Our Team

Joseph Lennarz
Co-founder, Managing Partner

Prior to beginning his career as a registered intermediary in 2014, Joe garnered firsthand experience in the soccer industry by working in the legal departments of adidas North America, Red Bull North America, and Real Salt Lake.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University, and a Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law, where he served as President of the Sports Law Federation and focused his studies in the areas of contracts and immigration law. Joe’s academic work on the subject of Major League Soccer’s player movement and payroll mechanisms can be found here.

Joe is an active member of the California State Bar, as well as a registered intermediary with the United States Soccer Federation and with FIFA. Joe currently resides in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia.

Jacob Cohen
Co-founder, Managing Partner

A native New Yorker, Jacob's passion for the growth and success of U.S. soccer began on the field as a youth player, and while attending Metrostars games during the inaugural season of the MLS.

Jacob graduated from the Scholars Program at SUNY Binghamton and from UCLA School of Law prior to co-founding Ascension Athletes in 2015. At UCLA, he was President of the Sports Law Federation, and focused on contract negotiation and sports arbitration.

Jacob is an active member of the New York State Bar Association, and is a registered athlete agent with the United States Soccer Federation and with FIFA. Jacob currently resides in his hometown of Staten Island, New York.

Mark Farmer
Talent Identification

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Mark attended Lipscomb University where he was a member of the men's Division 1 soccer program.

After college, Mark began coaching and training players in Birmingham, including several who went on to play in MLS and represent their respective national teams. Mark has held positions as technical director, director of coaching, and assistant at the women's Division 1 level. Through each role, Mark's passion for helping individuals was paramount. Prior to joining Ascension, his role as Head of Recruitment for Atlanta United's Academy saw him continue this passion and encourage growth and development of some of the country's most promising young players.

Kevin Davi, DPT
Physical Therapist

Based in Los Angeles, Kevin is a licensed physical therapist with over 5 years experience evaluating and treating musculoskeletal impairments. He specializes in treating diverse patient populations, from infants to professional athletes.

Kevin graduated from Northeastern University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Rehabilitation, as well as a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

Kevin is certified in therapeutic cupping from the ICTA, is a level II Reiki practitioner, and is a registered yoga instructor with over 200 hours of teaching experience.