Dan Cross


Director of the First XI Program

Certifications and Licensing

United States Soccer Federation A license
United Soccer Coaches Association Premier Diploma.
English FA Coaching License.

Playing Experience

Semi Profesional in England for Dartford FC, Beauwaters FC, Corinthians FC.
College: Saint Xavier University

coaching Experience

College Coaching Experience:

Men’s Soccer Head Coach at the University of ST. Francis 2016- 2023

Head Coach Women’s Soccer at Richard J Daley College 2015- 2016

Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach at Saint Xavier University 2013, 2014

Assistant Men’s Coach at Illinois Institute of Technology 2012 Season.

Assistant Men’s Coach at Elgin Community College 2006, 2007

Youth Soccer Coaching Experience:

Chelsea Football Club 2022- 2023

Staff Coach/ High School Director at Lyons Township Soccer Club 2013- 2018

Owner of Grass Roots Soccer Academy LLC 2012-2018

Staff Coach OPRF Strikers/ Chicago Edge (Teams merged in 2012) 2004-2013

Britannia Soccer Summer 2003

Arsenal FC head of recruiting and center of excellence for North Kent region 2001-2003


Dan was born in Woolwich, south east London and came to America in 2003 at the age of 19 to coach soccer camps. He has 23 years of youth coaching experience and 12 years college coaching experience. Dan has lived in the Chicagoland area for 19 years and moved to Countryside in 2016 with his wife Jennifer. He has two young daughters Isabella 4, and Francesca 2. Dan is a big Chelsea fan, and when he is not on the field coaching he likes to play golf, socialize with friends, and do activities with the family.