Staff

John Plaugic
Founding President

 

Coaching Career

Currently the Director of Goalkeeping at Cedar Stars Academy (Monmouth) facilitating the development of all boys goalkeepers within the club and focusing on the United States Soccer Federation Developmental Academy.

Former Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach at Rutgers University (Newark), the Scarlet Raiders compete in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. In his 5 seasons with Rutgers (Newark) the Scarlet Raiders have broken every single school record and clinched 4 births into the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament 2013, 2014, 2016 & 2017 as well as an ECAC Championship 2015 & NJAC Championship 2017.

 Plaugic previously was the Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach at  St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, NJ. During Plaugic’s four year tenure, St. Benedict’s Preparatory School had a 79-4 record and won the New Jersey Prep A State Championship four years in a row as well as two back-to-back National Championships during the 2011 & 2012 seasons.

St. Benedict’s Prep has been recognized by ESPN, United Soccer Coaches, Elite Soccer Report , & Top Drawer Soccer as the best High School Boys Soccer program in the USA. These back to back National Championships give St. Benedict’s Prep its 8th National Championship in school history.

In Plaugic’s four seasons at St. Benedict’s Prep the Gray Bee’s only conceded 27 goals in 79 games and had a tenacious defensive record, conceding less than half a goal per game (0.34 GAA) and collecting 60 shutouts in 79 games. 

Plaugic previously was a staff member for Red Bull New York Regional Developmental School (RDS) as the Head Goalkeeper Coach at the Pre-Academy level. The New York Red Bulls set the pace for player development in Major League Soccer as the first professional team to boast a satellite-based, academy feeder system. 

Plaugic also was the New Jersey Wildcats USL W-League Goalkeeper Coach. The W-League is also an open league, giving college players the opportunity to play alongside established international players while maintaining their collegiate eligibility.

Plaugic was awarded a Goalkeeping Director position with NO. 1 Soccer Camps which was founded by Joseph A. Machnik. Dr. Joe served as Assistant Coach to the United States Men’s National Team at the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Dr. Machnik is now a broadcaster for Fox Sports.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Education/Teacher Certification/History Caldwell University

Playing Career

A native of Kearny, NJ and graduate of Kearny High School, Plaugic was a 2002 NJSIAA Boys Group IV State Champion at Kearny. After graduating Kearny High School, Plaugic accepted an athletic and academic scholarship to continue playing soccer at Monmouth University.

During the transition from high school to playing collegiately Plaugic joined the NY/NJ Metrostars (now Red Bull New Yorku19 level.

After completing one season at Monmouth University, Plaugic transferred to Caldwell University.

At Caldwell University, Plaugic was a 3 year starting goalkeeper, team captain, 2009 Regular Season CACC Champion and a two time All-CACC selection for the Cougars.

After college Plaugic played professional soccer in the Norwegian 2. Division for Kolstad FK.

United Soccer Coaches
– Outfield Player –

(Advanced Regional Diploma)
(National Diploma)
(Advanced National Diploma)
(Premier Diploma) – In Process

 United Soccer Coaches
– Goalkeeping –

(Goalkeeping Level 1 Diploma)
(Goalkeeping Level 2 Diploma)
(Goalkeeping Level 3 Diploma)
(Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma)

 American Red Cross

(Adult & Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED Certification)

Paul Blodgett
Director of Goalkeeper Development

Paul is a native of Hilton, NY, outside of the Rochester area. He is a graduate of Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY, which is where he generated his interest in the game of soccer.

After receiving his Master’s Degree in Physical Education and Health from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts, Paul remained in Massachusetts and taught at Agawam High School for the next five years. While at Agawam, he took on the head soccer coaching duties where he led the team to its first ever, state championship tournament.

During this time, Paul was also the head coach of the girl’s varsity track team, which is a program that he inaugurated at the school. He then moved to Nasson College in Maine, where he worked with Bob Reasso in building the soccer program there. While at Nasson, Paul was also the head basketball coach and athletic director. He then joined Reasso at Rutgers in 1981.

At Rutgers, Paul was the goalkeeper coach during the school’s most successful years, and was instrumental in developing the team into one of the top Division I programs in the country; 11 NCAA appearances, 3 Final Four tournaments, 6 Conference Championships, including the Big East Championship in 1999 (the first ever for Rutgers in any sport in the Big East Conference).

Paul’s coaching at Rutgers included two All-Americans in Billy Andracki (formerly with the Rochester Rhinos) and Jon Conway (former MLS goalkeeper with the San Jose Earthquakes and NY Red Bulls). Paul also trained Saskia Weber, who was an All-American at Rutgers, and who was a member of the Women’s National Team that won the World Cup. Five other goalkeepers at Rutgers achieved All-Region honors, and many of them went on to play professionally.

The list of keepers with whom Paul has worked is continuing to grow impressively. Keepers who have an interest in competing at the highest levels have been gravitating to him as a resource in their final preparations for their upcoming seasons. Paul has helped professional goalkeepers Billy Gaudette, Bryan Meredith, Ian Joyce and Neal Kitson in such preparations. Most notably of late is the association with Karina LeBlanc, the Canadian Women’s National Team Goalkeeper. Karina is one of the top woman goalkeepers in the world and she and Paul have established a relationship that has extended in bringing the best in knowledge to keepers of New Jersey. Karina was the league’s Top Goalkeeper in the W-League in 2005 and she captained her team, the NJ Wildcats, to its first National Championship. Paul was the goalkeeper trainer for Wildcats in ‘05, a team ranked among the top in the world. Other world class keepers with whom Paul has worked are: Karen Bardsley, England WNT #1 and Jillian Loyden, formerly with the USWNT. Paul had the chance to work with Tim Howard of the USMNT when he was in the North Brunswick, NJ school system before his jump into the professional ranks. Paul is still associated with Tim and works with him as one of the Directors in The Complete Soccer Goalkeeper Academy Camp, a high level training camp that is run by Tim and the renowned Tim Mulqueen, one of the top goalkeeper trainers in the country.

Paul has added his involvement at the state level as he is the Technical Director of Goalkeeping for Boys/Girls with NJYS. Many young coaches, who have an interest in training keepers have established relationships with Paul as a means of gaining knowledge and respect in teaching the position. Notables are Ryan Hayward, GK Coach with the Princeton Men’s Program, Lubos Ancin, GK Coach and Assistant with Rutgers Women and Rob Nydick, former Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Arcadia University, all whom are outstanding coaches. Coach Blodgett is in demand for clinics at all levels and regularly travels to conduct training sessions and seminars on the position throughout New Jersey and the US.

Coach Blodgett is a holder of a USSF “B” license and the National “Y” license from US Youth Soccer. His greatest attributes are his unique ability to relate to keepers of all ages, his motivational skills and his positive energy and enthusiasm. He is highly respected by both players and coaches of all levels.

Elvir Prasovic
Associate Goalkeeping Director

Elvir Prasovic joins Modern Goalkeeper Training Systems as Associate Goalkeeping Director

A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University earning a Master’s Degree in Education/Teacher Certification. Coach Elvir was a four-year starter for the FDU Knights in goal and served as a team captain in his senior season (2007). His playing stints after graduation included the Brooklyn Knights, Jersey Express and NJ Rangers of the Professional Development League (PDL).

Prior to entering the coaching ranks at the collegiate level, Elvir served as the head coach of New Brunswick High School in New Brunswick, NJ for five seasons.  At New Brunswick he compiled a record of 53-30-4 while leading the Zebras to the Middlesex County White Division Championship in 2009 and taking several of his teams deep into the Group III State Tournament. In 2009 Elvir was also voted Middlesex County Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year.

Coach Prasovic is currently the Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach at Rider University. Rider University recently won the MAAC Championship in 2015, 2016, 2018 while also securing NCAA Division 1 Tournament appearances in 2015, 2016 & 2018.

Elvir brings a wealth of experience developing goalkeepers and preparing them for a “Path to the PROS”

Coach Prasovic holds a USSF “C” License, United Soccer Coaches National Goalkeeping Diploma as well as United Soccer Coaches College Coach Certificate.

Goalkeeping Specialists

Brad
Watkins

Ferdinand Christian

Jovan Stanojkovic

Kevin
Torres

Nick
Nardone