Academy Physical Development Coach - FC Cincinnati (Milford · OH)

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Player Operations: Strength and Conditioning
Job Title: Academy Physical Development Coach
Reports To: Director of Sports Performance / Director of Player Development 
About FC Cincinnati:
FC Cincinnati is a Major League Soccer team playing at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Originally founded in 2015 by Lindner III and current president Jeff Berding, FCC began 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 Carl H. 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. The club earned its first MLS Cup Playoffs berth in 2022, advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinal as the no. 5 seed. 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 MHTC:
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.
Position Summary:
FC Cincinnati (FCC) is searching for an Academy Physical Development Coach. This individual will report to the This individual will report to the Director of Sports Performance and Director of Player Development and will lead the physical development of academy players at FCC. An accomplished practitioner, the individual will work together with the technical staff to increase player athleticism in order to aid on-field performance and reduce injury occurrence, as part of a holistic long-term athletic development program.
Primary Responsibilities:
  • Drive the strength & conditioning strategy of academy players in accordance with scientific training principles
  • Using best-practice scientific principles, devise appropriate on-field training programs including power, speed, change of direction and aerobic fitness to prepare players for the demands of training and match-play
  • Using best-practice strength and conditioning assessments for soccer players, perform a needs analysis of academy squads, benchmarking identified players to determine individual strengths and weakness and drive appropriate individual development programs
  • Deliver gym-based strength & conditioning programs to players, in accordance with growth and maturations status and long-term athletic development model
  • Utilize different technologies to determine player internal and external training load and their response to training
  • Manage the collection, storage and analysis of appropriate training, assessment and monitoring information and provide effective feedback to key stakeholders within the organization
  • Assist the Head of Sports Science and Nutrition to develop an educational resource/program for players in areas such as nutrition, lifestyle, preparation, and recovery to complement existing education provided by coaches and performance department staff
Skill Requirements:
  • Proficient in use of common sports science technological equipment / software (GPS, Heart rate, Jump testing, skinfold calipers)
  • Ability to communicate information in a manner that is easily understood by a range of audiences
  • A critical thinker, receptive to feedback, and willing to learn
  • Displays a motivational coaching style
  • Creative, dynamic, and enthusiastic personality
  • Ability to demonstrate and role model appropriately
  • Pro-active with excellent organizational and time-management skills
  • Proven ability to collaborate successfully as part of a Multi-Disciplinary Team to solve performance problems
Qualifications and Education Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Master’s Degree in Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Sports Nutrition, or a related field preferred
  • CSCS certification
  • 3+ years of experience working with elite athletes in a high-performance sporting environment
  • A thorough understanding of the holistic needs of developmental soccer players
  • Knowledge of sports science, strength and conditioning, sports nutrition, and sports medicine 
  • Experience of management of athletes in individual and group settings
  • Expertise in U.S. soccer and an understanding of the MLS schedule preferred
  • Experience of maintaining databases and working with athlete monitoring systems
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide verification of vaccination prior to start date
  • Ability to work outside of regular business hours including but not limited to weekends and holidays as required by the FCC game schedule, special events, and projects
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.

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