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Chicago KICS United FC Coaches


Professional Coaching Staff


KICS are extremely proud to provide our players with the most dedicated, knowledgeable and professional coaching staff in Chicago. On-going training and development is paramount to continually improving our service to our players and families.

All of our staff members hold United States Soccer Federation "USSF" coaching licenses and in addition, many hold European professional licenses.

Matt Miller KICS Academy Director

Matt Miller

Academy Director

Coaching Since: 

2005

 

Coaching Experience:

2019-Present Saint Ignatius College Prep - Boys Varsity Head Coach

2014-Present KICS Academy Director

2016-2018 U12 Boys Elite

2015-2016 U10 Boys Blue, U12 Boys Blue

2014-2015 U9 Boys Blue, U11 Boys Blue

2014-2015 Northwind Soccer Club: Coaching Staff Provider

2013-2014 AYSO 1516 Camp Director / Provider

2013-2014 AYSO 751 Camp Director / Provider

2013-2014 AYSO 418 Camp Director / Provider

2012-2014 Near South Soccer League: Coaching Staff Provider

2010-2011 ESPN Sports Broadcaster - Internship

2008-2010 Ipswich Town FC (Professional Soccer Club), England – Program Organizer/Coach

2008 Global Premier Soccer, Boston, Program Director/Head Coach

2005-2010 UK International Soccer, USA – Program Director/Head Coach

 

Coaching Licenses: 

Football Association Level 3 (UEFA B) License (England)
Football Association Level 2 License (England)
Football Association Level 1 License (England)
IYSA-USSF Certified (USA)
Speed, Agility Quickness (SAQ) Certified
FA Treatment and Management of Injuries
FA Child Protection Certified
Football Association First Aid Certified
Nutritional Advisor Certified

Playing Experience: 

2010 Chicago Riot, MISL

2009  LA Galaxy, MLS (Tryout)

 2005-2010 Loughborough University, England 

 2002-04 Cambridge United Football Club, England Division II

 1999-2002 Suffolk Schools Representatives, England  

 

Education

B.S: Sports Science, Loughborough University, England

M.S: Sports Broadcast Journalism, Staffordshire University, England

 

Birthplace

Ipswich, England


Ben Galvez KDP Director

Ben Galvez

Technical Director

 

I can’t remember a time in my life where soccer was not a presence.  The sport has always been a constant passion of mine and, when I discovered my passion for teaching, coaching became the obvious choice.  My exposure to varying styles of play has been extensive by consequence of my time spent in a wide range of leagues.  From Mexican and Ecuadorian leagues in my youth, predominantly Polish leagues with past club the “Polish National Alliance”, and finally my time with the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, I’ve learned to read & appreciate the game in a surplus of ways.  To teach is to learn again, & I have the opportunity to share my knowledge whilst simultaneously gaining insight.  I’ve been blessed to have discovered my passion(s) so early on (or at all) & I’m eager to help young players discover & build upon their own!


Josh Pichardo KICS Head Coach

Josh Pichardo

HS Girls Director

Coaching Since: 

2006

 

Coaching Experience:

2017-2018: Chicago Kics Fc U9B Elite, U10B Elite, 13B Elite, 14B Premier/Elite 

2014-2016 Chicago Kics Fc U9B Blue, U12B Blue, U11B Red, U14B Blue/Red 

2010-2014 Mount Carmel High School Varsity Soccer

2010-2014 Chicago Park Districts City Wide Soccer

2008-2010 Lil Kickers

2006-2008 Brother Rice Technical Soccer Camp

 

Coaching Licenses: 

USSF National D License

 

Playing Experience: 

ODP Select Player

Chicago Magic 3x National Champion

Chicago Fire PDL

Brother Rice All-State/All-Catholic Team

South Suburban NJCAA Region IV Champion

 

Education

Brother Rice High School/UIC

 

Birthplace

Chicago 


Amine Airaki KICS Head Coach

Amine Airaki

8-10U Director of Coaching

Coaching Since:

2009

 

Coaching Experience:

2016-Present: Head coach Chicago KICS

2016-2017 Head coach Pope John XXIII School junior high soccer 

2015-2016 St. Ignatius High School Varsity Soccer, Pope John XXIII school junior high soccer 

2009-2010 Head Coach Sporting De Hortaleza - Madrid, Spain

 

Coaching Licenses:

USSF National C License

 

Playing Experience:

Chabab Rif Al Hoceima, Morocco

La Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Berber Stars, Torino

 

Education

La Complutense de Madrid

 

Birthplace

Al Hoceima, Morocco

 

I started playing when I was 4 or 5 years old, and haven't stopped since then. I have lived in 4 cities and played soccer in each of them- Al Hoceima, Rabat, Madrid, and Chicago. Most of my early soccer was played anywhere I could find friends and a ball. At 10, I joined Chebab Rif, which was my city's 1st Division team. I later played for Raja Casablanca and my University- La Complutense de Madrid. Now I play both indoor and outdoor in some of Chicago's top leagues.

I began coaching in Madrid, Spain for a U7 boys team. I have coached and played for my own team, Berber Stars, for the last 4 years in the National League of Chicago. Last Fall, I got back into coaching Youth at my school. The 2016 Spring season I was the Assistant Coach for the Varsity Girls Team at St. Ignatius.

I speak 5 languages- Berber, Arabic, French, English and Spanish.


KICS Coach Shelby Kindl

Shelby Kindl

KDP Juniors Director

 

Coaching Since: 
2011

 

Coaching Experience: 

2017-2018 U10G Blue Head Coach, U12/13G Blue Assistant Coach, KDP Coach, CGSL Manager/Coach, Soccer for Success

2016-2017  U9G Blue Head Coach, U11G Blue Head Coach, Assistant Varsity Coach at St. Ignatius
2015-2016 U10G Blue Head Coach, KDP
2014-2015 U9G Blue Head Coach, KDP

2013-2014 Stanley Clark World Cup Camp, AYSO Referee/Coach, U8G Blue Assistant Coach, U9G Blue Assistant Coach, U11G Blue Assistant Coach, KDP Coach

2012-2013 MSA U6G Head Coach

2011-2012 MSA U4/U5 Head Coach

 

Coaching Licenses: 

USSF National C License


 

 

Playing Experience:

Trine University - 2013

James Whitcomb Riley High School- 2009-2012

Indiana Invaders Club- 2009-2013

Indiana ODP State pool - 2008

Jr. Irish Club- 2008

MSA 2004-2008

 

Education

Currently taking classes at UIC

 

Birthplace

Iowa City, Iowa

 

I can not begin to explain how much soccer has influenced my life, it taught me how to work with others, leadership skills, communication skills, and how to push myself. I have meet so many people, made life long friendships, all thanks to soccer. I coach because I want kids to love soccer as much as I do. I want to pass down all the knowledge I gained from playing soccer, and be a role model for every kid I get the opportunity to coach.


Chris Taylor KICS Head Coach

Chris Taylor

Head Coach

 

Coaching Since: 
2014

 

Coaching Experience: 

2017 U13B Classic Head Coach, KDP Coach, Soccer for Success Coach, Community League Referee Coordinator

2016 KDP Coach, Soccer for Success Coach, KICS Community League Coach
2015 KDP Coach, GEMS Head Coach, KICS Community League Coach
2014 KDP Coach, KICS Community League Coach

 

Coaching Licenses: 

USSF National D License


 

 

Playing Experience:

Parkland Community College, 2004

Champaign Centennial High School, 1998-2002

Little Illini Soccer Club, 1997-2003

 

Education

Oral Roberts University, Accounting

 

Birthplace

Champaign, IL

 

Growing up I did not have much exposure to soccer and experienced coaches during key development phases.  Looking back, if I had a little more guidance and was more dedicated I could have been a much better player.  Now that my time has passed, I am passionate about motivating and guiding youth to better themselves.


Brandon Silvera Goalkeeping Coach

Brandon Silvera

Director of Goalkeeping / Head Coach

Coaching Licenses:

USSF National D license 

NSCAA LEVEL 2 & 3 GK

Playing Experience:

Morton College - Regional Champion
2nd team NJCAA All-American
Waterhouse FC - Jamaica

 

Education

Bachelors in Physical Education- GC Foster College , Jamaica

 

I was born to play soccer! My first gift from my dad was a soccer ball tucked in my crib. Soccer runs through my family. I've always loved coaching and helping kids get better -not only on the soccer field - but off the field too.

After my horrific ankle injury in 2016, I decided to focus my talents on developing the next generation of soccer players.

I look forward to using my experience, knowledge and personality to make Chicago KICS the ideal place in the city for kids to learn and experience the fun, challenges and sense of accomplishment that comes with the great game of soccer!


Chuck Bransford

Head Coach

Coach Bransford has over 10 years of youth and high school coaching experience. Included in this are over a dozen players that went on to play Division 1 soccer that he had coached for more than 2+ years at the U13-U17 levels. 

 

Currently, he holds an NSCAA National Coaching Diploma and a USSF "D" coaching license. His soccer philosophy is very simple, encouraging players to excel at the fundamentals at the younger ages. He believes in a process of repetition, and trying to replicate "game speed" should be the end goal of any training session. 

 

He played collegiate soccer at Oakton Community College and Eastern Illinois University. His Oakton Community College team was ranked in the top 5 nationally while he was there. He also was an Illinois High School Track and Field State Qualifier in 2003 for the 4x800m and has a personal record of running a 50.0 quarter mile. 

 

While just moving into the River North area of Chicago, he still enjoys playing soccer 1-2 times a week. He also likes to view/collect artwork and is an avid painter. He is a huge baseball fan and goes to 10+ cubs games a year. Some things not a lot of people know about him is that he majored in history in college and secretly would like to be an interior designer or chef/restaurant owner in another life. 


Peter Hanula Head Coach

Peter Hanula

Head Coach


Fouad Airaki

Head Coach

Fouad joined KICS in the summer of 2017 at the KICS International Showcase. Fouad coaches and plays in the National Soccer League.

He co-founded the Berber Stars and won the coveted Major Division in the 2017-18 season. Fouad is a USSF certified coach and outside of soccer is a Bilingual Accountant by trade.


Josh St. Pierre

Head Coach

BIO COMING SOON


Esme Torres

Director of Marketing & Assistant Coach

 

Coaching Experience

AC SAMOA, Eureka California Girls U10-16 Assistant Coach 2016-2018

 

Humboldt Soccer Academy, Arcata, California 2016-2018

U10 Head Boys Coach U14 Boys Assistant Coach

 

Trinity High School, River Forest, Illinois

JV Head Coach 2017-2018

Assistant Varsity Coach 2017- June 2019

 

Chicago KICS, Chicago Illinois May 2019 - Present

Technical Staff Coach / Assistant Coach

 

Playing Experience:

Concordia University Chicago 2017- Present (Current College Athlete) St. Bernard’s Academy Eureka, California 2015-2017

AC SAMOA 2015-2017

 

Coaching Licenses:

USSF Certified

 

Education:

BA Business Administration

Double Minor sports management and sport in fitness - Concordia University Chicago (Graduation May 2021)

 

Birth Place

Eureka California

 

Summary:

My past work experience and educational success has shaped me into the dedicated soccer coach and player that I am. It is my desire to share my knowledge, dedication, and enthusiasm for the love of the game with any team that I coach; whether it is now, or in the future. Creating schedules, training sessions, drills, games, and cultivating a healthy team atmosphere is where I excel. I am a huge advocate of improving player development, while ensuring a safe and supportive environment. I believe that encourages socialization and team cohesion. I feel that my job as a coach, is to empower these kids to succeed whether it be in the classroom, the soccer field, I have a passion for helping others and my goal at the end of the day is to challenge my soccer players to become the best version of themselves on and off the field.



Ryan Kearns

High School / College Advisor

Ryan joined KICS in the 2015 in a High School/College advisory role for the organization with our High School aged players. Ryan is the Assistant Men's Coach at Saint Ignatius College Prep alongside Chicago KICS Academy Director Matt Miller.


Neil Curran

KICS Fitness, SAQ & Injury Prevention Instructor

  • Head Soccer Coach of Francis W. Parker High School
  • Crossfit CE Principal
  • Qualified Personal Trainer & Collegiate Soccer Player
  • Personal Training Certifications: 
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

Maria Macnab

KICS Yoga Instructor

Maria Macnab is a certified Yoga teacher, receiving her 200 hour certification training from Tejas Yoga Studio in 2012.  After completing this training she went on to complete her 95 hour Children’s Yoga Specialty Certification in 2013 through Global Family Yoga.  She holds her Master’s Degree and teaching certification in Early Childhood Education from Erikson Institute. 

Maria is the Director of Early Childhood Programs at South Loop School Elementary and began incorporating children’s yoga into the kindergarten program.  Yoga isn’t just about the physical strength and flexibility that comes from the practice but the overall improvement of a child’s mental and emotional health.  For her, Yoga allows children to learn body awareness, self-regulation, and reduce stress. Combining her knowledge of child development and the practice of yoga her classes are engaging, playful, and safe.   


Antonio Godinez

High School Advisor

  • Mount Carmel High School Varsity Coach

Moussa Abdelhak

Head Coach

Birthplace: 

  • Algiers, Algeria 

Education:

  • BS Sports Science and Mathematics (Loughborough University, UK)
  • MS Exercise Physiology (Loughborough University, UK)
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (King's College London, UK)
     

Coaching qualifications:

  • Speed, Agility, Quickness (SAQ) Certified  
  • UEFA B
  • Pre-Hospital Immediate Care in Sport Level 2 

Playing experience:

  • FC Saint Cloud (France)
  • Yarmouk FC (Kuwait)
  • King's College London (UK)
  • Loughborough University (UK)

Coaching experience:

  • British School of Soccer (Kuwait)
  • Loughborough University FC
  • Nottingham Forest FC (Sports Science) 
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