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Ignacio “Nacho” Novas

Real STL Director and  Soccer Coach

Nacho Novas

Work Experience

  • Head Coach for ODP (Olympic Development Program) for 2000 G
  • Assistant Varsity coach at Webster Groves HS
  • Assistant Varsity coach at Ursuline Academy HS.
  • JB Marine boy’s director
  • Varsity Assistant soccer Coach at CBC. Conference Championship. (Volunteer)
  • Director of Tipbecas Scholarship Program (
  • Assistant Soccer Coach at Lindenwood University. HAAC Championship.
  • Soccer Head coach, Saint Patrick’s High School in Uruguay.


2003 – September to December

  • All Region Honors
  • 2 times player of the week
  • HAAC All Conference Team

2004 – September to December

  • National Champion of the US NAIA League
  • “MVP” Title
  • Best American Player of the Year- nominated by: NSCCA
  • All Region Honors
  • Player of the week
  • HAAC All Conference Team
  • All American First Team
  • All National Tournament Team
  • Region V and Conference leading scorer, (19 goals 20 games)

2005 – September to December

  • All Region Honors
  • Best Region V player
  • HAAC All Conference Team
  • All American First Team
  • Region V and Conference leading scorer (18 goals 20 games)

Nenad Curic

Real STL Director at Pattonville High School

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  • Soccer Made in America SMIA Soccer Coach and camps coordinator             2000- 2003
  • Assistant Soccer Coach Lindenwood University Men Soccer team             2005-Present

Recruit and coach student-athletes; follow NCAA D2 eligibility rules and regulations and conduct recruiting in US and abroad.

  • FC Bordo Saint Louis Head Coach – 2014 (competed in NPSL – 4th tier of US Soccer pyramid)
  • Soccer Player Youth – Played for selected youth Serbia national teams, during college All Conference, Region and American Team selections from 2000-2003.
  • Played for all youth selections FC Partizan – Belgrade 1984-1993
  • Played soccer in 2nd division in Serbia – FC Vozdovac, FC Indjija, FC Hajduk, 1993-2000
  • University of Novi Sad – Faculty of Physical Education Associate Degree – Soccer Coach

(Comparable to UEFA B license)

  • Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner, Life Coach, Hypnotherapist

 August 2015, Dubai, UAE (RS Coaching Institute)

John Roeslein

Real STL Fenton Director

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Present: National Head Scout for Richmond International Academic & Soccer Academy—Leeds England.

June 2010 to 2014:

  • Missouri Youth Soccer—Director of Olympic Development Program responsible for the direction of the program. 24 Coaches and 12 teams.
  • Responsible for club relations with in the State of Missouri’s 41,000 registered players.
  • Responsible for budget and sponsorship programs
  • Equipment and Scheduling
  • 2009 to Present International Academic & Soccer Academy– RIASA DirectorNorth American Scouts & Player ID
  • USSF National “B” LicenseNovember 2008 to 2014:
    • Head Coach 92 Boys ODP Team in 2008 and 2009 for the 1992 Boys ODP State Team—Semi finalist’s in 2009 with 6 Regional Pool players.
    • Head Coach 93, 94 and 95 Boys ODP coaching 29 Regional Pool Players in 4 years and 15 Regional Team players. Traveled and Organized ODP Team Trip to England in 2010, 2011 and 2012 to Play Marcambe Academy, Manchester CityAcademy,BradfordCityandRIASAAcademy,FrenchAcademy. 3win and 3 draws and 1 loss to Manchester City Academy 3-1.
    • USSF National “B” License1991 to 2002:

Head Coach of 1981 Boys Busch Soccer Club Team. Trained, Managed, coached and developed many players to college careers and professional careers. 10 Mis- souri State Championship Teams, 1 Regional Championship Team, 1 Super Clubs Regional Championship Team, Coached 1 National Championship Team

in 2001 at U20 for Busch S.C. 1984 to Present:

  • Automation Sales in the Industrial Automation Industry. With sales in access of 3 Million. (Robotic Systems & Automation) (Roeslein & Associates, Inc.)
  • 2000 to 2005 Director of Purchasing in charge of 5 million in purchase per year. (Roeslein & Associates, Inc.)Additional Background as a Soccer Player1970 Missouri State Champions—St. Mary’s High School 1971 Missouri State Finalist – St. Mary’s High School1971 National Jr. Cup Champions – SECO 1972 National Jr. Cup Champions – SECO1971 NJCAA National Champions – Florissant Valley Community College1972 NJCAA National Quarter Finalists – Florissant Valley Community College 1073 NCAA National Champions – St. Louis University
    1974 NCAA National Finalists – St. Louis University1976 Pro-Soccer – American Soccer League Co-Rookie of the Year With the New Jersey Americans
    1976 Tranamere Rovers 3rd Div. England – Flood Light League1977 American Soccer League Champions2008 Inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of FameCOACHING ACCOMPLISMENTS: National “B” License
    1993 Missouri State Champions U11 Boys – Busch S.C.
    1994 State Semi-Finalist/SLYSA League Champions – U12 Busch S.C.
    1995 State Semi-Finalist/SLYSA League Champions – U13 Busch S.C.
    1996 Missouri State Champions U14/ SLYSA League Champions – U14 Busch S.C.,Tampa Sun Bowl Champions, Dallas Cup Semi-Finalists
    1997 Missouri State Champions U15/ SLYSA U16 League Champions/Metro LeagueChampions/Holland Cup Semi-Finalists – U15 Busch S.C.
    1998 USYSA Regional Finalist/Missouri State Champions/U17 SLYSA League Cham-pions – U16 Busch S.C.


    1999 Missouri State Semi-Finalist/Metro League Champions –U17 Busch S.C. Missouri State Champions/Metro League Champions – U18 Busch S.C.


2000 Missouri State Champions/Regional Finalists U19 – Busch S.C. Super Clubs Regional Champions
Mens Open/Amateur State Cup Champions – Busch S.C.
2001 U20 National Champions – Busch S.C.


2002 Missouri State Champions – U23 Busch S.C.
Missouri ODP State Coach 81 Boys
2008 & 2009 Missouri ODP State Coach 92 Boys
2010 Missouri ODP State Coach 93 Boys and ODP England Trip Head Coach 2011 Missouri ODP State Coach 94 Boys and ODP England Trip Head Coach 2012 Missouri ODP State Coach 95 Boys and ODP England Trip Head Coach 2013 Missouri ODP State Coach 96 Boys and ODP England Trip Head Coach


 Pat Noonan – MLS New England Revolution (2002 second place voting for college player of the year voting) (Indian Uni- versity)/US National Team Pool/ U20 National Championship Team

  • Jack Jewsbury – MLS Kansas City Revolution (St. Louis U.) US Regional Team/U20 National Championship Team
  • Mike Tranchilla – Creighton University (2002 third placing voting for college player of the year voting) Drafted by MLSDallas Burn-A-League Raging Rinos. / U20 National Championship Team & MVP.

Jason Cole – St. Louis University (Steamers professionally) Drafted by MLS Colorado Rapids/U20 National Champion- ship Team

  • Mike Kirchhoff – St. Louis University (Steamers professionally)U20 National Championship Team
  • Jay Alberts – Yale University/US Regional Team/A-League Minnesota & Vancouver/U20 National Championship Team– Team Captain

Dipsy Selowanie – (St. Louis University)(Harris Stowe), MLS – Chicago Fire & Salt Lake City Real, Botswana National Team

  • Brian O’Hagan – Georgetown University/U20 National Championship Team
  • Derek Meyers – Tulsa University/U20 National Championship Team
  • Nick Walls – St. Louis University/US Regional Team/U20 National Championship Team
  • Scott Kaiser – University Missouri at Kansas City UMKC/U20 National Championship Team
  • Tom Dolan – Southern Methodist University/U20 National Championship Team
  • Mary Tappel – St. Louis University/U20 National Championship Team
  • Nick Pantazi – Butler University
  • Jason Roeslein – Lindenwood University/U20 National Championship Team
  • John Springnether – Lindenwood University
  • Jeff Stegman – University Missouri at St. Louis UMSL
  • Matt Stichling – Meremac CC
  • Tim Eckelkamp – Benedictine University
  • James Hunt – Southeast Missouri State / US Regional Team/U20 National Championship Team
  • Matt Telken – Belermine University
  • Mike Wiedemier – Belermine University
  • Matt Logush – Meremac CC
  • Joe Marshall – Bellermine University
  • Matt Pickens – Chicago Fire
  • John Ryan – Harris Stowe
  • Luiz DelMonte – Harris Stowe
  • Matt Herald – St. Louis University
  • Scott Ackerman—Meremac CC/U20 National Championship Team
  • Vedad Alagic—St. Louis U

Many other Players in College, Olympic Development Program & Pro’s

Coaching Philosophy – General: Youth soccer is the foundation of our sport in the US and around the world. It is the development of the fundamentals while allowing talent to develop their own natural abilities without being held back. The game is the greatest teacher of the game and coaches should prepare practices to allow the development of fundamentals while giving players a freedom to develop their own natural talents.

Youth Club coaches generally have 1.5 hours of training for 2 or 3 times a week. Plus 1 game per week. Tournaments are the exception. As a club coach it is your responsibility to first make the game fun at each practice while at the same time developing their fundamental skills, teaching shape (not position) and developing ball drive (an eagerness to win the ball back after losing it). This all can be done through proper practice preparation in game environment.

Coaches only have 1.5 hours of training each session so make the most of it. DO NOT SPEND half your time talking about what they should be doing or where they should be on the field. The more touches on the ball they get each training sessions adds up by end of year. Remember let the game teach shape of the team.

Games are gauges to see where your players are at as compared to other teams and it should be the indicator to what your next practice session should focus on always including the fundamentals.

It is the coach’s responsibility to put his team and players in the correct competitions to allow them to be competitive and have fun.

Ages 13 & Under should have a high emphasis on the ability to feel comfortable in thigh spaces and the freedom to go at and take on players. Tactics at this age should only be taught through keeping the team’s shape and covering up for each other.

Housni Bennis

Real STL JCC Director

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Playing Career

U12 – U19 played youth soccer for CODM (Omnisport Club of Meknes, ) soccer division.  CODM soccer competed at the top league in Morocco

20 – 24 played for FC SEFETA,  a club from the city of Meknes  that competed at league 3 in Morocco

Played with the Varsity teams throughout high school and college

Hold E license from MYSA


U17 all Moroccan

Top Socorer in the Moroccan Soccer League 3 (88-89 and 89 – 90)


F16  Real St.  Louis Blaze (U14 girls)
S15  Real St.  Louis Blaze (U12 girls)
Won the division

F15  Franciscan FC Blaze 2 (U12 girls)
F15  Franciscan FC Blaze 1 (U12 girls)
F15  Franciscan FC UCity Dynamo (U13 boys)
S14 Franciscan FC Blaze (U11 girls)

Annie McBride

Club Goalkeeper Coach 


Annie McBride, known as Mertz to most, began coaching soccer at camps while in high school. The love of the game and working with players both young through college-aged has kept her in the coaching community through various organizations including; Iron Kids, Wolfpack, JB Marine, Columbia Revolution, Southern Illinois Revolution, CYC, Lindenwood University, and various players in a private keeper training capacity.

Coach Mertz began her soccer career at Bishop DuBourg high school, and continued through college at Missouri Baptist and Lindenwood University.  After college, coach played for numerous prep and amateur teams around the Saint Louis area, and continues to play for competitive indoor, outdoor, and tournament teams.

As a player:

  • High School top 10 goalkeeper
  • American Midwest Conference Player of the Week – Missouri Baptist – 1997
  • Set record for fewest goals against and number of shutouts – Missouri Baptist – 1997
  • Ranked in top 100 keepers in the Nation – Missouri Baptist – 1997
  • Nationally Ranked varying from #1 – #4, National Tournament Attendees all years – Varsity – Lindenwood University – 1999 – 2001
  • Set win record (23-1) Lindendwood University – 2000 Team
  • Hall of Fame Lindenwood University – 2000 Team

Annie has coached other sports as well including; basketball and softball at the CYC, rec, and select levels.  No matter the sport, her coaching philosophy is to teach players of all ages to learn, laugh, and respect the game.

Lydia Elking

Real STL Fundraising, Real STL Soccer Coach.

Work Experience

  • 2011 JB Marine trainer
  • 2010 Assistant Coach Lindenwood University
  • 2010 Ursuline Academy High School Soccer JV Coach
  • 2010 JB Marine trainer
  • 2009 Assistant Coach Lindenwood University
  • 2009 Ursuline Academy High School Soccer JV Coach
  • 2009 U 13 Boys Lou Fusz Strikers Coach
  • 2009 U 11 Girls Lou Fusz Strikers Coach
  • 2008 U 12 Boys Lou Fusz Strikers Trainer
  • 2007 Ursuline Academy High School Lacrosse JV Coach
  • 2007 U10 Boys Metro Strikers Soccer Club Trainer
  • 2006 U10 Boys Metro Strikers Soccer Club Coach
  • 2006 U9 Girls SCCYSA Soccer Club Coach
  • 2005 Coordinated and Directed 4 Soccer Summer Camps
  • 2004 St. Louis Soccer Club Soccer

Bruce F. Rudroff

Real STL Coach

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  • Missour (ODP) Olympic Development Program (2 yrs).
  • Busch Soccer Club (2 yrs) now (Scott Gallagher Soccer Club)
  • Dismas CYC (12 yrs)  2 City County championships

 Playing Experience

  • Memphis Americans (3 yrs) Captain of team.  Coached by Horst Bertl, ex. German soccer player with  Hamburg SV. Team consisted of players from Argentina, England,  Chile, Poland and US.  Played with teammate Bern Holzenbein, world cup winner with
  • Play one year for Hartford Hellions, coached by John Kowalski. Franchise later was relocated to Memphis.  Team consisted of Polish, English, Hungarian and US players.
  • Played for Seattle Sounder of the North American Soccer League. (3 yrs.)  Coached by Jimmy Gabriel,  Harry Redknapp and Bobby Howe from England.  Harry later coached for years in the English Premier League.  At Seattle got to play with Sir Bobby Moore for one season and Alan Hudson, national team players for England.  Got to play against player such as Pele,  Franz Beckenbauer,  George Best, Carlos Alberto, and Giorgio Chinaglia. Runner up in Soccer Bowl to New York Cosmos.  Played international friendly matches against Chelsea, Santos of Brazil and  Stuttgart of Germany.
  • US National Team Played 2 matches against Russia.
  • US Olympic Team Played 3 matches again Japan in Tokyo.
  • Played at St. Louis University for 4 years. All American for two years. NCAA national champions freshman year and runner up the following year.
  • State soccer champion at McCluer. High School All American

Inducted into St. Louis University Hall of Fame

Inducted into St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame


Real STL Youth Academy Director



  • Full Name: Amed Zaza (known as Zaza)
  • Founder of Kixtar LLC & Zaza Soccer System
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education


  • 8 Years professional soccer in Sweden
  • 4 Years starter at Harris-Stowe State University
  • US Soccer D license & NSCAA regional diploma
  • 18 Years experience in youth, high school & college coaching
  • 18 Years of coaching Summer Soccer Camps

Founder Amed Zaza has worked with youth soccer programs for the past 18 years. Throughout his career he has consistently demonstrated the ability to motivate and inspire youth soccer players in the St. Louis region. His passion for soccer began when he was 9 years old and he has loved the game ever since. He officially began his career as a professional soccer player in 1984, where he played for 8 years, then as a college at Harris-Stowe State University. When he completed his education, he pursued coaching youth soccer as his formal profession. He has always been passionate about improving kids’ skills to help them play the game to their fullest potential.

Becky Schumacker

Real STL Administrator



  • Supervises and responsible for the proper registration of all players within Real STL, oversees membership fees and arrangements, communicates all club information to teams, Club meeting organizer, upkeep of GotSoccer, player/coach registration, producing player cards, social media.
Work History
  • Recruiter/Staffing
  • General Manager at Best Buy
  • Sales/Marketing Manager at Sams Club

Academic History

  • Major in Business Administration
  • Minor in Communications

Tim Schad

Real STL Girls and Boys Director


Parents, Players, and Coaches,
My name is Tim Schad and I have been appointed the new ladies coaching director at Real. I previously held this same position at the Metro Strikers Soccer Club. I grew up in St. Louis playing soccer at various clubs and played high school and college here. I won’t mention the exact years because I am really old. I have been coaching girls soccer at various clubs for the past 8-10 years. I really enjoy watching the girls play and helping them become better players and people. My number 1 philosophy in soccer is for the girls to have fun and enjoy playing at our club. We should have an atmosphere in which the girls are given the training and encouragement they need to become good soccer players. I also want them to be prepared to continue their soccer careers in high school and beyond.
I will be around at the various games to meet the parents and get to know our girls. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me. That is what I am here for. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

Keith Meyer
Real STL Coach


Keith was a high school Parade All American at St Mary’s who went on to play collegiate soccer for Indiana from 1981 – 1985.
He was a collegiate All American at Indiana and his teams reached the final four all four seasons winning the national championship two of those years.
Keith also played with the US National team during his collegiate years and went on to play professional soccer in Kansas City afterwards.