Meet Our Team

Our Elite FT Team Loves the Game and Loves Coaching.

To ensure the best experience for our program participants, staff training is our top priority. Our ongoing training program is called The Elite Way! This program is designed to ensure our entire staff is engaged in the identical training methods and philosophies. It creates a training style similar to the KNVB (coach’s education program in Holland). In our program, all coaches teach the same style, so regardless which trainer is on the field, they are teaching The Elite Way!

“My daughter just loves soccer so much and Erika has done a tremendous job helping her. The 1:1 was worth every cent and then some! She is absolutely loving camp!”

Marcy Bitner

“My daughter and I have enjoyed the [6 Week Program] on Wednesday night at 6:30. We look forward to continuing training and coming each week. Your staff and facility are wonderful!”

Kathy Smith

“Thank you for all that Elite FT does; not only teaching soccer skills but building self confidence. I am so glad as a parent that they are all such great leaders and teachers.”

Jenn Hagedorn

Justin McMillian

Justin McMillian

Owner & Chief Executive Officer

Started Elite FT: 2002

Hometown: Granite City, IL

High School: Granite City High School (HS All-State)

Club Team: Granite City Elks

College: SIUE; Western Illinois (College All-American, Conference Player of the Year)

Favorite Elite FT moment: Celebrating 15 years

Experience: Played for Indiana Blast (Rookie of the Year), St. Louis Steamers (Rookie of the Year), St. Louis Illusion (1st Team All-PASL), and Illinois Piasa

Roxie Strange

Roxie Strange

Soccer/Speed Program Director

Year joined Elite FT: 2015

Hometown: Granite City, IL

High School: Granite City High School

Club Team: Elks, Granite City Select

College: Lewis & Clark Community College, McKendree College

Favorite professional athlete: Yadi

Experience: Head Women’s Soccer Coach- STLCC- Florissant Valley, Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach – McKendree College

Bob McMillian

Bob McMillian

Chief Financial Officer

Year joined Elite FT: 2011

Hometown: East St. Louis

High School: East St. Louis Senior High

College: Concordia University

Favorite professional player: Justin McMillian (I loved watching him play for The Steamers)

Experience: Retired from American Water Company after 43 & 1/2 years

Office Team

Office Team

Justin McMillian
Owner & CEO

Bob McMillian
CFO

Roxie Strange
Soccer & Speed Program Director

David Cole
Staffing Coordinator

Crystal Gedris
The Annex Program Director

David Cole

David Cole

Staffing Coordinator, Elite FT Director & Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2015

Hometown: O’Fallon, IL

High School: O’Fallon Township High School

Club Team: Metro United

College: Belhaven University (2012 National Champion Team) & McKendree University

Favorite Elite FT moment: The Holiday Camp every year

Josh Boyd

Josh Boyd

Elite FT Director & Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2009

Hometown: Edwardsville, IL

High School: Edwardsville High School

Club Team: Metro FC

College: Blackburn

Favorite Elite FT memory: The 10 year anniversary of E-Fest

Chris Fanning

Chris Fanning

Elite FT Director & Trainer

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Paul Daniels

Paul Daniels

Elite FT Director & Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2013

Hometown: Alton, IL

High School: Althon High School

College: Culver Stockton College

Favorite professional athlete: Paul Pogba

Rob Lugge

Rob Lugge

Elite FT Director & Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2012

Hometown: O’Fallon, IL

High School: O’Fallon Township High School

Club Team: Independiente FC

College: McKendree University

Favorite professional athlete: Larry Bird

Patrick Amundsen

Patrick Amundsen

Elite FT Director & Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2013

Hometown: Peoria, IL

High School: Dunlap High School

Club Team: Sporting FC/CISA

College: Bradley University & Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville

Favorite Elite FT moment: Retaining the over-30 Cup Championship

Andrea Frerker

Andrea Frerker

Elite FT Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2016

Hometown: Maryville, IL

High School: Collinsville High School

Club Team: Lou Fusz

College: Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville

Favorite Elite FT memory: Holiday Party Team Competitions

Sydney Moore

Sydney Moore

Elite FT Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2015

Hometown: O’Fallon, IL

High School: O’Fallon Township High School

Club Team: BFC & St. Louis Scott Gallagher

College: Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville

Favorite professional athlete: Ronaldinho

Kelli Kinnikin

Kelli Kinnikin

Elite FT Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2018

Hometown: Belleville, IL

High School: Belleville West High School

Club Team: BFC, Knights, and WC St. Louis

College: South Western Illinois College & Fontbonne University

Favorite professional athlete: Mia Hamm

Kenneth Bond

Kenneth Bond

Elite FT Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2018

Hometown: Glen Carbon, IL

High School: Edwardsville High School

Club Team: Glen Ed 

College: Illinois State University

Favorite Elite FT memory: My first Holiday Camp

Emma Knoebel

Emma Knoebel

Elite FT Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2017

Hometown: Maryville, IL

High School: Collinsville High School

Club Team: Sporting STL

College: McKendree University

Favorite Elite FT memory: Playing Capture the Ball at Holiday Camp as a kid

Connor Wright

Connor Wright

Elite FT Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2019

Hometown: Edwardsville, IL

High School: Edwardsville High School

Club Team: Glen Ed

College: University of Missouri

Favorite thing about training athletes: Parents coming in and telling me how much their child has improved and how much fun they have at training

Derek Smith

Derek Smith

Elite FT Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2017

Hometown: Edwardsville, IL

High School: Edwardsville High School 

Club Team: Glen Ed

College: Lewis and Clark

Favorite professional athlete: Cristiano Ronaldo or LeBron James

Tara Kennedy

Tara Kennedy

Elite FT Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2014

Hometown: Waterloo, IL

High School: Gibault Catholic High School

Club Team: St. Louis Scott Gallagher

College: McKendree University

Favorite thing about training athletes: Getting to see their growth and development as a player

Nolan Kumming

Nolan Kumming

Elite FT Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2019

Hometown: O’Fallon, IL

High School: O’Fallon Township High School

Club Team: St. Louis Scott Gallagher

Favorite Elite FT memory: Training with Justin McMillian as a kid

Cameron McNeil

Cameron McNeil

Elite FT Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2019

Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI

High School: De La Salle Collegiate

Club Team: Vardar Academy

College: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Favorite professional athlete: Neymar

Seth Keomanivane

Seth Keomanivane

Elite FT Trainer

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Kiara Stewart

Kiara Stewart

Elite FT Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2018

Hometown: Okinawa, Japan

High School: Mascoutah High School

Club Team: Gateway FC 

College: St. Louis University

Favorite thing about training athletes: They love to engage in a running race with me just for fun

Megan Pawloski

Megan Pawloski

Elite FT Trainer

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Morgan Wilson

Morgan Wilson

Elite FT Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2017

Hometown: Bethalto

High School: Civic Memorial High School

Club Team: Sporting STL

College: Southwestern Illinois College

Favorite thing about training athletes: The youth age have so much energy and can brighten your mood instantly

Dallas Eicken

Dallas Eicken

Elite FT Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2019

Hometown: Auburn, IL

High School: Auburn High School

College: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Favorite thing about training athletes: Helping them master their soccer skills

Blake Hagler

Blake Hagler

Elite FT Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2019

Hometown: Highland, IL

High School: Highland High School

Club Team: Premiere Soccer Club

College: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Favorite Elite FT moment: One of the kids was trying to guess my age and guessed I was 38

Olivia Olson

Olivia Olson

Elite FT Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2019

Hometown: Edwardsville, IL

High School: Edwardsville High School

Club Team: Adrenaline FC

Favorite Elite FT memory: The private training sessions

Noah Henry

Noah Henry

Elite FT Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2019

Hometown: Godfrey, IL

High School: Alton High School

Club Team: St. Louis Scott Gallagher

College: Quincy University & Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Favorite professional athlete: Mohamed Salah

Nicole Lepping

Nicole Lepping

Elite FT Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2019

Hometown: Neenah, WI

High School: Neenah High School

Club Team: Rockets

College: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Favorite Professional Athlete: David Beckham

Crystal Gedris

Crystal Gedris

Elite FT Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2019

Hometown: O’Fallon, IL

High School: O’Fallon Township High School

Club Team: Independent team – O’Fallon Express

College: St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Favorite Elite FT moment: After one of my first training sessions with a group of 6-7 year olds, one little girl asked me if I could be her coach every day.

Courtney Kendrick

Courtney Kendrick

Elite FT Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2019

Hometown: Jonesboro, IL

High School: Anna Jonesboro Community High School

Club Team:  Southern Illinois Sting, Hawks, and Pekin Pride

College: University of Southern Mississippi; Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Favorite thing about training athletes: Helping them master a skill they’ve been working on and then seeing their face light up with accomplishment

Toby Ybarra

Toby Ybarra

Elite FT Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2019

Hometown: O’Fallon, IL

High School: O’Fallon Township High School

Club Team:  St. Louis FC Academy

Favorite thing about training athletes: Watching the athletes I train regularly progress and get better

Brandon Davis

Brandon Davis

Elite FT Speed Trainer

Year joined Elite FT: 2019

Hometown: Saint John, IN

High School: Hanover Central High School

Club Team: 

College: Purdue University Northwest & Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Favorite professional athlete: Eliud Kipchoge, first unofficial sub 2-hour marathoner

Jensen Schoch

Jensen Schoch

Elite FT Trainer & Goal Keeper

Year joined Elite FT: 2018

Hometown: Winter Park, FL

High School: Eureka High School

Club Team: Lou Fusz

College: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Favorite Elite FT memory: Watching a goalkeeper I was training struggle with a specific diving technique and finally on the last try they were able to do it perfectly! 

Zoe Brochu

Zoe Brochu

Elite FT Trainer & Goal Keeper

Year joined Elite FT: 2019

Hometown: Ajax, Ontario, Canada

High School: Pickering High School

Club Team: FC Durham Academy

College: McKendree University

Favorite thing about training athletes: Helping them get better so they love the sport even more

Michael Hoelting

Michael Hoelting

Elite FT Trainer & Goal Keeper

Year joined Elite FT: 2017

Hometown: Edwardsville, IL

High School: Edwardsville High School

Club Team: Glen Ed

College: Millikin University

Julia Scheiter

Julia Scheiter

Elite FT Trainer & Goal Keeper

Year joined Elite FT: 2017

Hometown: Collinsville, IL

High School: Collinsville High School

Club Team: St. Louis Scott Gallagher

College: University of Illinois at Chicago

Favorite Elite FT memory: Our Summer FootGolf party

Isabella Henderson

Isabella Henderson

Elite FT Trainer & Goal Keeper

Year joined Elite FT: 2019

Hometown: St. Peters, MO

High School: Fort Zumwalt East

Club Team: St. Louis Scott Gallagher/Sporting JB Marine

College: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Favorite thing about training athletes: Teaching them so they are always learning new things and becoming better athletes

Grant Toby

Grant Toby

Elite FT Trainer & Goal Keeper

Year joined Elite FT: 2019

Hometown: Glen Carbon, IL

High School: Edwardsville High School

Club Team: St. Louis Scott Gallagher and Glen Ed

Favorite Elite FT moment: Leading a goalkeeping camp

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