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Hawthorn Woods Elite Soccer Club


Meet The Coaches

We are here to provide you and your family with the best youth soccer experience possible! We are proud to bring you a group of highly accomplished coaches and administrators. Read the bios below to learn more about your coach.

Tom Chmela

HWESC Director of Coaching

Tom is a well-known advocate, coach and trainer of soccer in Illinois, and his teams have consistently played at the top level of competition in the State of Illinois.  He has had six players go on to play on National Teams/Professional Teams.  More than sixty soccer players coached by Tom have been awarded college scholarships. Tom is also a retired physical education teacher with 38 years of experience.

Coaching Experience

  • 30+ years of coaching experience at Evanston High School, Gordon Technical High School and Eastern Illinois University.
  • Served as head coach of the U16 Boys Illinois Olympic Development Program (ODP)
  • Founder and Coach, Elite Program for Ela Soccer Club, 2003-2010
  • Led Ela Elite Soccer Club teams to Illinois State Championships, Regional Qualifiers and National Championship competitions through 2010
  • Clinician for Chicago Sting players’ and coaches’ clinics.
  • 2007: Named “Coach of the Year” by the Illinois Youth Soccer Association 
  • 1992: Illinois High School Coaches Association; Coach of the Year
  • 1992: Midwest Coach of the Year, and finalist for National Coach of the Year
  • Holds USSF National B coaching license
  • Holds NS Brazilian National coaching license

Steve McMahon


Personal Bio/Soccer Experience:

Steve grew up playing soccer in the Park Ridge youth travel program, and played high school soccer at Maine East. After college, Steve began coaching youth teams in the area and continued until he headed overseas to the Peace Corps. When he wasn’t coaching the youth soccer program in Fiji or fulfilling his other Peace Corps responsibilities, he was playing for the district team of Suva in the Fiji National League.  Since the Peace Corps, Steve has continued coaching youth soccer at the various age groups for over 15 years.  His philosophy focuses on the team game and incorporating the development of the player’s technical skills and confidence to complement the team.  Outside of coaching soccer, Steve is employed as a Sr. Business Analyst at a company called Broadspire in Lake Zurich.

Soccer/Coaching Experience:

  • Starter for Illinois State University soccer team, defensive back 
  • Peace Corps Volunteer, facilitated youth soccer program in Fiji
  • Player for district team of Suva in the Fiji National League
  • 15 years of experience coaching youth soccer
  • Currently head coach of HWESC boys U-12 level and assistant coach of HWESC high school girl’s teams
  • Currently holds USSF D coaching license

Jose Corral


Personal Bio/Soccer Experience:

At the age of 6, I began playing soccer for Tom Chmela. I later played for Tom at Hawthorn Woods Elite when it was first founded. I knew I wanted to further my soccer career to the next level so I pursued a career in playing soccer.  While playing semi-professional soccer, I also wanted to be able to help kids develop themselves to become better soccer players so I became a coach and trainer. The love of the game is what makes me strive for higher accomplishments in many areas of soccer.

Soccer/Coaching Experience:

  • 2009-2011:  Lake Zurich High School Varsity Soccer, Two-time All-Conference Player
  • 2009:   IHSA state finalist
  • 2011-2012:  Major Arena Soccer League (Semi-professional), Seattle Impact
  • 2012-2013: Northern Illinois Soccer League (Semi-professional), Elgin Pumas
  • 2013-present: Assistant Coach and Head Coach, HWESC
  • 2015-present: Supplemental skills trainer, Wauconda Area Youth Soccer Association, Hawthorne Woods
  • Present:  USSF D coaching license, USSF E coaching license
  • Present: Applied to become Certified IHSA referee

Lizzy Moyer


Personal Bio/Soccer Experience:

I grew up playing soccer locally through different clubs in the area, and I have always had a deep passion and drive for soccer and learning along the way. When Hawthorn Elite was created, I joined.  The first year, when we only had ten players, was my favorite season because many of us came from the same club but different teams, and  we worked together to build up a strong united group. We worked hard together and for each other, which was demonstrated in tournaments and our games together.  

I believe being a part of HWESC and the summer camps/trainings throughout the previous years prepared me for the environment and values I wanted to model in the soccer club at Point Loma Nazarene University and that I still strive to model today! Coming home from the university, I am excited to be a part of HWESC coaching staff. The first youth season has proven to be a success and I am excited to see where it will go in the future.


Soccer/Coaching Experience

  • 2009-2012:  Lake Zurich High School soccer player
  • 2011-2013:  Hawthorn Woods Elite Soccer Club player
  • 2014:  Began a women’s soccer club at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego
  • 2017-present:  Coach for Hawthorn Woods Elite Soccer Club
  • Present:  USSF E coaching license

Bryan Jurczyk


Personal\Family Bio:

I live in Wauconda, IL with my wife and three kids.  I am part of a family business based out of Wauconda that builds residential homes.  My passion for building is only rivaled by my love of coaching kids. I am a father of three, two of which play soccer. My oldest child, Lily, plays travel softball. I was a baseball player in my youth but that all changed when my oldest son Sam showed interest in soccer. It was then that I decided to get my coaching licenses and start learning the sport better.

Soccer/Coaching Experience:

  • 2012- Present: Coached various age-level soccer teams in Wauconda Area Youth Soccer Club (WAYSC)  
  • 2016- Present:  Coach of HWE U10 Boys  
  • 2012 – Present: Vice President of WAYSC
  • Present: Hold United States Soccer Federation (USSF) E\F coaching licenses
  • Present: Hold CDC concussion certification

Coaching Philosophy: 
I love to be around kids, and I believe teaching hard work and dedication will bring you rewards that nothing else can. I see myself being a part of this soccer club for many years.

Brandon Zimmerman


Personal Bio/Soccer Experience:

I grew up in Quincy IL and started playing travel soccer at the age of ten.  I attended Quincy High School and then Augustana College in Rock Island, IL.  I still play in men’s leagues and coed leagues around the Chicago area.  I have been coaching soccer since 2012 when my children started playing soccer. When not playing soccer, I enjoy spending free time with my wife Lisa and two kids Nathan and Claire.

Soccer/Coaching Experience:

  • Three year starter and senior captain for Quincy High School varsity soccer team, team took 4th place in IHSA state tournament
  • Hold the record for most assists in a single season at Quincy High School
  • Four year starter for Augustana College soccer team
  • 2012-present:  Youth soccer coach
  • 2017-present:  HWESC assistant coach
  • Present: USSF E coaching license

AJ Pfatschbacher


Personal Bio/Soccer Experience:

AJ is our resident goalkeeping coach at HWESC. He has studied under and trained with some of the biggest names in goalkeeping across the country, including coaches and players from the US National Team. Before being recruited to play at Saint Xavier University, he was a member of the very first Hawthorn Woods Elite team in 2011. He has spent his entire soccer career, as both a player and coach, focused on goalkeeping. Outside soccer, AJ is an Account Strategist at Stellar Edge Marketing Group. He spends his free time road tripping, skiing, and kayaking.

Player Experience:

  • 2007-2010: Jacobs High School
  • 2008-2010: Ela Elite Soccer Club
  • 2009: NISL Premiership Championship - Ela Elite Soccer Club
  • 2010: Fox Valley Conference Goalkeeper of the Year
  • 2011: Hawthorn Woods Elite Soccer Club
  •  2011: Soccer Scholarship - Saint Xavier University
  •  2011-2014: Saint Xavier University Men’s Soccer Team, NAIA Div I
  •  2015: Chicago Kickers

Coaching Experience:

  • 2009-2011: Assistant Director of Goalkeeping - Cary Soccer Association
  • 2011-2015: Private Goalkeeping Trainer
  • 2015: Goalkeeper Coach - Hawthorn Woods Elite Soccer Club
  • 2017-present: Goalkeeper Coach - Hawthorn Woods Elite Soccer Club

Contact Us

Hawthorn Woods Elite SC

208 S Church Street 
Wauconda, Illinois 60084

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 847-909-9729
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