COLORADO RAPIDS Youth Soccer Club

Staff

  Stephanie Gabbert
  Executive Director
 
303.399.5858 ext 104
  stephanie@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

Stephanie’s soccer experience spans all levels of coaching from developing recreational programs for Native American communities, to a successful collegiate coaching career, and coaching the U.S. Women’s Youth National Teams.  As a collegiate coach she started the women’s soccer program at the University of Iowa in 1997 and was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1999.  Stephanie also coached at the University of Wisconsin, Iowa State University, Ohio State University, and Smith College.  From 2003-2007 Stephanie was a National Staff Coach for the U.S. Soccer Federation and also served as head coach of the U.S. U15 Girls National Team and Director of the U.S. U14 Girls National Team program.

From 2011-14 Stephanie worked for the Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3F) in New Mexico where she served as the Chief Physical Activity Officer as well as the Associate Director of NB3F’s Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures initiative.  In these roles she directed national soccer outreach programs for Native American youth as well as NB3F’s funding and grantmaking priorities for programs in Native American communities focused on combating childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Stephanie holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of Colorado at Denver.  She officially began her duties as Executive Director on August 1, 2014.

To get to know Stephanie better click here for a Q&A!



Brenda House

Director of Operations and Administration
303.399.5858 ext 108
brenda@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

Brenda has been involved with the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club since its inception in 2006 as Colorado Fusion. As the Operations Manager, Brenda is involved in the day-to-day operations of the Club including, but not limited to, accounting, scheduling, tournaments and fields.

Brenda became involved with soccer when her daughter, now a college freshman, began playing at the age of 4. Brenda knows how to run our office as both an administrator and a parent. She volunteered with Aurora Sting Soccer as a team manager and as a board member for several years.  In addition to her daughter, she also has one son who plays soccer and another son who is a soccer referee. Her husband isn’t half bad either.  Brenda grew up in New Hampshire and moved to Aurora at the age of twenty.  She loves all that Colorado has to offer, but especially the Colorado Avalanche.









Kathy Maas
Registrar
303.399.5858 ext 101
kathy@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

Kathy Maas, a Colorado native, has 3 adult children, 3 dogs, 2 cats, a bird and a husband.  Kathy has worked with our club for over 10 years, starting as a team manager for one of her children’s teams.  The volunteer position morphed into a full-time administrative role for the old Denver Soccer Club, which then merged with Colorado Fusion Soccer Club and is now the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club. Kathy can answer any question on registration, whether it be cost, player cards, rosters or rules. As Kathy puts it, the best part of this job is seeing all the families and players learn the sport of soccer, something she watched her own family experience. When not at work Kathy enjoys fishing and spending time with her family (kids, dogs, cats and husband included).

 









Cindy Klein
Volunteer Coordinator
303.399.5858 ext 111
cindy@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

Recognize Cindy? She’s the first smiling face you see when you come into our office. Cindy is originally from Des Moines, Iowa, but has lived in Denver for over 20 years. She started with our Club when it was still Denver Soccer Club, as both a volunteer coordinator and parent. She was the Team Manager of her son Mikey’s U11-U18 team, which included Denver’s own homegrown Rapids player, Davy Armstrong. Prior to joining the team, Cindy worked in real estate for nearly 13 years. She is a graduate of Iowa State and the University of Texas, where she met her husband. Cindy has a knack for recruiting coaches, so if you come in looking for information, be warned that you may leave as a part-time volunteer.












Devin Cummins
Academy Manager

303.727.3753
devin@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

A Colorado native, Devin and her three siblings grew up playing recreation soccer, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and anything else to keep busy, in her hometown of Fort Lupton.  The constant sport all four kids played was always soccer, which is where Devin developed her love for the World’s Game. After four years on the varsity squad in high school, she went to the University of Denver where she studied International Business and worked for the Athletic Department for both her undergraduate degree and IMBA.  During college, she helped run the Division 1 Pioneer soccer games and volunteer coached for Denver SCORES.

Devin joins the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club as the new Academy Manager after a brief stint in the private sector and several years working with the Fields Department at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.  She has also worked with the Colorado Rapids Street Team to promote the club and the sport around the state.  Currently, Devin is a USSF Grade 8 Referee and Assignor, and spends most of her free time on the pitch refing and mentoring young refs (so give them a break!).  It is fair to say soccer is her passion.

When she has spare time, Devin enjoys the challenge of hiking, biking, and keeping up with her young niece and nephew (who also love playing soccer!).




Kincaid Schmidt
U4-U10 Program Director

303.399.5858 ext 115
kincaid@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

As the Director of the U4-U10 programs, Kincaid brings five years of experience coaching both boys and girls at recreational and competitive levels.  She holds a U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) "C" License and her USSF National Youth License.  Kincaid was a four-year starter at Flagler College where she majored in Spanish and Political Science and proudly served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for two years, her last as its Chair.  She spent her youth playing for the prestigious IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton, FL.

Kincaid, a Florida native, will soon miss the ocean but already loves rock-climbing, hiking and camping in the desert (in the wintertime).








Harald Heinrich
Director of Programs, Boys U11-U14
303.399.5858 ext 105
harald@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

Harald has coached soccer in Switzerland, Germany and the United States. A graduate of Westmont College and the University of Washington, a three-time All American and former professional player in Europe, Harald holds the USSF “A” Coaching License, USSF National Youth License and German “B” License. A native of Siegen, Germany, Harald resides in the Park Hill neighborhood of Denver, CO, is married to Heather and has two teenage children, Hadley and Hayden, who have both been playing in the club since U5. Black Lab “Jinga” rounds out the family and is easily the toughest defender of them all.

One of the things Harald enjoys most is working with players “who are not quite there yet and want to get to the next level” whatever that may be. His favorite soccer trip was a tour of Japan as the assistant coach of the University of San Francisco women’s team in 1994. Another soccer highlight was attending the 2006 World Cup in Germany with his son Hayden. When Harald isn’t on the fields, he likes to explore the Rockies while hiking and biking. 

 




Ash Hopkins
Director of Programs, Girls U11-U14

303.399.5858 ext 100
ash@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

Ash is originally from Leicester, England. He attended the University of Indianapolis and was a collegiate soccer player for four years. Ash continued playing for the Indiana Blast in the PDL.

This will be Ash’s second year with the Rapids. Prior to this season, Ash had been a fulltime staff member with Carmel United Soccer Club in Indiana, a nationally ranked girls program. During his stay he coached U11-18 girls teams and served as the Junior Girls Director. Within his roles Ash played an important role with Junior ECNL and developing players for collegiate soccer.  Ash also coached as a grad assistant for the University of Indianapolis and is an “USSF” licensed coach.

Ash graduated with a B.A. in History and Sports Administration. He lives with his wife Jess in the Denver area.



Andrew Kewley
Director of Program, U15-U18

303.399.5858 ext 106
andrew@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

Andrew is originally from Wichita, KS and attended Division I Drake University to play collegiate soccer and was a team captain for the nationally ranked Bulldogs.  Andrew also played in the PDL for the Wichita Jets and the Des Moines Menace, where he helped lead the team to an unbeaten regular season and the Central Division Championship. As a youth player, Andrew was a member of the USYSA Region II Regional team and Kansas state ODP teams.

As a coach, Andrew extended his stay at Drake University where he served as an assistant coach for two seasons, helping lead the team to a national ranking and a post-season berth.  While in Iowa, Andrew jumped into the youth soccer game and was the Interim Director of Coaching and Boys Director of Coaching for the Iowa Rush and served on the Iowa ODP staff.  He has spent the last 4 years serving as the Director of Coaching for the North Area Rush SC.  While at the Rush, Andrew served as a W-League assistant for 2 seasons, worked with the prestigious Rush Select program, and served on the Colorado Youth Soccer ODP staff.  Andrew received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and his Master's of Public Administration at Drake University and holds a USSF ‘A’ License.

Andrew lives in Centennial with his wife Andrea and their son Declan.


Marvin Quijano

Camps & Individual Training Program Director
marvin@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

Marvin played club soccer from 1990-1999, where he was a 4 year Varsity starter at Reseda High School in California and a starter at Rio Hondo Community College, scoring 24 goals in 30 games and winning every award possible. Those awards included All American selections 1999, Far West Player of the year 1999, Rio Hondo Player of the year Award 1999 as well as Rio Hondo Athlete of the year 1999. In 1999, Marvin became the MLS youngest player to sign for a professional team, and played for LA Galaxy from 1999-2002, reaching 2 MLS Finals, 2 Cup Finals and winning the CONCACAF CHAMPIONS CUP as well as the US OPEN CUP in 2001. Marvin was also part of the US PRO 40 squad from 1999-2001, and finished his MLS run with the Colorado Rapids in 2002.

As a coach, Marvin has his USSF National D License, and was the Girls JV Soccer Coach at Louisville High School, the Denver North High School Varsity Soccer Coach for the boys and girls teams, the Denver Soccer Club Competitive Coach U10-U13, and the Colorado Fusion Soccer Coach U10-U-13 top teams. He was our 2009 Colorado Fusion Soccer Coach of the year, and continues to work in summer camps, clinics and individual trainings.






Devon Walker

Program Consultant, U15-U18
303.399.5858 ext 110
devon@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

Devon was born in Kingston, Jamaica and moved to the U.S. in 1969. While growing up in the Bronx, he rediscovered his love of Futbol “the beautiful game.” In 1974, Devon was voted Team Captain and selected as MVP for Manhattan Tech High School, the first season of soccer at the school. He attended Long Island University (go Blackbirds!) and played for various club teams in New York City.

Devon relocated to Aurora, Colorado for a position with United Airlines, with whom he worked for 35 years. After his wife ‘volunteered’ him to coach his son’s U8 Aurora Soccer Club team, he became hooked on mentoring and coaching. Devon went on to earn his USSF C license, to coach numerous competitive youth teams, boys and girls, as well as adults. He previously served as Vice President of the Aurora Soccer Club, and was responsible for operating the advanced program, Aurora Sting, from 1999 to 2001. He has been with the Club since 2006, and is now the proud grandfather of 3, one of which is a grandson working on his left foot, and soon to be enrolled in Fab 4. No pressure, kid!


Sara Shanley

Program Director, Soccer for Success
303.399.5858 ext 112
sara@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

Sara joined the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club as one of the Soccer for Success Program Managers, and has since become the Program Director. In her new role, she oversees nearly 80 coaches and coordinates organized after-school soccer for nearly 1200 children living in the Children’s Corridor. Prior to relocating, she served as a Programs Fellow with the U.S. Soccer Foundation where she was involved in updating the Soccer for Success curriculum, monitoring and evaluating the program and organizing the 2012 Urban Soccer Symposium.

Sara received her M.A. in International Studies from American University where she studied the effect of sport on girls’ self-efficacy in Kenya. In her free time, Sara plays rugby and spends time with Bentley, her 5 year old lab-chow mix.










Hailey Bird
Program Assistant, Soccer for Success

303.399.5858 ext 113
hailey@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Hailey graduated from Smith College with a degree in Economics and International Relations. She has spent the past few years working in the nonprofit sector and has been lucky enough to stay involved the game she has always loved. 

Immediately following graduation, Hailey spent time working for Soccer Without Borders in rural Guatemala where she coached Mayan children and implemented a character development program for girls. She then moved to Atlanta, Georgia and worked with the Fugees Family, an organization dedicated to helping refugee children rebuild their lives through education, first as an AmeriCorps member and then as a Fundraising and Development Associate.  

Thrilled to be back in the west, Hailey couldn't be more excited to start hiking, biking, skiing and playing in the mountains again.


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