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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

  • 2015-present: Roosevelt University NAIA
  • 2013-present: Chicago City Soccer Club WPSL Team
  • 2015 - 2016: Illinois ODP
  • 2011-2014: Loyola University Chicago Women's program DI
  • 2011-2012: Loyola University Chicago Men's program DI
  • 2009 - 2010: Concordia University Chicago DIII
  • 2006 - 2007: North Texas ODP

License and Certifications

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

Professional Playing Experience

  • Carolina Dynamo of USL
  • 2003 : Regular Season Championship

Collegiate Experience

  • Salisbury University
  • 3 Conference Championships
  • 2 NCAA Tournament appearances
  • 2002 First-Team All-Conference

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Lindsay Fillingim

Drive Juniors Coach

Lindsay is a  graduate of Loyola University Chicago where she played Division I soccer for the Ramblers. She is a Chicago suburban native and grew up playing for Sockers FC Chicago and Conant High School. As a player transitioning to a coach Lindsay offers fresh insights and experiences to the players she works with.

Playing Experience

  • 2011-2015: Loyola University Chicago Women's Program

License and Certifications

  • USSF “E” license.
  • NSCAA GK Level 1

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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

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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

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

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Stephen Tuang

Staff Coach

Stephen joins Drive Goalkeeping as part of our Coach Mentor-ship Program. Stephen is a recent 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, works very hard to understand the methodology and curriculum of Drive Goalkeeping. He will be guided by Director of Coaching, Tom Paparounis during the Fall 2019 season.  

License and Certifications

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

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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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