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Shek Borkowski - Head Coach
In six seasons Shek Borkowski led his teams to 7 finals; winning 4 league and 2 cup titles. He has been named Coach of the Year twice and has maneged 1st or 2nd place finishes in every league and cup competition except for three. Borkowski’s record of success in different leagues and with a range of separate club hierarchies over a considerable window of time is indicative of the man's professionalism.
Three league titles, two US Open Cups and seven victories over
national teams have been amassed in his 6 years as FC Indiana head
coach, 2005-2009, including League and Cup ‘double’ in 2005. Renowned
as a tactically astute coach with a rare ability to spot and develop
players from around the world, Mr. Borkowski has had vital input into
all areas affecting FC Indiana teams — from the squad’s diet and
training methods to the design of the new FC Indiana soccer complex.
In 2009/2010 Mr. Borkowski led Russian club Zvezda 2005 to Russian Supreme League title and round of 16 of the UEFA Women's Chmapions League.
His calm and measured demeanour is reflected by the style of his teams, which he encourages to play attacking and attractive soccer. Mr. Borkowski is the only women's club soccer coach in the world to win league titles on two continents. His FC Indiana record stands at 101-13-12 with 501 goals scored and 72 against.
In his career Mr. Borkowski has managed 40 national team players from 15 countries, 10 FIFA Women's World Cup participants, including 2011 World Cup winner Mizuho Sakaguchi of Japan.
“While he was coaching in this country (USA) he ran a thoroughly professional organization and there was no better evidence for me than the way he treated my players that played for him. He has my respect and good wishes.” – Anson Dorrance, University of North Carolina | 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup wining manager
“His training methods are innovative and I have improved as a player working with Shek.” – World Cup Champion Mizuho Sakaguchi, Albirex Niigata | Japan WNT
"I owe a lot of my tactical aspect of football to playing with FC Indiana. Under coach Shek Borkowski, I learnt a lot about the game and got very fit with his twice-a-day no slacking sessions.” – Aivi Luik, Brisbane Roar | Australia WNT
“Playing at FC Indiana for Shek has been a boost for me as a player. I really enjoyed my time there as Shek is a smart coach who likes to see every aspect of the game in his daily coaching, and he is good at making individual adjustments to every player. He is a coach that requires 100% all the time, and my time there also got my fitness level up. He likes to think and analyze the game, and that is evident in his coaching methods.” – Lisa-Marie Woods, Fortuna Hjorring | Norway WNT
“Shek is a very intelligent coach. He is a very good motivator and excels at helping players develop. In addition, it is
easy to play for him because everyone knows in advance what to do in any situation.” – Fatima Leyva, Zvezda-2005 | Mexico WNT
“As women’s soccer continues its rapid development across the globe, it can be easy to lose sight of the ‘big picture’. When looking for a fresh perspective on emerging trends in the women’s game, there’s no one better to turn to than accomplished women’s soccer coach Shek Borkowski. Borkowski is mandatory reading for fans of the women’s game.” - Jenna Pel, All White Kit
“When Shek Borkowski talks, people should really listen.” – Jeff Kassouf, Sports Illustrated
Christian Castro - Assistant Coach
Christian’s enthusiasm for FC Indiana remains undimmed after
more than 10 years of magnificent service to the Club. The Ecuadorian,
who can be always be seen energetically putting the team through their
paces prior to kick-off, arrived at the Club as a 19 year-old and went
on to make 228 appearances at forward for the FC Indiana men's team,
undoubtedly becoming one of the Club’s greatest players. During this
time he has scored 127 goals.
Christian reached five Open State Cup Finals and three State Amateur Cup Finals and holds the distinction, along with Eric Castro, of having been involved as player or coach in all three of FC Indiana’s 'double'-winning seasons.
Before suiting up in FC Indiana colors Christian played in Mexico for Aguas Calientes and Club Futbol Leon, where he played for Carlos Reinoso and Lupillo Diaz.
A trusted assistant beside Shek Borkowski on the bench, Christian’s coaching career at the Club started in 2004.
Christian is fluent in English and Spanish.
Eric Castro - Assistant Coach
From the hotbed of soccer that is South America, where he
played for Curitiba Clube Atletico Paranaense (Brazil) and Barcelona
Sporting Club (Ecuador), Eric moved to USA and captained FC Indiana
men's team during an impressive playing career. After retiring, Eric
moved into coaching and become a crucial member of Shek Borkowski’s
staff. His extensive knowledge of the South American game and deep
technical understanding have undoubtedly helped the head coach in his
numerous successes during his time in Indianapolis.
Eric was known as an uncompromising defender during a playing career that saw him help FC Indiana win 5 State Open Cups, 3 Amateur Cups, Indiana Super Leage and NPSL division title.
Eric is fluent in English, Spanish and Portugese.