“All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and somebody who believes in them.”-Magic Johnson


​​Pawel Otachel – Academy President – 8U Coach

​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.


Victor Martinez – 18U Coach – 12U Coach

•Foreman High School City Champion 
• IHSA Region II Champion 
• All City First Team 

• Birth Year 1985 ODP State Select Player National Championship 
June 2004-2005 August 
Deportivo Cali (Colombia) 2nd Division 
• Oakton CC 1st team all conference 2006 
• Triton 3rd assistant 

AAC Eagles:
-Metro Indoor Champions 
-Metro Outdoor Champions 
-5x Indoor National Champion 
-3x Polish community tournament Champions 

Holds a US Soccer D license and is currently pursuing a C license.  

Jorge Gonzalez – 16U Coach

Pawel Helinski – 11U, Little Eagles coach

Carlos Gallegos – 10U Coach

Ardian Hoda – 10U Coach – Goalkeeper coach

Ardi has been coaching, training and advising highly competitive soccer players, whether that is at the youth or adult level, in a team or individual environment, for many years.

He is adept at planning and executing training sessions for individual soccer players at any position including goalkeepers, of all ages, and helping them to improve their physical athleticism, speed, endurance, and confidence.
He has been Head coach for ERA FC, Medinah (IL) for 4 years, coaching sessions for youth(U8-U17) players, and facilitating basic skills like teamwork, communication, and discipline.
He played/coached for the “Stunners” team at Men’s Indoor League C @ Odeum, Villa Park (IL) for 6 years a mid-level league with tournaments year-round.
Played/coached for the “Albanian Eagles” Men’s Outdoor League, Elmhurst (IL) 1999 – 2007 .11v11 games in a high-level league with tournaments year-round.
Played for Mid-Pro Leagues, Tirana (Albania) 1984 – 1994. Playing 11v11 games across Albania and nearby European countries in an extremely competitive environment.
Ardi has a USA Soccer License E(F). ASEP Certificate/First Aid. Safe Sport Certificate.

Lukasz Kedzior – 9U Coach

Lukasz Kedzior was born and raised in Tarnow, Poland.
Lukasz has been playing soccer since he was 10 years old. In his hometown club Unia Tarnow he played from U10 to Senior level. In his junior years, he competed two times in the Polish National Championships representing the south-east Polish region. In 1995, during the National Final Tournament, he was named the MVP of his team which resulted in receiving a nomination to the U15 Polish National Team Camp. As a professional player, he played over 200 official games in the second and third divisions of the Polish Soccer League.
He arrived in the USA in 2004. Since then, he has played in the Metro and National leagues for the following soccer clubs: Tarnovia, Legovia, and Wisla Chicago.
Lukasz started his coaching education in 2009 and received his first coaching license. Since then, he has been head coach at all levels of youth teams from U8 to U18.
Coach Lukasz is constantly improving his coaching skills by attending multiple workshops and online courses with US Soccer Federation and Polish FA. He is also working up the pathway as a Certified Soccer Scout with a worldwide accredited International Professional Scouting Organisation (IPSO) based in England.

“I believe that any coach should constantly improve their knowledge and grow alongside the players. Better Coaches create a better soccer environment which is vital in player development.”

Pawel Sander – 9U Coach

Maggie Urbanek – 7U, Little Eagles coach

Daniel Palacio – Assistant Coach

Maribel Gomez – Assistant Coach

Arthur Ciszek – Club Manager

Arthur has been the Club Manager at the AAC Eagles Chicago Soccer Academy since 2019.  Arthur brings his 23 years of experience in the insurance industry to management of the club applying risk management principles as well as people skills. He has been involved with the AAC Eagles since he was a child with his father playing for the Men’s teams and growing up in the club, with family vacations being centered around where the Men’s teams were competing across the USA. Arthur also played for the AAC Eagles youth teams in his younger years.
The family tradition continues with his twin boys Alex and Max competing for the Academy on the 2008 Red team.
Arthur holds a US Soccer Grassroots coaching license and a USSF Grassroots referee license. SafeSport certified.