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