Academy Head Coach

  • Philadelphia Union
  • Chester, PA, USA
  • 27 May, 2024
Full time Academy Coaching Soccer Coach Youth

Job Description

The Philadelphia Union operates and competes in Major League Soccer, the top professional league in the United States. Youth development is the core of our mission and the heart of our passion. The Philadelphia Union Academy program is free of charge so Philadelphia’s future players of promise have an opportunity to pursue their passions without the burden of paying to play. Selection into the program is a true accomplishment and the major step in a player’s path to Subaru Park.
The innovative Philadelphia Union Academy program is deeply based in sport science and performance and follows best practices in coaching education. It includes three developmental phases: Junior Academy (U9 - U12), Mid Academy (U13 - U14), Senior Academy (U15 - U17 – Union Development Squad) and targeted scouting as needed as it relates to Philadelphia Union II (NCAA, MLS Next Pro, USL). At all ages, our players are asked to lead by example and embrace the ethos and culture of Philadelphia Union.
The Philadelphia Union Academy was established after studying the models of the most innovative and successful soccer clubs worldwide, Philadelphia Union set about implementing a holistic developmental platform integrating world-class player training and sport science for the youth soccer players of the Greater Philadelphia region.
The Philadelphia Union Academy is the renowned soccer platform providing an opportunity for the youngest players to develop a passion for the game, or for an elite academy player on the cusp of professional stardom to pursue excellence, all in the same enriching and nurturing environment. Philadelphia Union Academy has one of the most qualified and skilled staffs in North America, featuring sport science and athletic development training as important resources. The program is overseen by UEFA Pro Licensed Academy Director Tommy Wilson. The Philadelphia Union Academy is based out of YSC Sports in Wayne, PA, and features an innovative, first-of-its-kind soccer specific independent school partner, YSC Academy.

Reporting to the Director of Academy and Professional Development, the Academy Head Coach will be responsible for developing and mentoring academy players in an age group ensuring their transition through the ‘pro pathway’.
  • Coaching an academy team in accordance with the Union methodology, game model, technical standards, vision, values and philosophy.
  • Responsible for the management and coaching of the team during training sessions and games.
  • Develop and prepare the players for elite professional (first-team) soccer. 
  • Empower the players to become proactive in all aspects
  • Develop a positive relationship with parents and be available to provide feedback throughout the season regarding the players performance 
  • Consult and collaborate with the academy performance department in the preparation of fitness programs, dietary plans and injury reports
  • Report and discuss talent in the age category with the club’s leadership and Scouting Department
  • Perform and implement Individual Development Plan (IDP) sessions on and off the field.
  • Use session planning tools, individual performance planning, and video platform to ensure that all relevant player data is recorded.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to improve and a growth mindset.
  • Carry out responsibilities in accordance with the club’s policies and safeguarding of youth/minor players.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • USSF B license or A license (preferred), or equivalent
  • Proven knowledge of the American soccer system
  • Effective and efficient communicator
  • Proven knowledge and experience of player transition strategies
  • Proven knowledge and experience of developing young athletes at an elite level
  • Excellent leadership and communication skills
  • Willingness to learn in a fast-paced, high performance environment

This position requires the following clearances: 
  • PA Child Abuse History clearance
  • PA State Police Criminal Records Check
  • An FBI Criminal Background Check
  • SafeSport Certification

  • Comprehensive benefits package including three medical options, vision and dental coverage, including flexible spending & health savings accounts.
  • Pre-tax and Roth 401k (up to 4% is matched, after 90 days of service).
  • Company-paid life insurance and disability.
  • Wellness reimbursements through Independence Blue Cross.
  • 50% merchandise discount.
  • Other league and partner discounts. 
  • Complimentary or discounted tickets.
  • 24/7 state-of-the-art Fitness Center and locker rooms.
  • On-site Café with grab-and-go options, salad bar, and grill!

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital or veteran status, or any other protected class.

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