Kings Hammer Soccer Club Announces New Club Positions
COVINGTON, KY (January 15, 2021) – Kings Hammer Soccer Club, one of the largest youth soccer programs in the area, is announcing three new positions within its soccer division. Starting January 15th, Kings Hammer will add the positions of Grassroots Director, Club Technical Director, and Education Director. These three positions will provide supporting pillars to the existing Soccer Operations position that is currently filled by Vince Gentile.
The Grassroots Director will provide an introduction to soccer and is the first step within the Kings Hammer development pathway. Michelle Okumura is expanding her position from the Little Lions Director to the Grassroots Director which also encompasses our Juniors and Camp Programs. Michelle Okumura has been coaching for more than 13 years at the collegiate, high school, and club levels throughout the United States. She came to Kings Hammer from Athens United Soccer Association where she served as Director of Player Development. Michelle obtained her MA in Exercise Science and Coaching and played soccer for the New York Magic of the W-League, before suffering a career-ending injury. After graduation, she moved to Athens, GA, where she continued her coaching career and studied Motor Control and Skill Acquisition. Okumura is a USSF C License candidate and has an Advanced National Diploma.
"I am excited to step into this new role as the Grassroots Director for Kings Hammer. I am honored to be entrusted with expanding and building on our current programming for our youngest players. I am looking forward to collaborating with leaders at each of our Kings Hammer locations in order to better serve each community program," said Michelle Okumura.
Paul Nicholson, who is currently the Central Pre-Academy U11-U19 Director of Coaching and the U23 Head Coach, will be assuming the newly formed role of Club Technical Director. Paul will be implementing the club game model and overseeing the club's Technical Development Plan. He will also be creating and maintaining standards for all Directors, coaches, players, and parents. Having a Club Technical Director will allow the club to coordinate and design player development programs across all levels within the development pathway. Paul holds a USSF A License and has coached for over 14 years at various levels, from club, high school, college, and semiprofessional. He played professionally for the Wilmington Hammerheads for 5 years before he signed with FC Cincinnati in 2016 where he played for 2 years until his retirement. Paul then began coaching the Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC in the USL 2 League before forming the Kings Hammer U23 team.
"I am extremely excited for the opportunity to become Kings Hammer's Technical Director. It’s an exciting time to be a part of the club and having the privilege to work with the staff here to raise the already high standards and improve the club's culture is something I’m really looking forward to," said Paul Nicholson.
The third component of the soccer operations division is the Education Director. Wil Cagle, a soccer staple within the Greater Cincinnati area and the current NKSA Director of Coaching, will serve as the Education Director. Part of Wil's duties includes parent and player education and the education of the college recruiting process. He will also work closely with local referee assignors to create a referee development program. Wil Cagle holds a USSF A License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, and a USSF National Youth License. Wil has been coaching for over 32 years with high school, college, and club experience. He was also on the Kentucky Youth Soccer ODP staff and the Ohio South USSF Coaching Education staff. In addition to his soccer roles, Wil has previously worked for area non-profit organizations leading youth development programs at the state and county level. While at Cincinnati State Wil served as an Adjunct Instructor in the First-Year Experience program. He also spent 10 years serving as a substitute teacher for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to lead this new division within the Kings Hammer organization. The addition of an Education Division shows the club's continued commitment to the growth of the game and to be a leader in shaping what the club soccer experience should include for all involved. This is a welcomed challenge and I look forward to collaborating with everyone; staff, coaches, players, and families," said Wil Cagle.
All three of these additions to the soccer operations division will work closely with the Kings Hammer Technical Committee and will be instrumental in the future growth of the club. The Technical Committee was set up in 2020 and has already paved the way in creating a comprehensive development pathway for all of Kings Hammer’s membership, teams, and staff.
“As Kings Hammer continues to evolve and grow as a leader in youth soccer within the region, additional resources and leadership support are a very important part of our technical pathway for all players, parents, coaches, referees, and staff members. Vince Gentile has done an excellent job over the last year in setting the table for our club to now add additional quality and leadership to help support and serve all of our membership and staff. Michelle, Paul, and Wil are highly experienced professionals that are very well connected within the soccer community. We are all excited to welcome them to their new positions within the club,” stated Kevin McCloskey, COO at Kings Hammer Soccer Club.
More information will be released within the next month on some exciting program and club updates!
About Kings Hammer
Kings Hammer Soccer Club, which was founded in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area, has become one of the most recognizable youth soccer clubs in the Midwest Region of the United States, including the recent expansion into central Kentucky.
The club provides appropriate training of soccer at every level. Players, coaches, staff, parents contribute directly to the positive environment at Kings Hammer Soccer Club. From developing collegiate, professional, and national team level athletes to providing all players the opportunity to love the game, the development structure services all skill levels.
For more information, visit KingsHammer.com.