Academy Head Coach

  • FC Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati, OH, USA
  • 07 Jan, 2021
Full time Academy Coaching Leadership & Management

Job Description

About FC Cincinnati
FC Cincinnati is a professional soccer team that plays in Major League Soccer, having entered the league as its 24th team in 2019. MLS invited Cincinnati to the league as an expansion team in May 2018, giving the club one of the fastest run-ups to its first-division launch in league history – 277 days from invitation to its first game. The first team previously played its home games at the historic Nippert Stadium on the campus of the University of Cincinnati, while its $250 million, privately funded, 26,000-seat soccer-specific stadium is constructed in the West End neighborhood of Cincinnati. The new stadium is expected to open in Spring 2021.

The FC Cincinnati Academy is the fully-funded youth academy for professional Major League Soccer team, FC Cincinnati. The Academy consists of three age groups: Under-15s, Under-17s and Under-19s. In addition, the FC Cincinnati Academy also operates at a Pre-Academy level for the U-13 and U-14 age groups.  All five teams compete in MLS Next, an elite youth development platform that consists of 489 total teams across 113 clubs and six age groups in the United States. As is the case with other MLS clubs, the FC Cincinnati Academy provides a player pathway that could eventually provide talented players the opportunity to join FC Cincinnati at a professional level. The FCC Academy was founded in May 2019, shortly after the start of FC Cincinnati’s inaugural Major League Soccer season.

The teams operate out of the state-of-the-art Mercy Health Training Center (MHTC) in Milford, Ohio. Designed by MSA Sport, the $30 million, 24-acre facility includes three full-size, lighted soccer fields – including two stabilized natural grass surfaces and one synthetic turf surface – as well as a goalkeeper-specific training area.  The MLS team is housed in a 30,000 sq. ft., multilevel building abutting the fields, while the FCC Academy teams utilize a separate 4,000 sq. ft. wing of the building. Additionally, there is a 3,000 sq. ft. maintenance facility on the property.  In the design process, the MSA Sport design team benchmarked training grounds across the world, including the best in Europe, South America and Asia. The goal of the design meets the original goal to develop one of the premier and most progressive team facilities in Major League Soccer and North America.

Position Summary
Under the direction of the DPD, the Academy Head Coach will focus on providing elite soccer instruction to the players within the FCC Academy program. 
Primary Responsibilities
·       Works under the direction of, and in collaboration with the DPD on all aspects of Player Development including roster selection, style of play, mental and physical integration, curriculum development and delivery
·       Head Coach of 1 FCC Academy team as determined by the DPD
·       Roster management 
·       Management of training schedules
·       Assist the Head Coach of other FCC  teams as determined by DPD
·       Assist in player identification and recruitment
·       Off-field responsibilities include, but not limited to curriculum development, video analysis, general administrative duties, identification and recruitment of players, maintenance of a scouting and recruitment database, assist in management of player records and files, attendance at all scheduled meetings
·       Lead training for Academy team in accordance to FCC training principles and methodology
·       Keep records of all training sessions
·       Assess performance and skill development for each Academy player and schedule evaluations on a regular basis.  
·       Formulate an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) for each Academy player on his team
·       Assist in advising college placement for all Academy players in conjunction with other Academy coaches
·       Assess performance of Academy players to evaluate when best developmentally to move players up for games and trainings to older age groups
·       Work towards the successful implementation of the Club Performance Plan and set the standard for the club in terms of knowledge and work ethic
·       Be proactive in seeking educational opportunities to grow as a coach and to help with the development of the club
·       This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive, and employee will also perform other reasonably related business duties as assigned by their immediate supervisor and other management as required
·       Assist when needed with development opportunities of players outside the Academy system
·       Interact with members of the public and soccer community in a positive and respectful way as to protect and enhance the brand
·       Attend as necessary, events when needed to promote FCC programs or act as a Club ambassador
·       Maintain and develop relationships with strategic youth soccer partners in the community 
·       Provide key assistance in running the academy program and must be able to maintain both safety and decorum as a priority
Required Skills and Experience
·       Broad soccer related background
·       Demonstrated organizational, communicative and practical knowledge and delivery of soccer specific content
·       Demonstrated administrative and organizational abilities to manage multiple programs and priorities, including event planning, player welfare concerns, and academy administrative needs as assigned
·       Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
·       Bilingual (English/Spanish) helpful but not required
·       USSF “A” Coaching License or better
·       Minimum 5 years of coaching experience, professional playing background preferred
Due to the cyclical nature of the football industry, employees may be required to work varying schedules to reflect the business needs of the company.  Extensive travel may be required.  Successful completion of a background check is required. 
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.