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Jamie Boe   Phil Nielsen   Brian Bierman   Matt Chura   John Rizzo   Magno Barreto   Joe Moreau

Pete Lambert     Anny Bierman

Phil Nielsen - Technical Director

Phil Nielsen started his playing and coaching career in his native Denmark. A coach for more than 25 years, he has spent the past 14 years coaching college, semi-professional, and youth players in Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Brazil.

Currently he is serving as the Elite Academy Director for Team Chicago Soccer Club in Naperville, IL. In this capacity he is overseeing the development and implementation of an Elite Academy for the U-12 to U-18 age groups within Team Chicago.

Coach Nielsen is also deeply involved in Region II ODP. He is currently the Head Coach for the 1995 Girls' Regional Team, and has served as an Age Group or Head Coach for each of the past 6 years.

From 2000 until 2008 he was at the helm of Smith College Soccer, while simultaneously coaching within the Region II ODP program and the Massachusetts & Michigan state ODP programs. Prior to taking over at Smith College he was the Head Coach of nationally-ranked Kalamazoo College.

Coach Nielsen spent 4+ months in Brazil in the spring & summer of 2007. First with the 1989 & 1990 Region II ODP teams, then working with Team Chicago Brasil (a girls & women's soccer club) in Rio de Janeiro, and finally he completed a 3-week internship with Cruzeiro (one of Brazil's most famous clubs, which developed Ronaldo, Cris, and Fred from the current Brazilian National Team).

Coach Nielsen has obtained coaching licenses from U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF), National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), the Danish Football Association (DBU), and his UEFA Badge from the Scottish FA (SFA).

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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
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Dave Lovercheck: Director-Girls U10-U18 

Dave Lovercheck

Head Coach: Team Chicago Academy-1999 Elite

Head Coach: Team Chicago Academy-2004 Elite

Head Coach: Team Chicago-2005 Elite

Head Coach: Team Chicago-2006 Elite

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.

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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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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Pete Lambert

Rochester Jrs U14-18 1990-93.
Waubonsie Valley HS Boys Asst Varsity Coach 1994-2002.

Waubonsie Valley HS Girls Asst Varsity Coach 2002-present.  IHSA State Champions 2007, 08 & 10

Born and raised:  Rochester, NY
High School:  Aquinas Institute, NY
Ithaca College 1986-1990. BS Degree in Physical Education K-12.
Master Degree in Education at Saint Xavier University 2003.
Certification: Illinois Teaching certificate, New York State Teaching certificate, CPR certified.
Playing Career: 
Ithaca College team Captain 1988-89.
All-Conference, All-NY State & All-Region 1987-89.
NSCAA All-American 1989
Senior Bowl participate in St. Louis, MO 1990.
Ithaca College Athletic Hall of Fame 2002. 

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Ben Tatham

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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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