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FC Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati

Academy Sports Science and Strength & Conditioning Intern


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Dec 18, 2022

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Job Title: Academy Sports Science and Strength Conditioning InternReports to: Director of Sports Performance / Academy Athletic Trainer and Strength Conditioning CoachDepartment: Sports Performance 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. 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. Originally founded in 2015 by Lindner III and current president Jeff Berding, FCC began play in the United Soccer League (USL) in 2016. 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. FC Cincinnati opened the Club’s privately funded, 26,000-seat soccer-specific TQL Stadium in the West End neighborhood of Cincinnati in 2021. About Mercy Health Training Center:The team also 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, 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:This internship provides the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience working in a professional soccer organization. The sports science and strength and conditioning internship position will assist staff supporting academy players. This position will be based out of the Mercy Health Training Center in Milford, Ohio. The duration of the internship is February – end of May, with a potential to continue to November. The schedule is M-F 4-8pm. This is an hourly paid position at $14/hour. Primary Responsibilities: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 staffAssist the Academy ATC / S C Coach to support the delivery of gym and field-based strength and conditioning programs to academy playersAssist in the delivery of pre-training activation sessions to various age groupsUpskill in strength, speed, and power assessment technologies to provide strength and conditioning assessments for youth soccer playersSupport staff with pitch and gym equipment set-up and clearance for team and individual sessionsSupport appropriate academy on-field training programs including power, speed and change of direction to prepare players for the demands of training and match-playMaintain the cleanliness of gym on a daily basisLead on the collection of academy player daily wellness information, storage, and feedbackUtilize different technologies to determine player internal and external training load and their response to trainingSkill Requirements:Willingness to learn and receive feedbackCreative, dynamic, and enthusiastic personalityExcellent organizational and time-management skillsAbility to demonstrate appropriately with a motivational coaching styleAbility to communicate information in a manner that is easily understood by a range of audiencesAbility to collaborate successfully as part of a Multi-Disciplinary Team to solve performance problemsQualifications Education Requirements:Enrolled in an Exercise Science undergraduate program or recent graduateExperience maintaining databases and working with athlete monitoring systemsKnowledge of sports science, strength and conditioning science, sports nutrition, and sports medicine Proficient in the use of common sports science technological equipment and softwareMust be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide verification of vaccination prior to start dateFC 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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