Celtics Founder & General Manager
Coach Rout started the first Celtics girls team in 2008. He is licensed with both the Illinois State Soccer Association and the United States Soccer Federation. His previous coaching experience was with 12- and 14-year old boys in the Palos area, several of whom went on to represent their varsity team at Marist, Stagg and Sandburg High Schools. Coach Rout has extensive playing experience both in England and in the USA. He retired 8 years ago as the captain and manager of the St. Charles Celtics (over 30) men’s team, Illinois State Cup Winner in 2003 and Runner Up in 2004, 2005 & 2013. Coach Rout spends his twilight playing years for Oakbrook based DePaul Alumni FC (40+) and Ferencvaros Fc (48+) in the PSL and of course is a regular for the ‘Celtic Dads’ at the Max. He served as Treasurer of the Premier Soccer League of Chicagoland (PSL), Chicago’s largest mens’ amateur soccer league, for 11 years and a further 4 years service on that league’s Board of Directors. Coach Rout learned many of his coaching techniques from Manchester United’s Academy coach Tom Statham. Over the past 19 years the two, together, have run private summer soccer camps in Palos and the La Grange areas. Originally from Derby, England, he feels strongly that although technical instruction is very important in a player’s development, much emphasis should be placed on respect, self-conviction, confidence, team camaraderie and pride in the belief that these character-building qualities enhance a player’s social maturity. “Celtics is in the business of developing soccer players, many of whom have graduated and gone on to play at a very high level, however, what is more important is the positive influence the club provides every player which is at the core of its’ philosophical approach”.