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Thomas Gansauge

Director of Coaching
UEFA "A" License
NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma

NSCAA Premier Coach Diploma
Coerver Diploma
NFHS Professional Development Certificate
NSCAA Long Term Athlete Development Certificate

 

Thomas played professional soccer internationally and nationally for various clubs in the German Bundesliga. In 1991 he won an East German Championship & East German Cup joining F.C. Hansa Rostock. Thomas played internationally for U18 team of GDR & European Club Level (UI CUP) for F.C. Hansa Rostock and Arminia Bielefeld. He started coaching in 2004 in Germany as assistant coach of F.C.Rot-Weiss-Erfurt Reserve Team.

 

Thomas has been playing soccer in the U.S. for 6 years. He won the Metropolitan League Championship in 2006 and joined the U.S. Open Cup final. Currently Thomas is the head coach for Schwaben A.C.

 

Meredith Vail

Trainer/Coach
USSF "D" License

Coerver Diploma

Meredith played High School and Division 1 college soccer in the U.S. She was awarded Freshman of the Year at Marillac School. Meredith played for the Louisville University. She began her coaching career in 1994 and coached in Louisville, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Deerfield, Libertyville, and Winnetka. She plays, coaches and manages the women's team at Schwaben A.C. where she won the 2010 Illinois State Cup. Meredith joined Hansa Soccer Academy in 2011.


Mladen Stojanovic

USSF - C - License

Coerver Diploma

Mladen played soccer professionally in Serbia for Red Star Belgrade, Vozdovac, Radnicki Sombor and Veternik. He also played for the German team, RSV Wuerges. Mladen came to the US in 2006 and played for the US team, United Serbs. In 2007,2008,2009 and 2010 he won the MSL championship playing for the United Serbs. He is currently playing for the Schwaben A.C. First Team. Mladen's official coaching career began in 2010 were he has been a coach for Schwaben A.C. He joined Hansa Soccer Academy in 2011.


Christopher Fischer

USSF - D - License

Coerver Diploma

Christopher started his soccer career playing for the Chicago Pegasus Men’s’ First team from U17 thru U19. His college career took him to Harper Junior College for two years then to Western Illinois University. Christopher played Division I soccer here from 1996 to 1998. Post college, Christopher played for the Schwaben A.C. Men’s First Team and continues to play for Chicago Kickers.

In addition to his playing career Christopher has been coaching for 13 years. Beginning in 1999 to 2009 at Saint Viator High School he held JV/Assistant Varsity Coaching positions as well as the 2008-2009 Girl’s Varsity Coach position. His teams have reached the State Runner Up in 2000 and State Champions 2003, 2004 and 2005. Christopher also coached for William Fremd High School, Palatine Celtic Avengers and Grove United Revolution. He currently is a coach for the Schwaben A.C.

Christopher joined Hansa Soccer Academy in 2011.


Nina Mitropoulos

E License

Nina started her soccer career playing travel with ELA in 1998 until 2003. She later joined FC Barrington in 2004 until 2007. On FC Barrington Nina played in played in the USA Cup, State Cup, NSR Regional (Finalist) in Indiana, and US Club Soccer National (Champions) in North Carolina.

From 2008 - 2009 Nina played for Schwaben A.C. in addition to playing at Lake Zurich High School. In 2010 she played on Schaumburg travel team moving on to play 2 years of NJCAA community (Division 1) college soccer at College of Lake County in Gunree. At CLC, Nina was awarded MVP and Conference first team and was team captain her second year. 

Nina joined the staff of Hansa Soccer Academy in 2008.


Jeff Degroot

USSF - D - License

For the last 3 years, Jeff has coached throughout the Chicago area. Jeff has held various soccer positions within US soccer organizations, including Ela Soccer Club. Jeff is a graduate of the University of DePaul and holds a bachelors degree in secondary education with a concentration in History. He played for DePaul University in the NCAA Division One from 2004-2007. Jeff joined Ela Elite U23 from 2005 - 2008 and won a USASA National Championship. He joined the Hansa staff in 2010. 


Roberto Straal

UEFA - B - License

Roberto Straal is a former Dutch professional footballer who played in the Holland Ehrendivision and German Bundesliga for the following clubs: De Graafschap, Vitesse, MVV, SC Heerenveen and Arminia Bielefeld from 1986-2004. Straal has achieved playing in 14 UEFA Cup games in his career. In 2004, Roberto retired from professional soccer. He then began his coaching career with Vitesse Arnhem where he coached  U16 and U18 teams.

Roberto joined the staff of Hansa Soccer Academy in 2011.


Michal Wisniewski

USSF - D - License
Candidate NSCAA Goalkeeper Level 1+2

Michal brings his experience playing as a professional goalkeeper for seven years for WISLA Krakow and over five years coaching to the Hansa Soccer Academy Goalkeeper camp. Michal has designed this camp to get goalkeepers to the next level by overhauling the psychological, tactical, technical and overall fitness side of the game through the goalkeeper only sessions.


Ante Cop

NSCAA Premier Diploma
USSF National B License
NSCAA National Diploma
NSCAA GK Diploma

Ante played at South New Hampshire University and professionally for Croatia Zagreb and NK Zadar in the Croation Premier League as well as for the Chicago Riot and Rockford Rampage. Ante is the assistant coach at Robert Morris University. In addition Ante has been running his own goalkeeping school since 2003. He also holds a Bachelor degree in Marketing and Masters in Sport Management.

Myron Garnes

USSF - A - License
NSCAA Premier Diploma
NSCAA Director Of Coaching Diploma
NSCAA National Youth Diploma

Coach Garnes has a combined 25 years of experience in playing, and coaching soccer, at the highest levels. Coach Garnes holds a USSF “A” License, NSCAA Premier Diploma, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, and National Youth License certificates.

His playing experience includes playing for Trinidad and Tobago Div 1 League, the Manchester England Youth Program, Essex Community College, Howard University, and a professional reserve team in England.His coaching methods have developed teams in the Greater Washington area that have moved up the NCSL ladder from Div 6 to Div 1 and successfully competed in State and National titles.


Mehran Sorouri

Doctor of D.C., C.S.C.S.,CCSP Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Sports Physician, Certified Back Safety Instructor

Mehran joined the Hansa Soccer Academy staff in 2010. For the last 10 years he has worked throughout the Chicago area with several athletes and sports teams. He was the team doctor and speed trainer for the soccer club Chicago Lightning from 2005 - 2007 and helped them reach the US Open Cup Final. Mehran is a graduate of the National University of Health Sciences.