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.
Joshua Neff, U15 Head Coach/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, Academy Assistant Coach
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.
Adrian Parrish, U13 Pre-Academy Head Coach/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.
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.
Cristiano Scapolo, U17 Head Coach
Former Professional Player from 1990 to 2004 played in the Italian “Serie A” with Inter Milan, Atalanta, Bologna, Napoli e Roma. In 2005 he started his coaching career working for AC Milan as a Technical Director for the AC Milan Academies in the United States. After this experience he spent 3 years as a Technical Director and Coach at Real So Cal. In 2015 he was a USMNT Scout for “Copa America 2016” and for World Cup Qualifiers games. In 2017 he was hired as an Academy Coach at LAFC for 3 seasons. In 2019 he served as Assistant Coach with US Soccer with the U16s and U17s National Teams. In September 2021 he was Assistant Coach at FC Cincinnati (MLS) for the remaining games of the season (9). In January 2022 he started a position as a U17 Academy Head Coach with FC Cincinnati.
Brett Holmertz , Academy Athletic Trainer (U13, U14, U19)
Holmertz joins FC Cincinnati after spending the last seven years with EXOS in Philadelphia as a performance coach/athletic trainer. Prior to working with EXOS, he was the athletic trainer/performance coach for the Rockford Raptors Soccer Club. Also during that time, he worked with a performance company as strength and conditioning coach training professional, college, and high school soccer athletes in their off-season. Holmertz spent one season with the Chicago Fire Academy and seven years with Region II Olympic Development Program as an athletic trainer. He has also worked in a couple different high schools and physical therapy clinics.
Sam Korolev, Athletic Trainer (U13, U14, U19)
Dalton Davis, Athletic Trainer (U15, U17)
Dalton is a Certified Athletic Trainer and S&C coach who is providing care and coverage for the Academy. He comes from working as a Seasonal Athletic Trainer at Real Salt Lake, working with their 1st Team medical staff. Prior to that, Dalton worked at University of Louisville with their Men’s Soccer team as an athletic trainer. Originally from Northern Kentucky, Dalton attended Xavier University for both undergraduate and graduate studies.