Staff

John Plaugic
Founder / 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 squads.

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)

TBD
Director of Goalkeeper Development

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