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Professional Coaches

Coaching Staff


Steve Arce

Vardar Boys Youth Director

Phone: (248)786-7803

Experience

  • Vardar Boys Youth Director
  • Michigan State University 1998-2001
  • 1st Team All Region-MSU
  • 1st Team Big Ten-MSU (2yrs.)
  • Drafted by Montreal Impact 2001
  • Club Argentino, Mendoza 1996
  • Coaching License
    • USSF C
    • USSF B

Tony Deacon

Vardar Michigan 2010-present

Phone: (248)217-6363

Experience

  •  Vardar Michigan 2010-present
  • Madonna University Assistant Coach 2002-2008
  • Michigan Rush Director of Coaching 2005-2008
  • Coerver MI Technical Program Director, part owner, 2000-present
  • ODP PDP 2000-2003 & 2006-2007
  •  West Bromwich Albion Football Club, apprentice 1984-1987
  • Worcester City Football Club U19 Team 1987-1989
  • Coaching License
    • UEFA B
    • USSF D
    • USSF B

Dale Garrish

Vardar Michigan 2010- present

Phone: (248)703-1278

Experience

  • Vardar Michigan 2010- present
  • MI Elite Director 2005-2010
  • Vardar III Coach 1999-2005
  • Warren Mott/Sterling Heights Stevenson HS Varsity Coach 1996-2000
  • Coaching License
    • NSCAA National Advanced Diploma

Chad Gurzick

Youth Academy Director 2015-Present

Phone: (248)229-9440

Experience

  • Youth Academy Director 2015-Present
  • Played 4 Years Central Michigan University
  • Played 3 Years Varsity Athens Red Hawks
  • Central Michigan University Women’s Club Coach 2005-2006
  • Central Michigan University Men’s Club Coach 2007
  • Troy School District - Physical Education Teacher 2009-Present
  •  AJAX Player Development Model 2013
  • United F.C. Coach 2010- 2015
  • Olympic Development Program Coach 2015
  •  Vardar Michigan Coach 2015-Present
  •  Coaching License
    • USSF D
    • USSF E

Mike Lupenec

Vardar Soccer 1989 – present

Phone: (313)585-8293

Experience

  • Head Coach, University of Detroit  Mercy 1991– present
  • Vardar Soccer 1989 – present
  • Canadian Professional Champions 1986
  • 3 years Windsor Wheels - NSL Professional Soccer
  • 2 Final Four appearances as a player
  • 3 years Oakland University
  • Coaching License
    • USSF-C
    • USSF B

Morris Lupenec

Vardar Soccer

Phone: (248)930-0025

Experience

  • 4 years Collegiate Scholarship Player, Oakland University 
  • Senior Bowl Player 1983 
  • Coached 23 years Vardar Soccer Club 
  • 5 years Director of Coaching, Vardar Soccer Club 
  • 11 years Men’s Head Coach, University of Detroit Mercy 
  • 10 years Michigan Striker’s Academy, Director 
  • Troy Sports Center, Director of Operations 
  • USSF Certified Referee 2002 
  • Coaching Liscence 
    • USSF National A

Collin MacDonald

Vardar Soccer

Phone: (586)634-3701

Experience

  • Scholarship to Madonna University 
  • Coaching at highest level for 10 years
  • DeLaSalle High School 2 years assistant varsity coach
  • 2 years with Carpathia Kickers
  • 4 years coaching with Vardar 
  • U18 boys top 100 team in MRL
    • Also U8&9 boys.
  • Coaching Liscense
    • USSF "D"
    • USSF "E"

Demir Muftari

Vardar Michigan 2000- present

Phone: (248)321-2245

Experience

  • Vardar Michigan 2000- present
  • Vardar Academy Coach 2008- present
  • Vardar ECNL Coach 2010- present
  • Michigan Bucks Head Coach PDL-2 yr named Coach of the Year
  • Oakland University Men’s Assistant Coach
  • 2 yr Pro and Collegiate experience
  • 2 yrs USISL
  • 8 yrs MPSL
  • Former all state and ODP player
  • Coaching License
    • USSF B,C

Eric Perilla

Vardar Soccer

Phone: (313)205-6786

Experience

  • Played and trialed with various clubs from 1st-4th division within North America, South America, and Europe
  • Michigan State University 2 years playing club then being invited to train with the school team until being sent for professional trials.
  • Currently Sponsored by Elite Sport GK
  • Coach at Vardar 2016-Present
  • University of Michigan Dearborn Assistant and Goalkeeping Coach 2016-Present
  • Michigan Stars NPSL Assistant Coach 2017-Present
  • National Premier Soccer League – Combine Goalkeeping Coach 2015 and 2016
  • Miami Fusion FC NPSL – Goalkeeping Coach/Player 2016
  • Kendall Soccer Coalition USSDA – Director of Goalkeeping 2012 – 2016
  • Miami United FC NPSL – Goalkeeping Coach/Player, Interim Head Coach, Advisor 2012 – 2016
  • Schulz Academy PDL – Assistant Coach/Player 2012 
  • NSCAA – 30 Under 30 - One of "Thirty Coaches pegged as the Profession's Next Generation" 2014
  • International Goalkeeper Coaches Conference Diploma
  • USSF – F, E, D, Currently finishing up the C License 2017

Bobby Read

Vardar Soccer

Phone: (248)505-6233

Experience

  • Played at Oakland University
  • Ukrainian Sports Club – semi pro
    • National Finalist and National Quarterfinalist
  • Riverside FC, Riverside CA
  • Detroit Express, American Soccer League
  • Hurling Green FC
  • Coach for Vardar Michigan 2010- present
  • Coached for Birmingham Blazers, Bloomfield Force, Rochester Select Soccer Club, Metro Stars, Michigan Gators, Adams High School, Groves High School
  • 27 years of individual player training and development experience, combined 38 years of playing, training and coaching experience.
  • USSF D Coaching License 

Nathan Smith

Vardar Soccer

Phone: (815)355-5141

Experience

  • Position: United States Soccer Development Academy Director
  • Qualifications:
    • USSF National 'A' License
    • NSCAA Premier Diploma (with Distinction)
    • BSc (hons) Sports Science and Coaching Dynamics

Jim Stachura

Vardar Soccer

Phone: (248)709-2998

  • 4 year collegiate player (St. Mary’s College)
  • 12 years MPSL player (Carpathia Kickers/ Keating FC)
  • 3 time all state HS player
  • Michigan ODP player
  • 1998 First Team USCAA All-American—St. Mary’s College
  • Vardar Michigan Coach 2012-present
  • Notre Dame Preparatory HS Varsity Girls Coach 2010-present
    • (2013 MHSAA State Finalist)
  • Birmingham Groves Boys Varsity Coach 2012-present
    • District and Regional MHSAA Coach of the Year (2012, 2013)
  • Troy High School Boys Varsity Asst Coach 2003-2007
    • 2003 District Coach of the Year and MHSAA Boys Division 1 State Champions
  • St. Mary’s College Men’s Soccer Head Coach 2001-2003
  • Coaching License
    • USSF D

Rob Suffredini

Vardar Soccer

Phone: (586)337-9706

Experience

  • Adrian College (2 year captain, team MVP 1990, MIAA league honors)
  • Harper Woods, Notre Dame HS (4 year varsity player, all-state honors)
  • 25 plus years of Coaching experience
  • Current Varsity Head Coach, Notre Dame Prep
  • Former Varsity assistant at Fraser High School (boy’s), Warren De La Salle, Fraser High School (girl’s)
  • Former Varsity Head Coach Bloomfield Hills, Cranbrook
  • Founder of Cranbrook Soccer Academy
  • MSYSA 2009 Coach of the year                    
  • 16 State District Championships  (boys and girls combined)        
  •  Coaching License
    • USSF D

Demetri Vacratsis

Vardar Soccer

Phone: (519)903-1135

Experience

  • 2017-2017 Vardar Academy Reserves U14 & U17
  • Coaching Qualifications:
    • Canadian Provincial License
    • USSF E
    • USSF National D License
  • Coach at Vardar 2016-Present
  • Coach for men's and youth semi-pro and regional programs in Ontario, Michigan, and Wisconsin
  • Played at University of Wisconsin-Milwakee (89-93)
  • NSL, Wisconsin Major League, Ontario Soccer League

Assistant Coaches

Travis Roy

Vardar Soccer

Phone: (248)797-5706

Experience

  • Played at University of Wisconsin
  • 1995 Big Ten and NCAA Division 1 Champions
  • 2-time Big Ten 1st Team and All-American 2nd Team
  • Played professionally with the Milwaukee Rampage, Detroit Rockers, St. Louis Ambush and New York Metrostars
  • 1997 NPSL Rookie of the Year and A-League National Champions
  • Owner of ROI Fit - exercise and training company
    • Trainees include players who went on to be part of USTC National Championships
  • Coaching License
    •  USSF E

Pete VanVliet

Vardar Soccer

Phone: (248)687-0396

Experience

  • Played 1 year at Siena Heights College
  • Played 3 years at Central Michigan University
  • 2 time All-State, Farmington Harrison High School
  • Rookie of the year at Siena Heights College
  • Captain- senior year at CMU
  • 2 time All Academic team at CMU
  • Coaches Leadership Award senior year at CMU
  • Vardar Michigan Coach  2013- present
  • Recreational leagues 2010-2013
  • Developed "Vardar Juggling Club" to promote juggling in the youth program
  • Coaching License
    • MSUSA E Youth
    • Coerver Youth Diploma