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Announcing the Team Evanston Coaching Staff for 2019-20

By Administrator, 07/31/19, 7:15PM CDT



Coaches at the Fire Juniors Coach Education Day in May 2019. Left to Right; Ryan (new Exec. Dir.), Dule, Senad, Dani, and Chris

Team Evanston coaches at the Fire Juniors Coach Education Day in May 2019. Left to Right; Ryan (new Exec. Dir.), Dule, Senad, Dani, and Chris

As Evanston Soccer Association continues to evolve as it enters the 2019-20 soccer season, new staff and structure have been added to continue to foster growth, customer satisfaction, and player development. This summer, Team Evanston and CFJ North Shore added new coaches, new roles and hired an Executive Director. Furthermore, we have more coaches attending the Fire Juniors Emerging Talent Program than in year's past. We also have several coaches who we’d like to congratulate and thank for their impact on the club during the years they worked with our players, teams, and community. 

Team Coach Program
2012 Girls Orange (U8) Josha Kruvand Team Evanston
2012 Girls Blue (U8) Josha Kruvand Team Evanston
2011 Girls Orange (U9) Milos Stojiljkovic Team Evanston
2010 Girls Orange (U10) Almir Hot Team Evanston
2010 Girls Blue (U10) Dani Martinez Team Evanston
2009 Girls Orange (U11) Jakub Piotrowski Team Evanston
2008 Girls Orange (U12) Josha Kruvand Team Evanston
2012 Boys Orange (U8) TBA Team Evanston
2012 Boys Blue (U8) Mauricio Dos Santos Team Evanston
2012 Boys White (U8) Mauricio Dos Santos Team Evanston
2011 Boys Orannge (U9) Chris Fera Team Evanston
2011 Boys Blue (U9) Faruk Dzambegovic Team Evanston
2010 Boys Orange (U10) Dule Radovanovic Team Evanston
2010 Boys Blue (U10) Jakub Piotrowski Team Evanston
2010 Boys White (U10) Milos Stojiljkovic Team Evanston
2009 Boys Orange (U11) Almir Hot Team Evanston
2009 Boys Blue (U11) Chris Fera Team Evanston
2008 Boys Orange (U12) Senad Hot Team Evanston
2008 Boys Blue 1 (U12) Mauricio Dos Santos Team Evanston
2008 Boys Blue 2 (U12) Mauricio Dos Santos Team Evanston

Fond Farewells

Mane Lukic: Although Coach Mane Lukic is a young coach, he is very knowledgeable about the game. He has a positive attitude and while at Team Evanston was able to connect well with the players on his teams.  Coach Mane spent 1 year with the club. We wish Mane all the best! 

Rob Etheridge: As a member of our CFJNS coaching staff for the last two years, Coach Rob Etheridge was able to rise to challenges and be adaptive when it counted.  He brought a wealth of soccer experience to his coaching and he was able to help his younger players gain confidence and be motivated. Coach Rob guided the BU19 Red team to the Presidents' Cup final in 2019. 

Staff additions

Welcome to ESA and Chicago Fire Juniors North Shore! 

Ryan C. French | ESA Executive Director: Ryan joins the club from CFJ West (Plainfield, IL) where he was their Director of Operations. In previous roles, Ryan has started a satellite campus of the world-renowned Right to Dream Academy (Ghana), owned an international business in Oman where he coached with Arsenal Soccer Schools, and was previously a director at the original Chicago Fire Juniors in Naperville/Wheaton. Ryan has an international MBA from Pepperdine University, a Master of Science in International Project Development from Rouen Business School (France). Ryan has also coached at many levels including academy, high school, youth soccer, and in soccer schools. Ryan is passionate about whole player development and operates a non-profit called The Academy Project with his wife, a consultant for the Chicago Fire Academy. Ryan has played or coached on five continents and looks forward to leading the evolution of youth soccer in the US in Evanston with Team Evanston and CFJ North Shore. You can learn more about Ryan by clicking the link above. 

New Roles

  • Senad Hot | CFJ North Shore Director: Coach Senad has been the CFJ North Shore Boys Director for the last year. During the 2019-20 season, he will also take over the girls program, as well, becoming lead for the CFJ North Shore program. 
  • Dani Martinez | Special Programs: Coach Dani Martinez will move into a new role focused on developing unique camp, clinic, and technical programs for the club. Coach Dani will also work on developing a Coach-in-Training program and will operate as the club's ambassador to the community.