Director of Operations, Boys Director of Coaching
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Coach Chris Karwoski serves as the Director of Soccer Operations for FC Pittsburgh,  the Boys Director of Coaching, and is a member of the Board of Directors.  He also received the honor of being named the 2017 PA West ODP Coach of the Year.   Previously, Karwoski was the Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for the University of Pittsburgh’s Division I Men’s Soccer Program. From 1998-2008, Karwoski was a Division I Head Coach at Western Michigan University where he ranks as the second longest tenured soccer coach in the school’s history (11 seasons). Among many accolades at WMU, Karwoski earned MAC Coach of the Year in 2003, along with the MAC Tournament crown and WMU’s first and only berth in the NCAA College Cup in that same year. Coach Chris has over 22 seasons of Men’s Collegiate Division 1 coaching experience.

Coach Chris has also been involved in youth soccer of all ages in Michigan and PA, coaching young players at the community level, leading his Premier Club team to an MRL Regional Championship and the National Super Y Championships appearance, and has served as an ODP coach in both Region 1 and Region 2.   He currently is a board member of Sewickley Area Soccer, and serves as its director of coaching.   As a player, Coach Chris was a standout at the University of Vermont, helping the team to advance to the NCAA Elite Eight in 1989 and Captain of the 1990 NAC Championship team. He also played professionally and semi-professionally for the San Diego Nomads, Forfar Albion of the Scottish Third Div., and the Polonia Falcons of Connecticut.


Coach Chris’s Certifications

USSF National “C License
United Soccer Coaches National Diploma
United Soccer Coaches Director of Coaching Diploma
United Soccer Coaches Principles of Attacking Soccer Diploma
United Soccer Coaches Club Development Diploma
CPR and AED Certified

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Director of Girls' Coaching
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Chet Gapcyznski is a co-founder of FC Pittsburgh, and a member of the Board of Directors.  He is presently the head coach of the 06G team at FC Pittsburgh. He also serves as the Director of Girls Coaching. Coach Chet holds a USSF National “B” level license.  Coach Chet spent 10 plus years in the Olympic Development Program both at the state and regional staff levels.

Coach Chet has coached for over 30 years, starting in upstate New York during the 1980s and moving to the Pittsburgh region in the early 1990s. He has served as club president, director of coaching and head coach. The academic institutions he has been affiliated with throughout his career include Lima Christian Academy High School, New Life Academy High School, Bishop Gibbons High School, Franklin Regional High School, North Allegheny High School and Central Valley.  At the club level, he has been affiliated with Penns Forest, International Football Club and Pittsburgh Football Club.

During coach Chet’s coaching career, his high school teams have consistently reached the playoffs including several state championship runs in Western Pennsylvania, while his club teams always excel with PA State Championships and many tournament wins.  Although he has coached both boys and girls teams, Coach Chet has focused his attentions to the girls side for the past 20 years of his career.



Director of Goalkeeping
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Coach Sam joined FC Pittsburgh in 2018 and is currently the Director of Goalkeeping and coaches the 05G team and 04B Black team.  In addition, he is an assistant coach for LaRoche College and their goalkeeping coach.

Prior to this, Sam had eight years experience coaching various teams from elite to academies, including two years at Westbrom FC Academy.

His playing experience as a goalkeeper includes10 years professional academy, and six years playing semi-pro football representing southwest England, including Yeovil Town FC and various other teams.

Coach Sam's certifications:

USSF D license

UEFA C license

USSF Level 2 Goalkeeping

Diploma in sports coaching specializing in soccer



Liam Hackett

Academy Director
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Coach Liam joined FC Pittsburgh in 20225 and is currently the Academy Director.


Nate Richter

Technical Director
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