Academy Coaches

Cedric Cattenoy, Chicago Fire Academy Technical Director
Cattenoy joins the Fire after most recently serving as the head coach of the Paris Saint-Germain Academy, a role he began in 2014. During that time, Cattenoy was tasked with developing the PSG method internationally, overseeing the training programs for the academy teams and training coaches in France and abroad. Cattenoy has helped produce more than 70 professional players, including Celtic FC forward and French U-21 international Moussa Dembélé as well as Bayern Munich winger and French international Kingsley Coman, recently a finalist for the Young Player of the Tournament Award at UEFA Euro 2016. Cattenoy will oversee the development and implementation of the Fire Academy’s curriculum, guide player and staff development, and work together with the first team staff to ensure continuity from the player development system up to the pro level. Cattenoy holds his UEFA “A” and youth licenses, an executive masters from the National Institution of Sports and Performance Expertise, his B.E.E.S. second degree football coach diploma and his goalkeeper coach qualifications.

Brian Roberts, Director of Performance, Advisory and Support Services
Roberts has served as the Chicago Fire’s Senior Manager of Youth Development since 2012, during which his operational and technical programs have impacted over 4,000 players and 350 coaching staff in 10 Fire Juniors youth soccer clubs on an annual basis. Since joining the Fire in 2010, Roberts has also held down roles as an interim director of coaching as well as player development manager. Roberts joined the Fire after serving as the National Director of Coaching for Major League Soccer camps from 2007-10. Roberts holds a Prozone performance analysis certification, a U.S. Soccer Federation B License, a UEFA B License, was a PE teacher for seven years and holds a BA BSC in Physical Education/ Sports Science and Theology.

Pascal Bedrossian, Staff Coach
The French-born Pascal Bedrossian enjoyed a lengthy career playing at the highest levels of French club football, appearing for the likes of AS Cannes, Rennes, Lorient (with whom he won the Coupe de France in 2002) and Angers before coming to Chicago for a brief stint with the Fire in the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Bedrossian has been with the Chicago Fire Academy since 2015, and holds a U.S. Soccer Federation A License.

Ross Brady, Staff Coach
Brady joined the Fire after three seasons at Northern Illinois University, where he served as full-time assistant coach as well as the Director of Coaching for Northern Illinois FC (2013-14). Prior to that, Brady was as an assistant coach at Hastings College in 2011-12. Brady holds at National B License and National Youth License from the United States Soccer Federation, as well as a Goalkeeping Level I and II Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He played collegiately at Lambuth College, graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Performance.

Igor Dimov, Staff Coach
A Macedonian international, Dimov’s playing career included appearances in the UEFA Europa League with FK FCU 55 of Macedonia in 2001-03. Since then, his influence as a goalkeeping coach has been wide-spread among the Chicagoland area. Dimov has held as many as five coaching roles at a time since 2008, with Chicago Fire North Juniors, Chicago Fire City Juniors, Chicago Fire West Juniors, Inferno Soccer Club, and Chicago Magic Academy having all employed his services in that time. Dimov has worked with every level from U-8 to U-18 and has a UEFA B-soccer coaching license.

Nate Boyden, Staff Coach
Boyden joined the Academy staff in 2017 after four seasons with Loyola University in Chicago, where he served as Assistant Head Coach for a team that finished with a school-record 14 wins and the Missouri Valley Conference’s regular season title. He additionally spent two years working with Academy affiliate Chicago Fire City. Following a standout playing career at UC Santa Barbara, Boyden embarked on a professional career that began in 2006 and included stops with the Seattle Sounders (then of the United Soccer League) and Major League Soccer's Chivas USA. Boyden then spent time overseas with Rostocker FC in Rostock, Germany before returning to the United States for a stint with the Michigan Bucks.

Kevin Isaac, Youth Development Operations Coordinator
Isaac joined the Fire in 2016 after acting as an equipment manager with the U.S. Soccer Federation. Prior to that, he served as operations manager at the Sparta Dome in Indiana, where he was the director of youth soccer leagues and oversaw both scheduling and league expansion. Isaac additionally held match operations roles as an intern with the Seattle Reign of the NWSL and as an assistant at Valparaiso University, and has event experience with the Chicago Red Stars, U.S. Women’s National Team, and Copa America Centenario. Isaac played collegiately for one season at Hope College, before playing three seasons at FC Indiana of the NPSL.