Coaching Staff

We are knowledgeable, experienced and share a

passion for developing goalkeepers.

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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: Roosevelt University
  • 2015 - 2016: Illinois ODP
  • 2009 - 2010: Concordia University Chicago
  • 2005 - 2007: Keeper Zone Inc
  • : Loyola University Chicago Women's program
  • : Loyola University Chicago Men's program
  • : Chicago City Soccer Club WPSL

License and Certifications

  • USC Level 3 Goalkeeping License
  • USSF National C License

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 recent 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

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

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Sydney Galvez-Daley

Staff Coach

Sydney is a recent graduate of Valparaiso University in Northwest Indiana. She received a degree in exercise science and Spanish. During her time at VU She was the starting goalkeeper for their women's soccer program where she currently holds the record for most shutouts. A Chicago native, Sydney played youth soccer in Illinois and is a product of Drive Goalkeeping's training Programs. Now in a coaching roll, Sydney works to inspire goalkeepers to reach their full potential by utilizing the same Drive Goalkeeping coaching methodologies that helped mold her as a player. 

License and Certifications

  • NSCAA GK 1 and 2 License
  • USSF "E" 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