2017 Coaching Staff


Head Coach – Sid van Druenen

Coach van Druenen, born in Venray, the Netherlands joins the Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC’s coaching staff for the first year. Van Druenen was the Head Coach of the Dayton Dutch Lions FC USL PRO team in 2014 and PDL team during the 2016 season.

Van Druenen was also the Head Coach for the Dayton Dutch Lions FC Women’s team during the 2013 season, where he lead the team to the Conference Championship and Organization of the Year besides being nominated for Coach of the Year.

Van Druenen played semi-professional soccer in the Netherlands (EVV Eindhoven) and Portugal (CD Boliqueime) before starting his coaching career at the age of 19.

Van Druenen holds a bachelor degree in Sport’s Management and a UEFA B coaching license issued by the Portuguese Soccer Federation .


Associate Head Coach – Terry Nicholl

Coach Nicholl, born in Wilmslow, England, will be entering his 4th season on the coaching staff with the Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC. Nicholl played over 400 professional games in England (Crewe Alexandra, Sheffield United, Southend United and Gillingham) and the United States (Wichita Wings & Memphis Storm) before he started coaching in 1986.

During his 30 years of coaching Coach Nicholl has won 11 Ohio South State Cups, 4 MRL premier and three National League Championships.

During the 2015 PDL season, Coach Nicholl lead the Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC to their first ever playoff appearance with direct qualification for the US OPEN CUP.

Coach Nicholl holds a “A” Full badge coaching license which he earned with the Union of European Football Association.


Assistant & GK Coach – Brandon Ponchak

Coach Ponchak, born in Ohio, joins the Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC’s coaching staff for the first year. Being a former college coach (4 year Head Coach at Sterling College and Assistant Coach at Bluffton University and Dakota Wesleyan University ) coach Ponchak brings a wealth of knowledge of the American college and amateur game.

Coach Ponchak played at Morgan High School in McConnelsville, Ohio followed by a collegiate career at Ausbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky.

Coach Ponchak possesses a National D coaching license and several GK coaching licenses, including the Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma and will mainly be responsible of all GK training during the season.

Assistant Coach – Jack Hermans

Coach Hermans, born in the Netherlands has worked alongside Head Coach Terry Nichol for the past three seasons. Coach Hermans is the former Head Coach of Xavier University and was an assistant coach for the Dayton Dutch Lions FC USL PRO team for five years.

Coach Hermans, a former professional player, holds the USSF A license and the Dutch full badge. Coach Hermans is also a proud member of the Ohio Soccer Hall of Fame.

Coach Hermans will play a very important role in the technical development of the players.

Video analysis specialist – Florent Loisy

Florient Loisy, bon in France, joins the Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC’s coaching staff for the first season, after spending the past season as the assistant coach with the Dayton Dutch Lions FC PDL team.

Besides helping on the field with training and game preparation, Loisy will mainly be responsible for practice and game filming, breaking games down for video analysis and making highlight videos for CDLFC’s players.

Chief Consultant Officer – Mike Mossel

Mike Mossel is the CEO of the Dutch Lions Capital Group USA LLC, with ownership in five different Dutch Lions FC clubs that he founded, and a minority owner of FC Cincinnati. Mr. Mossel played professionally in the Netherlands (RBC Roosendaal), Belgium (KFC Turnhout) and USA (Cincinnati Riverhawks) and also holds a UEFA B coaching license. Mr. Mossel graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati in Sports Management. It is his ambition to make the Dutch Lions FC a leading institute in the USA in the area of player development and create a “gateway to professional soccer”.

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