Staff

The SoccerPlus Staff are what makes us special. All of our staff, from our brilliant directors and experienced soccer professionals to our passionate corps of aspiring young coaches, are dedicated to our #1 priority: helping our students become better players in just one week. Click on the links to learn more about who we are. Coaches, if you’re passionnate about mentoring the next generation of players, click on the links to learn more about becoming a part of our staff.

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Eric Ploch, National Sales and Operations Director – Eric is in his third year working in a full time role with SoccerPlus Camps, after spending three years as a summer college intern. He spent three years as the Director of Women’s Soccer Operations at the University of Connecticut while getting his degree in Sports Operations and Promotions. Following that, he spent 9 months working for U.S. Soccer as a Youth National Teams Coordinator. Eric handles staffing, customer service, individual and group sales, as well as securing new and existing sites for the summer. He can be reached at eric@soccerplus.org.
 


Derek Shoare, Challenger Sports Sr. VP of Sales – Derek is the Sr. VP of Sales, as well as in charge of full time employment for Challenger Sports. In addition he is in charge of overseeing the SoccerPlus Camps department. He joined the Kansas University women’s soccer coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach in the summer of 2015 after a highly successful club coaching career in the Kansas City area. He is a three-time KS Coach of the Year and has won 17 Kansas State Cup Championships with the KC Dynamos club team.
 


Peter Arch, Challenger Sports CCO Marketing and Sponsorships – Peter has built an extensive network within all elements of the U.S. soccer community during his time with Challenger Sports, including Major League Soccer, USL, NASL, ASL, United Soccer Coaches, Collegiate/NCAA, High School and Club. While earning his degree in the U.K. Peter was captain of the University of Warwick team that went on to win the English National Collegiate Championship. In that same year, Peter was selected to represent both England and Great Britain and was named University Sportsman of the year.
 


Michael Lovett, East Coast National Goalkeeping Director – Current men’s and women’s goalkeeping coach at Southern Indiana University. Former head coach at Brescia University and Ball State University and assistant at IUPUI, Virginia Tech and Murray State. Former professional for the Mobile Revelers in the USL, and national goalie wars champion. Mike is a National Goalkeeper Staff Coach for the United Soccer Coaches Association. Currently has NSCAA Advanced Regional, National and National Youth Diplomas.
 


Steve Trojanowski, West Coast National Goalkeeping Director – Played goalkeeper at California State University, Bakersfield (D-1) then coached there after graduating for the men’s and women’s programs (2009). Steve then moved to Buffalo, NY where he coached at Daemen College as an assistant for two years, followed by a move to Houston to coach at Challenge Soccer Club (3 years). Steve was also a longtime SoccerPlus camper.
 
 


Heath Creager, West Coast National Fieldplayer Director – A former letter winner at San Diego State University, he finished his career appearing in 75 games, scoring 15 goals and had 7 assists and was the 2001 Arizona High School Player of the Year. Following his collegiate career, he went on professionally in Belgium with Royal Racing FC Montegnee and in the American Indoor Professional league with the Anaheim Bolts and real Phoenix FC. In addition, he has donated over four years of his time to Ironwood High School in Arizona as a volunteer coach. In the off-season, he has worked in Lift Operations at Vail Resorts in Colorado.
 


Brad Gieske, Curriculum Advisor – Currently a Missouri ODP coach, Brad was a member of Truman State University’s soccer team and has a B.S. in exercise science, and an M.S. of Human Performance as an exercise, nutrition, as a psychology researcher at Lindenwood University. His most recent research relates to fluid intelligence in sports, an assessment of how players solve new challenges presented in the flow of a game. Traveling the United States with SoccerPlus, working on outreach projects and coaching in Kenya and Brazil, studying the academy structure and running sessions in Iceland, and coaching a team in Hungary, Brad has had many great experiences in the beautiful game. Brad currently holds a USSF National D License.


Nick DiCicco, East Coast National Fieldplayer Director – Nick DiCicco played at Suffolk University where he helped lead the team to their first NCAA tournament appearance (2010) and currently works with the U.S. Youth National Teams as an Equipment Manager. He also co-founded the SoccerPlus Outreach program, which has seen him visit Kenya and Haiti to run soccer clinics and donate equipment. Nick is a USSF licensed coach.


Michael Lovett, East Coast National Goalkeeping Director – Current men’s and women’s goalkeeping coach at Southern Indiana University. Former head coach at Brescia University and Ball State University and assistant at IUPUI, Virginia Tech and Murray State. Former professional for the Mobile Revelers in the USL, and national goalie wars champion. Mike is a National Goalkeeper Staff Coach for the United Soccer Coaches Association. Currently has NSCAA Advanced Regional, National and National Youth Diplomas.
 


Steve Trojanowski, West Coast National Goalkeeping Director – Played goalkeeper at California State University, Bakersfield (D-1) then coached there after graduating for the men’s and women’s programs (2009). Steve then moved to Buffalo, NY where he coached at Daemen College as an assistant for two years, followed by a move to Houston to coach at Challenge Soccer Club (3 years). Steve was also a longtime SoccerPlus camper.
 
 


Vanessa Phillips Bosshart – Former assistant coach for the Murray State women’s soccer team, where she led them to an NCAA tournament berth. Former assistant at Arkansas and North Florida following a successful career at the University of Tennessee where she was twice awarded ALL-SEC honors and participated with the United States Under-23 National Team. Currently has NSCAA National and Advanced Goalkeeping Diplomas.
 


Chris Barocas – Currently the Orlando City B goalkeeping coach, while formerly the Director of Youth Goalkeeping For Orlando City Soccer Club. He is an Averett University Alum where he started all four years from 1998-2001. He is part of the UNited Soccer Coaches National Staff where he helps with the Goalkeeper Academy and since 2012, Barocas has been part of the US Soccer Training Center staff and US Club Soccer PDP staff. In October of 2016, he worked as goalkeeping coach during the U.S. U16 and U17 Girl’s National Team Training Camps. Currently has NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.


Skye Bruce – Former Youth Soccer All-American and part of the U.S. Soccer National Team Player Pool who now runs her own website helping parents in sports. A former goalkeeper at the University of Massachusetts, she transferred for her last year of eligibility to George Mason where as a First-Team All American and the Defensive MVP of the Final Four, led the Patriots to a NCAA Tournament runner-up finish. Played professionally in the United States, Italy and Germany and coached at the University of Richmond. Currently has a USSF B License, a National Goalkeeping License and has coached for U.S. Soccer at Training Centers and for the U14 National Team. Founder of: www.SoccerParenting.com


Lisa Cole – Most recently was the head coach for the Papua New Guinea women’s national team. Also, Technical Director of the Centre Soccer Association of Pennsylvania, part of the Region One Olympic Development Program Staff, a National Staff Coach with United Soccer Coaches and an Education Chair and Women’s Committee Member. Former head coach of the Boston Breakers and the University of Rhode Island and assistant coach at Florida State University, the University of Connecticut and the University of Mississippi. She currently has a USSF A License and a NSCAA Premier Diploma.


Michael Crane -Currently the assistant women’s soccer coach at Florida Atlantic University. Former interim head coach at the University of Cincinnati and assistant coach at Duke University, Clemson University and University of South Alabama. Former goalkeeper for the University of Indianapolis and a member of the 2005 University of Akron Elite Eight men’s soccer team. Currently a member of the associate and national goalkeeping staffs of the NSCAA.


John DeAngelis Jr. – Former goalkeeper at Bloomsburg University and NJSIAA All-State member while growing up in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, he now is an assistant coach and social studies teacher at vero Beach High School in Florida. Currently has his NSCAA Advanced and National Diplomas, NSCAA GK 1,2 and 3 diplomas and an NSCAA Advanced Topics diploma in Reading the Game.
 


Matthew Deming – Currently an assistant coach at Lehigh University, where he helped lead the Mountain Hawks to the Division 1 NCAA Tournament in 2015. Deming also worked at Lock Haven University for three seasons, where he also played goalkeeper collegiality from 2003-2007. In addition to coaching, Deming has a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management and a Master’s in Sports Administration.
 


George Kostelis – Current associate head coach for the URI women’s soccer program after spending a year one the men’s side at Southern Connecticut and five years as the head men’s soccer coach at Western Connecticut State University. Former men’s assistant at Yale University and women’s assistant at the University of Connecticut. Currently a National Staff Instructor for the UNited Soccer Coaches Goalkeeping Academy and part of the Connecticut ODP program. Currently has USSF A License, NSCAA Premier Diploma and USSF National Youth Coaching License.


Louis Liberatore – Currently the Director of Youth Goalkeeping for the Orlando City Soccer Club. Formerly the assistant men’s soccer coach at Northern Kentucky and Binghamton University, where his goalkeeper has earned two consecutive Goalkeeper of the Year awards from the America East Conference. Former assistant soccer coach at Frostburg State and Belmont Abbey, where he played as two year captain and received All-Conference Carolinas. He currently has a NSCAA National Diploma and a Level III Goalkeeping Diploma.
 


Shawn Mecchi – Formerly Manager of Operations for SoccerPlus Camps. Currently the Director of Goalkeeping for FSA FC out of Farmington, CT. Mecchi served as assistant coach to the women’s soccer programs at Illinois State University, the University of Indianapolis and his alma mater, The College of New Jersey, as well as assistant to the men’s soccer program at the University of Indianapolis. Mecchi serves as part of the NSCAA goalkeeper diploma series instructional staff.


Dr. Bill Steffen – Currently a lecturer of Master’s in Coaching Education at Ohio University, the chair of Sports Coaching for the US Sports Academy, Director of the Sports Psychology Division for the NSCAA and staff coach for the NSCAA. Was the former head women’s soccer coach at the University of Oregon and former assistant women’s soccer coach at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina Greensboro and former men’s assistant soccer coach at Duke University.


Ziggy Zigante – Former assistant coach with the San Jose Clash of Major League Soccer and assistant at Cornell University. Native of Croatia with playing experience in Croatia, Austria, England, Japan and the United States. Currently serves as a consultant to the Croatian football federation. Helped the U.S. Men’s Senior National Team goalkeepers prepare for the 1994 World Cup and Olympics. He currently has a UEFA and USSF Refereeing Certification and a USSF C License.

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