JJ Ruane, Director of Soccer Operations

  Biography: JJ has been coaching youth soccer for 20 years.  He joined Celtic SC in 2016 as the Operations Manager to oversee the day-to-day operations of the club.  He is a former DOC at Campton United Soccer Club, LTSC, and Plainfield Soccer Association.  He currently resides in Elmhurst with his wife and 3 children.

Coaching Credentials: 
USSF 'B' License, USSF National Youth License, NSCAA DOC Diploma, and NSCAA Futsal Level I Diploma.
  Coaching Experience: Girls DOC Campton United, Youth DOC Campton United, HS DOC LTSC Union, DOC FCX South, DOC Plainfield Soccer Association, USYSA Region II ODP Staff, IYSA ODP Head Coach

Playing Experience: 
Division I Player- Valparaiso University, 1998 Conference Player of the Year, 1998 & 1999 All Conference, 2 Time HS All State, HS All Midwest, former player at Celtic SC

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Cesar Sanchez, Assistant Director of Soccer Operations

  Biography: Cesar grew up in Carol Stream and attended Glenbard North High School where he started coaching soccer for the first time at the recreational level during his senior year. Joined Celtic SC in 2015 and now lives in the area with his wife.

Coaching Credentials: USSF 'B' License, USSF National Youth License
  Coaching Experience: Lemont Raiders, Team Evanston, and ODP Staff Coach

Playing Experience: Kopion FC, Chicago Fire Juniors
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John Miller, House Director of Coaching


Biography: John has been a youth soccer coach for 20 years.  He joined the Celtic coaching staff in 2005.  He was hired as the House Director of Coaching in 2016 to oversee the player and coaching development in the Celtic House Program. He lives in Palatine with his wife Maureen and German Shepherd "River". 

Coaching Credentials:
 NSCAA Member, NSCAA National Diploma with Distinction, USSF National D, and Positive Coaching Alliance


Coaching Experience: He has experience coaching boys and girls ranging in age from 5 years old to college players in our under 23 program.  He started his coaching career at Green White SC (4 years) and Grove United (4 years) before joining Celtic in 2005.

Playing Experience: 
Former Palatine Celtic Travel Player.  State Champion Fremd HS Varsity Team Captain 1984. Illinois State University Men's Soccer Team

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Doug Cardosi, Director of Goalkeeping

  Biography: Doug is closing in on 30 years of coaching youth soccer.  He is regarded as one of the top goalkeeping coaches in the Midwest. He has coached at every level and developed keepers for all levels including the professional level.  He is the Owner of Paws Goalkeeper Academy and has been with Celtic since 2007.

Coaching Credentials: USSF 'B' License, NSCAA Advanced National GK Diploma

Coaching Experience: Coach-Barrington HS, GK Coach- DePaul, GK Coach- Dominican University, IYSA ODP Head GK Coach, Region II ODP Head GK Coach, Camp Shutout Staff, PAWS Academy Director

Playing Experience: 



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Haris Haskovic, Staff Coach

  Biography: Haris is a former player at Celtic.  He attended Palatine HS where he still owns some of the PHS record for goals by a varsity player.  He joined Celtic in 2014 and currently resides in Palatine with his wife, Erin.

Coaching Credentials: USSF National 'D' License
  Coaching Experience: Celtic SC

Playing Experience: Alemannia Aachen Youth Team (Germany), Aurora University, DePaul University
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Dan Hirshfeld, Staff Coach

  Biography: Dan has been at Celtic SC for over 25 years. He played for Celtic as youth soccer player. Dan continues to provide top quality coaching while keeping the game fun and challenging for the players under his charge. Won a state title with Fremd Boys in 1997.

Coaching Credentials: USSF National 'D' License, ASEP certified
  Coaching Experience: Asst. Coach Boys & Girls Fremd HS, Celtic SC since 1990

Playing Experience: Billings Drillers (MT), Fairbanks FC (AK), US Army All First Team, US Military Team Call-Up (Soccer team comprised of all branches)
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Stephen Hunt, Staff Coach

  Biography: Steve has a passion for soccer.  He started his coaching career as part of the Wisconsin Rush Give Back program.  He volunteered doing camps and coaching.  It was here under tremendous mentors that Steve realized teaching soccer was something he wanted to do. Currenly resides in Palatine.

Coaching Credentials: USSF National 'D' License
  Coaching Experience: Asst. Men's Coach Trinity Christian, Camp Staff Northwestern University, Coach Canton Akron Soccer Club, Coach Wisconsin Rush

Playing Experience: Malone University, Trinity Chrisitan College, Madison 56ers, Wisconsin Rush
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Aldo Nolasco, Staff Coach

  Biography: Information coming soon

Coaching Credentials: USSF 'F' License, USSF 'E' License
  Coaching Experience: Glenbard North HS

Playing Experience: Glenbard North HS, College of Dupage Men's Soccer
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Kevin Noval, Staff Coach

  Biography: More information coming soon

Coaching Credentials: 
USSF 'D' License
  Coaching Experience: Chicago Magic

Playing Experience: 
Former youth player at Chicago Wind & Chicago Sockers

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Gordy Poluyanskis, Staff Coach

  Biography: Gordy has over 20 years of coaching experience. He joined the Celtic SC staff in 2014.  He continues to develop technically strong players who have a passion for the game. Gordy works in the Little Celtic Academy where many start the Celtic journey.

Coaching Credentials: USSF 'B' License
  Coaching Experience: Staff Coach FCX, DOC Rockford Raptors, Head Coach Rockford Dactyls W-League, Staff Coach Rockford Raptors & Dactyls

Playing Experience: Rockford East HS, Triton College, Rockford Raptors PDL
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Lisa Smith, Staff Coach

  Biography: Lisa has been coaching youth soccer since graduating from Loras College in 2010. She returned to St. Edwards as an Asst. Coach where they made multiple state tournament appearances. She is currently the Graduate Asst. at Rockford University and joined Celtic in winter 2016.

Coaching Credentials:
Current USSF 'B' License candidate, USSF 'C' License, USSF National Youth License
  Coaching Experience: Current Graduate Asst. at Rockford University, Coach at BTSC, Asst. Coach St. Edward HS, Staff Coach at Campton United, USYSA Region II ODP Admin

Playing Experience: St. Edward High School, Loras College
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Vashon Watkins, Staff Coach

  Biography: Vashon is in his first season with Celtic. He is the lead coach for the Jr. Celtic program. Shon grew up in Illinois and played his youth soccer here. He resides in Aurora, IL.

Coaching Credentials: USSF National 'D' License
  Coaching Experience: Coach ALITHSA, Coach Carol Stream Panthers, Trainer Soccer Made in America

Playing Experience: Team Chicago, Wheaton Wings, Downers Grove South
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