Coaches

Coach Paul

President & Director of Coaching

For over 30 years, Coach Paul has been involved in all aspects of youth soccer. He has a true understanding of player development in any age category. All of his experience has made him a highly respected trainer and coach. Coach Paul has been running youth classes, programs and camps in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs for over 25 years.


Coach Ed

For over 30 years, Coach Paul has been involved in all aspects of youth soccer. He has a true understanding of player development in any age category. All of his experience has made him a highly respected trainer and coach. Coach Paul has been running youth classes, programs and camps in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs for over 25 years.


Coach Rob

Rob Kraft has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Towson University, a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Leadership from St. Xavier University. Coach Rob has been a physical education teacher over 20 years, with 18 years as a director of sports camps on the north shore, and 6 years as a basketball coach for Jr. NBA, Coach Rob also spent 3 years as an assistant soccer coach for the Rockford Rampage of the MISL. Coach Rob played soccer collegiately for Dundalk College in Maryland


Coach Dominic

14 Years Coaching Experience in Illinois Varsity Head Coach Huntley High School Director of Lacrosse Huntley Youth Lacrosse Club Founder of Crystal Lake Hawks Youth Lacrosse 2015 IHSLA Assistant Coach of the Year nominee.


Coach Robin Ahmed

Boys Director of Coaching

Playing Experience:
Played professional soccer at the age of 17 in Dhaka, Bangladesh for Abahani FC.   Played semi-professional soccer with the Chicago Pampas.   Played collegiate soccer with North Park University (D3).   Received scholarship offer from Baylor University (D1) but declined to pursue professional soccer.  

Coaching Experience:
Robin has over 15 years of coaching experience and has been an SBW Alliance coach since Winter 2015.   In June 2015 and June 2016, Robin participated in extensive coaches training and was a youth trainer for the FC Barcelona soccer camps in Chicago. Robin also previously worked for Kaptiva Sports as a soccer coach. Licenses / Coaching Education –USSF National "E" License.

Coach Rob Schmidt

Playing Experience:
Schaumburg High School Varsity Soccer: All-Conference, All Sectional, All Area
Lewis University Mens Soccer Team: All-Academic All Conference Great Lakes Valley Conference

Coaching Experience:
1998 - 2001 Trainer/Coach -U-14, U-15, U-16 Boys Travel Coach at Schaumburg Athletic Association, Schaumburg, Illinois
2001 - 2004 Head Boys Varsity Soccer Coach Schaumburg High School District 211-Schaumburg, Illinois
2002 - 2003 JV Girls Soccer Coach Schaumburg High School District 211-Schaumburg, Illinois
2004 - 2008 JV Boys Soccer Coach Hoffman Estates High School District 211-Hoffman Estates, Illinois
2004 - 2010 Head Girls Soccer Coach Hoffman Estates High School District 211-Hoffman Estates, Illinois
2011 - 2013 Tiny Kickers Coordinator/Coach WAYSC Wauconda Area Youth Soccer Club Wauconda, Illinois
2013 - 2014 Recreational Soccer Coach WAYSC Wauconda Area Youth Soccer Club Wauconda, Illinois
2014 - 2015 SBW Warriors Club Soccer Coach Girls
2015-Present Club Coach SBW Alliance Girls

USSF E coaching license

Coach Lindsay Gertz

Playing Experience:
I grew up in Wauconda, Illinois playing for the Wauconda Chiefs Soccer Club and was a 4 year Varsity starter for Wauconda High School. During high school, I took part in the State and Regional ODP (Olympic Development Program) for 2 years. While playing with the ODP, I traveled throughout the United States and Europe playing against the top talent at my age level. I was part of the first recruited class as a scholarship athlete to the University of Illinois Women's Soccer Program. The university’s first Head Coach was Jillian Ellis who is currently the US Women's National Team Head Coach. I was a 4 year starter for the Fighting Illini and was nominated by my teammates my sophomore year to become Team Captain. My time as a competitive player seems to be a lifetime ago and I am now a soccer mom!

Coaching Experience:
USSF National "D" License. I couldn't be more excited to pass my knowledge of the game to young athletes through coaching. Over the years, my coaching career has grown from Tiny Kickers to Competitive Club. I have been with SBW/F.C. Alliance for 2 years. Each season I feel I am continuing to grow as a coach and learning the game from a coaching perspective. I enjoy seeing the kids improve season to season, but more importantly, seeing how much they love to play!

Coach Taylor Bennett

Taylor is currently a travel soccer coach with SBW Alliance. Before that was a coach at ALITHSA Arsenal. Taylor was an assistant coach for the Elgin Community College women's soccer team from 2011-2013. During college, Taylor was the Captain of the Elgin Community College soccer team for one of the two season he played. Taylor has been around soccer his whole life- he played for Prairie Ridge High School and went to Nationals twice while playing with the Chicago Magic travel soccer club as a youth.


Coach Margaret Rivera

Margaret is currently the head coach for the Jacobs High School junior varsity women's soccer program. Margaret is also a travel soccer coach with SBW Alliance. Before that she was with ALITHSA Arsenal. Margaret was a 4-year varsity starter on the Jacobs High School women's soccer team and managed to accumulate some very impressive accomplishments during her high school career-Northwest Herald All-Area, 1st and 2nd team; Daily Herald 1st team and All conference each year. Margaret attended Northern Illinois University on scholarship her freshmen year and then transferred to Judson University where she was the Captain and achieved All-Conference recognition.


Coach Ralph Tooren

Goal Keeper Coach

Experience
1977 - 1982 Recreational soccer coach - Hoffman Estates park district
1982 - 1986 Travel soccer coach - Hoffman Estates park district
1990 - 1992 Assistant varsity coach boys soccer - Fremd High School
1996 - 2005 Travel soccer coach - Hoffman United soccer club
1997 - 1998 Head coach women's soccer - Elgin Community College
1997 - 2002 Staff coach Olympic development program - Illinois youth soccer association
1998 - 2005 Team trainer - Hoffman United soccer club
1999 - 2000 Head coach men's soccer - Elgin community college
2001 - 2004 JV coach and goalkeeper coach boys and girls - Hoffman Estates high school
2002 - 2007 Director of goalkeeping Olympic development program - Illinois Youth Soccer
2008 - 2013 Head Goalkeeper coach Olympic development program - Illinois Youth
2005 - 2011 Assistant varsity and goalkeeper coach girls soccer - Hoffman Estates high
2005 - 2017 Assistant varsity and goalkeeper coach boys - Hoffman Estates high
2006 - 2009 Staff coach FC barrington
2010 - 2012 Head goalkeeper coach - Campton United soccer club
2012 - 2015 Head varsity coach girls soccer - Hoffman Estates high school
2014 - Present Goalkeeper coach - University of Wisconsin Whitewater.


Licensure
Illinois Youth Soccer Association
"F" license 1985
"E" license 1996
"D" license 1997

Illinois High School Association
Acep 1990

National Soccer Coaches Association
Regional Diploma 1997
Level 1 goalkeeper certificate 1999

United States Soccer Association
National "C" license.1998