meet the team

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Aleks Mihailovic

Founder of Soccer Made In America 
  • USSF A and International Coaching License

  • United States Adult Soccer Association Hall of Fame

  • Illinois State Soccer Association Hall of Fame

  • United States Adult Soccer Association National Coach of the Year

  • Illinois State Soccer Association (ISSA) Director of Coaching

  • Author of the US Youth Soccer Association Coaching Manual

  • Former Professional Soccer Player - Washington Diplomats and Jacksonville Tea Men

  • Jacksonville University Sports Hall of Fame

  • All-time leading scorer at Jacksonville University

  • One of NCAA's all time leading scorers for Division 1 soccer  (41 goals, 54 assists) 

  • Founder of Soccer Made In America, Chicago Blast Soccer Club, and SAFE  Foundation

A former professional soccer player of the North American Soccer League (NASL)  - Washington Diplomats, Jacksonville Tea Men, and San Diego Sockers. He was a teammate of world-class player and Dutch legend Johan Cruyff. Mihailovic was a four-year starter at Jacksonville University where he led the nation in scoring.  He is recognized as one of the finest teachers of the game in the United States, specializing in technical and tactical elevation. Mihailovic has written some of the most effective methodologies for player development in the United States, writing the M&M Mars U.S. Soccer Youth coaching manual for the World Cup. In addition, Aleks has served US Soccer as the Adult Soccer Association National Coaching Director in charge of coaching education and as a scout for United States National Teams ages 12 - 18. During his coaching career, Aleks feels that one of his greatest assets is his ability to break down playing deficiencies and provide players with proper technical and tactical awareness providing greater playing confidence.

Milos Mamula

Milos Mamula excelled in soccer at Jacksonville University (Division 1) and then went on to play professionally with the Jacksonville Cyclones. He has served as a licensed coach and trainer with Soccer Made In America since 1998.  With his extensive playing experience and understanding of the game of soccer, he teaches technical skills and helps players apply them to real game situations.

  • Licensed U.S. Amateur Coach – adult and youth

  • Former professional player, Jacksonville Cyclones

  • Former Division 1 Player, Jacksonville University

  • Sun Belt All-Conference Team member

Milan Pjevic

Coach Milan is a former professional soccer player with the legendary Red Star Belgrade Soccer Club. He loves coaching juniors and works very well with Chicago Blast players of all ages and abilities. He has three daughters who are also athletes.

  •  Former professional player, Red Star Belgrade

  • Licensed USYSA Youth Coach