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Brian Berning
Cincinnati United - Southeast: Director of Coaching
Phone: (513) 391-7804
Email:[email protected]

  • USSF National "Y" License
  • NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma
  • OSYSA ODP Staff Coach

Brian holds multiple USSF Licenses including the USSF National "Y" License. Over the course of his 20+ years of coaching experience he was a League & District Coach of the Year while coaching high school soccer, and also served as a Youth Academy Director with a different organization. Brian is an OSYSA ODP Staff Coach.

Jon Pickup
Cincinnati United - Southeast: Director of Coaching Girls U8-U12
Phone: (513) 470-0068
Email: [email protected]

  • NSCAA Master Coach Diploma
  • NSCAA Premier Diploma
  • USSF A License
  • USSF National Youth License 
  • Former Director of Coaching Kings Soccer Academy
  • Former Professional Player - U16 England Squad, Blackburn Rovers, Carrick Rangers, Chester City, Wigan Athletic to name a few.

Alan Grothaus
Cincinnati United - Southeast: Director of Coaching Boys U8-U12
Phone: (513) 703-7464
[email protected]

  • USSF License
  • Former Professional Player
  • Former Collegiate Player

Alan is a former professional and college player. Prior to joining Cincinnati United, Alan was the Director of Coaching for MTSC (merged into CSA) and had a similar leadership role with CSA. Alan is also an educator who holds a Master of Education. is USSF licensed, and has won numerous high school coaching awards in his 30+ years of coaching experience.

Andre Sharpe
Cincinnati United - Southeast: Director of Coaching Boys & Girls U13-U18
Phone: (513) 886-5318 
Email: [email protected]

  • USSF License
  • Former Member - Jamaican Youth National Team
  • Former Collegiate Player - University of Cincinnati

Andre was widely regarded in his short time with our organization as being a special talent with the kids. Andre is a former Jamaican Youth National Team Player, and a former college player with the University of Cincinnati. Andre was also a member of our CUP staff.

Jack Hermans
Cincinnati United - Southeast: Director of Technical Training
Phone: (513) 205-9621
Email: [email protected]

  • USSF "A" License and Dutch Full Badge
  • Ohio Soccer Hall of Fame
  • Former Men's Head Coach - Xavier University
  • Former Professional Player

Jack Hermans is the former Head Men's Coach at Xavier University, where he was a League Coach of the Year and also earned a position in the Ohio Soccer Hall of Fame. Jack holds a USSF "A" License and Dutch Full Badge. A former professional player now regarded as one of the best trainers in the country. Jack currently operated Soccer Unlimited Camps.