Pawel Otachel – Academy President
Pawel Otachel has been playing soccer for over 20 years. After moving to Chicago from Poland, Pawel started playing for the AAC Eagles. Throughout his soccer career, he has had many accomplishments. While playing at Leyden High School, Pawel was named the MVP in 2000 and 2001. In 2001, he was ranked as the #3 player in Illinois with turning 80 points. Pawel continued to play soccer at UIC, where he was named the League All-Newcomer and All-League Second Team in 2004. He was also named All-League Second Team in 2005. In 2002, while Pawel was playing for the AAC Eagles, he along with the First Team won the following championships: US Open Cup Region 2, US Amateur Soccer Association Open Cup, and USASA Open Cup. Pawel and the Eagles also won the US Open Cup Region 2 Championship in 2005. In 2005 and 2006, Pawel was selected to join the Illinois State Select Team. In 2007, Pawel played in the National Cup Open with the Illinois State Team. In 2009, he played for the United States Adult Soccer Association against Republic of Ireland Amateur National Team in San Francisco. Pawel also played for Rockford Rampage in 2012, which is a professional indoor soccer team. In 2017, while playing for the First Team, he was able to add another championship under his belt: The State Cup. Pawel currently coaches the Eagles’s First Team, which his team won their first Indoor Championship and plays with the Eagles’s Over-30 Team.
Piotr Sliwa – Director of Coaching
The 2020 season will be Coach Sliwa’s ninth season as head coach of the Triton College men’s soccer team after serving three seasons as an assistant coach. In 2018, Sliwa took over as head coach of the Triton women’s soccer program. During his tenure coaching the men’s program, Sliwa has led the Trojans to a pair of NJCAA Division III Region IV championships (2012, and 2017), four North Central Community College Conference (N4C) titles (2012, 2013, 2017, and 2018) and a NJCAA National Tournament appearance in 2012. Sliwa has produced six NJCAA Division III All-Americans along with numerous all-conference and all-region athletes was selected N4C Coach of the Year in 2018. He was named Region IV Division III Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2017. Sliwa played collegiate soccer at Dominican University in River Forest for four years. At Dominican, Sliwa was an all-conference selection for three years. In his junior and senior years, he was All-Region First Team selection and helped Dominican reach the NCAA Division III Elite Eight. In all four years at Dominican, Sliwa played on teams that won the conference and conference tournaments.