|Executive Director||Jason Moranemail@example.com|
|Director of Coaching||Chris Hurstfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Director of Soccer Operations||Chris Brennanemail@example.com|
|Director of Coaching Education & Development||Ray Nausefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Director Boys ECNL||Simon Rothmanemail@example.com|
|Director Youth Academy U5-U8||Will Jonesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Director Boys Teams U9-U12||Sibby Browneemail@example.com|
|Director Boys Teams U13-U15||Tim Gallegosfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Director Boys Teams U16-U19||Simon Rothmanemail@example.com|
|Director Girls Teams U9-U11||Kiva Greshamfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Director Girls Teams U12-U14||Mike Erwinemail@example.com|
|Director Girls Teams U15-U19||Chris Brennanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Director of Goalkeeping||Bryan Huskissonemail@example.com|
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.
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.
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.
Director Boys Teams U14-U16 / Director of External Operations
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.
Director Boys Teams U12-U14
Tim was born and raised right here in Albuquerque, and has been in and around the game of soccer for over 40 years as a player, as a coach, as a parent, and definitely as a fan. As a player Tim started playing AYSO at the age of 5. At age 13 he traveled with his AYSO All-Star Team to Birmingham England to play in the West Bromwich Albion Cup. Upon his return, Tim then joined the Sierra Vista Strikers ’68. He played the rest of his club years with Sierra Vista Football Club, a club that helped form the basis of the Rio Rapids SC we know today. In 1985 Tim participated in the NM ODP program, and through ODP was selected to the US U17 National Team. He played for the United States for two years earning 19 international caps as a starter at right wing. In the spring of 1987 Tim and the US U17’s finished as runners-up in the CONCACAF Tournament which earned them a berth in the 1987 FIFA U17 World Cup. After beating Ecuador in the first match, the US was not able to exit the group stage. Despite an early tournament exit, playing in a FIFA World Cup was a major highlight in Tim’s playing career. Tim played high school soccer for Albuquerque Academy and was a four-year First Team All-District and All-State selection, two-time Parade All American, and two-time Gatorade Player of the Year. Tim went on to play college soccer at UCLA where he and his fellow Bruins won the NCAA National Championship in 1990. Tim began coaching his college coach’s son’s club team during his last two years in Los Angeles.
After graduating from UCLA with a degree in Sociology, Tim returned to Albuquerque in 1992 where he began to run soccer clinics for local club teams. He also helped coach his younger brother’s club team full time. In 2005 Tim volunteered to coach his daughter’s first AYSO team before moving to Rio in 2006 where Tim has coached ever since. Tim became heavily involved in US Soccer’s coach education curriculum in 2013 earning his D license. In 2014 he earned his C before earning his B in 2015. In 2017 Tim completed the six month curriculum to earn his USSF A Youth License. His experience in the A Youth course has transformed his perspective on teaching the game of soccer to young players, and it has set him on a perpetual path of learning and self-development as a coach.
Tim has a wife named Heather, and two children who currently play in the club: Hannah plays for the 00 Girls, and Dane plays for the 05 Boys. In addition to coaching club, Tim has coached in the NM ODP program for the last three years, and was a staff coach with the 99 Girls Region IV Regional Team in 2016. When not watching, studying, coaching, or playing soccer Tim enjoys playing the guitar, skiing, mountain biking, and cooking.
Director Youth Academy U5-U8
Will Jones is the Youth Academy Director for Rio Rapids Soccer Club. As the Youth Academy Director Will is in charge of overseeing the initial exposure to soccer for our youngest players, U4-U8. He has overseen the creation and development of several youth academies in the state and implementation of cutting edge curriculum over the past few 12 years. This development and training has encompassed all ages, from U4 through the colligate level. Will has been a trusted colligate camp director over the past 10 years, providing critical insight for several colligate programs. His curriculum is based on the newest player development modules available to USSF. “Why I like working with the youth academy is there are no wrong answers. It is about development, learning, and growing, using soccer as the mechanism to be a good citizen.”
Will was born in southern California, where he built his concept of soccer, bringing that love and unique perspective to Albuquerque as a senior for La Cueva High School, and then as an Aggie at New Mexico State University. In 2003 Will partnered in the formation of Rio Grande Engineering, one of the most successful civil engineering firms in New Mexico. His most cherished component of playing and coaching, is the development of life-long relationships on and off the field, with both players and families. He is enthusiastic to incorporate the Colorado Rapids concepts and experience with his vast knowledge of the game to provide New Mexico players with the highest level of player development. Will is thankful to work with and learn from the largest and most successful staff in New Mexico.
Sebhat "Sibby" Browne
Director Boys Teams U9-U11
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.”
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.
Director Boys Teams U17-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.
Director Girls Teams U13-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.
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.