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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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Paul Bravo

Paul joined the coaching staff  in 2013 as a former Ela Soccer and Lake Zurich All Sectional Senior player.   In addition to coaching for the club Paul also coached for Lake Zurich High School.  Paul holds a USSF D license.
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Elizabeth Clark

Elizabeth   joins Ela  having grown up playing club, school and college soccer. She holds USSF Grassroots license and is pursuing her D License. 
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Tyler DeLorenzo

Assistant Director of Coaching
Tyler has grown up playing and coaching in the Columbus, OH area.  Coaching club soccer since in 2012 he has served in multiple roles including Staff Coach, Assistant Director of Coaching, and Director of Coaching.  In addition to club experience Tyler was Varsity Boys Head Coach for a Division 1 Ohio high school  and also served as coach to the Olympic Development Program in Ohio South.  Tyler holds a USSF Youth Module II and USSF C license.
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Brandon Edgar

Brandon has grown up playing club soccer and is currently head coach at Westminster Christian school.  He holds a BA in Christian and Youth ministry. Brandon holds A USSF D License. 

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Adam Hughes

Adam has coached in the Chicagoland area since 2002 at the collegiate, school, and club level. He is currently the Cathage College Assistant Coach where he also played as 4 year Varsity starter and served as captain for two years. Adam holds a USSF E license.
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Leo Kulinczenko

Leo has been coaching in the Chicagoland area since 1994. He has served as Varsity coach for St Viator High School and has coached at the collegiate level for North Central College. Leo holds two MRL Regional Champ titles and two US Club Regional Champ & Finalist titles.  He played professionally in both the American and National Soccer Leagues. Leo holds a USSF C license.
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Macklin Larsen

Macklin joins Ela  having grown up playing club, school and college soccer.  He was a four year varsity player at high school  & was awarded All American Academic Athlete at college .  Prior to joining Ela he has coached school and club teams. Macklin holds a USSF Grassroots license and is pursuing his D 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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Ameer Noureldin

Ameer has coached in the Chicago area since 2010. He played semi-professionally in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. Ameer received the FCBarcelona Escola Coaching Certification and holds a USSF D License
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Bridget Frei

Staff Coach & Programs Assistant
Bridget is an ELA alumna and played for the club from ages 8-18. She started coaching for the club in 2011 and has held coaching positions at Carmel High School.  Bridget was a four year varsity player at Carmel High School and a four year starter at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Ind. where she was a team captain and named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. Bridget won the Leadership Award in 2010. 
 Read St Mary's article Bridget holds a  National Youth License and a USSF D License.
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Carlos Sanchez

Carlos joined Ela Soccer Club in 2015 with 20+ years of coaching experience. Carlos started playing in Argentina as a youth player and has played in various amateur leagues. His coaching experience includes Assistant Girls Varsity High School coach and many years at the club level, leading his teams to State finals. He participated in US Soccer's Inaugural National Fitness Level 1 License course and holds a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and US Soccer National B License.
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Gin Sharma

Senior Staff Coach
Gin has over 20 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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Alen Soso

Alen comes to Ela Soccer with over 20 years coaching experience.  He signed his first professional contract at age 19 and has played professionally overseas and in the US.   In 2016 Alen was inducted into the Illinois Soccer Association Hall of Fame.   Alen holds a USSF B License. 
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Kevin Spry

As a former Ela player, Kevin joined the coaching staff in 2011. Kevin played collegiately as Goalkeeper for the University of Wisconsin Whitewater.
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Andy Stoka

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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Nikolay Trifonov

Nikolay has been coaching soccer since 2003 in Bulgaria and locally. His playing experience includes the Levski Sofia and the Bulgarian National Indoor team.  Nikolay is a graduate of the National Sports Academy in Soccer Coaching in Bulgaria and holds a USSF National D License.  

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