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Ignacio "Nacho"Novas

Real STL Director and Soccer Coach

P- ‭314.662.3936‬
E- [email protected]

Nacho’s experience speaks for itself. From MVP of his US NAIA League National Championship team, to first-team All American, to Head Coach of the 2000 G Olympic Development program, Nacho knows what it takes to be the very best in the sport.

Career Highlights

 - Head Coach for ODP (Olympic Development Program) for 2000 G
 - Assistant Varsity coach at Webster Groves High School, Ursuline Academy and CBC
 - Assistant Coach at Lindenwood University
 - JB Marine Boy’s Director
 - Head coach, Saint Patrick’s High School in Uruguay
 - 2-Time First-Team All-American
 - US NAIA National Champion and MVP
 - 3-Time HAAC All-Conference Team
 - Two-Time Region V and Conference Leading Scorer


Nenad "Dada" Curic

Director of Player Development

P- 636.634.0019
E- [email protected]

Nenad Curic’s commitment and goal at Real STL is to help develop his kids  in the only way he knows how:

 - To love the game for life
 - To be confident, unique and daring,
 - To be courageous while enjoying each second on the field.

We want our players to enjoy every moment on the field - to enjoy being technical, to crave playing with purpose and grit, to commit to full understanding of this beautiful game and its many nuances.

Above all else, our players will love every second of both practice and games, will always play to win & will learn the importance of training to be better, at times.

Career Highlights

 - Lived in St. Louis metro since 2000, lived and played in Belgrade for Partizan FC in youth.
 - Played for Lindenwood University during college days.
 - Played for 2nd and 3rd division teams in Serbia.
 - Assistant coach for Men's soccer at Lindenwood University.


Dwight Carter

Director of Marketing and Social Media / Player Recruitment / 2006 Head Coach

P - 314.546.8881
E - [email protected]   

Dwight handles all promotion, social media and fundraising for the Real STL. He has been running his marketing company Brainchild Events for 5 years which includes 200 events and launched over 20 brands in the fashion and entertainment industry. Carter’s mission as an event producer has always been the following: “We create event concepts that create a new breed of lifestyles and trends.” He will incorporate this mission statement into his efforts in sports marketing.

Career Highlights

 - MYSA License: “E”
 - 20+ Years of Coaching St. Louis Youth Soccer
 - Boys Head Coach (06, 03 and 02)Real STL
 - Boys Coach (U13 and U14) 2000-2002, Gateway Strikers
 - Boys Assistant Coach (U12 and U13) 2002-2003, Gateway Strikers
 - Developer of multiple innovative coaching techniques and courses for continued player improvement and development.


Lydia Elking

Fundraising, Soccer Coach

P - 314.322.6284‬
E - [email protected]

Lydia brings incredible experience and depth to our Real STL staff. With nearly 15 years of experience coaching and training some of the best soccer players in the area, you’ll be certain to see your child develop into a skilled, disciplined, and smart player, while having fun doing it.

Career Highlights

 - 2011 JB Marine trainer
 - 2010 Assistant Coach Lindenwood University
 - 2010 Ursuline Academy High School Soccer JV Coach
 - 2010 JB Marine trainer
 - 2009 Assistant Coach Lindenwood University
 - 2009 Ursuline Academy High School Soccer JV Coach
 - 2009 U 13 Boys Lou Fusz Strikers Coach
 - 2009 U 11 Girls Lou Fusz Strikers Coach
 - 2008 U 12 Boys Lou Fusz Strikers Trainer
 - 2007 Ursuline Academy High School Lacrosse JV Coach
 - 2007 U10 Boys Metro Strikers Soccer Club Trainer
 - 2006 U10 Boys Metro Strikers Soccer Club Coach
 - 2006 U9 Girls SCCYSA Soccer Club Coach
 - 2005 Coordinated and Directed 4 Soccer Summer Camps
 - 2004 St. Louis Soccer Club Soccer



Youth Academy Director

P - 314.518.2705
E - [email protected]

Amed Zaza has worked with youth soccer programs for the past 18 years. Throughout his career he has consistently demonstrated the ability to motivate and inspire youth soccer players in the St. Louis region. His passion for soccer began when he was 9 years old and he has loved the game ever since. He officially began his career as a professional soccer player in 1984, where he played for 8 years, then as a college at Harris-Stowe State University. When he completed his education, he pursued coaching youth soccer as his formal profession. He has always been passionate about improving kids' skills to help them play the game to their fullest potential.

Career Highlights

 - Founder of Kixtar LLC & Zaza Soccer System
 - Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
 - 8 Years professional soccer in Sweden
 - 4 Years starter at Harris-Stowe State University
 - US Soccer D license & NSCAA regional diploma
 - 18 Years experience in youth, high school & college coaching
 - 18 Years of coaching Summer Soccer Camps

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