Stefan Magazin - Regional Head Coach, Illinois

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Stefan, a former DI Athlete at UIC, brings a unique profile to Big Cat Goalkeeping. From coaching numerous levels including youth, high school and NCAA to learning and training in Serbia as a youth, his perspective is invaluable.

Stefan provides unique individual training to help develop the finer skills of goalkeepers. He has trained players of professional academies and top NCAA schools. Stefan also had the opportunity to travel with Big Cat to Madrid, Spain where he learned and trained under top Atletico Madrid academy coaches such as Curro Galan.

“Stefan provides a welcome intensity to our training environments. He pushes our keepers to their limits both mentally and physically, getting the best out of their development and helping our keepers achieve their ultimate goals.” – Neil Thompson



  • Joined: 2018
  • Playing Experience:
    • College: University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), Illinois
    • High School: Main South HS
    • Youth Clubs: FC Chicago, Chicago Fire Jr's North, FK Leotar Academy (Bosnia), Red Star Belgrade Academy (Serbia)
  • Coaching Experience:
    • Semi-Pro: 
      • FC United (USL2) - Goalkeeper Coach
      • Chicago Dutch Lions (USL2) - Goalkeeper Coach
    • College: Elmhurst University - Goalkeeper Coach
    • Clubs:  ELA, Elite SC, Campton United
    • High school: North Shore Country Day - Goalkeeper Coach
  • Notable Coaches & Players Worked With:
    • Coaches:
      • Neil Thompson
      • Miguel Miranda
      • Curro Galan
      • Logan Pause
    • Players:
      • Roman Celentano
      • Brian Schwake
      • Lysianne Proulx
      • Phallon Tullis-Joyce
      • Paul Kruse
      • Andrew Putna
      • Jackson Weyman
      • Duncan Turnbull
      • Parker Smith