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Coaching Staff

Ela Soccer Club Competitive program is committed to developing each player to his or her fullest potential. To support this goal, Ela provides professional training to all age levels. 

The coaches are committed to providing a quality environment that allows for player development. Part of that development does involve getting a player exposed to different training approaches and styles. Therefore, Ela does not support a “one coach for life” philosophy.

Jose Fleita

Director of Coaching
Jose Fleita began his coaching career after playing professionally in the U.S. and Argentina. He joined Ela Soccer in 2000. Jose is a member of the IYSA Olympic Development Program (ODP) coaching staff. Jose holds a  USSF National Youth License and a USSF C License

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Gin Sharma

Technical Director
Gin has over 25 years of professional coaching experience in both the U.S. and England. He has played semi-professionally in England and holds an English F.A. Coaching License, a USSF National Youth License and a USSF  C License. 
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Ryan Duffy

Staff Coach
Ryan played for the Scotland Youth National Team from Under 15 to Under 21 and professionally in Scotland. He began Coaching in 2019 and has coached numerous teams and served previously as Academy Director. He holds a US Soccer National D License.
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Brandon Edgar

Full Time Staff Coach
As a former player and school coach Brandon joined Ela Soccer coaching staff in 2018.  He holds a BA in Christian and Youth ministry. Brandon holds a USSF National C License. 

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Rob Etheridge

Rob has over 25 years of professional coaching experience in both the U.S. and England. He has played semi-professionally in England and holds an English F.A. Coaching License, a UEFA License and a USSF  D License.  Rob is currently the Varsity Head Coach for Carmel Catholic School.
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Jani Galik

Full Time Staff Coach
Born in the Czech Republic, Jan moved to the US at the age of 14 and played for various club teams in Florida. He attended the prestigious IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton, FL for three years. After high school, Jan signed a professional contract with New England Revolution and made a few appearances before an injury sidelined him for the season. He played with a couple semi-professional teams while starting his coaching career which brought him to Chicago to coach for the Chicago Fire Juniors program. He holds a US Soccer National D License. 
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Peter Leah

Peter grew up in the area playing for local soccer clubs and due to his leadership was named team captain his senior year at Fremd High School. He went on to play club/intramural soccer at Iowa State University. Peter has all the US Soccer Grass Roots licenses and is currently pursuing his US Soccer National D License.
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Eric Love

Staff Coach
Eric played youth soccer locally and then went on to be two time team captain while playing collegiate soccer at Augustana College. Eric has over 10 years coaching experience and has also served in the past as Programs Director and Assistant Director of Coaching. He holds a US Soccer C License and the US Soccer National Youth License.
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Luke Mangognia

Luke has been coaching in the Chicago area since 2012 at the school and club level. He played at University of Wisconsin Whitewater and served as team captain during his junior and senior years. Luke holds a  USSF  D License.
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Kyle Swanson

Full Time Staff Coach
Kyle comes to Ela Soccer after coaching for four years with the UK Professional Club, Swansea City AFC. While coaching in the UK, Kyle coached the club's youth academy teams along with coaching their higher level elite teams and trained the clubs goalkeepers. Kyle holds a UEFA B Coaching License and UEFA B Goalkeeping License. Kyle is an Illinois native growing up in the area and excelling as a goalkeeper at Stevenson High School.

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Andy Stoka

Staff Coach
Andy has coached for Ela since 2013.  He was a three year varsity player at Hoffman Estates and a 4 year club player at Eastern Illinois University.  Prior to joining Ela he coached for Palatine High School. Andy holds a USSF D License.

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Taso Triantafillidis

Staff Coach
Taso grew up playing youth soccer locally and has over 20 years of experience coaching youth soccer in the Chicago area.   He holds a US Soccer D License along with the NSCAA National Diploma and the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
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Craig Zahour

Full Time Staff Coach
As a former Ela Soccer player, Craig joins the club as a full time staff coach.  Craig played for the U19 Chicago Fire Academy and collegiately at Ohio State University.  Craig currently holds a USSF Grass Roots Coaching license

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