Club Info


NWI United FC is very excited at the prospect of the upcoming spring 2006 season. It is our intention to maintain high standards, both on and off of the field, as reflected by the background of the coaches and trainers selected to lead these teams this fall and next spring. When a player is chosen for a Wyoming football team, we hope that as both parents and players, you, too, will share in our optimism for this season. As an overview, please see the brief backgrounds on our coaching staff and some of the plans for the upcoming season.


Stephen Anthony – Eddie Bermes – Ned Bjelovuk- AJ Monroe – Adam Dempsey – John Feczko – David Galloway – Oscar Gomez- Jen Grupe – Danny Jeftich – David Lawson – John Marovich – Jim Prasapoulos – Luis Prato – Mark Stoermann – Rich Tasher -Eric Thomas – Jerry Williams – Emily King – JR Rosenbaum – Lori Moore – Kip Walton


Bio: Luis Prato, Boys & Youth Program Director

Currently serving as NWI United FC’s Boys and Youth Program Director, Coach Prato is also the coach and trainer for the U17 Boys Blue team as well as trainer for the U12 Boys White team. Luis holds the National Youth License for Coaching as well as an USSF Level C License. His personal playing experience includes playing on his state team in N. Santander, Colombia from 1986-1989; Colegio Calasanz High School team player 1989 and 1990 (which won state championships in both 1989 and 1990); played for Division 3 team, Cucuta Deportivo in Difutbol, Colombia, 1990, 1991; played for Universidad Industrial De Santander 1991-1993. Luis is a licensed physical therapist receiving his degree from Universidad Industrial De Santander. In addition to his work with NWI United FC, Coach Prato is also the ODP District 1 Coach as well as an ODP State Pool Assistant Coach. Luis, along with other NWI United FC staff, has developed our Youth Training Program Curriculum and has been instrumental in reaching out to the Northwest Indiana soccer community through United’s Fast-Foot Work Academy.

Bio: John Marovich, Girls Program Director

John Marovich is in the first year of being Northwest Indiana United Girls program director. He is the Associate Head Coach of the women’s soccer program at Valparaiso University. In his first three seasons on the bench for the Brown and Gold, Valpo earned thier first back to back winning seasons with 10 victories in 2004 and 12 victories in 2005 along with earning their first regular season conference championship, conference tournament championship and berth into the NCAA tournament. Marovich arrived at Valpo after spending the 2001 season as a women’s volunteer assistant coach at the University of Notre Dame, helping lead the Fighting Irish to the Big East regular season and tournament championships. Notre Dame advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament during Marovich’s stay with the Fighting Irish. Before moving to the collegiate field, Marovich was the head girl’s coach at Andrean High School, where he led the 59ers to the state title match in 1999. In his seven seasons at Andrean, he won two conference titles, three sectional championships, and a regional and semi-state title. Marovich was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Indiana private/parochial school state Coach of the Year in 1999. Marovich has earned his United States Soccer Federation “A” License. He played his collegiate soccer at Purdue-Calumet, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in construction technology in 1994. He also serves as an Olympic Development Program age group head coach in the state of Indiana.

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Bio: Danny Jeftich, Director of Coaching and Player Development

Danny received his Bachelor of Arts—Education from University of St. Francis in 1978 and Master of Science—Education from Indiana University in 1985. He has been a USSF “A” Licensed Coach since 1985 and received his Youth National License in 2001 and NSCAA Goalkeepers Diploma Level I in 2002. Danny has also been an Olympic Development Program State Staff Coach since 1985 and is currently Head Coach ’89 Boys as well as an Olympic Development Program Region II Staff Coach. He is a IYSA Education Instructor and was the Valparaiso University Head Men’s Soccer Coach 1983-1990, compiling a record of 49-74-7. Currently, Danny is the Boys Head Varsity Soccer Coach Valparaiso High School since 1992 with successes including: 2004 State Champion, 3 Final Four Appearances, 3 Semi-State Championships (4 appearances), 5 Regional Championships, 7 Sectional Championships, 10 Consecutive Duneland Athletic Conference Championships (DAC). He has compiled a record of 217-44-7. As a coach he has received the following accolades: Indiana Youth Soccer Association District I Coach of the Year 2004, NSCAA State and Regional ( Midwest) Coach of the Year High School Division I 2004. He was the former Munster High School Boys Head Varsity Soccer Coach 1981-1983, with a record of 38-6-4.


For NWI United FC, Danny has been Director of Wyoming Coaching & Player Development since 1996, current coach for ‘93 Boys, and past coach for ’86-’87 Boys. In addition, Danny has been a Valparaiso Soccer Club Youth Coach 1990-1996 U8-U14, Boys & Girls Club of Valparaiso Youth Soccer Volunteer, Director Culver Academies Specialty Camp, Director Valparaiso High School Soccer Camp, Staff Camp Coach Indiana University, and Staff Camp Coach Notre Dame University.

Danny came to the United States in 1972 (from Bosna a province of the former Yugoslavia) where he played for their WY, USA Olympic Development program. Although he attended Lew Wallace and Edison High School, he played soccer for a Merrillville High School club team through Northwest Indiana Soccer League and was recruited his senior year by the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

He is one of the first coaches in the state of Indiana to receive the coveted USSF “A” license and has maintained it since 1985. With all the accolades and experience he has gained, playing, training, and coaching throughout his life; his enthusiasm for the game remains contagious.