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Schwaben Coaching and Training Staff

Schwaben Athletic Club has the finest soccer coaching and training staff in Chicago! Our coaches are required to adhere to the strictest standards of conduct and ethics.



Thomas Gansauge


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

 

Thomas Gansauge - Schwaben AC Trainer/Coach
  • Professional player for 15 years in Germany:
    • Bundesliga with F.C. Hansa Rostock
    • Bundeslige with Arminia Bielefeld
    • Regionalliga with Rot-Weiss Erfurt
    • East German National Team U16, U17, U18
    • East German Cup Winner
    • East German Champion Uefa UI Cup appearance
  • Coaching experience
    • 2003 - 2005 assistant coach U23 Rot-Weiss-Erfurt
    • 2007 - present Hansa Soccer Academy
    • 2006 - present Schwaben AC

Tom Cholewa

Coach/First Team
USSF "A" License

Tom Cholewa - Schwaben AC Trainer/Coach

  • Triton College, River Grove, IL
    • Men’s Head Soccer Coach, August 2008 – present
    • NJCAA Division II Runners Up 2008
  • Chicago Schwaben AC, Buffalo Grove, IL
    • Men’s Head Soccer Coach, April 2008 – present
  • Chicago Magic Soccer Club, Frankfort, IL
    • Staff Coach, November 2004-March 2008
    • Ranked #1 Soccer Club in the United States in 2005 and 2006 by Soccer America
  • Chicago Fire Premier (United Soccer League PDL), Chicago, IL
    •  Assistant Coach, 2005-2006
    • Assisted Head Coach in practice sessions, games, scouting and recruiting
    • Central Division Champions 2005, 2006
    • Nine players drafted by MLS in 2005, five in 2006
  • Dominican University, River Forest, IL
    • Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach, August 2004 and August 2006
    • Assisted Head Coach in practice sessions, games, scouting and recruiting
    • 2004 Season-Overall Record: 15-4-3, NCAA Division III National Tournament Qualifier
    • 2006 Season-Overall Record: 20-2-1, NCAA Division III Elite 8

 


Meredith Vail

Trainer/Coach
USSF "D" License
 
  • Started playing soccer when I was 6 years old (1981) for Buffalo Grove Park District
  • Started travel soccer with Buffalo Grove Travel when I was U10 (1985).
  • Moved to Schwaben at U12 (1987)
  • Schwaben member since 1987
  • 4 Year varsity HS starter, 1 year at Marillac in Northfield, IL and 3 Years at Buffalo Grove HS
  • First Team All Conference and Second Team All Area - 1993
  • Finished Fourth in State - 1993
  • Captain Elect - 1992 & 1993
  • Second Team All Conference and All Area - 1992
  • Finished Second in State - 1992
  • Awarded freshman of the year at Marillac High School - 1990
  • Attended the University of Louisville and played Division I womens soccer
  • Coaching since 1994 (16 years) in Louisville, Ky, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Deerfield, Libertyville and Winnetka
  • Went to Liberia, Africa in 2007 to coach soccer for a week
  • Currently plays, coaches and manages the Womens Team at Schwaben – Won the 2010 Illinois Womens State Cup against Grove United

Tom Kruse

Trainer/Coach
USSF "C" License 
 
  • Tom played for FC Hansa Rostock (Youth and U23 teams) from ’93 through September 2007
  • He then moved on to play for Rostocker FC  from September 2007 – August 2008
  • Tom received a scholarship to play for Judson University in Elgin, IL where he currently plays
  • Was cumulative 6 years captain in youth, including the last 4 years
  • Won the 2nd place in the German National Championship when he was 16
  • Was a member of the National Team between ages 15 and 16
  • Played several tournaments in Germany and Internationally
  • Coached Youth at Rostocker FC, Germany
  • Coached Judson University Summer Camps in 2010


Christopher Fischer

Trainer/Coach
USSF "D" License
 
  • Coaching Experience
    • Saint Viator High School
      • 1999-2003 Boys’ Sophomore/Assistant Varsity Coach
        • State Runner Up 2000
      • 2000-2008 Girls’ JV/Assistant Varsity Coach
        • State Champions 2003, 2004, 2005
      • 2007-2009 Boys’ JV/Assistant Varsity Coach
      • 2008-2009 Girls’ Varsity Coach
    • William Fremd High School
      • 2004-2006 Boys’ JV/Assistant Varsity Coach
        • 4th in State 2005
    • Palatine Celtic Avengers 2004-2007 Boys’ U-15,16,17 Coach
    • Grove United Revolution 2008-2010 Boys’ U-8 Coach
    • Schwaben A.C. 2010-Present
      • Boys’ U-9 Olympic Coach
      • Girls’ U-9 National Coach
  • Playing Experience:
    • Chicago Kickers U-8 thru U 10
    • Schwaben A.C. U-11 thru U-16
    • Chicago Pegasus U-17 thru U-19, Mens’ First Team
    • Harper Junior College 1992-1994
    • Western Illinois Univ. Division 1 1996-1998
    • Schwaben A.C. 1996-2000 Mens’ First Team
    • Chicago Kickers 2001-Present
    • Mens’ First Team and Over 30’s

 

Mladen Stojanovic

Trainer/Coach 
USSF "C" License
 
 Mladen Stojanovic - Coach/Trainer
  • Playing Experience:
    • Red Star Belgrade U19 (Serbia)
    • Vozdovac (Serbia)
    • Radnicki Sombor (Serbia)
    • RSV Wuerges (Germany)
    • Veternik (Serbia)
    • United Serbs (USA)
  • Coached at Schwaben since 2010

Jeff DeGroot

Trainer/Coach
USSF "D" License
 Jeff DeGroot - Coach/Trainer  

Playing Experience:

  • DePaul University- NCAA Division One (2004-2007)
    - Big East Red Division Champions
    - NCAA Tournament First Round appearance
  • Ela Elite (2005-2008)
    - U23 USASA National Champions
  • Illinois State Select (2008)
    - USASA Donnelly Cup National Champions
  • Schwaben A.C. 1st Team

 Coaching Experience:

  • Elmwood Park High School
    -    Boy’s and Girl’s Head JV Coach
    -    Boy’s and Girl’s Assistant to Varsity
  • U23 Women’s Ela Elite
  • Sports Made Personal
    - Personal Soccer Trainer

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