I am the Director of a program called Sweet Feet that works with children between the ages of 2.5 and 8 as their first introduction to movement education and soccer. We strive to provide a meaningful experience that leads towards the development of a love for exercise and fun while participating in soccer.
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I have worked in the education, soccer, and coaching industry my entire career. The journey began as a lover of all sports throughout my youth including participating avidly in baseball, soccer, and basketball. A proud moment in my life was participating on the Men’s Soccer team (1995-1998) At Salisbury University. Later, I became a graduate assistant in the Physical Education department working with the nationally ranked field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams (1999-2000).
Following graduation with a Masters of Education degree, I taught middle school Physical Education at Bennett Middle School while coaching the J.M. Bennett High School Varsity Girls team (2001-2007). The team challenged for the state title each year and became the core basis for the Educated Coaches philosophy. Working with local youth teams and then moving on to be the Women’s Assistant Coach at Salisbury University further refined my ability to educate athletes (2005-2007).
Relocating to Savannah, continued the success in developing teams at the high school (Wayne County High School) and club level (Coastal Georgia Soccer Association) for both boys and girls (2007-2010). In 2010, I was given the opportunity to assist in starting a brand new youth soccer organization called Storm Soccer Academy. In this same year we developed a program called Sweet Feet that works with children 2.5-8 years of age at daycares and preschools. Currently, these programs service over 800 sports enthusiasts in the Savannah/Hilton Head/Statesboro/Richmond Hill area employing the Educated Coaches philosophy of training.
I have just recently completed the Doctorate of Education from the United States Sports Academy. This experience was extremely meaningful as I have gained tremendous knowledge in leadership, strategic planning, working with others, sports psychology, and communication. My dissertation title was Work-family conflict among youth, high school, and collegiate soccer coaches.
In June 2015, I married the lovely Courtney Nein and we are now incredibly happy and living our life to the fullest! I now get to spend many days with the amazing Owen and Avery and provide a positive influence in their lives. The newest addition to our family is Baby Brooks. He was born September 10th, 2016 and is such a great addition to our loving family. Each day is more special than the previous and I cannot wait to see what the future brings!!!
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Quotes and Publications
*Coach’s Corner – Brad Nein – Wayne County High School published by In the Game High School Sports Magazine Southeast Georgia Addition, May 2010.
*Parents’ etiquette on the sidelines plays role in how kids feel about playing sports by Amy Coyne Bredson published on September 16, 2013
*Coaching Attributes that Lead to Participant Success published by The United States Sports Academy in The Sport Digest, December 2013.
*Adjust Your Mindset: The Relationship with the Sport Official by Brad Nein published on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America website, July 3, 2014.
*Effective Leadership Produces Positive Relationships by Brad Nein published on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America website, July 16, 2014
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