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

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

Elliot Marroquin | Coach



COACHING EDUCATION
National "C" License | USSF
Has been coaching club soccer since 2006. Has coached boys and girls from 8-18 years old and has also taken teams from white to premiership(top tier.)

PLAYING EXPERIENCE
College | Lewis University




Maciej Czernicki | Coach


COACHING EDUCATION
Started coaching youth soccer in 2008.
UEFA C
NSCAA 6

PLAYING EXPERIENCE
Born in Krakow, Poland and played soccer as a youth.

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.

Wade Gentile | Coach

COACHING EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
"E" License

Wade started playing soccer at 5 years old for local travel teams until he was 15. He then switched to Inter Fc was apart of the u19 team that took 2nd in State. He was a 2 year varsity starter at RHS and was the top scorer in the conference for the 2007 season. Wade was given the offensive MVP by coaching staff and teammates! That same year he was offered to play for Lewis University as a walk on, but unfortunately declined the offer. Wade has played in multiple clubs in competitive leagues in Chicagoland such as the metro league for fc Liths this also included a brief stint in Clasa playing for Odrwasz in Ligapodhalnska. He was also the all time leading scorer for Halny Fc former club. In his current league, as a coach, he believes in the fundamentals of foot skill development for youth players with combination of foot skill/possession/entertaining style of futbol.

Michael Drozd | Goalie Trainer

PLAYING EXPERIENCE
Club | FC United Premier
High School | Loyola Academy
College | Drake University

Michael participated in the Olympic Development Program (1987 age group). He began training with club at 9 years old. He was also the US Youth Soccer Regional Pool Player in 2004, he was one of the top players selected from 14 states in Midwestern US. He traveled throughout the US to play top level you sides. He played for FC United Premier from 2002-2006. While in high school he was the starting varsity goalkeeper as a freshman and was a starter all 4 years. In college, Michael was the top NCAA Division 1 goalkeeper for 3 weeks straight and was also nationally ranked in the top 25 NCAA Division 1 soccer programs for 8 weeks straight. He also had the All Time Combined GAA 1.06, which is the best in Drake history.

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

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