FC Cincinnati names Ron Jans as new head coach

FC Cincinnati names Ron Jans as new head coach
(Source: FC Cincinnati)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) – FC Cincinnati General Manager Gerard Nijkamp has announced the official hiring of long-time Dutch football manager Ron Jans as the club’s new head coach.

Jans will be formally introduced at an 10 a.m. press conference tomorrow, Monday, Aug. 5, at the Mercy Health Training Center in Milford, Ohio. He will oversee his first FC Cincinnati training session on Tuesday, Aug. 6, and will coach his first FCC game on Saturday, Aug. 10 at Columbus.

“We are excited to get Ron involved with the team as soon as possible and leading us the rest of the season,” Nijkamp said. “He has a pedigree of success and guiding strong clubs, especially through difficult transitions to championships.

“With his experience and expertise in all aspects of being a head coach, I have full confidence that he will be successful at FC Cincinnati. I believe Ron will be a critical part to establishing the foundation for our playing philosophy as well as our performance on the pitch,” Nijkamp said.

“I’m very appreciative of Gerard, Jeff Berding and the club’s ownership group for their confidence in bringing me to FC Cincinnati,” Jans said. “This club has drawn a lot of attention in Europe and football fans are very interested in the progress of the club, which is why this opportunity is so exciting. My challenge is realizing our immense potential and I am really looking forward of being part of that development and making the fans even prouder to support FC Cincinnati.”

Jans is the third head coach in the club’s brief MLS history and its fourth overall, including its United Soccer League seasons (2016-18). He has signed a managerial contract through Dec. 31, 2020.


Yoann Damet, who has served as the club’s interim head coach since former head coach Alan Koch’s dismissal on May 7, is remaining on staff as Jans’ top assistant coach. After becoming the youngest coach in MLS history, Damet finished his brief tenure as the club’s caretaker coach with a 3-10-0 record in league play and a 4-11-0 mark overall including U.S. Open Cup play.

“As a club, we also have to give a big recognition and thank you to Yoann for all the work he has done as our caretaker coach the last few months,” Nijkamp added. “He did not come into an easy role and he had a lot of work to do to create a way of playing and cultivating positivity. We’ve been very happy with all of his efforts and the hard work he’s done in the interim to get us going in the right direction.

“Yoann has laid the foundation for our playing philosophy and getting our whole club going in the same path. He has a very strong soccer mind and we look forward to him continuing his work for us and further developing his managerial methods under Ron’s guidance,” Nijkamp added.

Additionally, Jack Stern will continue with the club on Jans’ staff in his current role as goalkeeping coach.

Both Damet and Stern have signed contract extensions to remain with the club through Dec. 31, 2022.

Joining Damet and Stern on Jans’ coaching staff is new FCC assistant Ivar van Dinteren. He will formally join the staff in Cincinnati upon receipt of his U.S. work visa.

Already familiar with the southwest Ohio area, Van Dinteren has previously both played (2010-11) for and managed (2011-12) the Dayton Dutch Lions of the then-USL Pro League.

Van Dinteren left Dayton to take on coaching roles with the PEC Zwolle Academy back in his native Netherlands. From there, he moved on to one of the country’s top amateur teams, SDO Bussum, where he has been the club’s manager since 2017. Most recently, he has added coaching responsibilities at Almere City FC as the Eerste Divisie’s reserve team coach.

Van Dinteren was born in Bussum, Netherlands, and enjoyed a 14-year professional playing career as a striker that included stops throughout the Netherlands including, FC Groningen, RKC, Helmond Sport, FC Zwolle, Stormvogels Telstar and VV Noordwijk before he came stateside to finish his playing career in Dayton.

Van Dinteren fills the staff role most recently held by Pa-Modou Kah, who has departed the club to pursue other professional opportunities.

Gary Walker, who joined FC Cincinnati in March from Manchester United as assistant coach and Director of Sports Performance, will continue to lead that area and oversee the current staff in the club’s health and wellness initiatives – including athletic training, nutrition, strength and conditioning and physical therapy – as he has done since arriving in Cincinnati. He continues to report to Nijkamp.

[Release courtesy of FC Cincinnati]

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