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Coaching Staff

Tim Balatsoukas

TIM BALATSOUKAS - DIRECTOR OF COACHING

License:  NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, Greek FA License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, USSF National Youth License; KIDSAFE Certified

Currently Coaching: Players/teams from Jr. Academy (3 years old) through High School boys and girls.

Experience:  Tim has coached both US Youth and European Youth Soccer for the past 20years.

Education:Tim graduated from Judson University with a double B.A. major degree in Business Marketing and Management.

Playing Experience: Tim arrived in the United States in 2004 having played professionally in Greece for five years from 1998-2003.  Tim was a four year starter for Judson University, four time NCCAA National Champions.  As a player he earned a number of honors including Top 3 Leading Points Scorer twice, was named to All-Regional and All-Area Teams, Team Captain and was named to the 2006 All-Illinois State Team.

Tim started CSA in June 2014. He has worked as a Technical Director and Director of Soccer Operations at various clubs in the area including Coerver Coaching.


BRENDEN BERRY

BRENDEN BERRY, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, STAFF COACH

License: NSCAA National Diploma, NSCAA Youth Club Administrator Diploma, USSF "E" License, Positive Coaching Alliance Certified, KIDSAFE Certified

Currently Coaching: Jr. Academy boys/girls (ages 3-10) and Youth Boys Teams (U8-U14)

Experience: Chairman, Director of Soccer Operations and Staff Coach- Glen Ellyn Park District/Glen Ellyn Lakers FC (2009-2014), Operations Manager and Staff Coach- San Jose Earthquakes Youth Club (2015-2016)

Education: Bachelor of Sports Management- Ohio University 

Playing Experience: Ohio University Men's Soccer Team


Martin Khoshaba

MARTIN KHOSHABA - DIRECTOR OF COACHING JR ACADEMY- U12 BOYS & GIRLS PREMIER

License: USSF "D" License; KIDSAFE Certified

Currently Coaching: Players/teams from Jr. Academy (3 years old) - U12 boys and girls.

Experience: Martin has 11 years of coaching experience in youth soccer around the Chicagoland area.

Education: Martin graduated from Judson University with a B.A. in Business Administration and a minor in Accounting.

Playing Experience: Martin was a key component during his 4 years as part of Judson's Mens Soccer Team. Martin earned 3 Conference Championships, 2 Regional Championships and 1 National Championship in his collegiate career. After college, Martin played with professional teams in Germany, Sweden and France.  Currently, Martin is playing on the first team for Green White SC in the Chicago Metro League.  He also plays with RWB Adria-Chicago in the National Soccer League.  With Adria, he has won the US National Men’s Amateur Soccer Championship, and Advanced to the third round of the US Lamar Open Cup this 2014 year alone. Lastly, Martin was also chosen to play for the Men’s Illinois State All-Star Team. 

Martin joined CSA in June of 2014.


TONY DUFFY- HIGH SCHOOL DIRECTOR

License:  USSF National A License, UEFA  A License, ASF A License, ,USSF National Youth License; KIDSAFE Certified

Currently Coaching: High School Boys and Girls 

Experience: Illinois Youth Soccer Coach of the Year, Tony has coached US, European and Australian Youths soccer for the past 25 years. He has attained the highest coaching accreditation from three different continents. Former Coaching Education Instructor for IYSA. Has coached National championship winning teams.

Education: University of Dundee, UK (MBA)

Playing Experience: Captain of Scotland National team (u18). Captain of Celtic Boys Club (5 National Championships). 

Former professional player Scotland/Australia (retired injured after 10 years) Hibernian/ Montrose /Brisbane.

Scottish Second Division Championship winner (captain)


DANIEL HERNANDEZ

DANIEL HERNANDEZ - TECHNICAL DIRECTOR OF COACHING

License: USSF National  “D” License; KIDSAFE Certified

Currently Coaching: Players/teams from U12 - High School boys and girls.

Experience: Daniel has coached extensively throughout Spain and Australia including two years at the Barcelona Summer Camps.  He has been the head coach for teams U8-U14 boys and girls at various clubs in the Chicagoland area for the last several years.

Education: Daniel holds a BA in Sports Education from the Autonomous University of Madrid and is a Royal Spanish Football Federation Certified Physical Trainer.

Playing Experience: Daniel is a former Spanish professional soccer player and Certified Physical Trainer.  He played forward for Real Madrid’s youth categories for ten years, during which time the team qualified for the National League in all categories.  During this time he had the opportunity to play in tournaments across Europe from age U8-U18. He played for Rayo Vallecano for one year and with Club Deportivo Guadalajara for seven years.

Daniel joined CSA in the Summer of 2015.


ORLANDO HADZIC

ORLANDO HADZIC - FULL TIME STAFF COACH

License: FIFA Pro License, UEFA B License, International A License; Degree of Youth Soccer Coach Comunidad Buenos Aires, PR, Argentina; AFA/ATFA International A Pro License; Comunidad Buenos Aires, PR Argentina; KIDSAFE Certified

Currently Coaching: Players/teams from U7- High School boys and girls.

Experience: He has been coaching soccer for the past 20 years in the Chicagoland area. He has an in-depth knowledge of youth, college and pro athletic programs regulations and sports psychology due to obtaining the world's highest coaching license possible in the FIFA Pro License.  

Education: Orlando graduated with a degree in Information Technology and currently works in that field.

Playing Experience: He played professionally from 1978 through 1985 for several premier clubs such as FC Velez, Red Star Belgrade (reserve team), FC Mostar. He started in 1971 as a member of  FC Velez-academy and went through all selection.

Orlando joined CSA in the Summer of 2015.


SARAH SROKA

SARAH KREMER - STAFF & JR ACADEMY COACH

License: USSF "D" License KIDSAFE Certified

Currently Coaching: players/teams age 3- High School girls

Experience: Sarah has been playing soccer since she was seven years old. She has over five years of experience coaching youth soccer summer camps at Northwestern University. She was also the head coach of the girls’ JV high school soccer team at Schurz High School in Chicago, IL for four years. She is a teacher and loves helping young athletes reach their potential.

Education: Sarah graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. degree in Secondary Education.

Playing Experience: Sarah grew up in Geneva, IL and played for Tri-Cities Soccer and Team Chicago but spent the majority of her time with the Eclipse Select Soccer club. She holds multiple State Championships, a Regional Championship, and a bid at winning a National state title. She was a captain of her team and played for the varsity soccer team her freshman year of high school at Geneva, where the team took third in the State Championships. Her career continued at the Division I level for Northwestern University. She started eight games at center back as a freshman and was awarded the Academic All-Big Ten honor all four years.
 
Sarah joined CSA in the summer of 2017.


RYAN DUFFY- JR ACADEMY AND STAFF COACH

License: USSF NATIONAL “D” License; KIDSAFE Certified. 

Currently Coaching: CSA Jr Academy and U8-U10 Boys Teams 

Coaching Experience: He has been involved in coaching youth player at the grassroots level for over 7 years

Education: BSC degree in Sport Development and Coaching(Hons) from Abertay University

Playing Experience: He represented the national team of Scotland between the ages of u16-u18.



SANON EUSTACHE- STAFF COACH

License: USSF NATIONAL “E” License; KIDSAFE Certified. 

Coaching Experience:  Sanon has coached for the Indiana Invaders for 2 years as the head coach of the U9 and U14 boys’ teams but has been involved in coaching for over 5 years in the Midwest.

Education: Judson University with B.A. in Business Administration, Management concentration. Hold an MBA with a double major in Finance and Leadership & Change Management from DePaul University.

Playing Experience: Played 3 years at Judson University. Was a part of Judson's fourth-straight CCAC and NAIA Region VII Championships. Helped Judson to their 5th straight CCAC Tournament Championship and NAIA National Tournament. Earned the best Sportsmanship and Character of the year award. Participated in 3 Conference Championships, 2 Regional Championships and 1 National Championship.

Joined CSA in the fall of 2021.


ALEXIS PELAFAS- JR ACADEMY AND STAFF COACH

License: USSF NATIONAL “D” License; KIDSAFE Certified. 

Currently coaching: Players/teams from junior academy (3 years old) boys & girls through high school. 

Coaching Experience: She has played soccer since she was 5 years old. She has over 5 years of coaching. Central Michigan College ID camps, Michigan Special Olympics, Red Stars Summer Camps, Project 10 Camps: “Helping youth players develop into professional players & guidance during recruiting process.

Education: Central Michigan University; 

Playing Experience: Lexi grew up in Wheaton, IL and played for Chicago Fire and the majority of her time at NSA (Naperville Soccer Association). She holds multiple State championships, regionals championships and a bid at winning a National Title. 

D1 ;Central Michigan University: 2019 ; Chicago Red Star Reserve; US youth soccer National Championship 2019 Frisco,Texas. Lansing United 2018 UWS ALL-Midwest Conference first team. 

2015 MAC All Freshman Team; Lead CMU in goals (5)

2016-2017 First Team ALL MAC Honors 

2016 Ranked No. 1 in the MAC in Goals (16) 

2017 Ranked No. 1 in the MAC in Goals (13)

2017 Pre Season Herman Trophy Watch List

*All Time-Leading Goal Scorer for CMU. 

2018: Lead CMU in Goals (9) and Assists (5)

2018: Programs All-Time leader in goals (42) and in points with 94. 

All Time-Leading Goal Scorer for CMU. 

Professional Womens Soccer for Hammarby Fotboll; Stockholm, Sweden.

 

Lexi joined  CSA in summer 2021.


JAVIER MARIN- DIRECTOR OF GOALKEEPING AND STAFF COACH

License:  UEFA Pro License, RFEF Goalkeeper License (Mentored by Lluis Llopis, Real Madrid FC), Unites Soccer Coaches, GK Level1, 360º Lab Scouting & video-analysis (Mentored by Daniel Pérez, Real Madrid FC), AFOPRO Director of Coaching.

Currently Coaching: Goalkeepers

Experience:  Javier has coached soccer for the last 10 years. He has coached  youth players in Spain at Colegio Afuera, Club Valderribas-Tajamar and semipro team FC Zarzaquemada (3rd Regional Division). He has coached in the USA at South Pointe High School winning the Girls Region with JV & Varsity for the first time in history. Additionally, Javier has coached for FC Barcelona-Barça Academy where he acted as a Head & GK coach. Javier also coached for Rush ESC where he won the State President’s Cup. Currently, he coaches at University of Wisconsin-Parkside, he is the Graduate Assistant for the Women’s team. He is also in charge of GK (Men & Women) and the Women’s Head Scout.

Education: Javier graduated from Complutense University (Spain) with a double B.A. major degree in Physical Education & Elementary teacher. He hold additional degrees of Early Childhood & ESL from UCJC (Spa.). Javier also holds two masters’ degree from Spain in: Bilingual Ed. (UFV) and School admin. (USJ). He is currently getting his M.S. in Sports Mgt. from UW-Parkisde (US) and working towards his doctorate in Exercise Science & Sports from Murcia Univ. (Spa.)

Playing Experience: Javier played youth categories in Spain for Alcotanes, CD Sta. María del Pilar, UDP Moratalaz, Estudiantes FC and as an adult played for FC Zarzaquemada


MARIA SELVAGGIO- STAFF COACH

License: USSF “E” License, NSCAA National Diploma, KIDSAFE Certified

Currently Coaching: Wheaton Academy Varsity Girls, CSA 2014 Girls

Experience: Kopion Football Club 2010-2013; Aurora Central Catholic High School Head Girls Varsity Coach 2010, 2011, Wheaton Academy Varsity Assistant Coach 2012-2019, Wheaton Academy Head Varsity Coach 2020-present. 2016 IHSA Class A State Champions, 2021 IHSA Class A 3rd Place

Education: B.A. Psychology, Minor Spanish from Wheaton College

Playing Experience :  Wheaton Academy 2002-2006; 2004 State Champion, All Conference MVP 2004, 2005, 2006, All Sectional 2004, 2005, 2006, All State Honorable Mention 2005, 2006, 2006 United States Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award, 2006 IHSA Academic Team

Wheaton College 2006-2010; 2006 and 2007 NCAA D3 National Champion, 2008 NCAA D3 National Runner-Up, 4 time CCIW 1st team All Conference Selection, 4 time Division 3 All Regional Selection


JAMES HEIDORN

JAMES HEIDORN - STAFF & JR ACADEMY COACH

License: USSF “E” License KIDSAFE Certified

Currently Coaching: Jr Academy and Youth Teams 

Coaching Experience: Marmion Academy Varsity Assistant (6 years), Rosary High School Head Coach (2 years)

Education: B.A. in K-12 Physical Education from Aurora University 

Playing Experience: Two year starter at Waubonsee Community College (Conference MVP and Regional Team)

Aurora University Men's Soccer Team 

Joined CSA in 2018


BROOKE BEAN

BROOKE BEAN- JR ACADEMY COACH

Experience: Brooke is a lifelong soccer player. Brooke has 15 years experience coaching youth soccer summer camps as well as recently coaching her own sons in recreational soccer in the Tri-Cities area. KIDSAFE Certified

Education: Brooke graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She continued her education at Northwestern Graduate School and has her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Playing Experience: Brooke grew up playing many sports, soccer always her favorite. She grew up in Wheaton, IL and played for the Wheaton Wings. She played 4 years of Varsity soccer (and basketball and cross-country) for Wheaton-Warrenville South HS before continuing her career at the Division I level for Northwestern University. Brooke holds several Top 5 Rankings in Northwestern’s program:

  • 1st -- Leading Scorer in a Single Season 1998 and 1999
  • 4th -- Most Goals in a Career (20)
  • 4th -- Most Points in a Career (51)
  • 5th -- Most Game Winning Goals in a Season (3 in 1998)

Brooke joined CSA in the Summer of 2015. She lives in Geneva with her husband, TJ, and their three boys.