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ABOUT THE FOUNDER

"Creating the SAFE Foundation has brought honor and privilege to pass on the wealth of knowledge and warmth in order to help build the next generation - regardless of economic background, gender, race or ethnicity.

 

I have been very fortunate to have great mentors in my coaching and playing career. I am very thankful for the ability to coach so many great players but look forward to the opportunity to work with new players in the future. "

During his illustrious coaching career, Aleks Mihailovic has made significant contributions to the game at all levels in the United States. His game management skills and ability to translate tactical and technical concepts to his players are very impressive. One of his strongest qualities is the ability to evaluate and focus on individual strengths and improve players' performance and the tactical ability for higher playing levels. Aleks has served U.S. Soccer as the National Coaching Director for the adult level and has licensed over 1,000 coaches both youth and adults throughout the United States. Additionally, he has served Bora Milutinovic as a consultant for both the Costa Rican, U.S. National, and World Cup Teams. 

  •  President and Founder, Soccer Made in America training program, Chicago Blast Soccer Club

  •  Founder, SAFE (Soccer Arts for Education)

  •  Hall of Fame Inductee, United States Adult Soccer Association

  •  National Director of Coaching, United States Adult Soccer Association

  •  United States Adult Soccer Association Men’s National Select Team Coach

  •  United States Soccer Federation “A” License Coach

  •  Illinois State Soccer Association Director of Coaching Education

  •  International High-Level Coaching License holder

  •  Former professional player, Washington Diplomats, Jacksonville Tea Men, North American Soccer League

  •  NCAA Division I All American

  •  East-West Senior Bowl Selection

  •  Two-time All American Division I, and Hall of Fame Inductee

  •  Author of the 1994 World Cup US Soccer M&M Mars USYSA Coaching Manual

  •  Illinois State Soccer Association Hall of Fame Inductee 2009

  •  All-time leading scorer at Jacksonville University

 

Domestically, Aleks has strong ties with MLS, U.S. Soccer, and top collegiate programs across the United States. Internationally, Aleks has strong affiliations with professional soccer reaching Europe, South America, Central America, and South America. Additionally, Aleks’ extensive interpersonal network extends to professional programs and clubs in England, Germany, Greece, Spain, Chile, and Mexico. Aleks has helped many players reach collegiate and professional levels, however, his passion is providing lifelong experiences for those who never would have had the opportunity.