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Director of Coaching Bio

Name:
Luis Aguilar-Lopez, aguilarlopez.luis@gmail.com
Team coach:
2018-2019: U14 Girls, U13 Girls, High School Girls, High School Boys, and U11 Boys
Experience:
USYS National Youth License (2015)
USSF National C License (2016)
USSF National D License (2014)
USSF National E License (2012)
Goalkeeping License (2013)

 
About:

Luis began coaching travel soccer in August 2012, since that time has coached approximately thirty travel teams for Alliance SC and taught clinics and classes for multiple years. He has been coaching multiple youth soccer, youth t-ball, softball teams, and travel baseball teams each year for more than two decades. Luis has played soccer all of his life, first learning and playing as a child and a youth in Mexico. He continues to play recreationally and is also a referee. Luis brings with him the experience of learning to play and developing skills in a soccer-focused nation.

 

Luis is a local Oak Park parent of four soccer loving and athletic children who currently attend Whittier, Brooks, OPRF High School, and University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Luis came to the United States from Mexico approximately 28 years ago.

Favorite team/player:
Luis watches a lot of soccer, too much to list. His favorite player list is long but Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer top the list of favorites.
Favorite Quote:
"Soccer is simple, but it is difficult to play simple." - Johan Cruyff

Coaching Bios


Name:
Brandon Bell
Team coach:
2018-19: Boys U12
Experience:
USSF National Grassroots License (fka USSF National E License)
Spring 2018 – Assistant Coach, Alliance U11 Boys
Fall/Winter/Spring 2018-19 – Coach, Alliance U12 Boys
Oak Park AYSO Coach for 6 seasons.
River Forest Park District Basketball Coach for 4 seasons.
Oak Park Youth Baseball Assistant Coach for 4 seasons.
Played varsity soccer in high school and college
About:
When not coaching, I’m a lawyer at Grady Bell LLP in Chicago.  My wife (Liz) and I have two kids and live in Oak Park: Violet and Spencer. My competitive streak was forged growing up in a sports-crazed family of 10.
I’m an avid league bowler.
Favorite team/player:
Fulham F.C., Chicago Fire, Chicago Sting
 
Pelé, Karl-Heinz Granitza, Tim Ream, Tom Cairney, Ryan Sessegnon
Favorite Quote:
“Hey!  Ho!  Let’s Go!” – The Ramones

Name:
Dan Davies
Team coach:
2018-19: U13 Boys 
Experience:

USSF National E License
Played for 35 years
Played at a university level in the UK

Taught K-8 for 15 years
Coached in UK for 4 years (U9 - U14)
Coached futbol sala in Spain for 6 years (U12 - 14)
Coached in US for 5 years (U8 - U12)

About:

Portsmouth FC (its a hometown thing). Favorite player is Zidane. I had the privilege of seeing him live many times for Real Madrid and he could do more without the ball than most others with it.

Favorite team/player:
Manchester United, Soca Warriors, Brazilian National Team 1970-1976; Pele, Osvaldo Ardiles, Gordon Banks, Dwight Yorke, Wayne Rooney and too many more to list.
Favorite Quote:
'If you're in the penalty area and don't know what to do with the ball, put it in the net and we'll discuss the options later.' -Bob Paisley

Name:
Christian Eicher
Team coach:
2018-19: High School Girls; High School Boys 
Experience:
USSF National E License

USSF National D License

I started playing soccer at the age of five. I have been coaching soccer the age of 16.

About:

I have been in love with soccer since 1984. I grew up in Penfield, New York, a town that loved futbol way more than football, a rarity in America of the 1980s. I started coaching soccer at 16 when a broken ankle temporarily limited my ability play. Since then I have coached teams in New York, Virginia, Oregon and Illinois.

Favorite team/player:
Watching the Netherlands team in the 1994 World Cup made me fall in love with Dennis Bergkamp. A year later he joined Arsenal and I've been a fan of the Gunners ever since.
Favorite Quote:
 

Name:
Dawn Kleidon
Team coach:
2018-19: U14 Girls
Experience:
  • USSF National E License
  • Played soccer from the age of 6. From U8-U14 played in Brooklyn NY in an all Buys based Competitive club league for the 5 boroughs of NYC.
  • High school earned 4 varsity letter in soccer from 9-12th grade.
  • Freshman of the year
  • 2 year team captain, 4 year leading assists, 2 year second leading scorer
  • All conference 4 years 1st team
  • All State team 4 years
  • Female Athlete of the year Senior year
  • Soccer Scholorship Signed Division 1 School
  • Senior all state game- Player of the game
  • Premiere State team 4 years
  • Odp East NY- odp East PA
  • Played u16 national in Europe Tournament over junior/Senior summers
  • All American nomination
  • High School hall of fame
  • Division 1 soccer scholorship
  • In college, started Freshman through Senior year
  • Mac Conference all star Team
  • 2nd in scoring Freshman Year as a defender
  • All Star team MAC conference - Defensive all-star standouts
About:

Soccer has helped shape my life from a very young age, it has taught me discipline, hard work, team building, patience, perserverance. It has helped me stay grounded and focused and given me focus through out my soccer career and life to this day that I believe make me the person I am… Being dedicated to a team and to a sport that I love has been a huge part of my reasons for my coaching and staying involved with a sport I still get excited about every time I touch a ball, and I hope to being that passion to the girls. The other side of me is a ad agency producer, with 4 kids - living in Oak Park.

Soccer has taken me all over the world and allowed me to play against some of the top players in the country. I am very fortunate to have played and to have try'd out for many teams with some women who have gone on to represent the country in the national and olympic platforms.

Favorite team/player:
Growing up, playing against the North Carolina tar heels - watching Mia Hamm was the greatest experience of soccer.
Favorite Quote:
 

Name:
Dan McNulty
Team coach:
2018-19: Boys U12
Experience:

USSF National Grassroots License (fka USSF National E License)

Fall/Winter/Spring 2018-19 – Coach, Alliance U12 Boys

Oak Park AYSO Coach for 6 seasons.

OPYBS Assistant Baseball Coach for 6 seasons.

Played varsity baseball & football (American) high school.

About:

When not coaching, I run an ocular diagnostics business outside of Chicago.

My wife Jen is both an artist and team parent, we have two kids: Greta and August. We live in Oak Park.

I grew up fast, the youngest of four kids; early on learning the value of trying hard even if you were outmatched. Eventually, you catch up.

Favorite team/player:
Fulham F.C., Chicago Cubs; Kylian Mbape, Adam Weiner
Favorite Quote:
“Some men see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.” -RFK

Name:
Mark Shepherd
Team coach:
2018-19: Boys U14
Experience:

USSF National E License

I played soccer from the age of eight into my twenties. I was a player/coach for a competitive team in my early twenties.

Soccer made its first impact on me when I watched my home country (New Zealand) compete in the 1982 world cup, where they were beat 4-0 by Brazil, 3-0 by Russia and 5-2 by Scotland. Watching New Zealand play was a thrill for me regardless of the outcome.

About:

My love for soccer brought me to the US for the 1994 soccer world cup where not only did I watch the final at the Rose Bowl, but touched the world cup itself. More importantly I met my future wife on that trip. My passion for the game has been ignited again with my twin boys starting to really enjoy the game. I have three kids, Will, Cole and Avery, and live in Oak Park.

Favorite team/player:
Grew up watching the great Liverpool teams of the eighties. Players: John Barnes, and former Liverpool player Luis Suarez.
Favorite Quote:
 
Name:
Chris Smith
Team coach:
2018-19: U11 Girls, U12 Girls
Experience:
  • USSF National E License, 2015
  • AYSO Intermediate Coach Certificate, 2013
  • Coached seven travel teams, including:
    • 2013-2014 - Assistant coach, Alliance U-13/14 Girls
    • 2014-2015 - Assistant coach, Alliance U-14 Girls
    • 2015 - Assistant Coach, Alliance High School Girls
    • 2015 - Coach, Alliance U-14 Girls
    • 2015-2016 - Coach, Alliance U-12 Girls
    • 2016-2017 - Coach, Alliance U-14 Girls
    • 2017-2018  - Coach, Alliance U-15 Girls and U11 Girls
  • 2008-2016 AYSO coach, U-10 through U-19
  • Oak Park AYSO Board Member (2012-2016)
About:

 

Favorite team/player:
 
Favorite Quote:
 

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