Academy Director

 Phil Nielsen





  • USSF 'B' License
  • NSCAA Premier

Phil serves as the Cincinnati United Soccer Club CUP Girls Technical Director. Originally, hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark, Phil comes to Cincinnati from Naperville, Illinois where he was the Executive Director for Team Chicago Soccer Club and a coach for the Eclipse Develop Academy. During his time in Chicagoland he has been extremely active in the Regional and National Olympic Development Program as a Region II Senior Staff coach, and has served in several roles with U.S. Soccer including as a U17, U20 and U23 Girls National Team Scout and as the U.S. Soccer Training Center Liaison for Illinois & Wisconsin. Phil has also served on the Midwest Regional League (MRL) Club Leaders Committee. While at Team Chicago Phil grew the club from 300 Elite players to over 475 Elite Players. In 2013 Phil coached Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo to the U18 US Youth Soccer National Championship. The same team was the US Youth Soccer National Runners-Up in 2014. Phil’s coaching background includes coaching in his native Denmark, as well as at Kalamazoo College and Smith College, and youth and high school soccer in Michigan and Massachusetts. In 2007 he spent five months in Brazil coaching with Cruzeiro Esporte Clube and Team Chicago Brazil, and he has spent time studying in Holland with the Ajax academy and in Denmark with the Brøndby IF academy. Phil has done his coaching education in Scotland (UEFA A & B), USA (USSF B and NSCAA Premier), and Denmark (UEFA C).

Technical Director

Chris Black
  • USSF 'C' License 
  • NSCAA Premier Diploma
  • NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
  • NSCAA Regional and National Goalkeeper Diplomas
Chris serves as the Kings Hammer Girl's Director of Coaching and previously was the assistant coach for the Slippery Rock University Men's Program.  He is a long time assistant coach at the collegiate level, working primilary with goalkeepers. He spent the 2010 season as an assistant at the University of Cincinnati, where he tutored third team All-Big East goalkeeper Matt Williams. Prior to his time at Cincinnati, Chris was a member of the athletic department staff at Wright State University from 2006-2010. He served as the assistant coach for the men's program in 2009 and 2010 and also served as the assistant for the women's program throughout his entire tenure. During his time at Wright State, he also served as a coach with the Ohio South Olympic Development Program from 2006-2009. Prior to his time at Wright State, Chris spent time as an assistant boys and girls soccer coach at Miamisburg High School where he trained the teams. His first coaching appointment came in 2001-2002 as an assistant coach with the University of Findlay's Men's Program, where he helped the team to the NCAA Division II semifinals. Chris is a 2001 graduate of The University of Findlay with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.


We are excited to announce our staff for the Cincinnati Development Academy with both our DA and CDA Premier teams.

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