Erin Mikula is a native of Cincinnati and a graduate of New Richmond HS. She grew up playing soccer with friends, working her way up through local recreational leagues, representing her HS and eventually playing select soccer.
After graduating HS in 2007, Erin spent the next 5 years at the University of North Carolina, winning 2 National Championships, working with one of the most successful female coaches in modern history, Anson Dorrance. In her final year at UNC Erin suffered a career ending knee injury and was fortunate enough to become the under-graduate assistant coach for the 2011-12 season.
Erin returned to Cincinnati with a passion for teaching and spent the next several years coaching youth soccer and working at New Richmond HS as a math and gym teacher.
Between 2012 and 2014 Erin had the opportunity to work with, study and observe players, teams and clubs throughout Cincinnati and noticed the lack of individual attention being given to each athlete. Coaches where being overworked and there were simply not enough hours in the day to dedicate to individual development. Players were missing out on their true potential.
In 2014 Erin made the decision to walk away from teaching and follow her passion for player development and X-Factor Futbol was created! A 1500sqft indoor training facility located in Milford OH.
By 2017 Erin had doubled the size of her facility to incorporate a more advanced training technique and strategy geared towards optimal performance.
As the business continued to grow, so did client demand, and it became very apparent that today’s athlete wanted to manage their time more efficiently. A one stop shop that catered to their every need, providing Erin with another opportunity to enhance player experience even further.
Therefore, in 2020 X-Factor Futbol added an additional 1500sft indoor training space with the introduction of their Speed and Agility suite. A dedicated space, allocated to improving a player’s athletic performance, along with providing injury prevention, recovery training and yoga.
Most recently Erin made the decision to expand her facility even further by adding a 36,000sqft lighted outdoor grass area, Mikula Field. A state-of-the-art complex that advances the individual experience by creating a much larger platform, both physically and mentally.
Over the last 6 years Erin Mikula and X-Factor Futbol have established themselves as one of the leading player development platforms within the city. Situated on 8 acres of land and with more development scheduled shortly X-Factor Futbol has become the go to destination!
Nathan is a native of England, Nathan came to the United States on a soccer scholarship, playing for Campbellsville University in Kentucky where he captained the team in his final 3 years.
Graduating in 2016, Nathan has spent the last 6 years playing professionally throughout the US and Canada before he moved back to England to play for Staylybridge Celtic at the semi-professional level. Most recently Nathan joined forces with the expansion team, Kings Hammer FC where he will play a pivotal role in their upcoming season.
Over the last 5 years, Nathan’s coaching career has spanned over 3 different countries where he was able to work with all levels of player. Nathan currently works for FiveZero International Sports Recruitment LTD as their Director of Soccer Operations, placing players in college, both here in the US and within England.
Originally from Indiana, Jalen played collegiate soccer for Xavier University, being named in the Big East Freshman team of the year in 2013 and again in 2014 as a sophomore. Jalen also led the team in goals in 2016 before turning professional in 2017.
Jalen was originally drafted by NYCFC of the MLS, eventually being traded to the Rochester Rhinos in the USL midway through the season in. He returned to the MLS in 2018 playing for NYC Cosmos, scoring 4 goals and 2 assists.
In 2019 Jalen had a brief spell with Stumptown Athletic before signing for the Kings Hammer USL 2 team in 2021. A position he still holds.
Jalen currently coaches locally and was both a soccer trainer and sports performance trainer in Indiana prior to joining X Factor.
Sam is currently finishing up his degree at NKU in addition to playing D1 soccer for the Norse. Originally from Columbus, Sam discovered his passion for coaching through his father, former Head coach for the Men’s program at Ohio Dominican.
His coaching career and passion for personal training was fueled by his own experiences, which led him to club coaching at KHA briefly in addition to working numerous college ID camps, High School camps and individual training programs.
Sam brings a contagious energy and passion to the training field and we welcome him to the X factor family.
Originally from Evansville Indiana, Taron moved to Cincinnati at the beginning of his freshmen year attending Mt. Healthy HS as a promising basketball player prior to joining their soccer program in his Junior year. After finding his new passion for soccer, Taron ended up playing for FOSC, a local select organization in Fairfield OH.
Taron played collegiate soccer originally for Cincinnati State before moving onto Savannah College of Art and Design where he was able to combine his playing career with a degree in art. In 2015 Taron returned to the Tri-state to play for the Cincinnati Swerve and naturally moved into coaching.
Over the last 6 years Taron has worked at a variety of select soccer clubs in the area and continues to coach locally.
Brian comes to X factor after a long-time coaching career, dating back over a decade. Experienced at both the recreational and select soccer level, Brian provides a wonderful skill-based knowledge for players looking to reach the next level.
Well educated and passionate about the game, Brian brings an energy and compassion that is second to none. Licensed through USSF, Brian currently works for a local select organization, teaching both male and female soccer players in addition to training players individually through X factor.
Scott, a native of Cincinnati, grew up playing soccer, tennis and football for Fairfield High School before pursuing a college career at Cincinnati State. A record holder in both goals and assists he eventually transferred to the University of Cincinnati where he completed his final few years as a central midfielder and forward.
A college career remembered with a 4-0 win over local rivals, Xavier where he managed to score 2 goals and assist in one another.
Scott went on to play professionally for the Cincinnati Excite and the the Louisville Lightning between 2009 and 2015. Over the last 10 years Scott has coached at a variety of local soccer clubs, winning State Cup Championships in both Kentucky and Ohio.
Shelby Elder was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from Walsh University where she participated in both varsity soccer and bowling. She is currently teaching at Goshen HS and is a member of the coaching staff for their soccer program.
A In 2017, Shelby graduated from Amelia HS, where she was a 4 year varsity starter. Over the last 20 plus years soccer has played a huge part in Shelby’s life. She was a part a part of the Olympic Development Program and had the privilege of playing for both Erin Mikula and Michael Litvack over her youth career.
Outside of her playing days, Shelby has been a goalkeeper coach in the local community for numerous years and prides herself on technique, emphasizing this at every training session.
Originally from Centerville Ohio, Hugh played collegiate soccer at DePauw University, starting his coaching career at Centerville High School as a goalkeeper coach in 1994. Two years later, Hugh was named the Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach at Earlham College in Richmond.
Over the last 20 years Hugh served as the Men and Women’s Coach at Miami University between 1998-2005 before being named the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Florida Southern College in Lakeland.
Hugh eventually returned to Miami University in 2013 as their Assistant Women’s Head coach. A position he held for the next 4 years.
Most recently Hugh served as the Director of Goalkeeping for the Cincinnati Development Academy. Hugh holds a USSF A license.