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Tom Paparounis

Founder and Director

Tom has more than 20 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

  • 12 years of collegiate coaching
    • Loyola University Chicago DI
    • Illinois Institute of Technology DIII
    • Roosevelt University NAIA
    • Concordia Chicago DIII
  • USL League 2 and W League coach with Chicago City SC
  • Olympic Development Program
    • Illinois
    • North Texas
  • 20 years in youth club soccer.

License and Certifications

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

Professional Playing Experience

  • Carolina Dynamo of USL, PSL
  • Regular Season Championship

Collegiate Experience

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

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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.

 

Coaching Experience

Illinois Institute of Technology Men's Soccer 2022 - present

 

License and Certifications

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

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Stephen Tuang

Staff Coach

Stephen joins Drive Goalkeeping after having come through our training programs as a player. Stephen attends Roosevelt University and is on the men's soccer team. Stephen 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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Carson Davenport

Staff Coach

Carson joins us after a great playing career at Luther College in Iowa where his team earned 1 Conference Championship, 2 Conference Tournament Championships, and 2 NCAA Tournament appearances. Carson was a two time All-Conference selection and a Four-time All-Academic Team. Carson is currently coaching collegiately at Coach-North Central College.

We are excited to welcome Carson as part of the team!

 



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Jesus (Chuy) Velasco

Staff Coach

Chuy graduated from Roosevelt University, where he received his Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Chuy was also a member of the Roosevelt Men's Soccer team and was part of the program's first conference regular season championship and conference tournament championship in 2015, where the program went undefeated in conference and finished the season ranked #17 in the nation. Chuy was also awarded Freshman of year honors, first-team all-conference, and 1st team all Region. Chuy hopes to continue to grow as a coach and help players develop and grow with his passion for the game.

 

Playing Experience:

Roosevelt University NAIA

 

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Tyler Clausen

Staff Coach

 

 

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Eric Bissell

Staff Coach

 

 

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Abraam Cortes

Staff Coach

 

 

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Kieran Cuddy

Staff Coach

Kieran trained with Drive Goalkeeping as a youth player and now shares his passion for the game with the next generation of goalkeepers. Kieran has developed into a very good coach since heading to college at UIC and we are excited for his future in coaching!

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Miranda Malone

Staff Coach

Miranda graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Neuroscience and minor in East Asian Languages and Civilizations.  Miranda had a great college career, earning one conference title and making 4 NCAA tournament appearances, having reached the Sweet 16 in 2019, Elite 8 in 2021, and the NCAA Finals in 2017. Her individual accolades include 2-time All-Academic, 4-time UAA Athlete of the Week, one All-Conference selection, and one All-Region selection. She currently coaches for the University of Chicago Lab School girls program as well as an Assistant Coach for her alma mater.

 

Having trained with Drive Goalkeeping during the WPSL season several years ago, Miranda has since joined our camp staff and also our youth club programming. Her passion, professionalism, and genuine care for those she is working with are what make her a natural fit for our team here at Drive Goalkeeping team.

 


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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.

Coaching Experience

  • 2022 - present Girls and Boys Soccer Program, Marist, HS.
  • 2013-present Girls and 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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