THE FOUNDER

Our founder John Plaugic started Modern Goalkeeper in 2009, since then his Modern Goalkeeper Training System has had a hand in developing numerous professional goalkeepers who play in professional leagues throughout the world. Coach Plaugic has also developed many youth, high school, prep & collegiate athletes who play at the highest levels of soccer in the United States. You can join Modern Goalkeeper as a novice 8-year-old and stay with us as we develop you & lead you on your “PATH to PRO”.

Coach Plaugic has professional coaching experience working at some of the most respected soccer institutions across the globe. Locally at St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, NJ) and Red Bull NY (Harrison, NJ). Internationally at Rosenborg Ballklub (Norway) & Larne Football Club (Northern Ireland). Coach Plaugic has coached & trained goalkeepers who have competed in FIFA World Cups, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League & other professional leagues throughout the world.

Some of the professional goalkeepers we have helped develop are Bobby Edwards (FC Cincinnati), Evan Louro (Tampa Bay Rowdies), Michael Hartmann (FC Haka), Dylan Castenheira (Inter Miami CF), Matt Broomall (Richmond Kickers).

Modern Goalkeeper Training Systems
Founder & Owner
August 2009 – Present

Cedar Stars Monmouth
Head of Goalkeeping (Boys)
MLS NEXT League
September 2018 – September 2020

Rutgers University – Newark
Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach
August 2013 – August 2018

NCAA D-III Championship Tournament
First Round (2013)
17-6-1

NCAA D-III Championship Tournament
Second Round (2014)
16-6-0

NCAA D-III
Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Metro/Upstate Championship (2015)
16-7-1

The Rutgers University-Newark men’s soccer program received the Team Academic Award for the 2015-16 school year from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)

~Goalkeeper Matt Broomall named NJAC Goalkeeper of the Year~
~Goalkeeper Matt Broomall selected to the 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division III All-South Atlantic Region 2nd Team~

NCAA D-III Championship Tournament
Elite 8 (2016)
21-4

The Scarlet Raiders finished the season with a record of 21-4-0, reaching the ‘Elite Eight’ of the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship. The 21 triumphs represent a new program-record and the trip to the national quarterfinals is the deepest run in the national tournament in Scarlet Raider men’s soccer history.

Freshman goalkeeper Andres Medina ends his marvelous rookie season ranked 10th in goalkeeper minutes played (2,012-plus), No. 17 in save percentage (.849), and No. 41 in total saves (107).
NJAC ALL-SECOND TEAM

NJAC Champions
NCAA D-III Championship Tournament
Second Round (2017)
20-3-1

~Goalkeeper Andres Medina named NJAC Goalkeeper of the Year 2017~
~Goalkeeper Andres Medina selected to the 2017 All-South Atlantic by the United Soccer Coaches (USC) 2nd Team~

New Jersey Wildcats
United Soccer Leagues W-League (WPSL)
Head of Goalkeeping
May 2013 – May 2018

No. 1 Soccer Camps
Goalkeeping Director
July 2011 – July 2017

Rosenborg Ballklub
Internship

Rosenborg Ballklub
Internship with Rosenborg Ballklub (First Team)
June 2015 – July 2015 (2 months)
Trondheim, Norway

Developed and executed training sessions under the guidance of Jørn Jamtfall with Rosenborg Ballklub’s first-team goalkeepers Andre Hansen & Alexander Lund Hansen. Rosenborg was preparing for their UEFA Europa League first, second & third qualifying round matches against Vikingur, KR Reykjavik & Debrecen

Rosenborg Ballklub
Internship

Rosenborg Ballklub
Internship with Rosenborg Ballklub (First Team)
June 2014 – July 2014 (2 months)
Trondheim, Norway

Developed and executed training sessions under the guidance of Jørn Jamtfall with Rosenborg Ballklub’s first team goalkeepers Alexander Lund Hansen & Daniel Örlund. Rosenborg was preparing for their UEFA Europa League first & second round qualifying matches against Sligo Rovers & Karabukspor.

Rosenborg Ballklub
Internship

Rosenborg Ballklub
Internship with Rosenborg Ballklub (First Team)
June 2013 – July 2013 (2 months)
Trondheim, Norway

Developed and executed training sessions under the guidance of Jørn Jamtfall with Rosenborg Ballklub’s first team goalkeepers Daniel Örlund & Alexander Lund Hansen. Rosenborg was preparing for their UEFA Europa League first & second round qualifying matches against Crusaders & St. Johnstone.

St. Benedict’s Preparatory School
Head of Goalkeeping
July 2009 – July 2013

NEW JERSEY PREP A STATE CHAMPIONS 2009
NEW JERSEY PREP A STATE CHAMPIONS 2010
NEW JERSEY PREP A STATE CHAMPIONS 2011
NEW JERSEY PREP A STATE CHAMPIONS 2012

(NSCAA) NATIONAL CHAMPIONS 2011
(NSCAA) NATIONAL CHAMPIONS 2012

Red Bull New York
Head of Goalkeeping Pre-Academy & Regional Developmental School
September 2009 – September 2012

Athlete Development Institute
Owner
Athletic Performance Specialist
Associate Head of Goalkeeping
June 2009 – August 2010

Caldwell College
Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach
January 2009 – September 2009

Rutgers University – Newark
Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach
January 2009 – December 2009

 

EDUCATION

Caldwell University
Bachelor’s Degree
Education & Teacher Certification
2009

COACHING QUALIFICATIONS


Goalkeeping

United Soccer Coaches
Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma
2013

United Soccer Coaches
Goalkeeping Level 3 Diploma
2010

United Soccer Coaches
Goalkeeping Level 2 Diploma
2008

United Soccer Coaches
Goalkeeping Level 1 Diploma
2008

Outfield Player

United Soccer Coaches
Premier Diploma
2021 (In Process)

United Soccer Coaches
Advanced National Diploma
2012

United Soccer Coaches
National Diploma
2010

United Soccer Coaches
Advanced Regional Diploma
2009

ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE

National Academy of Sports Medicine
Certified Personal Trainer
2009