Job Title: Academy Head Coach U19
Reports to: Director of Player Development
Under the direction of the Director of Player Development, the U19 Academy Head Coach will focus on providing elite soccer instruction to the players within the FCC Academy program. This person will collaborate with the DPD on all aspects of Player Development including roster selection, style of play, mental and physical integration, curriculum development and delivery. This person will manage the training schedule, as well as plan and record training sessions. This role will assist when needed with development opportunities of players outside the Academy system and attend as necessary, events when needed to promote FCC programs or act as a Club ambassador. The Academy Coach will maintain and develop relationships with strategic youth soccer partners in the community. 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 including the potential for extensive travel based on the team schedules. This is an exempt position.
What You’ll Do:
- Assist in player identification and recruitment.
- Assess performance and skill development for each Academy player and schedule evaluations on a regular basis.
- Assist the Head Coach of other Academy teams as determined by Director of Player Development.
- Be responsible for leading training for the Academy team in accordance with FCC training principles and methodology.
- Provide key assistance in running the academy program while maintaining both safety and decorum as a priority.
- Formulate an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) for each Academy player on the team.
- Assists 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.
Other duties as assigned.
- Off-field responsibilities include, but not limited to:
- Curriculum development, video analysis and general administrative duties including assisting in management of player records and files and maintenance of a scouting and recruitment database.
- Identification and Recruitment of players
- Attendance at all scheduled meetings
What You’ll Need:
- USSF “A” Coaching License or better required.
- Broad soccer related background with a minimum of 5 years of coaching experience, and professional playing background preferred.
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) helpful but not required.
- Successful completion of a background check including a clean Driving Record
What You’ll Bring:
- A positive and respectful demeanor to interact and work with other departments within the Club.
- Demonstrated organizational, and practical knowledge and delivery of soccer specific content.
- 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 effectively communicate in both verbal and in written form.
Why You’ll Love FCC:
- Generous paid time off including vacation, personal, sick, and holiday time
- Option for one work from home day per week (by department and schedule)
- Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, 401k plan with company match
- Short-Term & Long-Term Disability Insurance
- Maternity & Paternity Leave and Family Building Benefit
- Employee Assistance Program and free subscription to the Calm App
- Discount off merchandise in the FCC team store
- Community volunteer opportunities
- Professional development and Frequent team building opportunities
- Employee recognition programs and referral programs
- Opportunity for complimentary staff tickets to home FC Cincinnati matches
About FC Cincinnati
FC Cincinnati is a Major League Soccer team playing at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Originally founded in 2015 by Carl H. Lindner III and co-CEO Jeff Berding, FCC started play in the United Soccer League (USL) in 2016. FCC entered MLS as the 24th team in 2019. The club’s wide and diverse ownership group is led by controlling owner Lindner III; as well as managing owners Meg Whitman and Dr. Griff Harsh; Scott Farmer; and George Joseph.
FC Cincinnati opened the club’s privately funded, 26,000-seat soccer-specific TQL Stadium in the West End neighborhood of Cincinnati in 2021, a venue which has won numerous global awards including the World Football Summit Best Venue 2022 in Madrid and the 2022 Prix Versailles World Title in the Sports Category in Paris, France.
FC Cincinnati won the 2023 Supporters’ Shield – the annual award given to the team with the most points in the regular season – and clinched a spot in the 2023 MLS Playoffs for the second straight year. The club won the 2018 USL Regular-Season Championship in record-setting fashion and earned postseason berths in all three of its USL seasons. In 2017, FC Cincinnati also advanced to the semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, a run that included victories over two MLS squads.
About Mercy Health Training Center
In 2019, the club opened 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, including a separate, 4,000 sq. ft. wing of the building for the FC Cincinnati Academy.
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.
FC Cincinnati is 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.