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.
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
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
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
B.S: Sports Science, Loughborough University, England
M.S: Sports Broadcast Journalism, Staffordshire University, England
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
USSF National D License
ODP Select Player
Chicago Magic 3x National Champion
Chicago Fire PDL
Brother Rice All-State/All-Catholic Team
South Suburban NJCAA Region IV Champion
Brother Rice High School/UIC
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
USSF National C License
Chabab Rif Al Hoceima, Morocco
La Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Berber Stars, Torino
La Complutense de Madrid
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.
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.
2017-2018 St Ignatius College Prep - JV Boys, KICS - High School leveled teams, KICS Select Assistant Coach, Soccer for Success, Toddlers, KDP, Super Soccer Stars - Ages 2-12
2016-2017 KICS - U10B Blue, U8B Blue, U8B Red, Toddlers, Soccer for Success, Chicago Math & Science Academy - U15G, Super Soccer Stars - Ages 2-12
2015-2016 KDP, KICS Toddlers, Chicago Math & Science Academy - U15G, Chicago Edge S.C. - AYSO Oak Park, Super Soccer Stars - Ages 2-12
2014-2015 Chicago Math & Science Academy - U15G
2013-2014 Volunteered Coaching Women's Adult team in Chicago Superior Soccer League
USSF National C License
Harper College - 2010-2012
Harper College '12 (Business Administration)
Universal Technical Institute '10 (Automotive Technology w/ Ford FACT)
Growing up, the only time I played soccer was either "Cascaritas" (pick-ups) or when my huge family got together for family events. All throughout high school I participated in Track and Wrestling. I coach because it gives me the opportunity to be a mentor while involving myself in the sport that I appreciate the most. I believe the purpose of life is to be challenged and to learn in everything we do everyday. Being a coach makes me challenge myself every game, practice, and session no matter what that age is. I enjoy the problem solving it involves to coach where the players are my variables. Coaching soccer or any sport is not only about making great team or players but also great men and women.
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.
USSF National D license
NSCAA LEVEL 2 & 3 GK
Morton College - Regional Champion
2nd team NJCAA All-American
Waterhouse FC - Jamaica
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!
2016 KDP, Toddlers
2013-2015 Rowe Elementary Charter School, After School program, founder
USSF National F License
Upper Iowa University 2008-2012
Rockford Guilford High School 2004-2008
Rockford Raptors (Dactyls) 1998-2009
Roosevelt University, Masters in Elementary Education - 2015
Upper Iowa University, Exercise Physiology - 2012
Emma grew up in Rockford, IL. She played for the Rockford Raptors (formerly Dactyls) Select Club for 10 years! She played 4 years on Varsity at Guilford High School. She went on to play NCAA Division 2 soccer at Upper Iowa University where she made her transition back to the forward position following her freshman year (after 8 years as a GK!). Emma is passionate about the women's game, and can't wait to inspire the next generation of female soccer players as she once was, while growing up.
KICS Trainer / 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.
Full profile to come soon...
2017-2018 U11G Assistant Coach,KDP Coach, CGSL Coach, Soccer for Success, Toddler Coach
2016-2017 U14B Assistant Coach, KDP Coach, CGSL Coach, Soccer for Success
USSF National F License
IHSCA Varisty Team 2015-2016
Palmeiras F.C 2004-2012
Currently Harold Washington Student
IHSCA Class of 2016
Soccer has always been an important part of my life. Growing up it was something I was born into and there’s nothing else in this world that I love as much. Playing a sport so widely know throughout the world has thought me so much. Now it is my turn to take what I learned and it give it to the future soccer players.
KICS High School Boys Technical Director
KICS Fitness, SAQ & Injury Prevention Instructor
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.