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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: 



Coaching Experience:

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  



B.S: Sports Science, Loughborough University, England

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



Ipswich, England

Josh Pichardo KICS Head Coach

Josh Pichardo

Head Coach

Coaching Since: 



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



Brother Rice High School/UIC




Amine Airaki KICS Head Coach

Amine Airaki

Head Coach

Coaching Since:



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



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.

KICS Coach Shelby Kindl

Shelby Kindl

Head Coach


Coaching Since: 


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



Currently taking classes at UIC



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.

Francisco Reyes KICS Head Coach

Francisco Reyes

Head Coach

Coaching Since:



Coaching Experience:

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


Coaching Licenses:

USSF National C License

Playing Experience:

Harper College - 2010-2012



Harper College '12 (Business Administration)

Universal Technical Institute '10 (Automotive Technology w/ Ford FACT)



Chicago, IL


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.  

Chris Taylor KICS Head Coach

Chris Taylor

Head Coach


Coaching Since: 


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



Oral Roberts University, Accounting



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

Goalkeeping Coach

Coaching Licenses:

USSF National D license 


Playing Experience:

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!

Emma Vanderheyden KICS Staff Coach

Emma Vanderheyden

Staff Coach

Coaching Since: 


Coaching Experience: 

2016 KDP, Toddlers 

2013-2015 Rowe Elementary Charter School, After School program, founder


Coaching Licenses: 

USSF National F License

Playing Experience: 

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



Rockford, IL 


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. 

Fouad Airaki

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...

Misael Saldivar KICS Staff Coach

Coaching Since: 


Coaching Experience: 

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


Coaching Licenses: 

USSF National F License

Playing Experience:

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.

Ryan Kearns

KICS High School Boys Technical Director

  • KICS Head Coach of Select Academy
  • Saint Ignatius College Prep Head Coach Varsity Boys 

Neil Curran

KICS Fitness, SAQ & Injury Prevention Instructor

  • 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.   

1245 S. Michigan Ave. #152, Chicago, IL 60605