Tom played prep soccer at Christian Brothers College in St. Louis and was a collegiate All-American at SIU-Edwardsville. Tom later played professionally for the St. Louis Stars, Denver Dynamos and Minnesota Kicks of the NASL. Tom has collegiate coaching experience at SIU-Edwardsville, Western Illinois University, Florissant Valley Community College, Southwest Missouri State University and Saint Louis University. Tom was a graduate assistant coach to Coach Bob Guelker on the 1972 SIU NCAA championship team.
Tom, a founding member of the Scott Gallagher Soccer Club, has directed teams to seven national club championships and 14 regional titles. He also developed numerous players that prospered on professional teams, the US National Team, and multiple collegiate teams.
Tom holds a USSF “A” Coaching License and is continually re-educating himself in the development of soccer training. He continues to travel abroad in an effort to understand the game better, and bring that understanding back to the club.
Tom oversees all club training, coaching and player development.
Kevin Howe , Club President
Kevin, our current club president, also played at Christian Brothers College in St. Louis and SIU-Edwardsville. Kevin co-captained the SIUE 1972 championship team. Kevin went on to play professionally with the Atlanta Appollos and the Denver Dynamos of the NASL.
Kevin’s focus as club president is to enable Sporting’s trainers and coaches to be free to develop our players into the best they can be. E-mail Kevin
Pat Mann , Director of Boys Coaching
Pat, too, is a Cadet from Christian Brothers College. Pat played his collegiate ball at Sangamon State, where he helped lead Sangamon to the NAIA Championship title in 1993. Pat went on to play professionally for the St. Louis Ambush and the Steamers. Pat is head coach for several of the boys teams and coordinates coaching for all boys’ teams in the club. E-mail Pat
Tom has coached youth soccer for twenty years now and enjoyed a successful playing career, himself; first at Aquinas-Mercy High School, then four years at Eastern Illinois University. Tom coached at Scott Gallagher before it merged with the St. Louis Soccer Club — including some State Championship teams in 2002 and 2003. As a player, Tom was part of the Olympic Development Program from 1984 to 1989, and part of the National Team Program in 1987. At Eastern Illinois University, he was First Team All-Conference in 1991. E-mail Tom
Bill Steffen , Senior Club Trainer
Bill played for the Missouri State High School Soccer Championship Team at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in 1985 and later won a NJCAA National Championship in 1989 with St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley. Bill competed in the 1991 national tournament with Sangamon State University. Bill has been coaching youth soccer since 1998. Along with coaching and training Sporting teams, Bill is an assistant men’s soccer coach at St. Charles Community College. E-mail Bill
Chris Hopping , Club Trainer
Chris acts as coach and assistant coach for Sporting’s boys’ teams and serves as a club-wide trainer. Chris played prep ball at Trinity Catholic High School where he was All-State for three of his four years as a varsity player. Chris went on to SIU Edwardsville, transferring from James Madison. He smoothed SIUE’s transition back to Division I status, playing from 2007 – 2010. E-mail Chris
Zach Bauer , Club Trainer
Zach is an assistant and club-wide trainer for Sporting. Zach played with THowe’s last Youth Club National Champion team in 2004. He played prep at CBC, where he was All-State and All-Midwest. He initially attended Boston U. and also transferred to SIUE, where he played from 2006 – 2009. Zach played professionally with AC St. Louis. E-mail Zach
Mark Goldstein , Operational Director
Mark handles operations, uniform, equipment and merchandise for Sporting. Mark played high school at McCluer, and played college soccer first with St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley, then at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. E-mail Mark