Coaches & Staff

The Team Behind the Club

Experienced Organization

Better coaches and staff result in better players and teams. The SF Aftershocks FC puts a high priority on maintaining the most knowledgeable coaches and supporting staff available. Along with its manageable size, this allows the club to put a strong emphasis on individual player development. The results of this approach are improved players and teams on which they play.

Illia Song
Director of Coaching

Coaching Director Illia Song has been coaching soccer for 25+ years and is regarded as one of the best trainers in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has run boys and girls programs ranging from U8 – U23, coaching at top area clubs: Bay Oaks SC, Marin FC, Burlingame Soccer Club, Peninsula Soccer Club, Juventus Sport Club and San Francisco Vikings Soccer Club. He also has two children who played varsity soccer for four years at University High School in San Francisco. His son was recruited by and played four years at Yale University and his daughter was recruited by and captained four years at Swarthmore College. Coaching Director Illia Song formed the first SF Aftershocks FC team in 1996. More recently, he has received the following awards:

o 2017 US Youth Soccer Region IV Girls Competitive Coach of the Year
o 2016 Cal North Girls Competitive Coach of the Year District 1
o 2016 Cal North Girls Competitive State Coach of the Year

Craig Winans
Technical Director

Technical Director Craig Winans was recruited by and played soccer at the U.S. Air Force Academy but was always most passionate about coaching. During his six years coaching Women’s Soccer at San Jose State University, the team won two Western Athletic Conference championships. Craig currently coaches a Men’s Team in the SF SFL as well as the SF Aftershocks FC. He has taken coaching courses with US Soccer and the NSCAA. He has also completed the National, Advanced National, Premier, National Goalkeeping and Futsal Level 1 coursework and received a Director of Coaching NSCAA diploma, in addition to completing the Norcal Premier Soccer – International Coaching Course. Technical Director Craig Winan holds a USSF A license and has been a Coaching Instructor since 1994. Many of his players have gone on to professional soccer careers worldwide.

Jimmy Park
Parent Liaison
Matey Mateev
Program Director
Patryck Tenorio
Coach
Jennifer Lazul
Bookkeeper