Coaching Staff

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Tom Paparounis

Founder and Director

Tom has over 15 years coaching experience working with goalkeepers ranging from Division 1 collegiate athletes to club and high school players. His coaching influences come from working with many greatly respected goalkeeping coaches from around the United States and Europe, namely former Ireland National Team goalkeeper, DC United goalkeeping coach, Alan Kelly Sr. and Joe Waggoner of North Texas ODP.

Coaching Experience

  • 2015 - 2016: Illinois ODP
  • 2009 - 2010: Concordia University Chicago
  • 2005 - 2007: Keeper Zone Inc
  • 2011-2014: Loyola University Chicago Women's program
  • 2011-2012: Loyola University Chicago Men's program
  • 2013-present: Chicago City Soccer Club WPSL
  • 2019, 2015-2016 Seasons: Roosevelt University

License and Certifications

  • Adv. National Goalkeeping Diploma-United Soccer Coaches
  • National C License - USSF

Professional Playing Experience

  • 2003 : Carolina Dynamo of USL
  • 2003 : PSL Regular Season Title

Collegiate Experience

  • 1998 - 2002 : Salisbury University
  • 3 Conference Championships
  • 2 NCAA Tournament appearances
  • 2002 : First-Team All-Conference

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Alex Sharon

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Alex's programs at Drive Goalkeeping build both General Strength and Sport-Specific Strength to create better, faster, stronger goalkeepers. He works to correct weaknesses and deficiencies in mobility and stability, and to improve sports performance through science-based training of movement patterns.

Coaching Experience

  • : Strength and Conditioning coach for the Men's and Women's soccer teams at Loyola University Chicago

License and Certifications

  • USA Weightlifting - Level 1 Sports Performance Coach

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Lindsay Fillingim

Drive Juniors Coach

Lindsay is a  graduate of Loyola University Chicago where she played Division I soccer for the Ramblers. She is a Chicago suburban native and grew up playing for Sockers FC Chicago and Conant High School. As a player transitioning to a coach Lindsay offers fresh insights and experiences to the players she works with.

License and Certifications

  • USSF “E” license.
  • NSCAA GK 1 License

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Katie Berkopec

Staff Coach

Katie grew up in Apple Valley, Minnesota and is currently on staff for the Loyola University Chicago women's soccer program, which competes in NCAA Division I. She graduated from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education and earned a Master's degree in Education Leadership at Winona State. We are excited to welcome Katie to our team of coaches.

Coaching Experience

  • 2017- present: Loyola University Chicago Women's Team
  • 2015-2017: Winona State
  • 2014-2015: Ripon College

Collegiate Experience

  • 2010-2013: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

License and Certifications

  • USSF National “D” License
  • NSCAA GK 1, 2 & 3 Licenses

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Chris Ward

Staff Coach

Chris is from the Chicago area and trained as a youth goalkeeper under Director of Coaching, Tom Paparounis. Chris has since a graduated of Elmhurst College with a Bachelors degree in Communication Studies and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Sports Administration from  Northwestern University. Chris coaches full time in youth soccer and shares the same energy and motivation that Drive Goalkeeping brings to our goalkeeping programs.

License and Certifications

  • NSCAA Goalkeeping Level I
  • National D License - USSF

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Julian Soto

Staff Coach

Julian joins Drive Goalkeeping with experience in coaching youth goalkeepers in Austin, Texas. He played collegiate soccer at Robert Morris University in Chicago where he earned a Bachelor of Sciece in Business Administration. Julian brings the energy and dedication to being a student of the game that Drive Goalkeeping looks for in our staff. Welcome to the team Julian.

License and Certifications

  • United Soccer Coaches - Level 1 GK License
  • USSF Grassroots: 7v7, 9v9, 11v11

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Stephen Tuang

Coach Mentor-ship Program

Stephen joins Drive Goalkeeping as part of our Coach Mentor-ship Program. Stephen is a recent graduate of Lane Tech High School where he works with the goalkeepers of both the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. A student of the game, Stephen, works very hard to understand the methodology and curriculum of Drive Goalkeeping. He will be guided by Director of Coaching, Tom Paparounis during the Fall 2019 season.  

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