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Tom Paparounis

Founder and Director

Tom has over 15 years coaching experience working with goalkeepers ranging from Division 1 collegiate athletes to club and high school players. His coaching influences come from working with many greatly respected goalkeeping coaches from around the United States and Europe, namely former Ireland National Team goalkeeper, DC United goalkeeping coach, Alan Kelly Sr.

Coaching Experience

  • Currently on staff with:
    • Chicago City SC, USL - League 2
    • Illinois Institute of Technology, DIII
    • Roosevelt University, NAIA
    • Chicago City Soccer Club USL - W League
  • Illinois ODP: 2015 - 2016
  • Loyola University Chicago, DI: 2011-2014
  • Concordia University Chicago, DIII: 2009 - 2010
  • North Texas ODP: 2006 - 2007

License and Certifications

  • Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma-United Soccer Coaches
  • National C License - USSF

Professional Playing Experience

  • Carolina Dynamo of USL
  • Regular Season Championship

Collegiate Experience

  • Salisbury University
  • 3 Conference Championships
  • 2 NCAA Tournament appearances
  • First-Team All-Conference



Chris Ward

Staff Coach

Chris is from the Chicago area and trained as a youth goalkeeper under Director of Coaching, Tom Paparounis. Chris graduated of Elmhurst College with a Bachelors degree in Communication Studies and earned his Masters degree in Sports Administration from  Northwestern University. Chris coaches full time in youth soccer and shares the same energy and motivation that Drive Goalkeeping brings to our goalkeeping programs.

License and Certifications

  • USSF D License
  • NSCAA GK Level 1



Julian Soto

Staff Coach

Julian joins Drive Goalkeeping with experience in coaching youth goalkeepers in Austin, Texas. He played collegiate soccer at Robert Morris University in Chicago where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Julian brings the energy and dedication to being a student of the game that Drive Goalkeeping looks for in our staff. Welcome to the team Julian.

License and Certifications

  • USSF D License
  • NSCAA GK Level 1
  • USSF Grassroots: 7v7, 9v9, 11v11



Stephen Tuang

Staff Coach

Stephen joins Drive Goalkeeping after having come through our training programs as a player. Stephen attends Truman College and is a graduate of Lane Tech High School where he works with the goalkeepers of both the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. A student of the game, Stephen excels in delivering the methodology and curriculum of Drive Goalkeeping while bringing his own style to our training sessions.

License and Certifications

  • USC GK Level 1
  • USSF Grassroots: 7v7, 9v9, 11v11
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Elias Rojas

Staff Coach

A graduate of Aurora University where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a minor in Spanish and was a member of the men’s soccer team. I grew up playing for Ela Soccer Club and Palatine High School. Most recently played semi-pro for Chicago Athletic FC in the Midwest Premier League.

Playing Experience:

Ela Soccer Club 2012-2017

Palatine High School Varsity Boys’ Soccer 2013-2017

Aurora University Men’s Soccer 2017-2019

Chicago Athletic FC 2020 – Present


License and Certifications:

USSF ‘F’ License

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Matt Sinacore

Staff Coach

Matt, a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, combines his experiences from collegiate soccer, on-going competitive soccer, and nearly 10 years of classroom teaching to bring an educational and supportive role to the development of young goalkeepers.

Playing Experience

  • 2007: Loyola University Chicago

Coaching Experience

  • 2013-present Girls Soccer Program: St. Joseph HS
  • 2012-Present Boys Soccer Program: St. Joseph HS

License and Certifications

  • Goalkeeping Level 1- United Soccer Coaches
  • F License- USSF
  • Grassroots 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11- USSF

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