Coaching Directors

Rio Rapids SC Coaching Directors
TITLE NAME PHONE EMAIL
Executive Director: Jason Moran 505-331-1373 jason.moran@riorapids.org
Director of Soccer Operations: Chris Brennan 505-401-2870 chris.brennan@riorapids.org
Director of Coaching Education & Development: Ray Nause 505-417-0610 ray.nause@riorapids.org
Director Boys Teams U13-U14 / Director of External Operations: Chris Hurst 505-301-6445 chris.hurst@riorapids.org
Director Youth Academy U5-U8: Joe Manley 505-600-5644 Joe.Manley@riorapids.org
Director Boys Teams U9-U12: Sibby Browne 505-350-4087 sebhat.browne@riorapids.org
Director Boys Teams U13-U14: Chris Hurst 505-301-6445 chris.hurst@riorapids.org
Director Boys Teams U15-U19: Matt Gordon 505-918-7100 matt.gordon@riorapids.org
Director Girls Teams U9-U12: Simon Rothman 505-259-4091 simon.rothman@riorapids.org
Director Girls Teams U13-U14: Mike Erwin 505-235-2595 mike.erwin@riorapids.org
Director Girls Teams U15-U19: Chris Brennan 505-401-2870 chris.brennan@riorapids.org
Director of Goalkeeping: Bryan Huskisson 505-410-2619 bryan.huskisson@riorapids.org
Jason Moran

Jason Moran

Executive Director

Jason Moran is the Executive Director of Rio Rapids Soccer Club. Jason runs the business side of the club, as well as coaching teams, and working on club development. Jason was born in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, but spent most of his childhood in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Jason has loved soccer since he was a young child, and feels fortunate to have been able to forge a career in it. He is passionate about working with youth, and watching how soccer helps kids develop life skills that stay with them long beyond their years on the field. He enjoys getting calls and emails from kids he’s coached through the years and hearing about their achievements.

Jason received his B.S. in Biology and his M.A. in Sports Administration both from UNM. Jason has an extensive coaching background from Club soccer to college soccer, and has worked at the State and Regional levels in US youth soccer organizations (NMYSA, South Texas YSA and ODP in Region III & IV). Some of Jason Soccer Licensure include USSF “A” and the NSCAA Premier coaching license. When Jason’s not on the field, you can find him spending time with his wife and daughters, fly fishing, or mountain biking. He also enjoys following the Miami Dolphins, Arsenal football club, and the US National teams.

Chris Brennan

Chris Brennan

Director of Soccer Operations / Girls Director of Coaching U14-19

Chris works as the Director of Soccer Operations for the club and is also the U15-19 Girls Director of Coaching. In this role he oversees a lot of the day to day running of the club working with coaches, players and the board of directors. Chris also coaches girls teams for the club with his main focus being working with older players and their pursuit of college soccer opportunities.

Growing up in England Chris has been immersed in the game from a very young age. His playing career saw him play in college and also professionally in the Premier League of Wales before he retired due to injury. Chris moved permanently to the USA in 2000 after spending the previous three summers working camps all across the US for Challenger British Soccer Camps. He then oversaw the southwest region for Challenger Sports for a number of years before joining Rio permanently in 2004.

Chris graduated college with a bachelors degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences from the University of Birmingham (UK) and then a masters degree in Coaching Science from the University of Wales, Institute of Cardiff. He also has his USSF A License and his National Youth License. He is married with two children and is an avid Liverpool fan.

Ray Nause

Ray Nause

Director of Coaching Education & Development

Ray Nause is the Director of Coaching Education and Development for Rio Rapids Soccer Club. In addition to his on-field responsibilities as a coach, Ray leads the Club’s programming in the areas of college search, coach education and member safety and welfare. He is especially passionate about guiding players and parents through the college search process and helping them to prepare for and find that perfect fit college. Ray has 16 years of experience as a collegiate soccer coach and athletic director. He has also worked as a member of the Region IV ODP camp staff, as a New Mexico ODP head coach and as a coach education instructor for NMYSA, NSCAA, USYSA and SAY Soccer courses.

Ray earned his B.S. in Nuclear Engineering magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati. He also holds the U.S. Soccer A License, NSCAA Premier Diploma and USYSA National Youth License. Ray was drawn to New Mexico by the high desert climate and landscapes and the many bright sunny days. He appreciates the midwestern values he was introduced to growing up in Ohio and enjoyed the experiences he had while living in Vermont and upstate New York. In his time away from soccer, Ray cherishes opportunities to travel and experience the outdoors and you might also find him at the hard rock concerts coming through town.

Chris Hurst

Chris Hurst

Director Boys Teams U13-U14 / Director of External Operations

Chris Hurst is the U13/14 Boys Director of Coaching and the Director of External Operations. Chris oversees the U13 & U14 Boys teams for Rio Rapids, as well as the partnerships with other organizations throughout the Southwest. Chris grew up in Prudhoe, Northumberland in the north east of England. He moved to New Mexico in 2004 and has been working with Rio Rapids since that time, becoming a full time Director in 2006. Chris feels very fortunate to be able to share his passion for soccer with the community in New Mexico.

Chris has his B.S. in Sports & Exercise Development from the University of Sunderland in England. Some of Chris’s soccer qualifications include his USSF B License and the National Youth License. While Chris is not on the field coaching, you will find him hanging out with his wife and daughters exploring the Southwest, watching Chicago Blackhawks hockey or Denver Broncos football, playing golf, or screaming at the TV watching his beloved Sunderland play.

Joe Manley

Joe Manley

Director Youth Academy U5-U8

Joe Manley is the Director of Coaching for the U5-U8 age group of Rio Rapids Soccer Club. Joe coordinates all activities associated with U5-U8 players and families as well as runs sessions and oversees all coaches in the age group. Joe was born in Racine, WI and has been a resident of New Mexico for the past 9 years. He moved from Wisconsin to New Mexico to begin his teaching career and enjoyed his years in the kindergarten and first grade classrooms before moving to a position with the Public Education Department. Joe has a deep love for the sport of soccer and a passion for working with children. He enjoys his time out on the field helping children learn and develop physically, socially, and cognitively.

Joe received his B.A. in Art Studio from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota where he also was a 4-year starter for the men’s soccer program and captained the team for two years. Joe earned his M.A.T. Elementary Education from Western New Mexico University and has taken other courses in Early Childhood Education from New Mexico State University. Joe has worked as a coach in a variety of levels, from 18-month old children to 18-year olds. Joe holds a USSF D-License and looks to continue his coach education to continuously improve his practice. When not on the soccer fields, Joe loves spending time with his wife and two sons outdoors, playing soccer, training jiu-jitsu, or basically anything else active. He is a proud supporter of Liverpool FC and US National teams, as well as any Wisconsin-based teams.

Sebhat "Sibby" Browne

Sebhat "Sibby" Browne

Director Boys Teams U9-U12

Sebhat “Sibby” Browne is the U9 thru U12 Boys Director.  When Sibby was five and six years old, his family lived in Quito, Ecuador.  In 1976, his father took him see the championship game of the Ecuadorian professional league.  The passion and energy of the packed stadium infected Sibby for life.  Since then soccer has been at the forefront of everything he’s done.  Sibby grew up mostly in the Philadelphia metro area; played club soccer for FC Delco 70; captained a Pennsylvania high school State Champion Conestoga High School (1988); and eventually played four years of varsity soccer at the University of Pennsylvania (1989-1992).  Sibby is a member of the Conestoga High School Sports Hall of Fame. When the University of Pennsylvania soccer program had it’s 100-year anniversary, the alumni players voted for All-Century and All-Decade teams.  Sibby was voted to the 1985 thru 1994 All-Decade best eleven.

“When I was about 12 years-old, I realized that the coaching I was receiving did not reflect the passion that I had for the game.  I pledged to myself then that I wouldn’t let the same thing happen to players once I was old enough to coach.  So you could say that I’ve known I was going to be a soccer coach ever since I was 12.”  He’s been coaching soccer since 1985.  After coaching several high school varsity programs on the east coast, Sibby moved to New Mexico in 2000.  He’s been working diligently since then to assist New Mexico players in achieving their soccer (and life) dreams.  Sibby has coached elite older boys teams for Rio Rapids SC over the past 15 years, winning eleven State Cup Championships with seven different teams.  Currently he’s focusing every day on running sessions for the U9 thru U12 boys and sharing his passion for the game. “If there is as much growth for Rio Rapids over the next fifteen years as there has been in the first fifteen years; the environment for player development in New Mexico will be transformed again.”

Matt Gordon

Matt Gordon

Director Boys Teams U15-U19

Matt Gordon is Rio Rapids SC U15-U19 Boys Director. As well as coaching older boys teams, Matt overseas coaching staff within his age group as well as monitors players throughout the age group, helping staff and players to realize their personal goals both on and off the field. Matt also helps to oversee the technical direction of the boys side, developing an elite player development pathway, with style of play documents as well as college recruitment within the club.

Matt has held his USSF A license since 2014 and his USYSA Youth License since 2012. He also has a Bachelors of Science from Anglia Ruskin University in Coaching for Performance in Football. Matt is currently the Head Coach and Technical Director of Albuquerque’s semi-professional team, Albuquerque Sol FC who play in the USL-PDL.

Growing up in England, Matt played semi-professional soccer for Hinckley United FC. Working with Challenger Sports, the USA’s largest soccer camp company, Matt began working in Albuquerque before taking a full time role with then ‘Rio Vista FC’ in 2009. An avid Leicester City supporter, Matt also has a passion for fitness and spending time in the mountains hiking and snowshoeing.