LASC Training Staff
  • Peter Valdez Director of Training

    Peter started his coaching career as a volunteer with the Dundee Township Boys and Girls Clubs in 2004.  As a volunteer he was given the opportunity to work with mixed boys and girls’ teams at the U8 and U10 level.  During this time, Peter was able to gain a deeper understanding of the key role of each of the four components of soccer: technical, tactical, psycho-social and physical, as they relate to a player’s development.

    After just one year with Dundee Township, Peter was promoted to the role of league director during which time the league grew from 4 teams to 26 teams, offering soccer to children from the age of 7 to 14 years of age.  It was while serving as the director that he was also given his first taste of travel club soccer.  Functioning as head coach of the U10 travel team, Peter was tasked with the job of selecting from a pool of over 50 athletes to make travel teams that would represent Carpentersville, IL in the NISL.

    From 2007 to 2010, while teaching in the Chicago Public School system, Peter directed both the in-house league as well as his school's CPS league team. In that time both the league and the select team experienced great success, including a second place finish in the district championships, as well as the implementation of a Dutch-inspired coaching system.

    Coach Valdez started his work with the Waukegan High School soccer program as a freshman level coach and in 2015 took on the role of varsity head coach. In that time Coach Peter has worked to develop and establish a style and identity for Waukegan soccer.

    As a director, Coach Valdez believes in the philosophy of possession with purpose, and the idea that play starts from the back and should allow players the ability to move the ball in all directions, encouraging creativity and attacking soccer.  The belief that all players should have the technical ability to both attack and defend is a driving force behind his training sessions.  As LASC's Director of Coaching Peter is looking forward to implementing a system that creates an environment which facilitates development of all participants and produces complete soccer players.

  • Sarah DeCaluwe Trainer

    Sarah is originally from Pennsylvania where she grew up playing soccer. She attended Trinity International University, a NAIA Division 1 school, where she played soccer for four years and was the captain of the team her senior year. During college, she spent a summer coaching soccer throughout the United States with the organization, OnGoal, and gained experience coaching all ages of children.

    After graduating with a degree in education and earning an IYSA-USSF “E” Soccer Coaching License, she began coaching in the surrounding area and is currently in her 6th year as the Varsity Assistant Girls’ Soccer Coach at Grayslake North High School.

    She currently teaches 5th & 6th grade Physical Education/Health in Wilmette and resides in Volo, IL with her husband Adam and new puppy, Cannon! She loves the game of soccer and is passionate about working with the kids, parents, and the community of LASC!

  • Ellie Gallo Trainer

    Ellie was raised in Lindenhurst where she still resides. She grew up playing soccer, basketball, volleyball, iceless hockey, and ran track. She played her entire nine-year club career with LASC, where she was named captain of her LASC team the entire duration of her high school career. 

    She went on to play for Warren Township High School where she was recognized as a multisport athlete including becoming the starting point guard for the varsity basketball team as a freshman.  During her senior year she was recognized as All-Conference for her abilities on the soccer field, academics and sportsmanship. Ellie is a graduate of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she attained a degree in elementary education.

  • Kelsey Armour Trainer

    Kelsey attended Warren Township High School where she was 4 year varsity, 3 year captain   She was All-Conference and sophomore, junior and senior year was All-Sectional. 

    She played four years in college at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside where they went to the NCAA Tournament every year; and won conference her freshman and final year.  

    Kelsey’s coaching experience includes several years at varied programs including Inter Gurnee, FCLC, Start to Finish Soccer Camp, Red Stars Soccer (Kenosha), and several camps with Warren Township HS.

  • Salvador Uriostegui, Trainer

    Salvador is next generation, an up-and-comer for sure.  

    He’s currently the Women’s Soccer grad asst coach at Chicago State University, and has recently been appointed to the coaching staff of Grayslake North High School.  He previously coached travel soccer at Lagrange Township Soccer Club, and has coached summer camps with Elmhurst College and also with Chicago Fire Soccer in the Community.  He even got his start coaching with a youth rec program in Mexico.

    USSF D license and NSCA level 2 diploma.   Playing career includes CCIW Conference championship for Elmhurst College, and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.    Salvador is bilingual in Spanish and English.

  • Ariel Castanon Trainer
    From Santiago, Chile
    Ariel has recently joined LASC having trained youth soccer both in the USA and in varied academies including Formando Campeones, Estadio Israelita, and Huinganal High School in Chile.   Ariel played collegiately in the USA at Cumberlands University in Kentucky, and until last spring playing professionally in the USA at FC Arizona.   Ariel is fluent in both Spanish and English and as a former forward/midfielder is excited to be here bringing his finesse and attacking style of play to our kids.


  • Rich Armour Trainer

    Rich is a seasoned veteran and overall soccer junkie.  He knows more about soccer than any of us.  Combined.  We’re not kidding.   This means you too.  We kinda stay out of his way and let him do his thing.   

    USSF National D licence; WTHS boys coach; WTHS girls Freshman coach; Trainer for Inter Gurnee, FCLC, previously with Warren United for many years.   Waukegan HS coach; fmr Director of Training Northwestern College in NY, Varsity head coach Farmindale, Long Island, NY;

    Favorite team is Man U.    Favorite players are Richie, Michael, and Kelsey Armour.   

  • Jonathon Stanley Trainer

    Jonathon is a former LASC player for 8+ years starting back in 2003.   He played varsity soccer at Lakes Community High School for 3 years and holds the record for most goals in a single season & career. He continued his soccer career in college starting for 4 years at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he was honored to play with a top 25 ranked soccer program and be a part of two NCAA tournaments in 2013 & 2015. 

    After graduating from UWO in 2016 with a Criminal Justice degree he decided to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a college soccer coach. He became the Assistant Full-Time soccer coach at Albion College in Michigan.

    He currently works in the Investigation Department at American Family Insurance and plays for a Majors team in Milwaukee. He is happy to be back with LASC to give back to the program and to the game that he loves.  

  • Brett Johnson Keeper Trainer

    Brett has an extensive playing background including several professional clubs and a stellar career with Augustana University .   Johnson has three of the top 25 single-season save totals in Augustana school history. His 0.93 GAA in 2014 is the second-best single-season mark in school history and his 10 wins that year are 10th-most in a season at Augustana.    He has also competed professionally in several countries including  NPSL Chicago Mustangs, MLS Chivas USA, and Olympia FC in Hobart, Australia.

  • Ryan Kelekian Trainer

    Ryan comes to us from Lakes High School and Lake Forest College.    Ryan was a stellar player for Lakes High School including 3 years varsity, Captain, Student-Athlete Leadership Team, and he continued to help Lakes on occasion during camps.    He will soon graduate from Lake Forest College and is one for the future.  

    Fun Fact – Ryan continues to play in 3 different adult leagues, and on one of the teams he is a player-coach.

  • Cesar Murua Trainer

    Cesar also comes to us from Lakes High School

  • Meredith Vail Administrator

    Meredith will be supporting LASC in an administrative capacity including accounting, registrar, and general administrative support.

    Meredith is Asst Coach for the Lake Forest College Women’s team; USSF D license; Coaching experience across varied travel and school programs including Schwaben, GLSA, Pegasus, Buffalo Grove HS, New Trier/Trevian.

    A graduate of Buffalo Grove High School, Vail was a two-time all-conference and all-area selection while leading the team to a pair of to-four finishes at the state tournament. She went on to play three years of NCAA Division I soccer at the University of Louisville. Vail's playing experience at the club level also took her to international events in Denmark and Ontario.

    Her administrative support business includes supporting Elite Soccer Club, San Diego Chargers, Chicago Bears, Wilson Sporting goods, Upper Deck, and many others.

    Meredith resides in nearby Lake Bluff, Illinois and in her spare time enjoys cooking.


  • Laura Kelly Registrar