Coaching Directors

TITLENAMEPHONEEMAIL
Executive DirectorJason Moran505-331-1373jason.moran@riorapids.org
Director of CoachingChris Hurst505-301-6445chris.hurst@riorapids.org
Director of Soccer OperationsChris Brennan505-401-2870chris.brennan@riorapids.org
Director of Coaching Education & DevelopmentRay Nause505-417-0610ray.nause@riorapids.org
Director Boys ECNLSimon Rothman505-259-4091simon.rothman@riorapids.org
Director Youth Academy U5-U8James Salazar505-250-5973james.salazar@riorapids.org
Director Boys Teams U9-U12Sibby Browne505-350-4087sebhat.browne@riorapids.org
Director Boys Teams U13-U15Dave Sullivan, Jr.505-379-0008dave.sullivan@riorapids.org
Director Boys Teams U16-U19Simon Rothman505-259-4091simon.rothman@riorapids.org
Director Girls Teams U9-U11Kiva Gresham505-918-4949kiva.gresham@riorapids.org
Director Girls Teams U12-U14Mike Erwin505-235-2595mike.erwin@riorapids.org
Director Girls Teams U15-U19Chris Brennan505-401-2870chris.brennan@riorapids.org
Director of GoalkeepingBryan Huskisson505-410-2619bryan.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 Hurst

Chris Hurst

Director of Coaching

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.

Chris Brennan

Chris Brennan

Director of Soccer Operations / Girls Director of Coaching U15-19

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.

Dave Sullivan, Jr.

Dave Sullivan, Jr.

Director Boys Teams U13-U15

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.

James Salazar

James Salazar

Director Youth Academy U5-U8

James came to RRSC after leaving ENMU, a DII program in Portales, NM. Upon returning in December 2018 from his Assistant Coach role for the Greyhounds Men’s Soccer program, he began coaching in RRSC’s youth academy and younger boys age groups where he got to work closely with former YA DOC Joe Manley and Current U9-U12 Boys DOC Sibby Browne.

With vast coaching experience as a former DOC of another youth club, ODP coach, high school coach, lil kickers coach, and college coach, James hopes to bring his energy and melting pot of soccer knowledge to the boys and girls that form the foundation for the future of not only soccer, but beyond.

Salazar bleeds RRSC colors as a former Rio Rampage ‘92 player. He started his soccer career as a youth, club, high school and college soccer player in our great state. As a matador, then a greyhound and now as DOC of his boyhood club and the kit man for his states professional team, New Mexico United. His deep New Mexican roots help drive his desire to improve his craft.

“I’m excited for the next step in my journey with RRSC. I’m very much a student of the game and RRSC has given me the chance to continue growing and learning with them, while having a larger net to cast in order to help more players learn valuable life lessons through the beautiful game of soccer.”

Sebhat "Sibby" Browne

Sebhat "Sibby" Browne

Director Boys Teams U9-U12

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.”

Kiva Gresham

Kiva Gresham

Director Girls Teams U9-U11

Kiva Gresham is the U9-U11 Director of Coaching for Rio Rapids Soccer Club. She is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico and played for Rio Vista FC 89’ under Chris Brennan. After graduating from Highland High School, Kiva attended Louisiana Tech University, where she played for 4 years (2007-2010) and still holds the school record for the most points in a single season and is ranked in the top three for career goals, assists and total points. After her collegiate career, Kiva played semi-professional soccer in Dallas, TX, Shreveport, LA, and overseas in Trinidad and Tobago.

For the last 6 years, Kiva served as the assistant women’s soccer coach at Louisiana Tech University. During that time, she also coached both girls and boys soccer at Ruston High School. She ran youth camps and has coached in numerous other youth environments including Rio Vista Youth Academy, Berkshire Soccer Academy, Exact Soccer Camp, and TTFC in Trinidad and Tobago. Kiva has a deep appreciation for the diversity in soccer and hopes to spread her passion of the game to her players.

Kiva earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health Promotion and her Masters of Arts in Elementary Education. Kiva is an avid traveler and learner of new culture. She enjoys playing and watching soccer, especially Arsenal. Kiva loves animals and also enjoys drawing, photography, and spending time with family and friends.

Simon Rothman

Simon Rothman

Director Boys Teams U16-U19, Director Boys ECNL

Simon Rothman is the longest serving member of the Rio Rapids Coaching staff and in his 18 years with Rio he has served in numerous roles within the club. Currently he is Rio Rapids SC U17-U19 Boys and ECNL Director of coaching. In this role he oversees the introduction to the “game” for our players and coaches.

“My passion is developing players and developing coaches to develop players. Whether that’s preparing the Elite players for the next level, or developing the foundations and love of the game at the youngest level, I want to give each child the best opportunity to achieve their goals, whatever those goals may be.”

In addition to his age group responsibilities, Simon coaches numerous girls teams within the club, working with Elite level older teams focused on competing at a Regional level and taking them through the college recruiting process, and coaching younger teams just starting on the journey.

Simon graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BS in Elementary Education. Soccer wise, he has his US Soccer Federation A License, US Soccer National Youth License and UEFA B License.

Outside of his work for Rio Rapids, Simon has also worked as a Volunteer Assistant Coach with the University of New Mexico Mens soccer program, Assistant coach with the Albuquerque Sol FC, and is currently the Associate Technical Director with New Mexico Youth Soccer, where he is responsible for New Mexico Olympic Development Program (ODP) and Instructor.

Mike Erwin

Mike Erwin

Director Girls Teams U12-U14

Mike Erwin is the U13-14 Girls Director of Rio Rapids Soccer Club.  Mike is responsible for the implementation of the Rio Rapids curriculum and development of the under 13 and 14 girls in the club. He also coaches a U11G and a U14G team in the club. Mike is a native New Mexican and is an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma. Mike grew up playing in Albuquerque club soccer including Rio Vista FC (now Rio Rapids).  He played soccer at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Phoenix, Arizona and also played for the semi-pro Albuquerque Asylum. Mike has always valued the game and enjoys the opportunity to pass that enjoyment on to the youth of New Mexico.

Mike received his B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of New Mexico. He has coached for 12+ years in various clubs in Albuquerque and has been Director of Coaching for 8 years, and holds his USSF “C” license and his USSF National Youth license.  He enjoys fishing, golfing, playing soccer, and hanging out with his girlfriend and dogs in his free time. Mike is an ardent Liverpool F.C. supporter and also enjoys watching Major League Fishing.

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.