Sam Nellins – Coaching Staff & PDA Boys Academy Director

Education & Coaching Qualifications:

  • Loughborough University, Loughborough, England -Westminster City School, London, England.
  • USSF Academy Directors Diploma (Highest License in US)
  • USSF A License – NSCAA Premier Diploma – KNVB International Diploma – English FA Preliminary Diploma

Employment Highlights:

Players Development Academy, Co- Founder and Boys Academy Director 1998-Present Day

Wrote the original business plan for PDA which has modified and evolved over its existence.

-Setting up and maintaining the club’s everyday practice and game schedule – Managing the camp and soccer programs -Coordinating the club’s fundraisers – Assisting in all club tournaments – Collaborating closely with the club’s grounds staff for field maintenance – Managing the club’s Building Projects including the construction of a new gymnasium and classroom space – Advise PDA Board on annual plans

Mendham High School, Permanent Substitute Teacher and Soccer Coach 1993-98

–Served as assistant coach for the girls soccer team –Coached girls to win 4 State Titles within 5 years -Covered physical education and social studies courses

Hills Soccer Programs, President of Camps and Soccer Program Business 1993-98

-Set up a year-round soccer business-Expanded existing soccer camp business to 5,500 campers by 1998 -Established training programs at local clubs by supplying professional coaches.

Coaching Career Highlights:

PDA Boys Academy Head Coach to present~8 National Finals Appearances & National Champions 2014 League Champions 2019

PDA Boys Pre-Academy Head Coach through 2013~3 Regional Titles and 3 National Championships

PDA Boys Club Team Coach through 2007~5 State Championships & 4 Regional Championships,

Red Bull National League Finalists, VW Masters National Championship

NJ Girls ODP Coach 1993-1997~Regional Champs 96 & 97

Mendham HS Girls Assistant Coach 1993-1998~4 State Titles -Central Jersey Spartans PDL Men’s Team Head Coach – US Club / Nike Id2 Staff Coach 2008 – present day

30 plus players moved onto play Professional from Academy Program and hundreds to Div 1 level.

Playing Career: Westminster City School 1981/89 – Greater London School Boys 1983/85 – Inner London School Boys 1986/88 – South England Schoolboys 1986/88 – Loughborough University 1989/92 – Notts County Football Club Reserve Team 1990/92 – Various Men’s Team in New Jersey 1993/2003

Win 2020-21

***IMPORTANT***Top Corner Sports is a facility which services mostly children, so health and safety are always our number one priority. As such, we need to set forth some new guidelines as we move into the winter season. Starting December 1, 2021: ONLY players, trainers and coaches will be allowed in the facility. Parents will not be able to access the building during their child’s practice or session.

Read our COVID info for more details.

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