Aces Contacts

 

Director of Aces Soccer

Dwayne Cruz

Current teams coaching: Girls U17 and Girls U19
Contact: 224-381.2832 or email

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From 1999 to 2004 Dwayne was the director of coaching and player development at Chicago United FC.  In 2004 the club merged and formed Kickers United and KUFC Premier for which Dwayne was the director of coaching.  During these years Dwayne coached teams to 2 Illinois State Cup Championships and one 2nd place finish, 1 U.S. Club National Championship and two 2nd place finishes.

As the Aces acting director since 2012 the Aces have won 2 Illinois State Cup titles and the Aces first ever National Presidents Cup Championship, won by the Aces Girls U15 team in 2018.

In his 20 years of coaching Dwayne has helped over 100 players advance on to play at the college level.  As the head coach of the Harper College women's team since 2000, Dwayne has led the Lady Hawks to the National Junior College Tournament in 2002, 2010 and 2012. 

License(s): KNVB Youth License, NSCAA National Youth License, USSF D, ASEP Certified.


Director of Player Development

Eric Luzzi

Current teams coaching: Boys U9, Boys U12, Boys U16 & Boys U19
Contact: 815.375-7576 - eric@ahaces.com

 

Eric has coached at the club and college level including Northern Illinois University (NIU - Division I) as the Men's Head Coach from 2009-2016, and St. Mary's University of MN (NCAA D II) as the Men's Head Coach from 2001-2005.  Coach Eric played goalkeeper at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago and at St. Mary's University (Minnesota).

Eric has numerous years of coaching experience and a reputation for positive player development.  He is dedicated to developing the skills and confidence in his players so they can achieve their goals.

License(s): US Soccer Federation "A" License, NSCAA Premier Diploma, US Soccer national Youth License, NSCAA National Goalkeeping License, NSCAA Director of Coaching License..

Technical, Pre K and Junior Aces Director 

Chip Lemberg

Current teams coaching: Girls U14 & Girls U15
Contact: 847.650-0584 or email

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Chip began coaching in 2001 for the KUFC where he worked jointly to oversee youth activities for the club.  In 2009 he became the Youth Director for Campton United Soccer Club where he lead and developed various programs at the U8/U9, Junior Soccer Academy, Academy and Camps.  He was responsible for program growth, player development and the club's player philosophy and curriculum for the youth age groups.

Chip is an enthusiastic coach/trainer with a reputation for educating and increasing the overall enjoyment and love for the game.  He is dedicated to developing the skills and confidence in his players so they can achieve their goals.

License(s): USSF National D License, USSF National Youth License, ASEP Certified, NSCAA Special Topics Diplomas: 4v4, Advanced Youth Coaching, Technical Development of the Competitive Player, Technical Training and Small-Sided Games.


Aces Administrator

Lisa Rudnicki

Current teams coaching:  U8, Pre K and Junior Aces 
Contact: 847-553-1624 or email

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Lisa was the general manager for the Chicago Breeze as well as a part of their camp staff (2006-2011), assisted coaching at Harper College (2008-2011) and was a part of KUFC Staff. She played at Hoffman Estates High School and continued to play at Harper College.

Lisa brings an energetic love of the game to the Aces administration staff as well as training youth camps, classes and school activities in the area.

License(s): USSF E


Boys Director

Gabriel Garcia

Current teams coaching: Boys U14

Contact: 847-363-6624 or email

 

Coach Gabe has enjoyed coaching soccer at various levels for the last five years.  Gabe's experience includes coaching at the Wheeling High School, Wheeling P.D., Chicago Storm Camps and Proviso West High School.  For over 16 years Coach Gabe played competitive soccer with various soccer clubs and at Wheeling High School.  His high energy helps to motivate players to work their hardest at all times and strive to become a better teammates and players.

License(s):  National D License, ASEP Certified, NSCAA H.S. Level 1 Diploma

Girls Director

Kevin Talbot

Current teams coaching: Girls U11 & Girls U12
Contact: 847.322-7173 - kevin@ahaces.com

 

Coach Kevin has 20 years of coaching and training experience including Boys and Girls varsity coach at Elgin Academy from 2014-2017, Assistant Women's Soccer Coach at William Rainey harper College from 2003-2005 and currently coaching with the Illinois Olympic Development Program since 20013. His strong work ethic and player development help young players learn to be self confident when using their new found skills on the field.   

License(s): US Federation "B" License, NSCAA National and National Youth Diploma, ACEP Certified, and a Coerver Youth Diploma, Spanish Formation Course Diploma. 

Lee Jimenez

Current teams coaching: Boys U11
Contact: 847.208-2438 or email 

 

Coach Lee began working with the Aces in 2016.  Lee brings 13+ years of coaching and training experience.  His strong work ethic and player development help young players learn to be self confident when using their new found skills on the field.  Lee has played at Northern Illinois University, Metro League, AAC Eagles and with International S.C. 

License(s): USSF E

Sam Thomas

Current teams coaching: Junior Aces, Pre-K & Girls U10
Contact Sam at 847-627-9161

 

Sam has 10 years of competitive coaching experience in the Northwest suburbs, Coerver Camps and numerous summer camps.  She was the team captain for 3 years at Knox College in Galesburg, IL and is currently playing in competitive leagues in the area.

License(s): USSF E

Mikey Salgado

Current teams coaching: Boys U10
Contact Mikey at 224.532-6757

 

Mikey has 4 years of competitive coaching experience in the Northwest suburbs with the Aces since 2017 and previously with the Wheeling Soccer Club.

License(s): USSF D, United Soccer coaches member, small sided games diploma, Level 1 Futsal

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