Brian Thomsen is currently the Director of Coaching and Operations for Next Level Soccer Academy, a premier youth soccer club based in Pennington, NJ.
Ewing, NJ (August 18, 2020) - Brian Thomsen is currently the Director of Coaching and Operations for Next Level Soccer Academy, a premier youth soccer club based in Pennington, NJ. He has spent the last six years of his career gaining valuable experience as a Head Coach in the New Jersey Olympic Development Program and as an Assistant Men’s Coach at The College of New Jersey. For the last three years, he has led the U20/U23 women’s program at NLSA and Washington Crossing FC. And now he is embarking on the mission of building a brand new women’s pre-professional team to compete in central New Jersey.
“Having worked closely with Brian for the past five years, I am excited that he is joining our club to lead the women’s team and coaching staff”, women’s General Manager Ben Chrnelich said. “Hyper-local is a core principle of the club and Brian is extremely passionate and dedicated to developing Mercer County soccer. He has strong roots in New Jersey, with playing experience at PDA & Stockton University combined with high-level coaching experience across the State.” Brian’s passion for coaching was inspired by his father, a legendary New Jersey Shore coach.
“I am ecstatic to take on this role within Real Central New Jersey,” Thomsen said. “It’s an exciting time for a new pre-professional club in Mercer County with both men’s and women’s teams. I am thrilled to be part of this club’s beginning and hope to see it grow into what we envision it to be. I truly think that this local soccer community and area will appreciate and support the quality of play and competitiveness our teams will display. Now is the time to accelerate the growth and resurgence of Central Jersey soccer”
Thomsen will use his deep soccer network and relationships with area clubs to fulfill the club’s mission of showcasing local talent on the team’s roster. Brian holds the US Soccer Federation “C” License and will be pursuing his USSF “B” License in 2021. He was recently recognized by EDP as a “Top 30 under 30” Coach for his dedication to player development and success in growing NLSA.
“I have a great appreciation for the depth of talented New Jersey players and am looking forward to starting the recruiting process for our inaugural season. From inception, our goal will be to win a national championship, demonstrating the strength of NJ soccer. I would love to showcase the local talent and give our region’s youth players an opportunity to dream — and dream big — so that one day they will want to come home and play for the local club during the summer.”