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.
Q: What are 3 words to describe Rio Rapids SC?
A: Professional, Cutting Edge Methodology, Caring
Q: What drew you to become a part of Rio Rapids originally?
A: I was brought in by Chris Cartlidge a number of years ago to work on the boy’s side, and Carts is the man!
Q: What is your favorite part about Rio Rapids SC ?
A: The all encompassing thought put towards the athlete’s total development, both on and off the field, to be successful, contributing members of society.
Q: What is your role at Rio Rapids?
A: Youth Academy Director U5-U8
Q: What is the first concert you went to? What is the last?
A: Social Distortion and Agent Orange
Q: Any favorite line from a movie?
A: “The art of good business is being a good middleman”
Q:: Best vacation you’ve been to?
A: I lived at the beach
Q: Do you have a favorite quote?
A: The game was over, but whatever”-Mike Erwin II
Q: What books are at your bedside?
A: Viva La Madness
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working with the kids and seeing the same joy spark in them that soccer has always brought to my life.
Q:: What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?
A: Cell phone, for good or bad
Q: What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?
A: Internet/Cell Phones