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Dave Lovercheck:Technical Director

Dave Lovercheck

Dave Lovercheck joined our staff as the Girls U10-18 Director in August 2015. Dave’s duties also include overseeing the Girls MLK Day College Showcase, the College-Search Advising Program for U14-18 boys and girls, Team Chicago fundraising, and serving as video analyst for both the boys and girls Academy Program.

Dave is currently serving as the Head Coach for the Chicago Red Stars Reserves.

Dave is a USSF A-licensed coach who joined us from Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Minnesota where he was serving as Head Coach of the U17 Girls Elite Residential Program.

Dave played collegiately at Hunter College, CUNY and earned his Bachelor in Science in Organizational Behavior and Leadership from the University of San Francisco. He is currently finishing up his Master’s Degree in Soccer Coaching from Ohio University a very prestigious coaching degree run in conjunction with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Prior to his stint at Shattuck-St. Mary’s Dave spent five successful years as Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at San Jose State University (DI). At San Jose State, Dave served as Recruiting Coordinator and NCAA Compliance Coordinator as well as Video Analyst, and helped the team to two Western Athletic Conference championships.

While in the Bay Area, Dave also served as Assistant Coach & Head Equipment Manager for the FC Gold Pride, which won the Women’s Professional Soccer league title, and as head coach of the MVLA Pride U14 and U15 teams, which he led to the ECNL National Championship game in 2013 and a 3rd place finish in the National League. He also served as Boys Varsity Head Coach at Henry M. Gunn H.S. in Palo Alto, CA.

Dave started his coaching career in New York City where he served nine years as a Staff Coach and Camp Director for Downtown United Soccer Club in Manhattan, and two seasons as the Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach at Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Dave is married to Jennifer who is a Chicagoland native and very excited about moving back home. Jen is an illustrator who works in children's books and has several titles published. Jen is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois-Champaign where she obtained her undergraduate degree, and her MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Dave and Jen are the proud parents of daughter Emily.


BOYS' 10U-19U DIRECTOR

Kevin Gowrie

On May 15, 2017 Team Chicago announced the hiring of Kevin Gowrie as its new 10U-19U Boys’ Director of Coaching effective July 31, 2017. Gowrie is original from Perth, Scotland, but has been coaching in the U.S. for the past seven years and the past two years he has been the Director of Coaching for Oregon Soccer Club in Wisconsin.

In that role he was overseeing both the competitive and the recreational programs as well as creating a club coaching philosophy and a player curriculum. Gowrie has also created the curriculum for the OSC Academy (9U-10U) and Pre-Academy (8U) which has been certified by the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association.

Gowrie played youth soccer for Athletico Blair, was selected for the Perth & Kinross Regional Teams at the Under-14, Under-16 and Under-18 age groups and represented Scotland at the Under-14 and Under-16 levels before starting his coaching career at St. Johnstone FC. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Distinction in Sport and Exercise Science/Sports Coaching Degree from the University of Edinburgh Napier and “C” coaching licenses from the Scottish Football Association and the U.S. Soccer Federation and will have completed his “B” license by early August, 2017.

At Team Chicago Gowrie will be the head coach for the 2004/05 Elite Boys, 2006 Elite Boys, 2007 Elite Boys, and the 2008 Elite Boys teams for the 2017-18 season while working to rejuvenate the entire Team Chicago Boys’ Program from the ground up. He will oversee the Boys’ High School aged teams where Steve Berry will continue as the coach for our oldest age groups.

Gowrie explains his passion for coaching and developing young players: “My work is my passion: When I first got involved in coaching at the age of 16 as a volunteer in the St. Johnstone Football Club community program it was not only a way of recycling information that I had learned from some great coaches growing up and giving something back to the next generation but also the start of a career. At that time I still had aspirations to make a career out of playing the game and had been selected to play for the U14 & U16 Regional teams and had also represented my country, Scotland, at U15 & U16. It wasn’t too long after that I realized my dream of playing at a professional level wasn’t going to happen and I would need to start thinking about a new career path.

16 Years later I could not be happier in the direction I chose. I cannot think of another job that would be so rewarding as working with young athletes. Teaching the game and seeing the results, not necessarily the wins and losses, but the technical execution of the skills, the decision making under pressure, the dedication and desire to improve and how everything comes together on the field after the hard work and preparation leading up to the performance is just an indescribable feeling of excitement and pride."

Team Chicago Technical Director – Phil Nielsen: “From the moment I met Kevin, watched him coach and talked to him about soccer and youth development, I knew I wanted him on my staff. His level of playing, coaching, and academic experience in soccer is outstanding, but even more than that Kevin is equally passionate about developing all his players and himself as a professional coach and director.

I am convinced that the Team Chicago Boys’ Program is being placed in the hands of a coach and director with the ideal combination of soccer knowledge, experience, vision, people skills, and work-ethic.

Education:

Bachelor of Science with Distinction in Sport and Exercise Science/Sports Coaching Degree (University of Edinburgh Napier)

SFA Level 1 Development Activities (Scottish Football Association)

SFA Level 2 Coaching Youth Footballers (Scottish Football Association)

SFA Level 3 Coaching In The Game (Scottish Football Association)

SFA Club Coach/C License (Scottish Football Association)

SFA Physical Preparation 12-18 Years (Scottish Football Association)

SFA Goalkeeping Level 1 (Scottish Football Association)

USSF E License (US Soccer Federation)

USSF D License (US Soccer Federation)

USSF C License (US Soccer Federation)

USSF B License (US Soccer Federation) 

National Youth License (US Youth Soccer)

NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma (National Soccer Coaches Association of America)

NSCAA Futsal Level 1 Diploma (National Soccer Coaches Association of America)

NSCAA Advanced Youth Coaching Diploma (National Soccer Coaches Association of America)

NSCAA Technical Development of the Competitive Player Diploma (National Soccer Coaches Association of America)

NSCAA Attacking Principles of Play Diploma (National Soccer Coaches Association of America)

Coerver Youth Diploma 1 (Coerver Coaching)

Coaching Experience:

2015 – 2017: Director of Coaching, Oregon Soccer Club, WI
2010 – 2015: Head Coach, Oregon Soccer Club, WI
2001 – 2009: Youth Coach, St. Johnstone FC, Perth, Scotland

Girls Director: U10-U19

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Chris “Brownie” Brown

Team Chicago is excited to announce that Chris “Brownie” Brown will expand his role with the organization and take on the Girls Director.

A native of Mesa, Arizona, Brownie played collegiately at Chandler (AZ) Gilbert Community College for two seasons before transferring to Division I Northern Illinois University. The center back contributed to an eight-game turnaround in his first season at NIU as the Huskies went 12-6-0 and finished second in the MAC, their highest conference finish since 1990. Brownie’s senior year in 2005 saw the Huskies go 11-6-2, a season that included a seven-match unbeaten streak.

Brownie remained at Northern Illinois following graduation to begin his collegiate coaching career. In 2007, he served as an assistant coach for the men’s program before moving to the women’s program and coaching the NIU goalkeepers for two seasons. Brownie also worked as an assistant coach and director of soccer camps at Oregon State University during the 2010-11 season.

In the summer of 2011, Brownie’s return to the Chicagoland area resulted in his taking a position as a goalkeepers’ coach with the women’s soccer program at Dominican University.

Brownie’s experience coaching soccer at the club level is equally extensive. He was was named the 2013 Illinois Youth Soccer Girls’ Competitive Coach of the Year. Prior to that he served as a Director of Coaching for Northern Illinois FC in DeKalb from 2008 to 2010.

The Olympic Development Program (ODP) has also benefited from Brownie’s coaching in recent years. In 2011, he was part of the ODP Region IV staff in Oregon. Since 2013, he has been a staff coach for Illinois Youth Soccer Olympic Development, coaching both boys and girls. He also serves as a* U.S. Soccer Federation coaching course instructor for the IYSA.*

Brownie’s coaching credentials are top-notch including a U.S. Soccer Federation National “A” License and NSCAA Regional and State Goalkeeping Diplomas. He holds a BA in psychology and an MA in sports management from Northern Illinois University in 2007 and 2011 respectively.

Brownie currently resides in Elgin, Illinois with his wife Caitlin and his son Brodie.

 


Brian Bierman - Director of Coaching U7-U09, Recreational Soccer Director

Brian played his youth soccer with both Pegasus and Green and White Soccer Club. Brian played his High School career at West Aurora where he was named All-Conference and was a 4 year varsity letterman. Brian with his love of the game continued on to Waubonsee Community College where he was an Assistant Coach for the 2000-2001 seasons.

Brian has a National D license and has been the Director of Coaching for U7 to U12 teams specializing in youth soccer development
You can contact Brian at [email protected]

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Matt Chura

Matt comes to us from a position as Director of Coaching for the Fort Wayne Fever Academy. He guided his ‘91 Girls to the U14 State Championship and the Regional semi-finals. He was also a State finalist with the ‘91 boys (U12) and ‘92 girls (U17). While at Fort Wayne Fever, Matt oversaw the Girls U15-18 program including the college-search advisory program. As the Head Coach he developed current U20 National Team and UCLA star Sarah Killion, and a number of ODP Regional Team players. Matt holds a USSF ’A’ License, and has over 25 years of coaching experience.

Matt played for four years at Rochester Institute of Technology and earned ALL-CONFERENCE honors as a senior. RIT was recognized as a Division III power during the early to late 1980’s and participated in the NCAA Final Four. Matt graduated from RIT with a BS in Applied Statistics (1988). He received his MBA from Indiana Wesleyan in 1999.
Matt is a 17-year veteran of Navistar where he currently holds the position of Purchasing Manager. He resides in Geneva with his wife Nancy. Their daughter Emily is a Division I soccer player at Indiana State University, and their son Gavin played Division I soccer at University of Evansville.

Matt spent seven years as the assistant coach for Shenendehowa High School boys program located in Clifton Park, NY. The team won 5 state titles and finished twice as the #1 ranked high school boys team in the nation as voted by USA Today. He had the opportunity to coach both Miles Joseph and Damian Silvera who both starred for the U.S at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and for the New York/New Jersey Metrostars in the MLS.

During the same time Matt was a club coach for Capital United Soccer club where he won two state titles, U17 Boys and U19 Girls, respectively. Many players went on to play soccer at the collegiate level from both groups.

Matt moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana in August 1995 and began coaching with the Fort Wayne Citadel. He had the opportunity to win three state titles, U17 Girls, U18 Girls, and U19 Girls. During the late 1990’s he was also a member of the Indiana State ODPcoaching staff. Matt was then Head Coach of the Canterbury High School Girls team from 2003 through 2008. His teams were ranked in the top-20 in the state for three years.

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John Rizzo

 Playing Experience - 30 years
- Rockford United Soccer Club
- Rockford Boylan Catholic High School
- Goal Keeper for Eastern IL University
- Goal Keeper for Semi-Pro Rockford Raptors
- Currently play in the Indoor National League at Odeum

Coaching Experience -16 years
- Assistant/Goalkeeper coach Rockford Boylan High School
- Assistant/Goalkeeper coach Lake Zurich High School
- Assistant/Goalkeeper coach Eastern IL University
- Assistant/Goalkeeper coach Northern IL University

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image Greg Frederick


Greg comes from Bolingbrook Raiders Soccer Club where he has been a very successful coach for the past four years. His coaching experience also includes stints at Naperville Central H.S., Illinois Math and Science Academy, and Marcus H.S. in Flower Mound, TX.

Greg played NCAA Division II soccer at McKendree University in Lebanon, IL just outside St. Louis where he earned a bachelor degree in Business Management. Outside of coaching soccer, Greg owns his own company – The Pickle Guy Inc. – which is headquartered in Lisle, IL.

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Magno Barreto

Grew up playing soccer in Bahia, Brasil. Magno is also the PlayUSA Skills Camp Director and the manager of the PlayUSA Indoor Soccer Facility.

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Joe Moreau

High School playing experience: Detroit Catholic Central High School, 1978-1981
College Playing experience: Central Michigan University, 1982-1985
College Coaching: Central Michigan University, 1986

High School Coaching;
 Assistant Coach, St. Charles High School, 1990-1994
Head Coach, St. Charles High School, 1995-2002
Assistant Coach, Neuqua Valley High School, 2003-2005
Head Coach, Neuqua Valley High School, 2006-present

Club Coaching: St. Charles Soccer ClubCampton United Soccer Club, Fox Valley Striker Soccer Club, America's Soccer Club, Team Chicago Soccer, Club Helena

Accomplishments: Most Valuable Player, Catholic Central HS, 1981
Most Valuable Forward, Central Michigan University, 1985 Assistant Coach of Illinois High School State Champions 1990, 1992, 1994 at St. Charles. Assistant Coach of Illinois High School 3rd place finishers 1993 at St. Charles. Head Coach of Illinois High School State Champions 1996, 97, 98, 99, 00 at St. Charles. Head Coach of Illinois High School 3rd place finishers 1995 at St. Charles. Assistant Coach of Illinois High School State Champions 2005 at Neuqua Valley. Assistant Coach of Illinois High School Quarter-Finalist 2003 at Neuqua Valley. Illinois and Mid-West Coach of the year, 1998
Personal: Born and raised in Michigan, married and have a daughter, Sophia.

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image MERIT STLOUKAL -  DIRECTOR OF GOALKEEPING


 

Merit will oversee all aspects of Team Chicago goalkeeping from U8 through U19 on both the boys’ and girls’ side.

Merit, who is joining us from Campton United, is one of the top goalkeeping coaches in Chicagoland. She has been coaching in the area since 1998 at local clubs including Strikers Fox Valley, TCSA, and Kaneland United. She also spent two years as the goalkeeper coach at Northern Illinois University. Currently, Merit is serving as an Assistant Coach for Julie Bergstrom at Waubonsie Valley High School and as member of the IYSA ODP Goalkeeping staff. Her successes include working with Northern Illinois University standout goalkeeper Lindsey Curnock, who broke NIU and MAC goalkeeping records under her tutelage, and St. Charles North All-State goalkeeper Erin Kane an All-American at UW-Milwaukee, who later played professionally with St. Louis Athletica with US National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo.

Stloukal (Elzey) is an Illinois All-State and Parade Magazine All-American from St. Charles High School in St. Charles, Illinois. She led the St. Charles powerhouse to two state championship titles and one third place finish. A four-year starter and scholarship goalkeeper at Indiana University, Merit earned All-Big Ten, Regional, and All- Big Ten Academics honors, and led the team as Big Ten Champions to IU’s first NCAA tournament. Merit was voted team MVP all four years and team captain. She was also the goalkeeper for the 1997 Chicago Cobras National Champion Runners-Up team and a member of the 2000 Chicago Cobra National Championship team. As a youth player, Merit was a member of Olympic Development Program Regional Team and the National Team pool with invitations to play internationally. After her collegiate career, Merit received offers to play in Denmark.

Merit holds the USSF National D License and NSCAA Level 1 and 2 Goalkeeping Diplomas. She resides in Sugar Grove with her husband – Byron – and three kids. Please, joins us in welcoming Merit to the Team Chicago family.

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Anny Bierman PT, DPT

Anne Marie Bierman received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, a Masters of Physical Therapy, and a clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy all through Saint Louis University (SLU) and is currently working toward a sports clinical specialist certification. 

Ms. Bierman is skilled in manual therapy for the spine and extremities. She is experienced in treating a wide variety of orthopedic conditions and sports diagnoses.  In addition to young athletes, Ms. Bierman especially enjoys treating patients with sacroiliac joint dysfunction.  Her treatment approach involves hands-on, functional, one-on-one training to patients.  She is certified in ASTYM, and she also incorporates newer technologies, including the Smart Step gait analysis program, Dartfish video analysis program, and the Nintendo Wii to enhance functional outcomes.

Ms. Bierman is an active member of both the Illinois and the American Physical Therapy Associations.  She holds a National D soccer coaching license and is very active in the western suburban soccer community. 

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