Meet Your Trainers

Our training staff 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

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Administrative Team

“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

Justin McMillian

Justin McMillian

Owner / Executive Director

Hometown: Granite City

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)

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

Administrative Director

Hometown: Granite City

High School: Granite City High School

Club Team: Elks, Granite City Select

College: Lewis & Clark Community College, McKendree College

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

 

Bob McMillian

Bob McMillian

Administration

 

 

Directors

“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

Josh Boyd

Josh Boyd

Director

Hometown: Edwardsville

High School: Edwardsville

Club Team: Metro United (U10-U20)

College: Blackburn College

Experience: Played for St. Louis Illusion; Illinois Piasa

 

Justin Judiscak

Justin Judiscak

Director

Hometown: O’Fallon, IL

High School: O’Fallon Township

Club Team: Independiente FC

College: SWIC, University of Evansville, UMKC

Experience: Played for St. Louis Illusion, Illinois Piasa and is the OTHS JV Girls Head Coach

Tim Vance

Tim Vance

Director

Hometown: Highland, IL

High School: Mater Dei

Club Team: Metro United

College: Lewis University

Experience: Played for Illinois Piasa, St. Louis Ambush, and is the Father McGivney Boys & Girls Head Coach

 

Donny Sheehan

Donny Sheehan

Trainer

Hometown: O’Fallon, IL

High School: O’Fallon Township high school

Club Team: Metro FC

College: Eastern Illinois; SWIC; SIUE

Experience: Assistant and Head Coach at McKendree University (9 years); Assistant Coach at Akron (2 years)

Nicholas Walker

Nicholas Walker

Trainer

Hometown: Belleville, IL

High School: Belleville East

Club Team: Metro United

College: University of Indianapolis

Experience: Played for St. Louis Steamers Practice Team

Rob Lugge

Rob Lugge

Director

Hometown: O’Fallon, IL

High School: O’Fallon Township

Club Team: Independiente FC

College: McKendree University

Experience: Coached for O’Fallon Township high school

 

Paul Daniels

Paul Daniels

Director

Hometown: Alton, IL

High School: Alton (3rd Team All Conference, MVP)

College: Culver- Stockton College

 

Tyler McWhorter

Tyler McWhorter

Director

Hometown: O’Fallon, IL

High School: O’Fallon (Captain)

Club Team: Metro United and BFC

College: SIUE

 

Pat Shelton

Pat Shelton

Director

Hometown: Saint Louis, MO

High School: Saint Thomas Aquinas-Mercy

Club Team: Florissant United, Sportsprint, Florissant Cougars

College: St Louis Community College-Flo Valley, UMSL

 

David Cole

David Cole

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Samuel Keomanivane

Samuel Keomanivane

Trainer

Hometown: Granite City, IL

High School: Granite City

Club Team: St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro

College: McKendree

Experience: Played for Illusion, Illinois Piasa, and Fire

Chelsea Smith

Chelsea Smith

Director

Hometown: Collinsville

High School: Collinsville High School

Club Team: St. Louis Scott Gallagher

College: SIUE

 

Training Center & Gym Staff

“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

Tate Merten

Tate Merten

Director, Training Center & Gym

Hometown: Champaign, IL

College: Western Illinois University

Training Experience/Certification: Certified Athletic Trainer from National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification, Licensed in the State of Illinois as an Athletic Trainer, Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine, Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, & SIUE Strength Consultant

 

 

Seth Wilson

Seth Wilson

Gym Trainer

Hometown: Bethalto, IL

College: McKendree University

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Zach Rockford

Zach Rockford

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Jarod McMillian

Jarod McMillian

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Jarrica Theiss

Jarrica Theiss

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Brian McPherson

Brian McPherson

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Chelsea Smith

Chelsea Smith

Gym Trainer

Hometown: Collinsville

High School: Collinsville High School

Club Team: St. Louis Scott Gallagher

College: SIUE

 

Training Staff

“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

Cydney Robertson

Cydney Robertson

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Patrick Amundsen

Patrick Amundsen

Trainer

Hometown: Peoria

High School: Dunlap

Club Team: CISA, SFC

College: Bradley

Experience: Coached for 2 years, played in Brazil for 2 months

 

 

Natalie Heitzman

Natalie Heitzman

Trainer

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

High School: Althoff Catholic

Club Team: Lou Fusz Premier

College: SIUE

Experience: SIUE Women’s Club Soccer Team

 

 

Abby Stutz

Abby Stutz

Trainer

Hometown: Godfrey, IL

High School: Alton High School

Club Team: Gateway Futbol Club

College: McKendree University/SIUE

Rachel Tejada

Rachel Tejada

Trainer

Hometown: Troy, IL

High School: Triad High School

Club Team: SLSG

College: Illinois State

Experience: Chicago Red Stars

 

 

Megan Pawloski

Megan Pawloski

Trainer

Hometown: Belleville, IL

High School: Althoff Catholic (State Champion; All State 2 x; Post Dispatch/BND Player of Year)

Club Team: St. Louis Scott Gallagher

College: University of Illinois (Big 10 All Freshman Team; Academic All Big 10)

Experience: Fire & Ice Soccer Club (NWSL)

Holly Bluemner

Holly Bluemner

Trainer

Hometown: Collinsville, IL

High School: Collinsville (4 years varsity)

Club Team: Gateway FC

College: SWIC (GK of the Year)

 

Brianna Schmitt

Brianna Schmitt

Trainer

Hometown: Troy, IL

High School: Triad

Club Team: St. Louis Scott Gallagher

College: SIUE

 

 

Connor Imboden

Connor Imboden

Trainer

Hometown: Jacksonville, IL
High School: Jacksonville High School

Club Team: Jacksonville Spitfire
College: SIUe
Playing Experience: Currently play for SIUe Mens Club Soccer Team
Tommy Waugh

Tommy Waugh

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Morgan Wilson

Morgan Wilson

Trainer

Hometown: Bethalto, IL

High School: Civic Memorial High School

Club Team: Sporting St. Louis

 

Emma Knoebel

Emma Knoebel

Trainer

Hometown: Maryville, IL

High School: Collinsville High School

Club Team: Sporting St. Louis

 

 

Skylar Bone

Skylar Bone

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Nick Renna

Nick Renna

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Tara Kennedy

Tara Kennedy

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Hometown: Waterloo, IL

High School: Gibault Catholic

Club Team: St. Louis Scott Gallagher

College: McKendree

Experience: Fire & Ice (WPSL)

Tommy Giacobbe

Tommy Giacobbe

Trainer

Hometown: Glen Carbon, IL

High School: Edwardsville High School

Club Team: St. Louis Scott Gallagher

College: SIUE

 

 

Devon Thomas

Devon Thomas

Trainer

Hometown: Bloomington, IL

High School: Riverside Brookfield

Club Team: Eclipse

College: SIUE (Captain; MVP)

Experience: Fire & Ice (Captain 2013)

Nick Ammann

Nick Ammann

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Allie Ryan

Allie Ryan

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Hometown: Granite City, IL

High School: Granite City High School

Club Team: St. Louis Scott Gallagher

College: McKendree University (Fall of 2016)

Charles Renken

Charles Renken

Trainer

Hometown: Edwardsville, IL

High School: Edison Academy

Club Team: US Youth National Teams

 

Luke Volmert

Luke Volmert

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Chris Fanning

Chris Fanning

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Joe Smith

Joe Smith

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Hometown: Royal Oak, MI
High School: Royal Oak High School
Club team: Rochester Soccer Club
College: SIUE
Playing experience: Currently play goalkeeper on the division 1 SIUE men’s soccer team during fall and spring and Detroit City FC in the summer
Coaching experience: Current volunteer coach for St. Louis Scott Gallagher and youth coach at Rochester Soccer Club for three years.
Stephen Redinger

Stephen Redinger

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