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 Girl’s 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!


  • Sean Fidlow Trainer

    Sean is a product of Gurnee. He played soccer at Clarke College before transferring to Augustana where he received multiple accolades including All-Conference honors, and was named team captain and multiple-time MVP. He consistently led his teams in goals and assists, resulting in the team's best records and rankings. Post-collegiately, Sean played for the Quad City Eagles, internationally in Australia and Trinidad and Tobago, and continues to play within the PSL. 

     

    Since 2008, Sean has coached various clubs and camps, and holds his USSF 'D' License.

     

    He currently resides in Chicago, and works in the Leadership Program at Discover Financial Services. Outside of work and soccer, he enjoys cooking (and of course eating), and traveling across the globe.


  • Matt Shipon Trainer

  • 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 freshmanDuring her senior year she was recognized as All-Conference for her abilities on the soccer field, academics and sportsmanship. Ellie now attends the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she is finishing her degree in elementary education.

     

     

    Ellie has previously worked with youth soccer teams and coached basketball through the Upward program in Wadsworth. She is also a camp counselor for Echo Day Camp. She loves working with kids, enjoys giving back to her community, and hopes to continue her coaching career once she finishes her degree.


  • Jonathon Stanley Trainer

    Jonathon was a member of the LASC program 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 that devopled him as the player/man he is today as well as continuing to be around the game that he loves.  


  • Kyle Hensley Trainer

    Kyle played for LASC from age 8 up until he was 18 years old. He loved playing for our club and is happy to return and be a trainer for the next generation of kids playing here.  He loves helping them grow into better soccer players and better people in general. Playing for LASC taught him many things that were not soccer related which he now carries on in life.  He wants to inspire and coach younger players to see and feel the same way.

    Kyle continued his soccer career in high school at Grayslake North and was a 3 year varsity player. He was voted MVP by his teammates his senior year and set the school record for most assists.  He also made the All-Conference team. He still plays today in various local men's leagues.


  • T.J. Kelly Keeper Trainer

    T.J. has played soccer his whole life - from playing goalkeeper in park district and grade school  leagues in Peoria, goalkeeper at the club level with the Peoria Soccer Club and Peoria Sports Verein, in high school at Peoria Notre Dame where he earned a Varsity letter three times as well as All-Conference and Team Captain honors his senior year, and as a scholarship athlete at Lincoln College again earning Team Captain honors.  He continues to play for Lake County United in the GLSA league. 

     

    His coaching career began as a high school junior working on goalkeeper training as well as with with various youth teams. T.J. has traveled the country coaching for MLS soccer camps specializing in goalkeeper training. Most recently, he coached for the Lindenhurst Park District. 

     

    T.J. earned his USSF “E” License and will be working toward his “D” License and NSCAA Goalkeeper Levels 1 and 2 certificates. He's excited to be coaching for LASC and working with the club's goalkeepers to develop them and help them grow in the sport and position he's so passionate about.