About Team Chicago Academy
Team Chicago Academy is the U13-U19 age group program for Team Chicago Soccer Club which in turn is the elite soccer program for the Wheatland Athletic Association. Our office is located at 2323 Liberty Street, Aurora, IL 60502 just west of Eola Rd. This is also where we have our main practice and game fields and the WAA Sports Center for indoor practices.
Technical Director Team Chicago/Executive Director-Soccer Wheatland Athletic Association
Phil Nielsen started his playing and coaching career in his native Denmark. A coach for more than 30 years, he has spent the past 20+ years coaching college, semi-professional, and youth players in Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Brazil.
Currently he is serving as the Technical Director for Team Chicago Soccer Club in Naperville, IL and Executive Director for Soccer at Wheatland Athletic Association. In this capacity he is overseeing all soccer programming for both Team Chicago’s elite program and the recreational program for its parent organization Wheatland Athletic Association.
Coach Nielsen is serving as a U.S. National Team Scout and is in charge of the U.S. Soccer Training Center for Illinois & Wisconsin.
Coach Nielsen is also deeply involved in Region II ODP serving as a Senior Staff Coach since 2005. He is currently the Head Coach for the 2002 Girls’ Regional Team, and has served as an Age Group or Head Coach for each of the past 10 years.
From 2000 until 2008 he was at the helm of Smith College Soccer, while simultaneously coaching within the Region II ODP program and the Massachusetts & Michigan state ODP programs. Prior to taking over at Smith College he was the Head Coach of nationally-ranked Kalamazoo College.
Coach Nielsen spent 4+ months in Brazil in the spring & summer of 2007. First with the 1989 & 1990 Region II ODP teams, then working with Team Chicago Brasil (a girls & women’s soccer club) in Rio de Janeiro, and finally he completed a 3-week internship with Cruzeiro (one of Brazil’s most famous clubs, which developed Brazilian National Team stars such as Ronaldo, Cris, and Fred).
Coach Nielsen has obtained coaching licenses from U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF), National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), the Danish Football Association (DBU), and his UEFA Badge from the Scottish FA (SFA).
For the 2017-18 Season Coach Nielsen is serving as the Head Coach of the following Team Chicago Academy teams:
U16 Team Chicago Academy-2001 Elite
U15 Team Chicago Academy-2002 Elite
If you would like to talk to Coach Nielsen about your possible future with the Team Chicago Academy, please do not hesitate to contact him by phone, or E-mail.
Technical Director Phil H. Nielsen
Phone: (630) 978-8244
Dave Lovercheck joined our staff as the Girls U10-18 Director in August 2015. Dave’s duties also include overseeing the Girls MLK Day College Showcase, the College-Search Advising Program for U14-18 boys and girls, Team Chicago fundraising, and serving as video analyst for both the boys and girls Academy Program.
Dave is currently serving as the Head Coach for the Chicago Red Stars Reserves.
Dave is a USSF A-licensed coach who joined us from Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Minnesota where he was serving as Head Coach of the U17 Girls Elite Residential Program.
Dave played collegiately at Hunter College, CUNY and earned his Bachelor in Science in Organizational Behavior and Leadership from the University of San Francisco. He is currently finishing up his Master’s Degree in Soccer Coaching from Ohio University a very prestigious coaching degree run in conjunction with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Prior to his stint at Shattuck-St. Mary’s Dave spent five successful years as Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at San Jose State University (DI). At San Jose State, Dave served as Recruiting Coordinator and NCAA Compliance Coordinator as well as Video Analyst, and helped the team to two Western Athletic Conference championships.
While in the Bay Area, Dave also served as Assistant Coach & Head Equipment Manager for the FC Gold Pride, which won the Women’s Professional Soccer league title, and as head coach of the MVLA Pride U14 and U15 teams, which he led to the ECNL National Championship game in 2013 and a 3rd place finish in the National League. He also served as Boys Varsity Head Coach at Henry M. Gunn H.S. in Palo Alto, CA.
Dave started his coaching career in New York City where he served nine years as a Staff Coach and Camp Director for Downtown United Soccer Club in Manhattan, and two seasons as the Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach at Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Dave is married to Jennifer who is a Chicagoland native and very excited about moving back home. Jen is an illustrator who works in children’s books and has several titles published. Jen is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois-Champaign where she obtained her undergraduate degree, and her MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Dave and Jen are the proud parents of daughter Emily.
10U-19U Boys Director of Coaching
On May 15, 2017 Team Chicago announced the hiring of Kevin Gowrie as its new 10U-19U Boys’ Director of Coaching effective July 31, 2017. Gowrie is original from Perth, Scotland, but has been coaching in the U.S. for the past seven years and the past two years he has been the Director of Coaching for Oregon Soccer Club in Wisconsin.
In that role he was overseeing both the competitive and the recreational programs as well as creating a club coaching philosophy and a player curriculum. Gowrie has also created the curriculum for the OSC Academy (9U-10U) and Pre-Academy (8U) which has been certified by the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association.
Gowrie played youth soccer for Athletico Blair, was selected for the Perth & Kinross Regional Teams at the Under-14, Under-16 and Under-18 age groups and represented Scotland at the Under-14 and Under-16 levels before starting his coaching career at St. Johnstone FC. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Distinction in Sport and Exercise Science/Sports Coaching Degree from the University of Edinburgh Napier and “C” coaching licenses from the Scottish Football Association and the U.S. Soccer Federation and will have completed his “B” license by early August, 2017.
At Team Chicago Gowrie will be the head coach for the 2004/05 Elite Boys, 2006 Elite Boys, 2007 Elite Boys, and the 2008 Elite Boys teams for the 2017-18 season while working to rejuvenate the entire Team Chicago Boys’ Program from the ground up. He will oversee the Boys’ High School aged teams where Steve Berry will continue as the coach for our oldest age groups.
Gowrie explains his passion for coaching and developing young players: “My work is my passion: When I first got involved in coaching at the age of 16 as a volunteer in the St. Johnstone Football Club community program it was not only a way of recycling information that I had learned from some great coaches growing up and giving something back to the next generation but also the start of a career. At that time I still had aspirations to make a career out of playing the game and had been selected to play for the U14 & U16 Regional teams and had also represented my country, Scotland, at U15 & U16. It wasn’t too long after that I realized my dream of playing at a professional level wasn’t going to happen and I would need to start thinking about a new career path.
16 Years later I could not be happier in the direction I chose. I cannot think of another job that would be so rewarding as working with young athletes. Teaching the game and seeing the results, not necessarily the wins and losses, but the technical execution of the skills, the decision making under pressure, the dedication and desire to improve and how everything comes together on the field after the hard work and preparation leading up to the performance is just an indescribable feeling of excitement and pride."
Team Chicago Technical Director – Phil Nielsen: “From the moment I met Kevin, watched him coach and talked to him about soccer and youth development, I knew I wanted him on my staff. His level of playing, coaching, and academic experience in soccer is outstanding, but even more than that Kevin is equally passionate about developing all his players and himself as a professional coach and director.
I am convinced that the Team Chicago Boys’ Program is being placed in the hands of a coach and director with the ideal combination of soccer knowledge, experience, vision, people skills, and work-ethic.
Bachelor of Science with Distinction in Sport and Exercise Science/Sports Coaching Degree (University of Edinburgh Napier)
SFA Level 1 Development Activities (Scottish Football Association)
SFA Level 2 Coaching Youth Footballers (Scottish Football Association)
SFA Level 3 Coaching In The Game (Scottish Football Association)
SFA Club Coach/C License (Scottish Football Association)
SFA Physical Preparation 12-18 Years (Scottish Football Association)
SFA Goalkeeping Level 1 (Scottish Football Association)
USSF E License (US Soccer Federation)
USSF D License (US Soccer Federation)
USSF C License (US Soccer Federation)
USSF B License (US Soccer Federation)
National Youth License (US Youth Soccer)
NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma (National Soccer Coaches Association of America)
NSCAA Futsal Level 1 Diploma (National Soccer Coaches Association of America)
NSCAA Advanced Youth Coaching Diploma (National Soccer Coaches Association of America)
NSCAA Technical Development of the Competitive Player Diploma (National Soccer Coaches Association of America)
NSCAA Attacking Principles of Play Diploma (National Soccer Coaches Association of America)
Coerver Youth Diploma 1 (Coerver Coaching)
2015 – 2017: Director of Coaching, Oregon Soccer Club, WI
2010 – 2015: Head Coach, Oregon Soccer Club, WI
2001 – 2009: Youth Coach, St. Johnstone FC, Perth, Scotland