St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club

Saint Louis FC Academy Coaches

Blake Decker

Blake Decker - Academy Director, U15 Head Coach

License Level:  

Academy Director License

USSF A License

USSF National Youth License

Additional Relevant Degrees: 

Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education

Master of Arts in K-12 Education

Coaching Experience/Achievements: 

2006-2017: SLSG Illinois Academy Staff Coach 

2010- Assistant Coach, AC St. Louis (NASL)

2011- US Club National Champions (U14) 

2012- US Club National Finalists (U14)

2013- US Club National Premier League Champions (U14) 

2015-2017- SLSG Illinois Academy Director 

Playing Experience: 

Youth: Chicago Magic, Windy City Pride: 3 IYSA State Championships, 1 USYS Regional Championship 

High School: Naperville North HS, State Champions 

Collegiate: Westminster College (Fulton, MO) 

Academy Coaches

Tim Lees - Director of Coaching, U17 Head Coach

License Level:  

UEFA A License

Additional Relevant Degrees: 

Degree in Sports Psychology at London University

FA Youth Modules One, Two and Three

FA Futsal Qualification

Coaching Experience/Achievements: 

Managed 12-16’s at Watford Academy

Managed 12-16’s at Wigan Athletic Academy

Designed and developed philosophy at Wigan Athletic Academy

Youth Development Phase Lead at Liverpool Academy

Worked with various players playing Internationally, Premier League and various other top divisions in Europe

Playing Experience: 

Played for Bolton Wanderers and Everton academies

Represented England semi professional team

Kevin Kalish

Kevin Kalish - U19 Head Coach

License Level:  

Academy Director License

Additional Relevant Degrees: 

Master's in Sport Management (SIUE)

Coaching Experience/Achievements: 

Division I College Head Coach for 5 years

Playing Experience: 

Division I All-American, Professional for 2 years

Kevin Stoll

Kevin Stoll - Director of Scouting, U16 Head Coach

License Level:  

National B License

Additional Relevant Degrees: 

Communication Major

Coaching Experience/Achievements: 

USDA U-18 Head Coach, NPL National Championships

Playing Experience: 

Division 1 Athlete 

Tim Kelly

Tim Kelly - Director of Goalkeeping

License Level:  

National B License

Additional Relevant Degrees: 

N/A

Coaching Experience/Achievements: 

Professionals Developed:  Connor Sparrow(Real Monarchs), Tomas Gomez(Drafted Columbus/Rochester) , Mark Pais(Toronto FC2), Luis Soffner(New England Retired) , Kevin Corby(Charleston/Retired), Joe Willis(houston dynamo)

Other Professionals that has worked with( Nick Shackleford, La Galaxy 2) Dominic Cervi(Celitic FC/Retired) Hope Solo(US Womens National Team)  

Has been a member of the Academy staff since the inception of the league.

Playing Experience: 

Kansas City Wizards (MLS)

Arizona Sahuros (USL)

Brian Goark

Brian Goark - Individual Development Coach

License Level:  

National E License

Additional Relevant Degrees: 

Masters in Clinical Child/School Psychology

Specialist in School Psychology (Licensed)

Coaching Experience/Achievements: 

SLSG Metro Academy/NPL Coach, Technical Trainer

Playing Experience: 

Professional: STLFC U23

College: SIUE (2008-2012) 

High School: CBC (2004-2008) 

Youth: St. Louis Scott Gallagher (1999-2007)

Nathan Steinmetz

Nathan Steinmetz - Academy Performance Coach

License Level:  

USSF National C

Additional Relevant Degrees: 

BSEd Exercise Science

BSEd K-12 Physical Education & Health

MS Sport Psychology

NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

FMS Level 1

Coerver Youth Diploma

Coaching Experience/Achievements: 

Soccer: 19 years experience in Club & HS including multiple teams in USSDA, USYS National League, and/or USYS Midwest Regional Premier League

Strength & Conditioning: 19 years experience with youth through professional athletes including 5 years with the University of Tennessee Knoxville

Playing Experience: 

Youth: Variety of clubs in Knoxville, TN

College: HSSU

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