COACHING STAFF

Dragan Pavlovic | Executive Director of Coaching

dragan@ajaxfcchicago.org

COACHING EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Professional coach for more than 20 years
Coaching License | UEFA

PLAYING EXPERIENCE
Professional | FK Radnicki | Serbia
Professional | FK Vardar | Macedonia
Professional | Santa Fe | Bogotá, Colombia
Profesional | Independiente Medellín | Medellín, Colombia

HONORS & AWARDS
International Best Player #1 Striker | 1972, 1975, 1978, 1982, 1983

Ray Yorulmazoglu | Technical Director

ray@ajaxfcchicago.org

COACHING EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
U8 - U12 Youth Module License
National “E” License | USSF
Ajax coach since 2010

PLAYING EXPERIENCE
College | University of Arizona

Ediz Yorulmazoglu | Coach & Trainer

ediz@ajaxfcchicago.org

COACHING EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
U8 - U12 Youth Module License
Youth “F” License | USSF
National “E” License | USSF
National “D” License | USSF
Ajax coach since 2009

PLAYING EXPERIENCE
Former Ajax player | U15 - U18
High School | Naperville North High School
College | Aurora University

Rade Martinovic | Coach

COACHING EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
International Youth Coaching License | UEFA
National Coaching License | USSF
Coaching License | FIFA

PLAYING EXPERIENCE
Professional | Europe (Yugoslavia) | 17 years
Professional | United States | 5 years

HONORS & AWARDS
2011 Coach of the Year| IYSA
2011 USYSA National Champion
3 Midwest Regional Championships
3-time National Championship finalist
20 State Cup Finals

Rade’s professional soccer career began in 1969 at age 16, when he signed with FK Radnicki in Kragujevac, Yugoslavia - his native country. During his time playing for FK Radnicki, Rade also played on the Yugoslavian Junior National Team, U21 National Team and Olympic National Team. In 1967, his Junior National Team won a silver medal in the UEFA Cup, and in 1971, Rade’s U21 National Team won a gold medal in the European Cup. Overall, Rade played 42 games representing his native Yugoslavia. In 1979, Rade moved to the U.S. and played in the North American Soccer League (NASL) and Metro Soccer League (MISL) with the Philadelphia Fury and Montreal Manic. Rade returned to Yugoslavia from 1984 to 1993. to coach at his former club, FK Radnicki. While there, he coached the Junior League team to the U14 Yugoslavia National Cup. Rade was also a member of the coaching staffs for the Football Association of Yugoslavia and National Youth Team. He held positions as a National Youth Team Selector, National Soccer Camp instructor and head coach of the Professional League team. In 1994, Rade once again came to the U.S. and has been coaching youth soccer in the Chicago suburbs ever since. Rade brings over 48 years of professional soccer experience to Ajax FC Chicago, where he continues to develop the skills of the players in our girls program.

Bora Petric | Coach & Trainer

bora@ajaxfcchicago.org

COACHING EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Coaching License | UEFA
Professional Coach | FK Radnicki
Ajax FC Chicago since 2001

PLAYING EXPERIENCE
Yugoslavian National Team | U19
Professional | Partizan, Belgrade
Professional | Rems, France
Professional | Chicago Power
Professional | Baltimore Blast

Sasha Begovic | Coach & Trainer

sasha@ajaxfcchicago.org

COACHING EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Men’s Head Coach | University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) | 1990 - 2004
National “C” License | USSF
Coaching License | UEFA

PLAYING EXPERIENCE
Professional | Europe
Professional | Canada
Professional | United States

HONORS & AWARDS
Coach of the Year | 1999, 2000
Winningest soccer coach in UIC history
Led UIC to NCAA Sweet 16 Tournament | 1999, 2000
UIC Hall of Fame inductee | 2010

Jon Emerson | Coach

jon@ajaxfcchicago.org

COACHING EDUCATION
National “E” License | USSF

PLAYING EXPERIENCE
Former Ajax player | 2005 - 2009
High School | Naperville North High School
College | Dominican University

Jerry Maddi | Coach

COACHING EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
National “D” License | USSF
U11 Boys Head Coach | Madison 56ers
Assistant Director & Recruitment Scout | ShoTime Soccer Series Camp
Undergraduate Assistant Coach | University of Wisconsin

PLAYING EXPERIENCE
Former Ajax player | 2001 - 2009
Club | Madison 56ers NPSL
Club | Chicago Fire Academy
High School | Naperville Central High School
College | Eastern Illinois University
College | University of Wisconsin-Madison

Chris Drillenburg | Coach

COACHING EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
National “E” License | USSF
Coerver Youth Diploma

Chris Drillenburg grew up in The Netherlands, where he played, coached and managed soccer for more than 20 years – at all youth and adult levels. For several years, he played for the Dutch National College team and at the highest amateur level with his soccer club. As a coach and manager at club level, Chris was responsible for youth development programs for players from U8 to U18, and he has also coached at the highest amateur level. Chris’s approach is based on the philosophy of the Dutch National Soccer Association, which focuses on individual soccer skills, personal development, and team orientation. Chris has coached youth soccer in the USA since 2009. It quickly became clear that - also in the US - his philosophy and approach leads to major improvements at both individual player and team levels. He is very committed to give more youth players the opportunity to benefit from his coaching methods and experience.

Jorge Alvarez | Coach

PLAYING EXPERIENCE
Former Ajax player | U10 - U18
College | University of Illinois at Chicago

Rene Niessner | Coach

COACHING EDUCATION
National “F” License | USSF

PLAYING EXPERIENCE
Former Ajax player
High School | Oswego East
College | Dominican University

Mike Skvarla | Coach

COACHING EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
National “E” License | USSF
National “F” License | USSF

PLAYING EXPERIENCE
Club | Sparta Chicago
High School | Naperville North
College | Northern Illinois University

HONORS & AWARDS
All-State | IHSA

Since 2005, Mike has been coaching youth soccer, concentrating on developing individual foot skills and the fundamental concepts of soccer. Prior to coaching with Ajax, Mike coached for various local clubs, including Castle AC, NSA and Naperville International Soccer Club.

Kalli Gaccione | Club Manager

773.456.3033
myoffice@ajaxfcchicago.org