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Director of Coaching

Tom became the Director of Coaching for Northwind in 2019 after spending 4 years as a Technical Director and coaching multiple teams. Tom is part of the Illinois Olympic Development Program. 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 has numerous certifications from US Soccer, United Soccer Coaches and the English FA.


Assistant Director of Coaching

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 Assitant Director of Coaching at Northwind in 2021.


Administrative Assistant 

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 C coaching license from US Soccer.


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.


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.


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. 


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. 



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.