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Director of Coaching

Tom became the Director of Coaching for Northwind in 2019 after spending two years coaching in the Northwind High School Program, and coaching younger teams. Prior to joining Northwind, Tom was the Academy Director at Muscatine Soccer Club in Iowa. He also coached for Bury FC and was an Academy Coach Trainer at Challenger Sports. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Sport & Exercise Psychology from the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist. 


Director of Youth Programming

Johnny was born and raised in London, England. In 2005, he co-founded Finchley Revolution FC and was the Director of Coaching. He also served as the Director of Coaching for Soccer Revolution FC where he oversaw soccer camps and after school activities for the club. He came to the United States in 2010 to coach soccer, and he has not looked back. At Northwind, Johnny has coached many different teams from ages U08 to U15. Johnny enjoys helping players build a solid understanding of the game, and also teaching them the skills to become more technical and creative players. Johnny was promoted to Director of Youth Programming at Northwind in 2019.


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.


Ahmad is originally from Sierra Leone and grew up in Minnesota, where he played soccer for both club and high school teams. He played Division 1 soccer at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay and then went on to play professionally for the Minnesota Twinstars, the Tampa Marauders, and the Grand Rapids FC. Ahmad coached at the high school level for six years in Minnesota and Michigan, before joining the Northwind training staff in the fall of 2019.


Jessy (or Coach J) was born in Texas but lived in Indiana most of his life. He moved to Chicago 7 years ago to attend DePaul University and decided to stay after falling in love with the city. He has been coaching for about 10 years, working with a variety of clubs and camps, such as: Chicago City Soccer Club, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona Academy (Chicago). 


Yurii played youth soccer in the Ukraine, and in 2008 joined the academy of the professional club FC "Nyva" Ternopil. After finishing the academy, Yurii played for ITNP University soccer team, also in Ukraine. 

Yurii’s coaching journey began in United states, where he volunteered as an assistant high school coach in Maryland. Yurii moved to Illinois and worked for Elmhurst FC, and also trained teams in the AYSO program in Evanston, Winnetka and Glenview, before joining Northwind in the Summer of 2019.


Becca played collegiate soccer at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where she was voted to the UMAC all conference team. She moved to Chicago in 2013 and has been coaching soccer in the city for the last 6 years. She has worked with Super Soccer Stars, AYSO Skokie and Chicago City. Becca holds her D coaching license from US Soccer.


Ross LaBauex grew up on the south side of Chicago and attended Mount Carmel High School. Ross played youth soccer with the Chicago Magic Soccer Club and went on to play at the University of Virginia, winning the ACC championship as well as the NCAA National Championship titles in his senior year. Leaving UVA, he was drafted 23rd overall, to the Colorado Rapids.

He played in MLS for three years, and one year in the lower leagues in Rochester, New York. In 2017, Ross accepted his first coaching position at the University of Chicago Lab School where he coached the JV boys and the JV girls soccer teams.

Ross is also the Girl's Varsity Head Coach at Whitney Young High School.


Ian is originally from England and has 15 years of experience coaching soccer. He started playing when he was five years old, and he eventually earned a starting spot for Sheffield Hallam University, and also played for Durham City. Ian coached in Atlanta and Dallas before moving to Chicago, where he coached for Aurora Kickers and Lyons Township Soccer Club before joining Northwind in 2019.

Coaching allows Ian to integrate his passion and enjoyment for the game and pass it along to players. He tries to instill an attacking philosophy on players and teams and allow individuals to be creative and expressive when they play.


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. 


Fausto Lopez has been involved with youth development soccer for thirty years. He began coaching in AYSO and advanced to coach club and high school soccer teams in Chicago. Coach Fausto is passionate about soccer and applies his experience to educate players and meet their developmental needs. 


Jeff has been involved with soccer as a player, coach, or referee for 25 year, winning state championships with both Michigan Wolves and Vardar before playing at North Park University from 2007-2009. He holds a USSF C License, United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Diploma, and United Soccer Coaches Level 2 Goalkeeper Diploma. In 2018 Jeff was selected as a member of the United Soccer Coaches 30 Under 30 coaching program.

He has been the Varsity Boys Soccer Coach at Taft High School since 2015 and was on the girls coaching staff at Von Steuben HS from 2015-2019. He has coached at both Northwind SC and FC United in addition to work with Switching the Field and Fred’s Camp.

Jeff wants his players to play attacking soccer, and to have fun during games and at practice. 


Tristin is a recent graduate from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science and a minor in Coaching Education, and has recently completed his C License from US Soccer. His playing career ended in high school but he has been coaching youth teams for the past four years, and had the opportunity to work with both the UNC Mens and Women's Soccer programs. 


Nathaniel was born in Ireland and grew up in Manchester, England, and played soccer at various levels his entire life. He began coaching ten years ago for the Stockport Vikings in England. He moved to the United States and worked for UK International and coached the Wizards Football Club in Hinsdale, Illinois, before coming to Northwind in 2017. Coach Nathaniel also plays an unbelievable guitar! 


Rocco has been involved in the soccer coaching community for several years. He was an academy soccer player and has coached in several organizations. Rocco has served on the Board of AYSO Region 418 - Chicago Lakefront, and has coached for the IYSA-USA Soccer Foundation - Soccer for Success Program, Chicago Futsal Academy, CoachFinder.Soccer overseeing AYSO EXTRA Program training, and UK International. Rocco was also the recipient of the 2018 Positive Coaching Alliance “Double Goal Coaching” Chicago Chapter Award and a National Finalist.  


Grey grew up playing soccer in the AYSO Region 418 youth programs, and was on the inaugural Northwind team in 2005. He attended Lincoln Park High School, making the All-City, All-Regional, and All-Academic teams in 2008. After graduating from Drexel University  in Philadelphia, where he played club soccer, he returned to his hometown of Chicago and has been coaching with Northwind since 2015. 



Zamo started playing soccer (football) at the age of seven and attended two of the most prestigious soccer academies in his home country of Cameroon: Yong Sports Academy and Kadji Sports Academy. He played for Santos FC and Mikeng Sport before moving to France where he continued his soccer career, while starting to coach on the side. Zamo came to Chicago on an athletic scholarship to play for Harry Truman College, winning the NCJAA State Championship. Zamo has also coached for Ipro Skills Academy, the British International School Chicago, Chicago Blues FC, and Barça Academy.

Zamo loves to coach and draws from his experiences as a player, as well as from the teachings of the great mentors he has worked with. He strives to pass onto his players a love of the game, and to teach them the skills and creativity required play at the highest level.


Ryan has been coaching for over fifteen years, most of which has been around the Chicago area. His previous organizations include Adidas Scotland, Chicago Fire, Team Evanston & Glenbrook North. Ryan was also the recipient of the Illinois State Soccer Presidential Award.