the10 Sports Centre Long Lake
Area: Clubhouse 1600ft2, Dome 33,000ft2, Parking 50 spots
Turf: Mondo Infill Sports Turf
Lighting: Indirect Fluorescent Lighting System
Dome: Insulated Yeadon 1998, 60' high ceiling
Goals: 4X 5aside & 2X 7aside Soccer Goals, 4X Lacrosse Goals
My name is Donny Mark and welcome to the10 Sports Centre. I am originally from Shorewood, MN growing up in the area playing youth soccer, hockey, and tennis. I played youth soccer for Tonka United, Minnesota Olympic Development Program, US Soccer Region II Team, and spent a summer playing for FC Luzern in Switzerland. I played high school soccer and lettered in track, graduating from Minnetonka in 1997.
Upon graduation I went on to play college soccer at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. My freshmen year I led the team in scoring, was voted All Conference USA 2nd team, and led MU to it’s first and only NCAA tournament appearance to date. After my sophomore year I transferred to the University of Connecticut in Storrs. At UConn I played in two Final Fours in 1999 and 2000 and was an NCAA Division 1 National Champion in 2000. I studied history and Spanish language while in college.
Upon completion of my senior year at UConn I was drafted by MN Thunder and went on to play professional soccer. I spent 6 months in Lorient, France playing for US Montagnarde, then on to Carolina Dynamo, Des Moines Menace, MN Thunder, Parramatta Eagles in Australia, and eventually on to Shanghai China. Once in Shanghai my professional playing days ended while I started my sports business career. I was in China a total of 7 years and speak Mandarin Chinese.
In 2004 I founded a sports clothing line called the10 Soccer which outfitted teams and players in the US, China, Australia and UK. I was the founder/owner and oversaw design, purchasing, production, sales, and exporting/importing of the goods. The10 represents all the best parts of soccer; creativity, imagination, speed, skill, and the purity of the game. The #10 player historically in teams is the central midfield playmaker.
During my time in Shanghai I began a youth soccer club with my business partner Menci Zhang called QiLin FC. The club started with 30 players and within 2 years had grown to over 500 expat and local youth members. We merged our club with a larger entity called Dulwich College Community Programs which had other activities such as football, dance, ballet, karate, etc. Our DCP/QiLin structure had over 1,200 members involved in various programs. In the summer of 2010 we sold the QiLin club on to another local sports group allowing me to move back to Minnesota and get involved with the10 Sports Centre project.
Since first opening our doors in November of 2010 we have grown from several gorups of customers to well over 100 unique groups using our facility a year. We will begin to move into a new and exciting part of the business this year as we open our own programs to the centre.
I have been fortunate enought to continue on in coaching being involved with MTA Development Academy, St Croix Soccer Club, Orono Thunder, and most recently becoming part of Minnesota United FC's full time staff.
Welcome all to the10 and hope to see you on the field soon,
Donny Mark III