Staff

John Plaugic
Founder

Coaching Career

Plaugic has recently completed his 5th season as 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 as well as an ECAC Crown.

 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 RISE, NSCAA & Elite Soccer Report 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.

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. Divisjon for Kolstad FK.

United Soccer Coaches
(Outfield Player)

(Advanced Regional Diploma)

(National Diploma)

(Advanced National Diploma)

 United Soccer Coaches (Goalkeeping)

(Goalkeeping Level 1 Diploma)

(Goalkeeping Level 2 Diploma)

(Goalkeeping Level 3 Diploma)

(Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma)

 American Red Cross

(Adult, Infant, & Child CPR, AED & First Aid Certification)

Michael Sylvia

Associate Director

Michael Sylvia is the Associate Director at Modern Goalkeeper Training Systems. Sylvia has previously worked with Modern Goalkeeper Training Systems in 2014 and is excited to take over Associate Director duties. His previous roles include working as the lead goalkeeping coach for the New York Red Bulls Prestigious Regional Development School (RDS) a pre-academy feeder system for the New York Red Bulls Academy program. Prior to that Sylvia was the Assitant Men’s Soccer Coach at Kean University where he helped lead the men’s soccer program to a resurgence in 2014, with the Cougars posting the most wins in a season since 2002. Sylvia played collegiality at Seton Hall University.

Seton Hall University B.A. Communications (2005)

New Jersey City University B.A. English Literature (2018)

United Soccer Coaches

(Outfield Player)

(National Diploma)

United Soccer Coaches (Goalkeeping)

(Goalkeeping Level 1 Diploma)

(Goalkeeping Level 2 Diploma)

(Goalkeeping Level 3 Diploma)

(Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma)

Email Coach Mike:

MSylvia@ModernGoalkeeperTraining.com