Dedicated to Improving Childhood

 Development Through SPORTS

Our motto

About us


Playpen Sports Academy was started on the concept of reimagining what youth sports can be and the role it can play in a child's overall development. After working a few seasons as the director of local Chicago soccer club, Playpen Sports Academy Founder, Chris Nagel decided to start his own toddlers program with a stronger emphasis on child development in addition to the standard sport specific curriculum.  

Take a second to meet our awesome leadership team below!

The Leadership Team

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!" 

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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 Aly OTR/L

Director of Childhood Development & Curriculum

Alyson is a Licensed Occupational Therapist specializing primarily in pediatric OT. She has spent much of her professional career working with young children in both clinical and educational settings and brings a great deal of knowledge and experience in the field of early childhood development to the Playpen Sports Academy team. Aly has always had a passion for working with kids and her experience and approach to childhood development will provide incredible value to our new and improved developmental-based curriculum. Aly was a two sport athlete, excelling in swimming and softball throughout her childhood, but now focuses her athletic energy on molding future generations of athletes. 

Register Occupational Therapist // Licensed

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee // Bachelors of Occupational Sciences 

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee // Masters of Occupational Therapy 

Licenses & Education

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Coach Collin

Director of Operations 

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Coaching Experience 


Coach Jade

Operations & Customer Experience Manager

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