Leaders and Role Models
The volunteer coaches that help conduct PWCJ bring extensive experience, both in helping players develop soccer skills and with working with youth—serving as leaders, positive examples and role models.
Read more about some of our returning coaches below.
After a successful career at youth and professional soccer levels, including as a player for Nottingham Forest Ladies FC in the English Premier League, Anne has actively and passionately worked with organizations who use soccer and sports as vehicles to change young lives. These include Z Girls Camp, the Lindsey Vonn Foundation, Kids Play International, the Sanneh Foundation, and Blessings in Backpack. Anne currently coaches teams at St. Charles North High School and St. Francis High School. She was inducted into the St. Charles High School Hall of Fame in 2015.
Coach Brian has been playing futbol since he could walk. After playing for the Johns Hopkins University varsity squad, he joined Grassroot Soccer, and spent a year in South Africa, leveraging the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize at-risk youth to overcome health challenges (specifically HIV/AIDS), live healthier, more productive lives, and be agents for change in their communities. Back in Chicago, he works for the youth sport for development non-profit America SCORES Chicago as an Impact Manager while still coaching and playing the beautiful game every chance he gets! Coach Brian was excited to help Coach Dean launch Project Winter Camp Jamaica back in 2014. He eats patties and jerk whenever he gets the chance!
Coach Stacey is a lifelong soccer player (midfielder!) who loves working with youth and playing, coaching, and following soccer. She has played on the University of Iowa Club Team and continues to coach and play in Chicago and at PWCJ where she has been involved since 2015. She has a BA from the University of Iowa in Psychology and Spanish and has an MSW from UIC. She has worked with America SCORES Chicago and currently is a Youth Counselor at the Gary Comer Youth Center on the south side of Chicago. Her favorite soccer player is Ronaldinho!
Coach Adam doesn't miss a chance to play soccer and 2017 was his first Project Winter Camp in Jamaica. Adam believes there's no gym like the pitch, playing at various levels over the last 25+ years and continuing to play (relatively) competitively in Chicago. Adam has years of volunteering experience with local soccer organizations to stay around the game set a positive example for new players. His BA in Psychology (Miami of OH) doesn't help him with understanding Jamaican accents.
Coach Chris has been our photographer and videographer since 2016. Although he isn't a soccer player, he runs competitively in marathons and ultra marathons. He has a Master's Degree in Recreation from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and helps lead the campers with fun games and team building activities.
Favorite athlete: Usain Bolt