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 intern college. 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 National 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 – Former Suffolk University varsity player and current U.S. Youth National Teams equipment manager. He also has been heavily involved in SoccerPlus’ outreach program and attended a trips to Kenya and Haiti, where the group has brought over 650 pounds of sports equipment to the countries, in addition to running various clinics and training sessions.


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