Scott has a life-long devotion to helping put young people on the path to great futures. He is excited to lead Heart of the City's staff and use his strengths to improve its focus on affordable soccer opportunities. He graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a BSW in 1996.
Matt brings to HOTC decades of experience in private, nonprofit, and public sectors to HOTC. He is excited to use his broad fiscal management and resource stewardship to help make soccer and beyond accessible. He has a Bachelor's in Economics from Barat College.
Elena has been with Heart of the City since its founding in 2014. With an Associate's degree in Business Administration and Management, she is now putting her strong professional skills and love of soccer to work engaging children and establishing new program opportunities for HOTC.
Dean has been involved in soccer all of his life. The natural progression after his professional playing days in England was coaching. Dean started out his coaching career with Derby County F.C. Academy and has since worked as a College Coach, Director of Coaching, and staff member of Illinois Youth Soccer Association.
Julio Serrano has a strong background in coaching with more than 20 years of experience, he has worked with children ranging from 5 years old through college aged soccer players. He has coached at Cañada College, Georgetown and University of Pikeville (both schools in the NAIA). Serrano holds several USSF National Licenses and NSCAA certificates. Additionally, Julio worked as a soccer coaching education instructor.
Board of Directors
Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. Without a strong board of directors and committee members supporting our efforts, we could not keep building stronger players, families, and communities in Lake County.