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Announcing the CFJNS Coaching Staff for 2019-20

By Administrator, 07/31/19, 8:15PM EDT



CFJNS coaches at the Fire Juniors Coach Education Day in May 2019. Left to Right; Ryan (new Exec. Dir.), Dule, Senad, Dani, and Chris

As Evanston Soccer Association continues to evolve as it enters the 2018-19 soccer season, new staff and structure have been added to continue to foster growth, customer satisfaction, and player development. This summer, Team Evanston and CFJ North Shore added new coaches, new roles and hired an Executive Director. Furthermore, we have more coaches attending the Emerging Talent Program than in year's past. We also have several coaches who we’d like to congratulate and thank for their impact on the club during the years they worked with our players, teams, and community. 

Team Coach Program
2007 Girls Premier (U13) Senad Hot CFJ North Shore
2006 Girls Premier Red (U14) Chris Fera CFJ North Shore
2005 Girls Premier (U15) Almir Hot CFJ North Shore
2004/2005 Girls Premier Red (U16) Dani Martinez CFJ North Shore
2003/2004 Girls Premier (U17) Dani Martinez CFJ North Shore
2001/ 2002 Girls Premier (U19) Dule Radovanovic CFJ North Shore
2007 Boys Premier (U13) Dule Radovanovic CFJ North Shore
2007 Boys Premier Red (U13) Faruk Dzambegovic CFJ North Shore
2006 Boys Premier (U14) Jakub Piotrowski CFJ North Shore
2006 Boys Premier Red (U14) Milos Stojiljkovic CFJ North Shore
2005 Boys Premier - Fall (U15) Almir Hot CFJ North Shore

Fond Farewells

Rob Etheridge: As a member of our CFJNS coaching staff for the last two years, Coach Rob Etheridge was able to rise to challenges and be adaptive when it counted.  He brought a wealth of soccer experience to his coaching and he was able to help his younger players gain confidence and be motivated. Coach Rob guided the BU19 Red team to the Presidents' Cup final in 2019. 

Mane Lukic: Although Coach Mane Lukic is a young coach, he is very knowledgeable about the game. He has a positive attitude and while at Team Evanston was able to connect well with the players on his teams.  Coach Mane spent 1 year with the club. We wish Mane all the best! 

Staff additions

Welcome to ESA and Chicago Fire Juniors North Shore! 

Ryan C. French | ESA Executive Director: Ryan joins the club from CFJ West (Plainfield, IL) where he was their Director of Operations. In previous roles, Ryan has started a satellite campus of the world-renowned Right to Dream Academy (Ghana), owned an international business in Oman where he coached with Arsenal Soccer Schools, and was previously a director at the original Chicago Fire Juniors in Naperville/Wheaton. Ryan has an international MBA from Pepperdine University, a Master of Science in International Project Development from Rouen Business School (France). Ryan has also coached at many levels including academy, high school, youth soccer, and in soccer schools. Ryan is passionate about whole player development and operates a non-profit called The Academy Project with his wife, a consultant for the Chicago Fire Academy. Ryan has played or coached on five continents and looks forward to leading the evolution of youth soccer in the US in Evanston with Team Evanston and CFJ North Shore. You can learn more about Ryan by clicking the link above. 

New Roles

  • Senad Hot | CFJ North Shore Director: Coach Senad has been the CFJ North Shore Boys Director for the last year. During the 2019-20 season, he will also take over the girls program, as well, becoming lead for the CFJ North Shore program. 
  • Dani Martinez | Special Programs: Coach Dani Martinez will move into a new role focused on developing unique camp, clinic, and technical programs for the club. Coach Dani will also work on developing a Coach-in-Training program and will operate as the club's ambassador to the community. 

Emerging Talent Program Staff Selections

  • Senad Hot | Head Coach 2008 Boys: Coach Senad will be leading the 2008 Boys and will have the support of assistants from Kentucky Fire Juniors, Indiana Fire Juniors, and CFJ West. 
  • Kuba Piotrowski | 2007 Boys: Coach Kuba will assisting the 2007 Boys. He will be working with coaches from CFJ West, Kentucky Fire Juniors, and Florida Fire Juniors.  
  • Ryan C. French and Dani Martinez: Both coaches were offered to coach in the program but declined due to scheduling conflicts. 

Congratulations to our coaches who were selected to participate in our CFJ national network-wide program.