COLORADO RAPIDS Youth Soccer Club

Staff

Administration Staff

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

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
Manager of Administration
303.399.5858 ext 101
kathy@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

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
Receptionist
303.399.5858 ext 111
cindy@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

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.

 

Devin Cummins
Competitive Registrar

303.727.3753
devin@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

 

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.


Technical Staff

Andrew Kewley
Director of Coaching

303.399.5858 ext 106

andrew@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

As the Director of Coaching, Andrew is responsible for all technical aspects in the soccer club from the Competitive programs to the Recreational Programs.  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 Director of Coaching, 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 prestigious Rush 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.


Ash Hopkins
Girls Director of Coaching 
303.399.5858 ext 100
ash@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

As the Girls Director of Coaching, Ash oversees all programming for our Competitive Girl's programs.  Ash will also serve as Age Group Director for the U13 to U19 Girl's Competitive teams in the club.

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 'B' 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. 


Kincaid Schmidt
Director of Coaching, U9-U12 Girls  
303.399.5858 ext 115
kincaid@rapidsyouthsoccer.org 


Kincaid is responsible for the leadership and operations of competitive programs for U9-U12 girls, including player development, coach development and parent education.  Kincaid previously served as the U4-U10 Program Director before moving to focus on the girls' side of the club.


Prior to joining the Rapids Youth Soccer Club in 2013, 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 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 for IMG Soccer Academy on its youth club and W League teams in her hometown of Bradenton, Florida.

Kincaid holds a U.S.S.F. National "B" License and National Youth License.


Jair Vasquez
Boy's Director of Coaching

303.399.5858
jair@rapidsyouthsoccer.org  

As the Boy's Director of Coaching, Jair oversees all programming for our Competitive Boys' programs.  Jair will also serve as Age Group Director for the U13 to U19 Boys' Competitive teams in the club.

Jair brings with him a wealth of experience from all levels of the game.  For the past five years Jair served as a Director of Coaching at the Colorado Rush.  Jair was born in Lima, Peru.  At the age of 12 he joined one of the most popular clubs in Peru, Universitario de Deportes.  Jair became a professional player at the age of 16 and played professionally for the next 14 years.  His experiences as a player took him all over the world as he represented such clubs as Club Cienciano (Cuzco-Peru), Union Berlin (Germany), River Plate (Uruguay), Deportivo Zacapa (Guatemala), Pittsburgh Riverhounds (Pennsylvania-USA) and Deportivo Municipal (Peru).  Jair represented his country in the National Team at the U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels. 

In December 2003 Jair moved to Santa Ana, California and took up a role as the Director of Coaching for ConquistAmerica Soccer Club where he worked until February 2010 before moving to Colorado. Jair holds a U.S.S.F. “A” License and is fluent in both Spanish and English.



Mark Cromie
Director of Coaching, U9-U12 Boys
303.399.5858 ext 110
mark@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

Mark is responsible for the leadership and operations of competitive programs for U9-U12 boys, including player development, coach development and parent education.  Mark previously served as the U10 Technical Coordinator before moving to focus on the boy's side of the club.

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.

Teddy Hagen
U4-U8 Program Director
teddy@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303-399-5858 ext. 105

Teddy oversees and manages programs for players between the ages of three and eight years old which provide paths of development for every level of player.

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!


Erich Bartelt
Program Director, U9 to U14 Recreational

303.399.5858
erich@rapidsyouthsoccer.org 

As the Program Director for the U9 to U14 Recreational Program, Erich will oversee and manage programs for players between the ages of 9 and 14 years old which provide paths of development for every level of player. 

Erich grew up in Littleton, Colorado and played for Club Columbine Soccer Club (which would eventually become a part of Colorado Rush).  He attended Columbine High School and won a state championship there in 1993. From there Erich went on to have a successful collegiate career, playing 2 seasons at the nationally ranked Cloud County Community College and one season at Regis University.  Following his college career, Erich played one season of semi-professional soccer with the Colorado Comets based in Denver.

Following his playing career, Erich spent eight years at D'Evelyn High School and Columbine High Schools respectively as a head coach.  Erich then went on to spend 4 years at Rush Pikes Peak, serving as the Member Services Director and Director of Goalkeeping.  Erich’s experience spans all ages and ability levels and

Erich holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from CSU-Pueblo with a minor in Business Management.  He currently holds a USSF "C" license.



Antti Ronkanen
Select Technical Coordinator, U9 and U10 Boys 

303.399.5858
antti@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

Antti coordinates the U9-U10 Select Program for the boys and carries the main responsibility in identifying the top U8 players ready for the Select Program.

Antti started playing soccer in the academy of his hometown club Huima (Aanekoski, Finland) when he was 9 years old. Six years later, he was promoted to the senior team at the club. He went on to play over 200 games in the Finnish 2nd and 3rd divisions, playing professionally and semi-professionally for 10 years until injury problems forced him to end his playing career.  Antti has traveled widely in Europe and Latin America to learn from different soccer cultures. 

Antti has specialized in the younger age groups during his coaching career, but has also been working with High School aged players and Adult Semi-Pro teams.



Ian Richards
Select Technical Coordinator, U9 and U10 Girls

303.399.5858
ian@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

                                           

Ian joined the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club in July 2015 where he coached in the Select and Rec PLUS Programs.  Ian now steps into his new role as the Technical Coordinator for the Girls U9 & U10 Select Program.

 Ian joined us from New Jersey where he had been coaching for the MLS franchise the New York Red Bulls for the last five years. Ian began his career with the Red Bulls as a Youth Development Coach within the Training Programs Department, working with recreational youth players from ages 4-16. He later began working within the Regional Development School (RDS), Red Bulls’ elite level supplemental training program that provides a direct pathway to the Development Academy teams as well continuing to work with recreational youth players. Ian finished his career as a Regional Coach for North East New Jersey and Manhattan, where he was involved the recruitment of new staff, assessing and educating current staff, curriculum development and parent education within the Red Bulls club partner program.

Ian grew up on the Wirral just over the river from Liverpool, England. Since he could remember, Ian has lived and breathed the beautiful game. He grew up with a ball at his feet and at the age of 8 he began playing for his hometown club Tranmere Roovers. Sadly, at the age of 15 his dream of becoming a professional player with Tranmere came to an end. Undeterred, Ian stayed involved in soccer as a player and turned his focus from being a professional player into becoming a coach. He obtained his 1st coaching qualification at the age of 16 and thus began his career as coach. At the age of 24, Ian took the jump across the pond to pursue his coaching career and began working with the New York Red Bulls. Ian now holds English FA, NSCAA & USSF coaching qualifications as well as TOPSoccer certification.

Outside of coaching you will still find Ian involved in soccer, whether it is playing on a coed indoor team with his wife Alexis or watching his beloved Red Devils. He currently lives in Littleton and enjoys exploring everything the Denver area has to offer.



Outreach and Soccer for Success
 

Felipe Vieyra

Zarlengo Program Manager 
303.399.5858 ext 107
Felipe@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

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.)

 

Hailey Bird
Assistant Program Director, Soccer for Success

303.399.5858 ext 113
hailey@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

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. 

 

Martin Brain
Soccer for Success Program Assistant
martin@rapidsyouthsoccer.org 

Having graduated from Anderson University, SC. in May 2015, Martin joined the Club as a Youth Club Coach in August. Having settled in the Denver area, Martin joined the Soccer for Success team as a Program Assistant in January 2016. During his college career, Martin made 66 appearances, being named to the 2013 SAC Preseason All-Conference Second Team and the 2013 SAC All-Tournament Team. Martin is a native of Beckley, England, and made the move to the U.S. to continue his soccer career, whilst furthering his education. Before leaving England, Martin spent a year working as a professional coach for the Southern Association Football Academy (S.A.F.A.), and Charlton Athletic, working with youth soccer players. He holds the U.S. Soccer Federation “E” License, as well as his Football Association Coaching License: Level 2. Martin is delighted to be living in Colorado, where he is able to improve his mountain biking ability, learn to snowboard, and seek out new ways to get his adrenaline flowing.

 

Melissa Hersh
Soccer for Success Program Assistant
melissa@rapidsyouthsoccer.org 

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.

Jessie Nance
Soccer for Success Program Assistant
jess@rapidsyouthsoccer.org 

Jessie Nance joined the Soccer for Success team in June 2015, but was a Site Coordinator for the 2014-2015 school year at Sabin World Elementary School. Before joining the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club, she taught 1st grade at Sabin World in Denver Public Schools for three years.  Although she will miss being in the classroom every day, she is excited to work at a more extensive level with the youth in the community she grew up in.  Jessie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies and Immigration Politics from Scripps College in Los Angeles. She also holds her NSCAA Urban Coaching Diploma.




Melissa Hersh
Soccer for Success Program Assistant
melissa@rapidsyouthsoccer.org 

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

Melissa Hersh
Soccer for Success Program Assistant
melissa@rapidsyouthsoccer.org 
Melissa Hersh
Soccer for Success Program Assistant
melissa@rapidsyouthsoccer.org 
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