- Rick Jacobs
- Former Head Soccer Coach @ St. Benedict’s Prep (1985 – 2010)
- 6 Time * High School National Champions
- Current Vice President, Community Affairs & Executive Director, Foundation at Philadelphia Union
“As an Assistant Coach and Goalkeeping Coach for my St. Benedict’s Prep Varsity team John Plaugic has been both professional and respectful. His training sessions have been of the highest quality. He understands how athletes think and his communication skills lead to fostering significant relationships with his players. I found his understanding of the human body most helpful to my student-athletes and his willingness to teach them about fitness, agility, and nutrition a real plus.”
- Kris Devaux
- Former University of Delaware Goalkeeper
- Current Goalkeeper-Honefoss BK (Norway)
“I had the pleasure of meeting and working under John the summer before going off to the University of Delaware. Since then, John has become a good friend and a mentor throughout my remaining collegiate, and now professional career. In the offseason, I still have the pleasure of training with him, and his approach to goalkeeping has helped me to further develop my game in order to take the next step in the professional world. He is very easy to work with, and tailors his approach to training to the goalkeeper, in order to work with what will best help that goalkeeper, and I can say that in my case it has certainly paid dividends. A big thanks to John for all the work he has done with me so far, and I look forward to more as I continue this journey playing abroad.”
- Matt Broomall
- Richmond Kickers USL 1
- Former Rutgers University (Newark) 4-year starting Goalkeeper
- Two-time NJAC Goalkeeper of the Year (2012 & 2014)
- NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region All-American (2014)
“Johns coaching style will add technical and tactical improvement to your game. Both group and 1v1 sessions are geared towards developing skills in a competitive atmosphere. Johns coaching has aided in my success starting 4 years a Rutgers Newark.
He’s the man!”
- Bobby Edwards
- Former St. Benedict’s Prep Goalkeeper
- Current Goalkeeper-Monmouth University
“I can’t say enough about John Plaugic and his ability as a goalkeeper coach. I had the opportunity to train with him for 3 years daily at St. Benedict’s Prep and can full-heartedly say that without John I would not be nearly the goalkeeper I am today. He pushed me both on the field and off to make me become the best student-athlete I could be, and helped mentor me as I progressed through high school. After graduation from Saint Benedicts Prep, I entered the Division 1 level and yet have continued to train regularly with John. As there is no one around with sessions like Modern Goalkeeper Training Systems. His experience as a goalkeeper himself provides insight into what it takes to be a top-tier goalkeeper and his training is second to none. The sessions are energetic, game realistic and perfect for the “modern goalkeeper.” John truly cares about each of his clients’ growth and success and is selfless when it comes to helping them with their careers. If you are looking to take your game to the next level, Modern Goalkeeper Training Systems is the ideal training environment.”
- Simon Barrow
- Manager, Regional Development Schools
- Red Bulls Academy
- 600 Cape May Street,
- Harrison, NJ 07029
To whom it may concern,
I write this letter as a reference for John Plaugic, who has worked within the New York Red Bull pre-academy program, the Regional Development Schools, December 2009-January 2012.
As manager of the Red Bulls RDS, I am responsible for the technical development the highest level 8 to 14-year-old soccer players within NY, NJ, and CT. During the 2 years, John has worked within our program, he has demonstrated himself to be more than capable of getting the best out of this exceptionally talented group.
A keen student of the game of soccer, he has always strived to learn from those around him, and surround himself with additional literature that enhances his knowledge and appreciation of the game. Being a high-level player himself, and in good physical shape, he is also capable of demonstrating the technical nuances that are so important to developing young players.
His dedicated work ethic on and off the soccer field, along with his ability to interact with his peers and his students, all make him a suitable candidate for any high-level soccer program.
Finally, he is a polite, well mannered, and good-humored young man who will be a credit to any organization he represents.
- Kevin East
- Rutgers University (Newark) Head Men’s Soccer Coach/Coordinator of Soccer Operations
“John is currently an assistant coach and goalkeeper coach for our program. His duties include recruiting, scouting opponents, assisting with team training sessions, matches and running all goalkeeper training. He has demonstrated a high-level professionalism and knowledge in all responsibilities.
Several times this past fall John was sent to scout future opponents. I found his scouting reports to be very detailed and accurate. They were a great asset in preparation for our matches. He was able to identify opponent’s strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies which helped us formulate our tactical approach.
This season he worked with a young core of goalkeepers and really improved their technique and understanding of the position. He builds each training session by re-enforcing technical work and moving to situations our opponents may present in matches. Our goalkeepers enjoy his coaching style and respond well to his sessions. Our starting goalkeeper was named to the All-Conference team for the second year in a row.”
- Andres Medina
- Rutgers University (Newark) Goalkeeper
- United Soccer Coaches All-Region 2017
- United Soccer Coaches All-Region 2017
- Academic All- American Honors in 2017
- NCAA Appearances 2016 & 2017
“First and foremost John Plaugic is a fantastic man. He is not only a great goalkeeper coach but he is also a great friend. I had the opportunity to train with John for two years at St. Benedict’s Prep when I was 12-13 years old. Since then we have always kept in touch. John is responsible for recruiting me to Rutgers University (Newark) and now John is my coach at Rutgers.
I have spent two years with John at Rutgers and I can say that John has helped advanced my skills and knowledge of the game immensely. Johns coaching has helped me be successful in my two years starting at Rutgers Newark earning NJAC Goalkeeper of the Year, United Soccer Coaches All-Region and Academic All- American Honors in 2017, as well as an NCAA Elite 8 appearance.
I believe that his experience as a goalkeeper playing at a high-level aids in teaching goalkeepers what it takes to be a top-level Modern Goalkeeper. If you want to take your game to the next level, I would strongly recommend training with John.
He’s my boy!”
- Michael Hartmann
- Caldwell College
- FC Linköping City (Sweden) Division 1 Norra
“John has been a great friend and mentor to me during my professional career. I began training consistently with John after my final collegiate season as I was preparing for upcoming professional trials. His modern approach to the position is truly one of a kind. Each offseason spent with John has been extremely beneficial towards my development. He has experienced the game at the highest level while coaching and playing internationally. All goalkeepers can benefit from working with John.
I cannot thank him enough!”
- Dylan Castanheira
- Former Columbia University Goalkeeper
- Current Goalkeeper-Atlanta United (MLS)
“I had the pleasure of working with John both as a youth player and as a professional. He is an incredibly knowledgeable coach and his skill-set suits players of every level. He is great to work with and you can tell that he is very passionate about what he does. He wants every goalkeeper he works with to reach the next level of his or her career. His sessions are challenging and rewarding. You will always walk away feeling you got better.”