Directors 2018/2019

Kevin McCloskey
Executive Director
kevin@kingshammer.com

Qualifications:
USSF "A" license, NSCAA National Dipolma

Experience:
Kevin served as the Boy's Director of Coaching for the Kings Soccer Academy, Kings Hammer Academy and Head Coach of Kings Super 20's team. He worked as the Technical Director for the U14-U18 Boys and Girls program within the Kings Soccer Academy. McCloskey served as the Interim Head Coach and Assistant Coach of the Xavier University Men's Varsity Soccer Team, and as Assistant Coach of the Northern Kentucky University Men's team. McCloskey also worked as the Assistant Men's Soccer Coach/Head Junior Varsity Coach at Urbana University and as Assistant Men's Soccer Coach at the University of Rio Grande. Prior to joining Kings, he was a head coach with the Cardinals Soccer Club. He played professionally for 4 years with the Cincinnati Kings of the United Soccer League. He spent his college career as a 4-year varsity athlete at the University of Rio Grande. He played in the Premier Development League during his College years for the Dayton Gems and the Kalamazoo Kingdom. Kevin also has national team experience, when he played for the Northern Ireland U16 International Team and U18 International Schools Team. In addition to playing for his country, Kevin played for the Belfast team from the age of 14. Kevin holds a Bachelors Degree in Sports and Exercise Studies from the University of Rio Grande and a Masters Degree in Education from Urbana University. 


James Thomas
Academy Men's Director
james@kingshammer.com

  • Playing Resume
    • Alabama A&M University - NCAA Division I Midfielder
    • Cincinnati Saints – NPSL & PASL
  • Coaching Resume
    • Lakota SC Staff Coach
    • Walnut Hills High School Girls Varsity Coach
    • Kings SC Staff Coach
    • TFA Staff Coach
    • Kings Hammer Academy Staff Coach
    • 11 years coaching experience- High School and Youth Club Soccer

Chris Black
Academy Women's Director
chris@kingshammer.com

Qualifications:
USSF "C" License, NSCAA Premier Dipolma, NSCAA Advanced National Dipolma, NSCAA Regional and National Goalkeeper Dipolmas

Experience:
Chris served 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.


Vince Gentile
Asst. Academy Women's Director
vince@kingshammer.com

  • USSF A License & NSCAA Premier Diploma
  • College Coaching
    • 2017-2018 Xavier University - Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach & Director of Player Analysis
    • 2013-2017 Saint Louis University - Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach
  • Club Coaching & Training
    • 2017-2018 Kings Hammer Soccer Club U7-10 Age Group Director
    • 2017-2018 Cincinnati Development Academy - CDA Premier 02 Head Coach
    • 2001-2013 St. Louis Scott Gallagher