Coaching Directors

Executive DirectorJason
Director of CoachingChris
Director of Coaching Education & DevelopmentRay
Youth Academy U5-U8 & U9/U10 Asst. Girls & Boys DirectorElba
ECNL & U9/U10 Boys and Girls U16-U19 Boys DirectorSibby
U11-U15 Boys DirectorDave Sullivan,
U11-U15 Girls DirectorJaxn
Girls Academy (GA) & U16-U19 Girls DirectorChris
Director of GoalkeepingBryan
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 hurst

Chris Hurst

Director of Coaching/Boys ECNL Director & U16-U19 Boys

Chris Hurst is the U14-U16 Boys Director of Coaching and the Director of External Operations. Chris oversees the U14-U16 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.

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.

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Elba Holguin

Youth Academy U5-U8 & U9/U10 Asst. Girls & Boys Director

Elba is an Albuquerque native, and she played with Alameda Flash and won 7 state titles. Elba attended Valley High School and graduated from Albuquerque High School in 2009. She was on varsity cross country and played varsity soccer all 4 years of high school. She was the 2006 cross country state champion. She was recruited to UNM to run cross country but switched over to play UNM soccer the spring of 2010. She Played at UNM from 2010-2013 and Won 2 Mountain West Conference titles (2010-2011) and 1 Mountain West Tournament title (2010). Elba played semi pro for the Sacramento Storm in Sacramento, CA for one summer (2014). She has coached middle school boys for Bosque Middle School the fall of 2015 and has been an assistant girls coach at Albuquerque Academy for 5 years from 2016-2020 and won 3 state titles 2016-2018 during that time.

Sebhat "sibby" browne

Sebhat "Sibby" Browne

U9-U11 Girls & Boys Director

Sebhat “Sibby” Browne is the U9 thru U11 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.”

Dave sullivan, jr.

Dave Sullivan, Jr.

U12-U15 Boys Director

David has returned to the Rio Rapids Soccer Club as the U13 – U15 Boys Director of Coaching. David will oversee the U13-U15 Boys teams and help develop coaches and players within the age group. He was born raised in the Albuquerque area. After graduating from St. Pius X High School in 2002 his coaching career started. He is entering his 18th year coaching at the high school level. He has been part of nine state championship teams, several of which were nationally ranked. In 2014, he started working with the Albuquerque Sol as the Director of Game Day Operations. In 2019 he was also General Manager and Associate Technical Director for the newly formed Albuquerque FC. Albuquerque FC competed in the WPSL, which is the highest armature level women’s soccer program. He ended his tenure with the Albuquerque Sol and Albuquerque FC in 2019 as the General Manger. In 2015 – 2017 David formed NM College ID Camps, LLC, in which he flew college coaches out to work with NM athletes.

In 2013 and 2014 he was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) West Region Assistant Coach of the Year. He has his USSF D License and is planning his C in the 2021. David also holds his Premier Diploma from the United Soccer Coaches, formally NSCAA. In February 2019 he earned his BSc in Coaching Performance in Football from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England.

Right after High School David realized that coaching soccer was a perfect job to get through college. He quickly fell in love with the game and decided to make it a career. “Once I realized the positive impact I could have with athletes, both in soccer and life, I quickly realized that this was my purpose in life. My overall goal is to inspire kids to love them game.”

David enjoys reading leadership books, which he incorporates with his High School team. He believes its all about doing what’s right because it’s the right thing to do, which cultivates a strong team culture. He also likes to travel and experience new cultures. David doesn’t have a favorite professional team, but he is a huge fan of Coach Pep Guardiola who currently coaches Manchester City.

Jaxn rogers

Jaxn Rogers

U12-U15 Girls Director

Jaxn Rogers is the U11-U15’s Girls Director of Coaching. Jaxn grew up in Albuquerque, NM before moving to Springfield, MO in 2009. After graduating in 2012, Jaxn attended Iowa Central. In 2014 Jaxn moved to Leeds, England where he was working towards his degree while playing for Richmond the American University in London (RIASA) and the U-23’s for Bradford City.

Jaxn received his B.S in International Sport Management, he began as an Assistant Coach for Evangel University for the Men’s and Women’s programs and worked as an Admissions Counselor for the University. While coaching college, Jaxn worked as Director of Girls Coaching (U11-U18) for Lady Demize. Jaxn also continued to play during this time with the Springfield Demize in the NPSL and PASL. Being a player-coach for both teams, Jaxn helped to lead the Demize to a National Title in Arena Soccer in 2020.

After getting married in March 2020, Jaxn moved to Tulsa, OK with his wife where he continued to play NPSL for the Tulsa Athletic earning a National Runner Up title in 2021. Jaxn also worked as a Personal Trainer in Tulsa, winning Personal Trainer of the Year 2 years in a row. Having moved back to Albuquerque in September 2021, Jaxn enjoys exploring the city he grew up in with his wife and 10 month old baby girl.

Chris brennan

Chris Brennan

Girls Academy (GA) & U16-U19 Girls Director

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.

Bryan huskisson

Bryan Huskisson

Director of Goalkeeping

Bryan Huskisson is the new Director of Goalkeeping for Rio Rapids Soccer Club. He is native to New Mexico, born and raised in Albuquerque. Also known as “Coach Whitey” he is a graduate of the first graduating class from La Cueva High School and earned a B.S. Degree in Communication and Journalism from the University of NM. Bryan played for both schools as well as his entire youth club career for the Rio Grande Scorpions 70, and played semi professional soccer for the New Mexico Chilis and Albuquerque Geckos.

He has held many positions in various organizations and clubs as a director, administrator, coach, and goalkeeping instructor over the last 29 years, locally and regionally. However, his true passion and area of expertise is coaching the art of GOALKEEPING.
In addition to Rio, he is the current Boys ODP GK instructor and the Director of the NM Goalkeeper Academy, which has impacted a vast number of goalkeepers over the past 20 years. Bryan relishes the opportunity to help his players to develop self-confidence and to be a positive force on the field and in their personal lives. He is continually inspired by watching the development and success of his students.

He is a sales person at TLC Plumbing as an HVAC Estimator, a dad to his son Trevor, a fanatic of all things Halloween, and loves playing guitar and writing music and spending time with his girlfriend Mary.