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 staff education program is called The Elite Way!  This program is designed to ensure our entire staff is engaged in identical training methods and philosophies.  Our program creates a training style similar to the KNVB (coach’s education program in Holland).  All coaches teach the same style, so regardless of which trainer is on the field, they are teaching The Elite Way!

ELITE FT OFFICE TEAM

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

SOCCER 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

DAVE FERNANDEZ

HEAD SOCCER DIRECTOR

Year joined Elite FT: 2020

Hometown: Granite City, IL

High School: Granite City South High

College: St. Louis University

Favorite thing about training athletes: The challenge to connect & establish a level of trust 

Experience: Over 30 years of experience running soccer programs. Professional player, SLU National Champion, Granite City 4 time state champion

CRYSTAL GEDRIS

ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR & DIRECTOR OF THE ANNEX

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.

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

 

ELITE FT DIRECTORS AND COACHES

JUSTIN JUDISCAK

POLICY & PROCEDURE WRITER

Year joined Elite FT: 2004

Hometown: O’Fallon, IL

High School: O’Fallon Township High School

Club Team: Independiente FC

College: Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville, University of Missouri – Kansas City, SouthWestern Illinois College, University of Evansville

Favorite professional player: Albert Pujols

DAVID COLE

ELITE FT DIRECTOR & COACH

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

ELITE FT DIRECTOR & COACH

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

ELITE FT DIRECTOR & COACH

Year joined Elite FT: 2015

Hometown: Troy, IL

High School: Triad High School

College: St. Louis University

Favorite thing about training athletes: Watching them improve and grow as players

PAUL DANIELS

ELITE FT DIRECTOR & COACH

Year joined Elite FT: 2013

Hometown: Alton, IL

High School: Alton High School

College: Culver Stockton College

Favorite professional athlete: Paul Pogba

ROB LUGGE

ELITE FT DIRECTOR & COACH

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

ELITE FT DIRECTOR & COACH

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

ELITE FT COACHES

SYDNEY MOORE

ELITE FT COACH

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

ELITE FT COACH

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

ELITE FT COACH

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

ANDREA FRERKER

ELITE FT COACH

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

CONNOR WRIGHT
ELITE FT COACH

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

EMMA KNOEBEL

ELITE FT COACH

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

TARA KENNEDY

ELITE FT COACH

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

DEREK SMITH

ELITE FT COACH

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

NOLAN KUMMING

ELITE FT COACH

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

KIARA STEWART

ELITE FT COACH

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

MORGAN WILSON

ELITE FT COACH

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

COURTNEY KENDRICK

ELITE FT COACH

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

 

MEGAN PAWLOSKI

ELITE FT COACH

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OLIVIA OLSON

ELITE FT COACH

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

ELITE FT COACH

 

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

CAMERON MCNEIL

ELITE FT COACH

 

 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

TAYLOR IMMING

ELITE FT COACH

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BLAKE HAGLER

ELITE FT COACH

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

 

TOBY YBARRA

ELITE FT COACH

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

 

DALLAS EICKEN

ELITE FT COACH

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

 

NICOLE LEPPING

ELITE FT COACH

 

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

JENSEN SCHOCH

ELITE FT COACH

 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!

 

THOMAS HYTEN

ELITE FT COACH

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CHRIS MOORE

ELITE FT COACH

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SYDNEE CARROLL

ELITE FT COACH

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CJ CERNA

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ELITE FT COACHES AND GOAL KEEPERS

ZOE BROCHU

ELITE FT COACH & 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

 

JULIA SCHEITER

ELITE FT COACH & 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

GRANT TOBY

ELITE FT COACH & 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

 

MICHAEL HOELTING

ELITE FT COACH & GOAL KEEPER

 

Year joined Elite FT: 2017

Hometown: Edwardsville, IL

High School: Edwardsville High School

Club Team: Glen Ed

College: Millikin University

 

ISABELLA HENDERSON

ELITE FT COACH & 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