Academy Staff

Larry Sunderland, Director of Player Development
Sunderland comes to Cincinnati from the Portland Timbers, where he has served as the club’s Youth Technical Director since December 2015.

At FC Cincinnati, Sunderland is charged with overseeing the launch, build and administration of the forthcoming FC Cincinnati Academy, and will also manage the club’s relationship with the United Soccer League through FCC’s own programming, as well as identifying potential affiliations and player development relationships.


Ricardo Paez, U17 Head Coach
Páez comes from Orlando City SC, where he served as head coach for Orlando City’s U-16/17 academy team since 2018. Prior to joining Orlando, he served on the staff of the Soccer Institute at Monteverde Academy from 2017-18. In 2016, Páez coached the National Premier Soccer League’s Miami United FC. They were crowned champions of the Sunshine Conference. Páez had an extensive professional playing career spanning 20 years in 10 different countries. He started his professional career with Venezuela’s Estudiantes de Mérida F.C. in 1997 and retired in 2014, after spending his final four seasons with Mineros de Guayana. Páez captured five championship trophies during the course of his playing career. With the Venezuela National Team, he scored six goals in 64 appearances.


Adrian Parrish, U17 AC/Discovery Program
Parrish comes to FC Cincinnati after serving as technical director of the Kentucky Youth Soccer Association since 2005. While with the KYSA, Parrish ran the State Olympic Development Program, assisted youth clubs with development, designed programs to grow membership and created coaching curriculums. He was also the head coach for Cincinnati United Premier DA Under-13 team. Before joining Cincinnati United Premier, he coached the boys’ and girls’ teams for the Kentucky Wanderers from 2006-10, was the director of coaching for the Amherst Soccer Association and the men’s assistant coach for Buffalo State University from 2003-05. Parrish started his career as youth development officer with Grimsby Town Football Club in Cleethorpes, England, where he was on staff from 1996-2000.


Joshua Neff, U15 HC/Academy Performance Specialist
Neff joins the FC Cincinnati Academy following two seasons with the New England Revolution Academy. In New England, he served as director of performance for the academy and head coach of the Under-14 team. He arrived at New England in 2017 after spending time with Spain’s Levante UD from 2016-17 as an assistant coach for the U-14 and U-19 teams. Neff spent one season with the Chicago Red Stars as an assistant coach and the head of fitness in 2015 after spending one season with Chicago Fire as assistant fitness coach in 2014..


Nikola Katic, U15 HC/Discovery
Katic last served as academy head coach for Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC’s Under-19 and Under-15 Elite Club National League teams. He was responsible for conducting individual and team practices, developing curriculum as well as identifying academy players to train with Pittsburgh’s first team. Katic was the assistant coach for the Riverhounds’ USL Championship team from 2016-17 and interim head coach in 2015. He played professionally with the Riverhounds from 2009-15.


Dave Schureck, Academy GK Coach/Administrator
Schureck comes from Kings Hammer Academy, where he was director for Kings Hammer East since 2018. Prior to that, he was director of coaching at Ohio Elite Soccer from 2012-18, assistant goalkeeper coach for FC Cincinnati during the 2017 USL Championship season, and Midwest Development League administrator for the National Premier League. Schurek started his coaching career as goalkeeper coach for USYSA Region II Olympic Development Program in 1997. He was later appointed head coach for University of Dayton’s men’s team in 1999 before serving as head coach for the men’s team at Xavier University from 2004-09.


  • Matt Abrams
    Academy Equipment Coordinator
  • Kyle Hickey
    Athletic Trainer