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2017-2018 Staff and Coaches


Director of Coaching

Robert played soccer at the University of Michigan. His soccer experience also includes winning the USYSA National Championship as a youth player as well as being a member of the Region II ODP team. His previous coaching experience includes Brighton High School, Sports Made Personal, Pegasus Soccer Club, DePaul University, Chicago Lakefront Soccer Club, and Chicago City Soccer Club. Robert holds a M.A. from DePaul University in Education with a concentration in Sports Programs and a B.A. from the University of Michigan in Sports Management and Communications. 


U8-U9 Technical Director 
U9B Premier 1, U9B Premier 2

Tom is the former Academy Director at Muscatine Soccer Club in Iowa. Prior to serving as Academy Director, Tom coached for Bury FC and was an Academy Coach Trainer at Challenger Sports. He earned his both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Sport & Exercise Psychology. Additionally, he is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. 


U10-U12 Technical Director
U11G Premier, U12G Premier, U12B Premier

Doug played for numerous teams in the Chicagoland area and abroad in Brazil for Clube de Canoas. He has 15 years of coaching experience including Joliet Catholic Academy, Plainfield Freedom Soccer Club, OPRF Strikers, and United Soccer Academy. Along with his coaching experience, he has also served as a Director of Coaching and as a Junior Academy Director throughout his coaching career. 


U13-U19 Technical Director
U13G Premier, U14G MRL, 02/03G Elite, 00B Elite

H has played soccer for over 20 years in South Africa and here in the United States. He played in a semi-pro academy in South Africa as a youth player prior to moving to New York where he signed with the Manhattan Celtic semi-pro team. His coaching experience includes coaching for the New York Red Bulls youth system and the Manhattan Celtic semi-pro team.


U13G Select, U13B Select  

Ameer played collegiate soccer at Oakton Community College where he won a NCJAA State Championship. Prior to his college career, he played high school soccer at Senn High School and club soccer for FC Drive. 


03/04B Select 

Luigi is a certified personal trainer and former collegiate soccer player. His diverse background includes six years of personal training, exposure to physical therapy as a rehab assistant, and a head soccer coach at the high school and club level. Luigi is an certified Illinois Youth Soccer Coach and was the head coach for the Wilmette Wings and Notre Dame High School teams. 


U8G Premier, U10G Premier, U11B Premier, U12G Select

Johnny has 10 years of experience coaching youth soccer. Prior to joining Northwind he was a co-founder of Finchley Revolution FC and was also the Director of Coaching for the club. Also, served as the Director of Coaching for Soccer Revolution FC where he oversaw soccer camps and after school activities for the club.


02 Boys Premier, 03 Boys Premier

Jeff played collegiate soccer at North Park University. His soccer experience also includes being a member of two Michigan State Cup Champion teams. His coaching experience includes being an assistant coach at Von Steuben High School and he is currently the head varsity coach at Taft High School.


U9B Select, U10B Select, U10G Select, U11B Select

Prior to joining Northwind, Juan coached at the Bangkok Soccer Schools, where he worked with players ages 6 through 16 under the leadership of Ray Hall, former Everton Academy FC Academy Director. Additionally, Juan has gained experience coaching for the Elgin Pumas Soccer Club. 


U9G Select, U9G Premier, U11G Select, 03G Premier, 03/04G Select

Rachel comes to Northwind from Washington, where she was most recently a head coach with Whatcom FC Rangers. Additionally, she served as the Assistant Director of the Hammers FC Academy as well as a staff trainer with the same club. Rachel also has experience as a futsal coach and has a background in sports psychology. 


U8B Select, U8B Premier, U10B Premier, U12B Select

Nathaniel began coaching nine years ago for the Stockport Vikings in England. He moved to the United States and worked for UK International and, most recently, coached for the Wizards Football Club in Hinsdale, IL for three years. 


U13B Premer, U14B Premier, 01B Premier

In addition to his role with Northwind, Aidan serves as an assistant coach for the men's  team at DePaul University. Additionally, Aidan spends his summers coaching Livonia City F.C., which is an elite amateur sports club consisting of college and former college players.