We are pleased to announce the hiring of Will Jones as the Rio Rapids Youth Academy Directors starting August 1st 2018. Will takes over from Joe Manley who is moving to Wisconsin at the end of July. Joe has been the YA Director for the last 2 years and did a great job of managing and growing the program. We wish Joe and his family well on their move.
Will has been around the game for 40 years as a player and coach (21 years). Will coached in Rio from 2006-2013 and recently has been living in CA. Will holds a USSF National D lic. Will also is a partner and founding member of RIo Grande Engineering focuses mainly on small to medium commercial and residential construction and development projects throughout New Mexico
“After living in Mission Beach, CA, the last couple of years I’m beyond excited to be moving back home to my friends and family in Albuquerque, including all my fellow club members at Rio, many of whom are some of my closest friends. I have a long association with Rio, which is without question, the “Flagship” of soccer organizations in New Mexico and I could not be more proud to wear the badge again!”
Boys U15-U19 Director Chris Hurst states
“We are delighted to be adding Will to our Director group. Will has been part of Youth Soccer in Albuquerque for many years in various roles. He has coached previously in Rio Rapids, helping develop some of our most talented players that have had come through our club. Will has started other Youth Academies in the city in the past from scratch, so with his knowledge in an already established program, we are excited for what the future holds for our youngest players”