LASC Training Staff
The LASC training staff welcomes your question, comments and feedback about the program. Please direct your inquiries to Curtis Gregory the Director of Training.

Email: DirectorofTraining@lasc-soccer.org
 
Staff
  • Curtis Gregory Director of Training

  • Ellie Gallo Director of Juniors Program, 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.


  • 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!


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.   


  • Kuba Trainer

  • 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.


  • 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. 


  • Laura Kelly Registrar