St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club




SLSG IL Full-Time Staff

  Dale Schilly - SLSG Technical Director



Dale Schilly started with then Metro FC in 1994.  Schilly helped lead the merger agreement with Collinsville United in 2000 to form Metro United.  Dale is currently the Technical Director and Vice President of St. Louis Scott Gallagher and Saint Louis FC.  Coach Schilly was founding member of US Club Soccer serving on a nationally based committee to put the organizations structure together and served on its Board of Directors as Secretary for its inaugural year. 

Prior to starting with Metro FC, he coached 10 years collegiately as an assistant at SIUe and as a head coach at Marycrest College in Davenport, IA.  Schilly has also coached the U14 Region 2 Olympic Development Program representing the United States  in Italy, France, Holland, England, Scotland and Argentina in international events.  He has also coached at the professional level with AC St.Louis and Saint Louis FC. Schilly currenly resides in Edwarsville, IL with his wife and two daughters.



License Level:  USSF National A License, Grassroots Instructor

Additional Relevant Degrees: B.S. in Kinesiology




  Shawn Hewitt - SLSG Illinois Director



Shawn joined St. Louis Scott Gallagher Illinois in 2007. He has over 20 years of coaching experince at both the club and high school levels. At SLSG, Shawn has coached in the Boys US Development Academy Program, Boys Elite Program, and Girls Elite Program. He has also served as the High School Boys Elite Director, Girls ECNL Director, and Girls Program Director. He is currently the SLSG Illinois Program Director and he coaches in the Girls Elite Program. He attended Truman State University and graduated from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Shawn currently resides in Waterloo, IL with his wife and two daughters.


License Level:  USSF National A License, USSF National Youth License

Additional Relevant Degrees: B.A. Psychology 




Larry Julius - U6-U10 Boys & Girls Director






Larry has over 20 years of coaching experience at the club level. As a youth soccer player, he played for Busch soccer club. In 1985 he won a Junior College National Championship with Flo Valley and then was drafted the following year by the Kansas City Comets. During his professional indoor and outdoor playing career Larry played for seven teams being named as an NPSL All-star and World Champion during the 91’-92’ season. Additionally, he also played for the United States Futsal team in 98’ in Rio de Janeiro for the World Cup qualifiers. While playing for the US Futsal Team he served as The Director of the Hershey Avalanche Soccer Club in Pennsylvania. Hershey Avalanche would go on to merge with a two youth clubs during his tenure eventually becoming the Pennsylvania Classics where he coached in the Development Academy till 2019 when he returned to Saint Louis. Larry is currently the Youth Development Director for Saint Louis Scott Gallagher Illinois.


License Level: USSF National B License




SLSG IL Girls Youth Staff

  Justin Bernaix - Operations Director, U11-U14 Girls Director



Justin joined Metro FC in 2003 and has been a part of St. Louis Scott Gallagher Illinois since the merger in 2008. He has worked with both boys and girls of all ages and in various programs during his time coaching with the club. He currently serves as the Girls Zone 1 (U7-U12) Director, Operations Director, and Facilities Manager for SLSG Illinois. He also teaches First Year English Composition at Lewis & Clark Community College. Justin attended Northeastern Illinois University and graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He currently lives in Glen Carbon, IL with his wife, son, and daughter.


License Level:  USSF National C License

Additional Relevant Degrees: M.A. Teaching of Writing & Composition Pedagogy, B.A. English





  Kyle Riebeling - Club Registrar, U15-U19 Boys Director



Kyle joined St. Louis Scott Gallagher Illinois in 2013. He has been coaching since January 2009. Before joining the club, he served as the head JV coach and assistant varsity coach at Columbia (IL) High School for over five years. Kyle has been a coach in the Girls Elite Program, Girls Premier Program, and Boys Elite Program. He has also served as the Girls Premier Program Director. Currently, Kyle serves as the SLSG IL Registrar, High School Boys Director, and Boys ECNL Director . He coaches in the Boys Elite Program and is an assistant coach for the Saint Louis FC Academy Illinois U14 team. Kyle attended and graduated from Greenville College. He currently lives in Waterloo, IL with his wife and two daughters.


License Level:  USSF National B License

Additional Relevant Degrees: B.S. Secondary History Education





  Laura Heffington - U15-U19 Girls Director



Laura joined St. Louis Scott Gallagher Illinois in 2011. She has coached and assisted in the Girls Elite Program since she started coaching with the club. She has also acted as a Girls Assistant Coach for Alton Marquette Catholic High School, as well as the Girls Varsity Head Coach at Alton High School. Laura currently serves as the SLSG Illinois Zone 2 Girls Director and continues to coach in the Elite Girls program. She is also an alumna of the SLSG Illinois (formerly Metro United). Laura attended and graduated from Eastern Illinois University. She currently resides in East Alton, IL with her husband.


License Level:  USSF D License

Additional Relevant Degrees: B.S. in Secondary Education- Heath Studies, Minor in Biological Studies and Physical Education



Nedim Gracanin

Nedim Gracanin - U11-U14 Boys Director



Nedim joined St. Louis Scott Gallagher in 2013 where he began as a technical trainer in the player development staff. He has been coaching and assisting in the U8-U16 age groups since 2014. Prior to coaching, Nedim played at EuroUS Soccer, WC Arsenal, and SLSG. He attended Harris Stowe State University and played for 3 years before completing his degree at the University of Missouri St. Louis. Nedim currently lives in Affton, MO. 


License Level:  USSF C License

Additional Relevant Degrees: B.S. Physical Education




  Nathan Steinmetz - SLSG Illinois Director of High Performance

Nathan joined the club in 2016 after spending 17 years coaching on the field at various levels including USYS National League and Midwest Regional League. During that time, Nathan also worked with various sports organizations as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Most notably, Steinmetz spent five years at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville working with multiple teams in the NCAA Division I Athletics program. While there, he completed his Master’s Degree in Sports Psychology, which gave him a very comprehensive view of performance and allows him to assist and improve players in both the physical and psychological factors associated with high-performance.


License Level:  USSF C License

Additional Relevant Degrees: BSEd Exercise Science, K-12 Physical Education & Health, MS Sport Psychology, NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist





  Mitch Bohnak - SLSG Tournament Director



Mitch joined Metro FC in 2002 and has been with St. Louis Scott Gallagher Illinois since the merger in 2008. Prior to coaching for Metro FC, he served as the director for Riverbend FC in Alton, IL for three years. Mitch has coached both boys and girls of all ages, including ECNL Girls. He currently coaches a U12 girls team and a U11 boys team and serves as the U11 Boys Director. Mitch is also the club's Tournament Director. He attended Belleville Area College and Fontbonne University. He currently lives in Troy, IL with his wife, daughter, and son.


License Level:  USSF National C License, NSCAA National Diploma

Additional Relevant Degrees: B.S. Science with a focus on International Business







Dale Schilly - 

Shawn Hewitt - 

Larry Julius -

Mitch Bohnak - 

Kyle Riebeling - 

Justin Bernaix - 

Laura Heffington - 

Jarius Holmes -

Stefan King -

Nathan Steinmetz - 



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