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John Soltani 
Director of Coaching


Spartan FC’s Director of Coaching, overseeing all aspects of the club’s soccer operations and ensuring a positive experience for all club members. He has coached in the Spartan FC program since its inception in 2008. John was also the Girls Academy Director at FC United, assistant coach of the Glenbrook North High School Girls Varsity Soccer team, and a chairman of the Young Sportsman’s Soccer League (YSSL). 

As a Coach: 
John began his coaching career in 2004. Aside from his experience with Spartan FC, FC United, and Glenbrook North, John is an Illinois Olympic Development Program staff coach, a Region II and National Olympic Development Program staff coach. 

John’s primary objective has always been to play a role in each child’s development and instill them with an appreciation for the great game of soccer. He strives to assist his players in reaching their potential both technically and emotionally, noting that soccer is a vehicle that can be used to teach important life lessons. 

As a Player:
John played his youth soccer in Northbrook and was a high school standout at Notre Dame High School. 

John is a lifelong Northbrook resident who has a strong sense of community, and a desire to give back through his love for soccer. 

USSF A License 
NSCAA Premier Diploma 
Youth National License 
Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coaching Certification

 Nicholas Kliminski

Club Administrator & Staff Coach

Nick Kliminski has been an active participant in the soccer community for over 15 years, as both a player and a coach.  A graduate of Waunakee High School, in Wisconsin, Kliminski played four years of NCAA Division III soccer, including three years with Lake Forest College and one year with University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.  His involvement with both teams sparked regular NCAA tournament appearances since 2015, when Kliminski graduated.

Kliminski began coaching early on, obtaining his D-level certification when he was 18.  Since then, he has held coaching positions and worked with local clubs in the Madison area to develop youth players, as well as in camps throughout the Midwest.  Some of his more notable experiences include coaching with ex U.S. National Team player, Brian McBride, as well as coordinating an international soccer clinic, held in Janesville, WI in 2014.  Prior to moving to the Chicago area, he worked as an assistant men's soccer coach and recruiting coordinator with Edgewood College.

Kliminski also holds educational licenses in teaching and administration

Ayman Noureldin

Staff Coach

Coach Ayman is a recent college grad and will be attending a graduate program in Chicago in the near future. He currently lives in Barrington with his family and dog. Soccer has been his passion, so he is grateful for the opportunity to share his passion with young athletes. 

Coaching Since: 

Coaching Licenses: 
• USSF F License 

Inverness, IL 


Dusan Obradovic

Staff Coach

Bosna & Hercegovina Team (Chicago, IL)

National Team Play
14-15 National Team – Serbia & Montenegro (12 games, captain)
15-16 National Team – Serbia & Montenegro (2 games, captain)


9 years professional play
176 professional games
18 goals
3 UEFA tournament games

Jeff Knouse

Staff Coach

Watching young players grow in the game of soccer, and teaching them to apply those lessons in other aspects of their lives drives Jeff as a soccer coach. In addition to Spartan FC, Jeff has spent many years coaching youth soccer, and has also coached boys and girls teams at Glenbrook North High School and Warren Township High School. 

As a Player: 
A Northbrook native, Jeff spent four years playing soccer for Glenbrook North High School, before moving on to West Virginia University, where he spent four years playing Division I soccer for the Mountaineers. 

Jeff has been a special education instructor for nearly 20 years. He currently makes his home in Northbrook. 

USSF E License 
NSCAA Member, 1994 to Present


Seong Ha

Staff Coach

The game is the greatest teacher.  Soccer needs to be fun, engaging, and something develops life skills to become a better player and person overall.  Sport itself builds upon lessons learned from parents, coaches, and their teammates.  Being technically, tactically, and psychologically sound in all facets of the game will provide a great experience for all who want to give back to "the beautiful game".

As a Player: 
Played goalkeeper at Niles West High School from 1992-1995.

Seong is a Business Education teacher in the Career and Technical Education Department at Glenbrook South High School since 2006.  He instructs in Sports Marketing, Consumer Education, and Accounting.  He also taught at Evanston Township High School from 2002-2006.  He earned a B.S. of Accountancy from Indiana University and the Kelley School of Business, then got a teaching certificate in Business Education from Chicago State University, and a Master's Degree in Technology of Education from National Louis University.  Currently sits on the Executive Board of Directors for the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association (IHSSCA) as a Public Relations Director.  In his free time, he is an Illinois High School Association (IHSA) soccer and basketball referee and runs half-marathons.  

United Soccer Coaches / NSCAA - National Coaching License
United Soccer Coaches / NSCAA - National Goalkeeper Coaching License
United States Soccer Federation (USSF) - National "D" License
Illinois High School Association (IHSA) - Soccer and Basketball Referee


Rafael Beretta

Staff Coach 

Soccer is more than a sport, it's a passion that I have lived throughout my life and must be followed with a lot of discipline. And as a token of that I want to convey everything learned in each session providing a enjoyable, dynamic and fun experience based on the values of discipline, sacrifice, commitment and respect between each player.

I've been working as a coach for 10 years with boys and girls of all ages spreading the sport and practicing everything I learned. 

As a Player:
I've played soccer since I was very young in minor divisions. Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to belong to the National Pre Selection U15 selection as well as play professional level in Sport Boys Association of the Peruvian League of soccer.

 Also participate as a player in Northern Illinois Rebels at the A.I.S.L. and Grand FC Mustangs in the U.S.L, both professional indoor leagues in the USA

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