Dedicated to Improving Childhood
Development Through SPORTS
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!
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
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."
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