Stephanie Gabbert
  Executive Director
303.399.5858 ext 104

Stephanie (also known as Gabbie) joined the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club as the Executive Director in August 2014.  As the Executive Director she provides leadership and oversight for all CRYSC programs, directs all fundraising initiatives, is the point of contact for all external partners, and balances the objectives of Rapids Youth Soccer in collaboration with the Colorado Rapids organization.

Stephanie brings extensive experience in soccer development as well as non-profit management to the Club.  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, and also coached at the University of Wisconsin, Iowa State University, The 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.  A native of St. Louis, Missouri, she played for Busch Soccer Club as a youth player.  As a collegiate player at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Stephanie earned first team All-America honors and was inducted to the school’s athletic hall of fame in 2006. 

Stephanie loves living in Denver and spends her free time hiking, biking, and snowboarding in the mountains.

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Brenda House

Director of Operations and Administration
303.399.5858 ext 108

Brenda is the Director of Operations and Administration.  She is involved in all of the daily operations of the club including the accounting for the club, scheduling, fields and tournaments.

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 was also a board member for several years. 

She is currently working on completing her degree in History with a minor in Nonprofit Studies.  Brenda grew up in New Hampshire but has lived in Colorado for over 20 years.  She enjoys all that Colorado has to offer with her husband and three children.

Kathy Maas
303.399.5858 ext 101

Kathy, Club Registrar, is responsible player registration for both competitive and recreational players.  She works closely with the U4-U10 Technical staff in forming teams in the U5-U8 age groups.  Additionally, Kathy makes certain players are properly registered within the state organization, Colorado Soccer Association, and maintains team rosters.  Kathy can provide information regarding programming with our club as well as many other questions families may have.

Kathy completed her bachelor degree and taught elementary school before starting a family.  Her three children all played soccer in the past which propelled Kathy into being the ultimate “soccer Mom”.  Kathy began working with Denver Soccer club which merged with Aurora Soccer, which then eventually merged with the Colorado Rapids.  Having players who have played at the recreational level, the competitive level and the collegiate level has created a wealth of knowledge which helps with the families currently in our club.  

Kathy is a Colorado native who enjoys living in Colorado and all that Colorado has to offer.  Weekends she can be found fishing, gardening and enjoying time with her husband and 3 dogs!  

Cindy Klein
Administrative Assistant
303.399.5858 ext 111

Recognize Cindy? She is the first smiling face you see when you come in the door and the first person you may talk to when you call Rapids Youth Soccer. If you have questions she is a good place to start, if she does not have the answer she will find the answer or will direct you to the correct person.

Cindy grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, attended Iowa State University where she studied Therapeutic Recreation and Psychology. She then moved to a warmer climate and did her graduate work at the University of Texas in Human Development. From there she lived in Dallas, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee and finally came back to her Midwestern roots and settled in Denver.  She has been involved in some capacity with soccer since the 90’s where she was a team manager for her oldest son’s team. Her husband Tom was a board member for Club Denver Soccer. She continued as a manager for her youngest son’s team that also included Denver’s own home grown player Davey Armstrong.

Cindy has been married to her husband Tom for 35years .They both enjoy watching sports, especially soccer. They have three grown children that all live in Denver. The two boys still play on mens soccer teams (their daughter chose to play lacrosse).  In her leisure time Cindy enjoys hiking, biking, dancing and spending time with friends and family.

Amy Drayer
Director of Communications, Marketing and Partnerships
303.399.5858 x103 

Amy focuses on creating community and increasing participation and revenue for the Club. She works with internal and external constituencies to raise our profile and engagement in our philanthropic initiatives, Soccer for Success and the Zarlengo soccer program.
A fifteen-year veteran of the political and non-profit worlds, most recently Amy was the VP for Strategic Initiatives at the GLBT Community Center of Colorado where she managed marketing strategy, corporate sponsorship, community engagement and strategic partnerships. She also directed The Center’s fundraising events, including their signature event, Denver PrideFest, which now draws over 325,000 attendees annually.

A Seattle native and graduate of Scripps College in California, Amy and her wife relocated to Denver in 2006 from Washington, DC. She grew up playing every youth sport available in a small rural town, including recreational soccer in elementary school. Recently she’s tried her luck with sprint triathalons and half-marathons, as well as single track downhill mountain biking; though her favorite event is still the Vashon Ultra in her original hometown.

Devin Cummins
U11-18 Academy & Burgundy Teams Manager


Devin is the manager for all of our U11-18 Academy and Burgundy level boys and girls teams.  She is the point of contact and main administrator for all of these teams, from communication to registration to scheduling, and everything in between. 

Devin has been working for the Rapids and for the Fields crew at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for several years before transitioning into the Youth Club, bringing her knowledge and expertise with the facility to our club.  Before her work with the Rapids, she also worked in the Athletic Department at the University of Denver managing NCAA events and competitions.

With an International MBA and an undergraduate degree from the University of Denver, Devin is a proud Pioneer.  She is also a USSF certified Grade 8 referee who works many tournaments and league games around the state.  A graduate of Fort Lupton High School, she is a Colorado Native who enjoys the outdoors and supports local small businesses.

Kincaid Schmidt
U4-U10 Program Director

303.399.5858 ext 115

Kincaid oversees and manages programs for players between the ages of three and ten years old which provide paths of development for every level of player, recreational through competitive.

She brings five years of experience coaching boys and girls at the recreational and competitive levels.  Prior to joining the Rapids Youth Soccer Club, Kincaid began her career in 2009 coaching U11-13 competitive girls teams at FC United of Florida.  She served as the Interim U10 Academy Director there before moving to Colorado in 2013 to join the Rapids staff.  

Kincaid was a four-year starter at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL where she majored in Spanish and earned All-Independent and All-Conference honors.  Before that she played adult amateur and youth club soccer for the prestigious IMG Soccer Academy in her hometown of Bradenton, Florida.

Keegan Hand
U4-U10 Administrative Assistant 

Keegan is the first point of contact for U4-U10 parents and volunteer coaches who have questions regarding program details, player allocation, registration, conflict resolution, etc. He also builds, implements and manages the program calendar for all programs and events associated with the U4-U10 Program and the Zarlengo Latino Outreach Program

Before working with Rapids Youth Soccer, Keegan spent 2 years with North Area Rush as the Director of Coaching-Goalkeepers as well as the Member Services-Competitive. He also spent time with Colorado Rush helping train their goalkeepers from U11-U18, including Developmental Academy, ECNL, and W-league players. Keegan brings valuable playing experience from a four year college career. After spending two years at Hastings College in Nebraska where he was part of the team that won the 2010 NAIA National championship and were runners up in 2011, he came back to play for Metro State, where he lead the conference in save percentage, goals against average, and shutouts in 2013

Keegan graduated in December 2014 from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a degree in Human Performance and Sport with a focus in Sport Industry Operations and Business minor with a management concentration. He currently holds is USSF “E” License.

A native of Colorado he graduated from Thompson Valley High School in Loveland, Colorado in 2010.  Keegan lives downtown and enjoys all the city has to offer, particularly places to explore.

Harald Heinrich
U11-14 Boys White & Blue Program Director
303.399.5858 ext 105

Harald oversees the U11-U14 White and Blue competitive boys’ teams along with the recreational boys’ teams in those age groups.

Harald has coached youth soccer in Switzerland, Germany and the United States. He has coached all ages from U5 through U18 and experienced the whole spectrum of youth soccer from winning state championships and coaching ODP to losing recreational games by 8 goals. He enjoys his U11-U14 age groups the most because he gets the opportunity to work with players “who are not quite there yet and want to get to the next level”.

A graduate of Westmont College and the University of Washington, Harald holds the USSF 'A' Coaching License, USSF National Youth License and German 'B' License. He was a three-time All-American in college and played professionally in Switzerland and Germany.

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 both played U5-U18 in our club. Harald has been on staff since 1998 and is most excited about the arrival of small-sided soccer in Colorado and being a part of the evolution of what is now the Rapids Youth Soccer Club.

Ash Hopkins
Girls Program Director
303.399.5858 ext 100

Ash oversees all programming for our U11-14 girls from Academy through Recreational Programs.

Ash became a member of the Rapid’s staff in 2012. Prior to the Rapids, Ash had been a full-time 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. He was an ID2 Scout and worked with Indiana ODP.  Ash also coached as a graduate assistant for the University of Indianapolis and is a USSF 'C' nationally licensed coach.

He attended the University of Indianapolis and was a collegiate soccer player for four years. Ash continued his career after college playing for the Indiana Blast in the PDL.  Ash graduated with a B.A. in History and Sports Administration. He lives with his wife Jess in the Denver area.

Andrew Kewley
U15-18 Boys & Girls Program Director

303.399.5858 ext 106

Andrew is responsible all aspects of the high school divisions (Academy to the Blue teams) on both the boys and girls side of the club.  This includes overseeing the creation and implementation of age specific curriculum, training sessions and season planning, coaching placements, and team formation.  In addition to his duties as the Program Director, U15 to U18, Andrew is the director of the Rapids Youth Soccer Club’s College Advisory and Resource Services (C.A.R.S) Program.

As a coach, Andrew’s experience extends to all levels of the game.  After his collegiate playing career, Andrew prolonged 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.  Once in Colorado Andrew worked for the Colorado Rush as the Director of Coaching for the North Area branch.  While there, Andrew served as a W-League assistant for 2 seasons and worked with high school aged teams in the club’s select program.   Andrew is also currently a head staff coach for the Colorado Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program.  Andrew received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and his Master of Public Administration while at Drake University and holds a USSF ‘A’ License.

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

Mark Cromie
U10 Technical Director
303.399.5858 ext 110

As the U10 Technical Director Mark is involved with all technical aspects of the programs including coach education and player development.

Prior to joining the Rapid’s staff Mark coached at Westminster AFC where he helped develop and implement the junior academy program for the U4-10 age groups.  Mark also worked for “KinderKixx” soccer from 2012-2014, introducing young kids to the game of soccer in fun environment.  His collegiate coaching experience includes four seasons as an assistant at Metro State University from 2007-2010.

Mark earned a marketing degree from Metro State University (2008) and is currently pursuing an MBA degree from Colorado Christian University.  He holds a USSF 'B' and National Youth License.

Mark was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and currently resides in the Stapleton area of Denver. He played for 3 years at Stoke City FC as youth/reserve player and also represented Northern Ireland at U15-19. His collegiate playing career includes Colorado Christian University for one season and at Metro State University for the 3 years.  After graduating from college he also played in PASL “Pro” League for 3 years.

Marvin Quijano
Camps Director

Marvin is responsible for the direction and implementation of all CRYSC summer and winter camps and also provides technical direction for the free clinics associated with the Zarlengo Outreach Program targeting Latino youth.   Marvin, a retired Rapids professional player, also coaches Rapids competitive boys teams in the U11-14 age group.

Marvin has12 years of coaching experience with all ages.  This includes coaching at Louisville High School (CA), Denver North High School, Denver Soccer Club, Colorado Fusion Soccer Club and the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club. Marvin has a USSF National 'C' Coaching License.

In 1999 Marvin became the youngest player to sign for an MLS professional team playing for the LA Galaxy from 1999-2002, and finishing his MLS career with the Colorado Rapids in 2002.  Marvin played Club and High School Soccer in California and then went on to play at Rio Hondo Community College (CA), where he scored 24 goals in 30 games and earning every award possible.

Marvin grew up in North Hollywood, California, and has 2 children, 10yr old daughter Sammie and 5 month old son Xavi. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his kids and going back home to North Hollywood to visit his parents. (Si tienen preguntas o si están interesados en conocer más del CRYSC, Marvin habla español y les puede ayudar.)

Felipe Vieyra
Zarlengo Program Manager
303.399.5858 ext 107

Felipe oversees the development and implementation of the Zarlengo Outreach Program.  The goal of the Zarlengo Outreach Program is to provide access to high quality, developmentally appropriate soccer programs to Latino children in under-resourced areas throughout Colorado. Felipe brings over five years of experience working within the Denver community on social justice issues including education justice, labor rights, and immigrant rights.  Felipe is excited to continue working with Latino youth and families within Rapids Youth Soccer and believes all children should have access to these opportunities regardless of where they come from.

Felipe graduated from the University of Denver with degrees political science, international relations and Spanish literature and language. He holds a USSF 'E' License and National Youth License. Felipe was born in Mexico but has lived in Colorado for most of his life. Growing up he played for the Greeley Central High School soccer team and has played on many recreational teams throughout Denver. He is known to be always eating as that is one of his favorite things to do.  (Si tienen preguntas o si están interesados en conocer más del CRYSC, Felipe habla español y les puede ayudar.)

Sara Shanley

Program Director, Soccer for Success
303.399.5858 ext 112

Sara is the Soccer for Success Program Director. In this role she oversees all Soccer for Success programming and staff including site coordinators and coaches, and coordinates after-school soccer at schools and recreation centers throughout Metro Denver.

Prior to relocating, she served as a Programs and Grants 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 holds her USSF 'E' License, NSCAA Level I, Level II Diploma and Urban Soccer Coaching Diploma. She is also a national trainer for the U.S. Soccer Foundation. 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 lab-chow mix.

Hailey Bird
Assistant Program Director, Soccer for Success

303.399.5858 ext 113

Hailey manages coach hiring, events, program equipment and all data collection for the Soccer for Success program.  She provides support to coaches and sites throughout the program and can be contacted regarding site or coach recruitment, seasonal Jamborees and soccer tournaments, equipment, and anything related to player data or SalesForce.

Hailey joined the Club in May 2013 as a Program Assistant for Soccer for Success and was promoted to Assistant Program Director in May 2014. Prior to her work with the Club, she spent three years with the Fugees Family, an organization dedicated to helping child survivors of war rebuild their lives through education, in Atlanta, Georgia. She has also spent time with Soccer Without Borders in rural Guatemala where she developed a girls youth development program and coached various teams.

Hailey received her degree in Economics and International Relations from Smith College in 2010. While there, she was a four-year starter on the soccer team and served as captain during her senior year. She holds a USSF ‘E’ License as well as a Level I, Level II and Urban Soccer Coaching Diploma through the NSCAA. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Hailey is thrilled to be back in the west where she can hike, bike and ski her way through the mountains.

Teddy Hagen
Soccer for Success Program Assistant

Teddy helps manage, train, and hire coaches in the Soccer for Success program. He helps coaches in Soccer for Success with Behavior Incidents, Social Media and Communication, Behavior Management System, Supplemental Curriculum (Soccer, Nutrition and Youth Development), 4th and 5th Grade Girls Discussion Groups, and First Aid Issues.

Teddy started coaching with the club two years ago with the hope that someday he could be hired as a full time staff member. His dream came true when he was asked to join the team in May 2014. He holds a bachelor’s degree of Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Education from Colorado Christian University where he played soccer for his college career.
Originally from Amarillo, Texas, Teddy loves living in Denver where he can enjoy being outside as much as possible and dancing around town with his JammyPack!

Melissa Hersh
Soccer for Success Program Assistant 

Melissa helps manage, train, and hire coaches for the Soccer for Success program.  She also serves as the designated point of contact for Soccer for Success sites in Montebello, and Aurora.

Melissa joined the team in January 2015 but has been coaching for the club since fall of 2012. She has coached in the Soccer for Success, Fab 4, and premier training programs as well as serving as a Soccer for Success site coordinator at Kenton Elementary.  She also holds her USSF ‘E’ License.

Prior to joining the team she worked with children with special needs as a Behavior Therapist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavior Science with a focus on autism from the University of Kansas. While there, she was a member of the women rowing team all four years. Originally from Topeka, Kansas Melissa loves living close to the mountains where she can hike, climb, camp, and ski whenever she gets the chance.

Omar Castro
Soccer for Success Administrative Assistant

Omar manages the coach onboarding process for the program as well as coordinating the onboarding process of new Soccer for Success sites with the Site Coordinators once sites have committed to the program. As Administrative Assistant, he will work with the Program Director, Assistant Director, and Program Assistants to implement all aspects of the Soccer for Success after-school program. 
Omar moved to Denver from Los Angeles, California in October 2014 to assist his mother and brother with their fight against cancer and joined the Club in January 2015. Omar spent two years in Mexico playing semi-pro soccer where he was able to travel throughout the country, both playing and teaching the fundamentals of soccer to kids in rural Mexico. He admiration for coaching grew when he got back from Mexico in the summer of 2009 when he joined the coaching staff at Beast Mode Soccer, LLC; a training program developed to produce the “complete player,” from youth to the professional level. 
Continuing his love of “The Beautiful Game,” Omar has joined two local soccer teams and is currently enjoying the transition from busy city life to the more relaxed style of living in Denver. During his free time, Omar is either playing soccer, the drums, or enjoying a bike ride.

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