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Technical Directors

Technical Directors

Our team of technical directors work closely with our Directors of Coaching to help set a direction for coaches at Fort Wayne Sport Club.The technical directors will be running a technical session each week for all players. They will also assist coaches as the implement the FWSC curriculum.

 

Juan Carlos Cruz



Coach Juan Carlos Cruz is a Chicago-Land native that played for the University of St. Francis and finished his career top ten in school history for goals, assists and overall points. Coach Cruz has 20 years of experience coaching boys and girls that range from youth travel to semi-pro. In addition to coaching at FWSC, Coach Cruz currently is the Assistant Men's first team coach at Indiana Tech, Head Coach of the Phoenix FC Men’s Semi-Pro team and Founder/Director of Coaching of Ft. Wayne Phoenix Youth Futsal Club.  He currently serves as a staff coach for the University of Notre Dame Women's Soccer Camp, FC Barcelona Escola (Chicago) Camp, Mike Clark Camp as well as Technical Director for the Catalonia Soccer Camps.

Coach Cruz holds a USSF National C and Youth National License, USYF Level Three National Futsal license and Coaching Certification from the FC Barcelona Escola. Coach Cruz is also the USYF Indiana State Futsal Director, Regional/National staff coach and member of the NSCAA.

“I believe in the development of every player.  It starts with the ball and fostering a positive but competitive team environment that develops a player’s individual character/values, technique, soccer IQ and passion for the game. Kids must enjoy the game!”- Coach Juan Carlos Cruz



Corey Brueggeman


Coach Brueggeman is currently the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Manchester University and has been with the Fort Wayne Sport Club since 2013.  His Academy teams have earned a top 4 ranking in Indiana during each of the past 3 seasons.  These accomplishments also include two league titles, a top-3 finish in MRL, as well as the U19 State Cup Championship in 2016. After graduating from Manchester College in 2012, he worked with the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer in their marketing and promotions department.  He currently resides in North Manchester, IN with his wife Brittney.  Brueggeman currently serves as a staff coach for camps at Indiana University, University of Indianapolis, IPFW, and others.

Coach Brueggeman has earned the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) Advanced National Diploma, National Diploma, and Goalkeeper Level 1 coaching certificates and recently completed a Master’s of Science in Recreation and Sport Management from Indiana State.

"For me, relationships are just as important as results.  Of course we always want to win, and we want to produce results within our program, but that will not get in the way of who we are and how we play.  Our goal is to develop players who have high character and high competency, so that they are prepared to serve and positively impact whatever program or opportunity they move on to next." - Coach Brueggeman


Andy Stout

Coach Stout is an experienced coach that has lead multiple FWSC teams since 1998. He has experience coaching NCAA Div I, II, and III, as well as high school and club. Most recently he coached Manchester University for 8 years until resigning to take a more active role at FWSC and teach at Concordia Lutheran High School. Prior to coaching Manchester, Coach Stout had assistant roles at Ouachita Baptist University and Indiana State University.  He had a one-year stint as the head boys’ coach at Richardson High School (Texas). He has also served as an assistant at Richardson Pearce High School (Texas), East Noble and Concordia.

 

At FWSC, Coach Stout has earned national recognition as the 2016 NSCAA North Region Girls Travel Coach of the Year and National COY finalist. That same year he earned the IYS Girls Travel Coach of the Year Award. Coach Stout has coached several successful teams at the club including the, 98G Force to a State Cup Final and 00G Strikers to President Cup Region II finals in 2015 and National finals in 2016 earning the National Presidents Cup Fair Play Award. Coach Stout also plays on the FWSC over-40 team.


He holds a Premier Diploma, Advanced National Diploma, a Goalkeeping II certification and a National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (now United Soccer Coaches). He received his master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas in 2006 and currently teaches at Concordia Lutheran High School.


Russ Lawson



Coach Lawson is the head coach of Huntington University men's soccer program. He also serves as HU's Director of Sports Facilities, and graduated from Huntington in 1991 with a degree in Business Management. He currently holds a NSCAA Premiere License. 

Lawson's HU teams have had a lot of recent success. In 2019, following 2 years of semi-final finishes, the Foresters won the Crossroads League and advanced to the NAIA national tournament.

As a three-year starter for the Foresters, Lawson was a member of two of the most successful soccer teams in program history. The 1988-89 team went 14-6 during his sophomore season, and 20-5 the following year, which included a Mid-Central Conference co-Championship, NCCAA District III and NAIA District 21 Championships, and a third place finish at the NCCAA National Tournament. Lawson was selected as an MCC All-Conference midfielder during his final two seasons.

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