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Nicole Nienas

U8G Academy

Hometown/first soccer experience: I’m from Brookfield, Wisconsin. Started playing soccer when I was 5. Played for Brookfield Club, now known as Elmbrook United. 4 years of varsity soccer at Brookfield Central. I continued playing soccer in college at UW- La Crosse.

Family: I am the youngest child with 2 older brothers. Growing up we played outside constantly. Both my brothers played soccer. A lot of our family time was spent going to each others soccer tournaments. Every year we go on a family trip somewhere new in the U.S.

Years of Coaching: First year with a team! I have coached summer soccer camps for the past few years, working mostly with young players.

Favorite Team and why?: US Women’s National team. I grew up watching them play and have been to several of their games.

Favorite Player and why: Favorite women’s player is Julie Ertz because she is so consistent. Favorite men’s player is Thierry Henry because of his beautiful finishes.

Coaching Education: Being a first year coach, I am excited to continue my soccer and coaching education. I am currently working on Grassroot Courses, Y Certificate, and eventually a D license.

Why did you start coaching? I love the game and can’t imagine my life without soccer being in it. I like to see players develop and find their strengths.

Coaching Role Models/Mentors: Troy Dusosky, Elmbrook United Assistant Director of Coaching. He was my coach at the youth club level. His style of communicating with players was key. He evoked passion and unity from his players. He holds his players to high standards, but was always encouraging and created a positive environment. I learned from him that for a team to thrive together, a coach has to bring out players passion for the game.

Favorite Coaching Memory: Summer camps. The weather was always beautiful and the day was filled with fun mini games and scrimmages.

What are your hobbies outside of soccer? I like traveling, especially to national parks. I enjoy being outside and hiking. I like to cook. I love watching movies and reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Favorite Book: The Girl on the Train, The Color Purple, Lord of the Rings

Did you play other sports growing up? I grew up playing soccer, basketball, softball, tennis, and golf. I loved playing any sport outside. Soccer became my only passion at 14.

What is something people may never guess about you?: I am left handed, but am cross-dominant in sports. Soccer and basketball are left dominant. Softball, tennis, and golf are right dominant.

street soccer

Street Soccer is played on a U10 field and guided by our coaches. It is designed to allow players to “just play” the game in a safe, supervised, and minimally interrupted manner. In this way, players can do what they enjoy the most – play soccer – while getting just enough instruction to help them improve their game. Coaches help create teams and all games are played without a referee to reinforce positive conflict resolution techniques. Street Soccer is open to all our U8 – U19 players and requires signup