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FC Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati

Lead Academy Goalkeeper Coach


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Posting Date

Jan 11, 2023

Role description

Job Title: Lead Academy Goalkeeper CoachDepartment: AcademyReports To: Director of Player Development, Director of Goalkeeping 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:The FC Cincinnati (FCC) Lead Academy Goalkeeper (GK) Coach is responsible for coaching and developing the FCC academy goalkeepers utilizing the FCC GK philosophy. This individual reports to the Director of Player Development (DPD) and Director of Goalkeeping. This position will be leading the daily/weekly training sessions, video sessions and monitoring of all academy GKs at MHTC and building out the GKs IDPs. This role will demand a high level of on-field expertise as well as a very strong ability to design, plan, and execute several off-field projects. In addition, this role will include scouting & recruitment of goalkeepers for the FCC Academy, liaise with fellow FCC goalkeeper coaches to ensure continuity of player development from Academy through to the First Team. Primary Responsibilities:Design Academy goalkeeper periodization and training plansLead Academy goalkeepers during all training sessions and gamesPlan goalkeeper sessions based on the club's goalkeeping curriculumIntegrating goalkeepers development with all team functionsDocument training sessions and individual development plansAnalyze trainings sessions, games and create video reviews for goalkeepers and coachesCreate scouting reports for the academy goalkeepers Work with Academy Head Coaches to create GK specific pre-game objectives to include in team presentations for all gamesContribute to discussions of GK's to be retained and released at the end of their contracts or when deemed appropriateAid in goalkeeper scouting/recruitment within the Academy. This will include planning and implementing goalkeeper try-outs, clinics and camps as well as attending local and nationwide events.Travel to away games and annual events/showcases Skill Requirements:Commitment to the player development processPassion for youth soccer and knowledge of the MLSAn understanding of working in the pro soccer environmentExperience in combining practical on-field knowhow with off-field planning and assessmentCollaboration with fellow coaches with a multidisciplinary approachA motivated growth mindset and life-long learnerStrong work ethicStrong leadership and communication skillsCompetency in using analysis software particularly Hudl/Sportscode Qualifications and Education Requirements:USSF B License preferred 3+ years of youth goalkeeper coaching experienceProficient in Microsoft Office/Apple OSValid U.S. Driver’s license requiredMust be legally authorized to work in the United StatesMust be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide verification of vaccination prior to start dateAbility 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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