Coaching Staff


Head Coach: Corey Brinkmeyer joined the Lions in the spring of 2000, as an assistant coach and teacher. The following year he took over the reigns in an attempt to turn around the program and reestablish its success in mens soccer.  Brinkmeyer took the Lions to their first ever State Tournament in 2004. They also participated in 2005 and 2008. In 2014, Linn-Mar ended the season with a 4th Place finish. In 2015, the Lions brought home the school’s first State Championship in soccer.

Brinkmeyer is from Illinois but went attended Mount Mercy College, where he played soccer for the Mustangs and received his degree in Secondary Education, in 1998. He currently teaches in the High School’s Business Ed. Department. Corey and his wife, Amy (LM grad, ’90) reside in Cedar Rapids with their two boys, Graham and Mitchell.

Record as a head coach (18th) entering 2018: 170-145-6.   
Other coaching achievements: 

  • 2015–NSCAA Iowa Coach of the Year (Large Schools), NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year Finalist, Metro Co-Coach of the Year, MVC-Valley Coach of the Year
  • 2013–100th Career Victory (2-0 vs. Dubuque Hempstead, 4-18-13)
  • 2010–East-West Senior All-Star Game, East Team Coach
  • 2004–MVC Coach of the Year
  • 2002–Metro Coach of the Year, MVC Coach of the Year

Assistant Coach: Scott Berger joined the staff in 2018.  Scott played soccer at Cedar Rapids LaSalle (now CR Xavier) and then at Loras College in the early 1990s, and completed his education at Mount Mercy College.  Following graduation, he became an Assistant Coach for the Mustangs. Scott and his wife, Christine, are LM parents.  They have three children, Marissa, Alex, and Amelia.

Junior Varsity

Kevin Schmidt joined the staff in 2005.  Kevin is originally from Minnesota, and also is a Mount Mercy graduate.  Kevin and his wife, Heidi (also a Mount Mercy graduate), reside in Center Point, and have three daughters, Ellie, Katelyn, & Ava, and a son, Parker.

Sho Takaoka joined the staff in 2018.  Sho was born in Japan, and was a foreign-exchange player at Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School.  After graduating, he attended Mount Mercy University, and graduated with a degree in Business Management.  He continues to help the Mens Soccer team at Mount Mercy.