LASC Board of Directors

The LASC Board of Directors welcomes your questions, feedback about our program, and any ideas on how we can enhance the soccer experience for our players and families.


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  • T.J. Kelly President

    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. 

  • Steve Doninger Vice-President


    My wife, Courtney, and I have 3 children (Anna-19, Elle-15 and Will – 13); we have lived in Grayslake for 20 plus years. I grew up in Lake Forest and graduated from Lake Forest High school in 1989 and then went on to earn my Bachelor of Arts from Barat College.


    I have worked in the Industrial Sales field for the 24 years with such companies at General Electric, Phoenix Contact and Eaton Corporation. I currently work for Gexpro as an Outside Sales Representative. Working from home allows me flexibility to better be available to my family and community.

    Soccer Experience

    I started playing soccer at the age of 5 with the local AYSO league; I played four years at Lake Forest High School. After high school, I left soccer to play rugby and softball. In 2008-2013, I played in a 30-year old competitive pick up league. Most of my experience was as a goalie therefore I have a comprehensive perspective of the game.

     Coaching Experience

    I have served as Head Coach of the LASC U15 Girls Select team and the LASC U17 Girls Select team, I served as an assistant soccer coach for 6-year old recreation soccer with the Grayslake Park District; served as a head coach for T-ball for the age group of 6/7 year old; served as an Assistant Head Coach for 3v3 soccer tournament in the summer of 2016. I was an Assistant Head Coach for the Mundelein Magic U14 girls select team for the 2016/2017 season.

    I currently hold my US Soccer Federation F and E licenses.

  • Patrick Palbicke Treasurer

  • Megan Henner Secretary

    Megan and her husband live in Gurnee with their two daughters Grace (U12 Premier) and Madalyn (U11Premier.) Megan is originally form Chicago and has lived in Lake County for 15 years. Growing up she has participated in several sports including basketball, softball, and cheerleading. She has been part of the soccer world since her daughters began playing 6 years ago. 


    Megan is an active member of the community and volunteers her time to several area charities including animal rescues, homeless shelters and food panties. She has been teaching for 14 years, and sponsors multiple school clubs. She is also the chair-person for several fundraising committees at her school, and at her daughters' school as well. Megan looks forward to serving the LASC community, and helping it grow to its fullest potential.



    Megan has been teaching for 14 years and is the sponsor of multiple school clubs and the chair-person for the fundraising committees at her children's school.  

  • Jeff Weir Director

    Jeff was a multi-sport athlete (basketball, baseball, and soccer) all four years at Warren High School and was named All-Sectional his senior year.  He went on to play four years of soccer at St. Joseph’s College and was team captain his senior year.  Although Jeff made the freshman baseball team as a walk-on, he smartly decided to hang it up to focus on soccer.  

    Shortly after graduating with a degree in Psychology, Jeff was hired as a staff coach with Glenview Soccer Club, where he coached U9 and U10 girls for two years before moving to GLSA.  At GLSA, he coached various age groups from U8-U16 for almost 10 years, with a brief stint in the middle with the Eclipse.  Jeff and his kids joined LASC in 2014 and has been coaching and training LASC teams since.  He currently holds an E license.

    Jeff believes that successful travel soccer programs focus on player development over results at the youngest ages.  The results will come at the older ages by producing technically sound players early-on.  He has seen many clubs taken over by "Mega-Clubs," and loves that LASC has been able to hold on to its roots.

    Jeff lives in Antioch with his wife Liz (a former soccer star and coach herself) and kids Aidan (a football guy), and Avery and Abby who play for LASC.  By day, he runs the downtown operation for Kelso-Burnett, an electrical contracting company.  Outside of work and soccer, Jeff races triathlons, including completing two Ironman races and qualifying to race the ITU World Triathlon series, skis, snowmobiles, and coaches basketball.  And yes, he still plays soccer, but as he claims "only when I’m healthy, as old age is catching up to this worn down body."

  • Brian Burns Director

    For the past 16 years, Brian Burns and his family have lived in Round Lake Beach. Brian has a B.S. in Computer Science and currently works for the 19th Judicial Circuit Courts of Lake County, IL. The Burns Family have been part of LASC for the last 4 years. His son, Kyle, plays for the Boys U14 Premier team and his daughter, Katie, plays for the Girls U11 Premier team. Brian, always willing to help, earned his USSF "E" license and has been the U14 assistant coach for the past 3 years. He's also very involved with a group of volunteers that maintain the LASC fields each season.

    Brian and his two children also spend a lot of time in the Lake Prairie Indian Guides and Princesses organization. Based in Lake County, the Indian Guide program has several hundred members that focus on building strong bonds and lasting memories between parents and their children. He has successfully held many leadership roles and responsibilities within this group for over 8 years.

    "LASC is a special soccer club and I’m looking forward to the future. It’s exciting to see these young players develop individually while becoming more team-orientated and focused.  We're heading in the right direction with a lot of momentum!" 

  • Andy Alexander Director

    Andy is a hardworking family man dedicated to his wife of 16 years and 3 kids.  Two of Andy's three kids play for LASC, Abby (U13 Premier) and Adam (U10 Premier). 


    Andy played soccer at Western Michigan University.  He also played for the Detroit Dynamite, the Michigan Maple Leafs and LOBOS (England/Scotland).  Andy also was the keeper coach high school and club teams.


    Andy's goal is to incorporate what he has learned from his playing days, professional career and life in general to help LASC continue growing as a respected club with family values, fundamental, creative and expert soccer instruction – as well as team and individual growth. Committed to modeling and requiring hard work, discipline, respect of others and sportsmanship on and off the pitch.


  • Tracy Weber Director

    Tracy and her husband Mike have been Lindenhurst residents for 15 years. They have two sons; Tyler is 11, and Noah is 8 and a member on the 2010 Boys-Premier team. She has a degree in Organizational Leadership and has been employed with the same trade association for twenty-three years. Currently, she is the Associate Director of the association’s charitable arm. Tracy is eager to utilize her leadership skills to help make a difference by driving the mission and overall vision of LASC in order to continue benefiting the youth in the community. She is proud to be associated with this club and hopes to bring more awareness to the value LASC delivers.

  • Nick Schmitt Director