Dedicated to Improving Childhood

 Development Through SPORTS

Our motto

About us


Playpen Sports Academy was started by a small group of three Chicago soccer coaches with experience at all levels of the youth soccer spectrum. After working a few seasons as the director of another local toddler program, Playpen Sports Academy Founder, Chris Nagel decided to start his own toddlers program with a stronger emphasis on child development as well as the soccer specific curriculum. 

Take a second to meet our awesome coaches below!

Our Coaches

Coach Chris, Executive Director

Hometown: Appleton, WI

"Much like the toddlers of Playpen Sports Academy, I started playing sports at a very young age and they soon became a major part of my life as it is to this day. The skills and life lessons I've learned through soccer, football & basketball have everything to do with the person I am today and my goal now is to pass down those same values to not only the players I coach personally, but all the players I cross paths with on my coaching journey!" 

Licenses & Education

Coaching Experience 

2017-2018 AYSO U9G/U13B/U10B/U9B Skills Trainer, Soccer for Success Site Coordinator and Coach, U.S. Soccer Foundation Coaches Trainer, Toddlers Class Coach 

2016-2017  Coach, Soccer for Success Site Coordinator and Coach, Toddlers Class Coach

2015 Athletic Performance Training Coach 

US Soccer Federation National F License

Certified US Soccer Foundation Local Trainer 

American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer

University of Wisconsin - Madison 

B.S. Kinesiology - Exercise and Movement Science 


Wisconsin School of Business 
Certificate of Business Administration 

Coach Misael, Program Director

"Soccer has always been an important part of my life. To me, soccer is more than just a sport, it is a way of life. The game of soccer always seems to bring people together which is a big reason why I decided to take on coaching. Seeing the kids, no matter what age, coming together as a community is what drives me forward."

Coaching Experience 

2017-2018 KICS United: U11G Assistant Coach,KDP Coach, CGSL Coach, Soccer for Success, Toddler Coach

2016-2017  KICS United: U14B Assistant Coach, KDP Coach, CGSL Coach, Soccer for Success

Licenses & Education

US Soccer Federation National F License


Harold Washington College

Currently Studying Business Administration


Coach Felix, Program Director

"I've always been interested in opening a sports complex in the future to make sure the community has a safe and fun place to play. I love sports and working with people of diverse backgrounds. My goal with the toddlers is to make sure they have an opportunity to love the sport of soccer like I do and hopefully help to grow the sport in the United States."

Coaching Experience 

KICS Assistant Coach, KDP Coach, Soccer for Success, Toddlers Coach

Licenses & Education

Saint Xavier University 

Majoring in Business Managment with a minor in Computer Science & Accounting

Chicago Ridge
Chicago, IL  // Appleton, WI
|  920.428.9772

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