About Team Chicago Academy
Team Chicago Academy is the U13-U19 age group program for Team Chicago Soccer Club which in turn is the elite soccer program for the Wheatland Athletic Association. Our office is located at 2323 Liberty Street, Aurora, IL 60502 just west of Eola Rd. This is also where we have our main practice and game fields and the WAA Sports Center for indoor practices.
10U-19U Boys Director of Coaching
On May 15, 2017 Team Chicago announced the hiring of Kevin Gowrie as its new 10U-19U Boys’ Director of Coaching effective July 31, 2017. Gowrie is original from Perth, Scotland, but has been coaching in the U.S. for the past seven years and the past two years he has been the Director of Coaching for Oregon Soccer Club in Wisconsin.
In that role he was overseeing both the competitive and the recreational programs as well as creating a club coaching philosophy and a player curriculum. Gowrie has also created the curriculum for the OSC Academy (9U-10U) and Pre-Academy (8U) which has been certified by the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association.
Gowrie played youth soccer for Athletico Blair, was selected for the Perth & Kinross Regional Teams at the Under-14, Under-16 and Under-18 age groups and represented Scotland at the Under-14 and Under-16 levels before starting his coaching career at St. Johnstone FC. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Distinction in Sport and Exercise Science/Sports Coaching Degree from the University of Edinburgh Napier and “C” coaching licenses from the Scottish Football Association and the U.S. Soccer Federation and will have completed his “B” license by early August, 2017.
At Team Chicago Gowrie will be the head coach for the 2004/05 Elite Boys, 2006 Elite Boys, 2007 Elite Boys, and the 2008 Elite Boys teams for the 2017-18 season while working to rejuvenate the entire Team Chicago Boys’ Program from the ground up. He will oversee the Boys’ High School aged teams where Steve Berry will continue as the coach for our oldest age groups.
Gowrie explains his passion for coaching and developing young players: “My work is my passion: When I first got involved in coaching at the age of 16 as a volunteer in the St. Johnstone Football Club community program it was not only a way of recycling information that I had learned from some great coaches growing up and giving something back to the next generation but also the start of a career. At that time I still had aspirations to make a career out of playing the game and had been selected to play for the U14 & U16 Regional teams and had also represented my country, Scotland, at U15 & U16. It wasn’t too long after that I realized my dream of playing at a professional level wasn’t going to happen and I would need to start thinking about a new career path.
16 Years later I could not be happier in the direction I chose. I cannot think of another job that would be so rewarding as working with young athletes. Teaching the game and seeing the results, not necessarily the wins and losses, but the technical execution of the skills, the decision making under pressure, the dedication and desire to improve and how everything comes together on the field after the hard work and preparation leading up to the performance is just an indescribable feeling of excitement and pride."
Team Chicago Technical Director – Phil Nielsen: “From the moment I met Kevin, watched him coach and talked to him about soccer and youth development, I knew I wanted him on my staff. His level of playing, coaching, and academic experience in soccer is outstanding, but even more than that Kevin is equally passionate about developing all his players and himself as a professional coach and director.
I am convinced that the Team Chicago Boys’ Program is being placed in the hands of a coach and director with the ideal combination of soccer knowledge, experience, vision, people skills, and work-ethic.
Bachelor of Science with Distinction in Sport and Exercise Science/Sports Coaching Degree (University of Edinburgh Napier)
SFA Level 1 Development Activities (Scottish Football Association)
SFA Level 2 Coaching Youth Footballers (Scottish Football Association)
SFA Level 3 Coaching In The Game (Scottish Football Association)
SFA Club Coach/C License (Scottish Football Association)
SFA Physical Preparation 12-18 Years (Scottish Football Association)
SFA Goalkeeping Level 1 (Scottish Football Association)
USSF E License (US Soccer Federation)
USSF D License (US Soccer Federation)
USSF C License (US Soccer Federation)
USSF B License (US Soccer Federation)
National Youth License (US Youth Soccer)
NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma (National Soccer Coaches Association of America)
NSCAA Futsal Level 1 Diploma (National Soccer Coaches Association of America)
NSCAA Advanced Youth Coaching Diploma (National Soccer Coaches Association of America)
NSCAA Technical Development of the Competitive Player Diploma (National Soccer Coaches Association of America)
NSCAA Attacking Principles of Play Diploma (National Soccer Coaches Association of America)
Coerver Youth Diploma 1 (Coerver Coaching)
2015 – 2017: Director of Coaching, Oregon Soccer Club, WI
2010 – 2015: Head Coach, Oregon Soccer Club, WI
2001 – 2009: Youth Coach, St. Johnstone FC, Perth, Scotland
Director of the Youth Center of Excellence