitken-Palmer is excited about the opportunity combine his passions for soccer and teaching at the Real Salt Lake Academy High School where he coaches and teaches physics, engineering, and astronomy.

Wade played NCAA Division II soccer for the Missouri University of Science & Technology where he obtained his B.S. in mechanical engineering.  Following graduation, he completed his graduate program at Michigan Tech University.  This program allowed Wade to work as physics teacher in Ghana with the US Peace Corps while obtaining his M.S. in mechanical engineering.

Wade grew up in Kansas City playing youth soccer for the KC Legends, who won multiple state cup championships.  He played varsity soccer at Blue Valley West High School where he was a member of the 2004 Kansas 5A high school state championship team, where he was named as a 1st team All-State defender