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Coaching Staff Expansion In Preparation For The Fall Season 2016

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JASON BUDD Director of Coaching - Montgomery

Jason Budd, DOC – Montgomery. 

Mike Openshaw Staff Coach

Mike Openshaw, DOC – Youth Girls.

The club is very excited to announce the following people have been added to our coaching staff for the 2016-17 season. New full-time positions have also been created.

Woodlands Competitive Program Staff – Jesus Alfaro, Chris Davis, Donnie Bodron and Gavin Barlow

Montgomery Competitive Coaching Staff – Mitchell Guerra, Heath Manuel, Raphael Zualaga

Kingwood Competitive Coaching Staff – Jamie Noutch & Dale Darling

Recreational Coaching Staff  – Ian Tolan, Molly Stone

“Due to our yearly growth, the club has expanded once again and we’ve filled or created new positions internally and have other staff coaches coming on board.  It will be a very exciting fall season and we look forward in providing soccer programming for all our members across the ages of 3-18.”  Stuart Fitzsimons, Director of Coaching – Competitive.

Rush Cup Tournament 2016

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Rush Cup 2016 hosted a 130 team tournament on three of the club’s synthetic turf complexes in The Woodlands, August 20-21, 2016.  Over 300 teams had originally registered for the event (record numbers), but due to the large amount of rainfall the local area acquired over the last seven days, all the grass fields were deemed unplayable.  Therefore, Rush Cup moved to the following sites – Bear Branch Sports Complex, Gosling Park and Alden Bridge Sports Park and provided top class competition for the U11-U13 age groups (boys / girls) in a 9 vs. 9 format.

The following teams from within the club came out on top as CHAMPIONS!

Rush Cup 1 2016

Team: 06 Girls Nero Black
Head Coach: Jamie Noutch
Bracket: Grey
Record: 3-1-0

Rush Cup 2

Team: 04 Girls Nero Blue
Head Coach: Stuart Taylor / Bryan Shipp
Bracket: Girls U12/13 Open White
Record: 3-1-0

Rush Cup 3

Team: 06 Boys Nero Black
Head Coach: Krisztian Mikoczi
Bracket: Boys U11 Open White
Record: 3-1-0

Rush Cup 13

Team: 05 Boys Nero Blue
Head Coach: Michael Openshaw
Bracket: U12 Boys White
Record: 4-0-0

Rush Cup 6

Team: 04 Boys Rush Black
Head Coach: Bogdan Onut
Bracket: U13 Boys Open Blue
Record: 3-0-1

Rush Cup 5

Team: Texas Rush Kingwood 05 Girls Blue
Head Coach: Jamie Bell
Bracket: Girls U12/U13 Open Grey
Record: 4-0-0

Rush 17

Team: 06 Girls Nero Blue
Head Coach: Chris Davis
Bracket: Girls U11 Open Black
Record: 3-0-1

Rush Cup 10

Team: 05 Girls Rush Blue
Head Coach: Andrew Squire
Bracket: U12 Girls Open
Record: 3-1-0

“Dear Rush Cup 2016,
I am parent manager and I wanted to thank you for all your efforts in making this year’s Rush Cup so enjoyable. Our girls ended up having four very competitive games which is quite amazing given the weather situation. You all did a great job of quickly adjusting to the weather, making sure that everyone was kept informed, and striving to get all the games played. I was also impressed with the positive attitude of the tournament workers. Your efforts at getting the fall season off to a great start are highly appreciated,”  Sam Shelburne.

“I would like to thank everybody involved that participated making the event a great success (players, teams, coaching staff, volunteers, sponsors, referees and administration support staff).  The club was able to host our annual Rush Cup Tournament on the turf facilities within The Woodlands.  Not only did Rush Cup bring huge economic impact to the local community, but it allowed the club to raise important revenue for our scholarship fund.  We look forward in hosting the Rush Cup and welcoming all the teams back in 2017.”  Stuart Fitzsimons, Director of Coaching – Competitive / Tournament Director.

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Thanks to the following food partners for their generous support of Rush Cup 2016.

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Texas Rush Joins U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy

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Houston, TX August 18, 2016 – Texas Rush Soccer Club is pleased to announce that it has been accepted into the newly formed U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy. U.S. Soccer has announced 22 additional clubs that will be a part of the Girls’ Development Academy, bringing the total number of clubs to 74. The program is designed to accelerate the development of world-class female players and will begin play in the fall of 2017.

Club applications were evaluated and accepted by U.S. Soccer’s technical staff based on the following criteria:

  • Leadership of the club and quality of the coaching staff
  • Desire to embrace and promote the core values of the program
  • U.S. Soccer license levels of coaching staff
  • Infrastructure of the club and the resources currently being invested in development (facilities, scholarships, staff to player ratio, etc.)
  • History of player production for Youth National Teams, the senior Women’s National Team and professional leagues
  • Market and depth of the player pool, geographic location and travel implications and proximity to other elite clubs

The program will feature three combined age groups: U-14/15, U-16/17 and U-18/19. Clubs will be expected to train a minimum of four times a week.  The use of combined age groups will require clubs to form teams with a balanced roster of players from two distinct birth years.

Texas Rush has participated in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy since 2008.  The invitation extended to our club demonstrates the years of success working with U.S. Soccer at the national level.  Beginning in the fall of 2017, Texas Rush will be the only youth soccer club in Houston to participate in both the boys’ and girls’ Development Academy.

Nick O’Shea, Director of Girls Player Development, on the Girls’ DA announcement: “ It is very rewarding to know that U.S. Soccer recognizes the quality work the players and staff are doing here at Texas Rush. It is important for the development of our female players that we continue to offer all levels of competition – this league will be a new platform for our elite players. Having worked with many of the U.S. Soccer staff in the past, I know our players will have an excellent experience. It is a great time to be a young female soccer player in the Houston area and in particular at Texas Rush.”

Click HERE to read the full announcement from U.S. Soccer.

Texas Rush Expands Coaching Staff For 2016-17

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The club is very excited to announce two new staff coming on board full-time for this coming season.  Both of them will work in the competitive branch of the club.

Brian Cvilikas: Director of Coaching Youth Boys – Rush / Nero

Virginia Rush, Director of Coaching – Boys (2011 – 2016)

United States Soccer Federation ‘A’ License

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Marketing, Minor in Sports Management

College Playing Career:

Old Dominion University 2002 -­ 2005

NSCAA All-­American First Team

All South Atlantic Region First Team

All-­CAA Player of the Year

Professional Playing Career:

MLS, NASL, USL 2006 – 2011

New York Red Bulls,  Virginia Beach Mariners,  Wilmington Hammerheads, Minnesota Thunder,  Minnesota Stars – NASL National Champions

“I couldn’t be more proud to continue my background with Rush here in Texas. It is an honor to be a part of such a great club, staff, and community. My family and I are very excited for this opportunity and to become part of the Texas Rush family!”  Brian Cvilikas, Director of Coaching Youth Boys – Rush / Nero.

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Trey Tesno – Staff Coach

USSF National ‘D’ License

NSCAA Goalkeeper Level 1 & 2

Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology Specialization

College Playing Career:

Texas Lutheran University 2009 – 2011 (GK)

“I couldn’t be happier to be on board. It’s like a dream to come back and work for the club that did so much for me as a player, now I get to put in the work from the other side. I just feel truly blessed.”  Trey Tesno, Staff Coach.

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“Every year at this time period, we have had to expand our coaching staff and this year is no different. To have Trey come back as a Texas Rush Alumni in the coaching ranks is extremely exciting as we have known him and his family for many years. Brian comes from our internal Rush family (Virginia Rush) and has been very highly recommended from people that we have the utmost respect for. They will both add quality and professionalism to our coaching staff and we’re excited to have them on board.”  Stuart Fitzsimons, Director of Coaching – Competitive.

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100 USA Caps – Coach Keith “Muck” Johnson

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Coach Keith “Muck” Johnson, GK Staff Coach, Texas Rush Soccer Club made everybody very proud when he gained his 100th USA Paralympic National Team Cap in Holland vs. Ukraine.  The club had chance to sit down with Coach Keith in between his coaching duties and asked him a few questions in regards to his career and his connection to Rush Soccer.

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Q.  When did you start playing soccer and when did you become part of Texas Rush?

A.  I started playing soccer in the fall of 1985 in a disabled program like Tops Soccer.  I joined Texas Rush Soccer Club in February of 2006.

Q.  When did you start playing for the USA National Team?  What year and how many CAPS do you have?

A. I started on the national team in August of 2003. I have 100 caps.

Q. Explain a little about your career and the levels of soccer you have played?

A. I started playing soccer on a disabled soccer team in 1985 and then moved to play able bodied soccer in 1986.  I played recreational soccer all the way through high school.  My senior year of high school I played on the varsity team.  In 2003 I got called up by Coach Jay Hoffman of the U.S. Soccer education courses.

Q.  What’s your current role now with Texas Rush?

A. I am a Goalkeeper Staff Coach and I work with multiple age groups across the club.

Q.  Why do they call you MUCK?

A. I originally came from Alaska and we wore boots called ‘mukluks’ during the harsh winters.  One of my former coaching staff (Mike Haas) that I have had over the years gave me the name ‘Muck’.

Q.  What countries have you traveled to for your national team duty?

A. The countries I’ve traveled to have been Argentina, Holland, Spain, Brasil, Greece, Ukraine, England, Portugal, Ireland & Canada.

Q.  What advice would you give a youth soccer player who’s playing currently?

A. My advice would be to work hard and listen to your coaches and keep your focus and passion for the game at a high level.  Fight for every ball and always give your best out on the field.

Q.  What negatives have you faced and how did you overcome them?

 A. Growing up with a disability out on the soccer field wasn’t an easy thing to deal with at times.  However, I learned to adapt in what I could do on the field and do my best by using the strengths I had.  One thing that has always helped me to thrive and adapt on the field was always striving to be the best.

Q.  What’s the biggest highlight of your soccer playing career?

A. My biggest highlight of my career was when I reached 100 national team caps. That moment was so wonderful but at the same time I felt like there was a lot of people missing that day who had put a lot of their time and support in helping me reach that milestone.

Q.  What does Rush Soccer mean to you?

A. Rush soccer means FAMILY.  I feel like the Rush organization is a group of people working for one common goal which is to educate kids to be a great team player on and off the field. While I’ve been with Texas Rush I love how the staff work together and how they support each other.  They always treat each other like family.

Texas Rush Montgomery – The Nelson Company

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The club is very excited to announce that The Nelson Company (Commercial Real Estate) is the club’s newest partner.  They are currently partnering with the Texas Rush – Montgomery Soccer Program in the following areas:  Youth Academy Camp; Summer Skills Camp (completed), Pre-Season Camp.

Montgomery Summer Skills Camp (Tuesdays & Thursdays)

Dates: July 12, 14, 19, 21 (Four Sessions)
Ages: 7-15

Location: Fellowship of Montgomery, 12681 FM 149, Montgomery, TX 77316

Times: 6pm-7:30pm

Cost: $130

Montgomery Pre-Season Camp

Dates: August 8-11 (Week 1) / August 15-18 (Week 2)
Players born in: 1998 – 2010

Location: Fellowship of Montgomery, 12681 FM 149, Montgomery, TX 77316

Times: Team Assigned Timetable – TBA (announced after June tryouts)

Cost: $155 (One Week) / $240 (Both Weeks)

Texas Rush Montgomery Youth Academy

U8-U10 (Boys / Girls)

Fall (September – November)

Spring (February – May)

Train 3-4 nights per week

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“The Montgomery branch of the club has had tremendous success in it’s first year of programming. To have The Nelson Company come on board as it’s first corporate partner is extremely exciting. The membership number has increased dramatically and we’re adding more soccer programming due to the high demand. We look forward to working with The Nelson Company and their family in the next 12 months to help continue to move the soccer program forward in a positive manner.”  Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations.

Skillz Skool Camp – Panther Creek Family Dentistry

Skillz Skool 2016 Camp

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The club has completed it’s Skillz Skool Camp with over 100+ players attending the sessions during the June / July time period at Bear Branch brought to you by Panther Creek Family Dentistry.

Panther Creek Family Dentistry:

Office: 281-419-2405
Fax: 281-419-2407
Email Address: panthercreekdentistry@yahoo.com

Panther Creek Shopping Center
4775 West Panther Creek Drive, Suite B265
The Woodlands, TX 77381

Hours:
Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Friday: 7:00am – 3:00pm

“The camp has been a great success yet again as we offered multiple sessions to cater for the summer vacation period for our players and families.  I would personally like to thank Dr. Philip Brown and family (Panther Creek Family Dentistry) for their partnership which enables the club to host these events during the summer time period.”  Jamie Bell, Director of Coaching – Camps.

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The club is looking for local businesses to come on board and partner with the club to have the opportunity to market their product and services to our club membership. Multiple corporate partnership packages are available. If interested in more information, please contact Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations at sboddison@texasrush.com or call (281) 825-8650.

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Boys DA / Girls ECNL – June Showcase Events 2016

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Both the DA (Boys) and ECNL (Girls) have just completed their last event of the season in Oceanside, CA (Girls) and in Frisco, TX (Boys).

U14 DA Boys:

vs. Santa Cruz Won 5-0 Scorers: Jesus Frias (2), Christian Coria, Cameron Phillips, Enrique Ortiz

vs. Weston Won 2-0 Scorers: Jesus Frias (2)

vs. Charlotte Soccer Academy Tied 2-2 Scorers: Anthony Bazan (2)

 U16 DA Boys:

vs. St. Louis Gallagher Lost 2-4 Scorers: Alexis Calzada, Frankie Garcia

vs. Weston Won 2-0 Scorers: Kevin Flores, Michael Guzman

vs. Clearwater Chargers Tied 1-1 Scorers: Cameron Phillips

U18 Boys DA:

vs. Nomads Lost 0-1

 Georgia United Tied 2-2 Scorers: Jorge Zamarron, Brandon Guhl

vs. Michigan Wolves Tied 4-4 Scorers: Jorge Zamarron (3), Brandon Guhl

“All the DA teams finished playing in Dallas and had the opportunity to compete in three competitive games at the final event of the year at Toyota Soccer Center, Frisco, TX (FC Dallas).  It was pleasing to see an abundance of college coaches and US National Coaching Staff present to watch our players play through the event.”  Dave Dengerink, Director of Coaching – DA / Player Development.

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U15 ECNL:

vs. Pleasanton Rage Lost 0-1

vs. Ohio Elite Lost 0-1

vs. FC Wisconsin Eclipse Won 1-0 Scorer: Paloma Martinez

U16 ECNL:

vs. SC Del Sol Tied 1-1 (Won 3-2 on PK’s) Scorer: Ana Helmert

vs. Penn Fusion Lost 2-0

vs. Ohio Elite Soccer Academy Tied 1-1 (Won 4-3 on Pk’s) Scorer: Ana Helmert

U17 ECNL:

vs. Tophat Lost 1-0

vs. De Anza Lost 3-0

vs. Matchfit Lost 3-0

“The event provided yet another valuable experience to play in a national event watched by hundreds of college coaches from around the country.  The club will continue to attend these showcases to provide opportunities for the players to be recruited and be placed in college.”  Nick O’Shea, Director of Coaching – ECNL.

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SKILLZ SKOOL – Panther Creek Family Dentistry 2016

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Skillz Skool 2016 Camp

Skillz Camp (Monday & Wednesday)

Dates: June 27, 29 & July 11, 13, 18, 20 (Six Sessions)
Ages: 7-14
Location: Bear Branch Sports Fields, 5205 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381
Times: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Cost: $195

Skillz Skool Camp 2 (Tuesdays & Thursdays)

Dates: June 28, 30 & July 12, 14, 19, 21 (Six Sessions)
Ages: 7-14
Location: Bear Branch Sports Fields, 5205 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381
Times: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Cost: $195

Sessions offered on a pro-rata basis.  Sign up NOW!

Contact Jamie Bell, Director of Coaching – Camps at jbell@texasrush.com or call directly (281) 974-6616.

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Montgomery Copa America Camp 2016

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The Montgomery Copa America Camp was a tremendous success with 34 players attending this new camp at West Montgomery County Park.  A camp curriculum was provided for the players and they were encouraged to dress up in the colors of their favorite Copa America teams throughout the week.

“Due to the success of the Texas Rush – Montgomery branch of the club has had in it’s first year, there was a big demand to start programming in the form of soccer camps for the local area.  Having 34 players attend and enjoy the experience was a great success.  We look forward to further hosting more soccer camps in the summer for the Montgomery area.”  Jamie Bell, Director of Coaching – Camps.  

The club is looking for local businesses to come on board and partner with the club to market their product and services to our 3,250 person membership.  Multiple corporate partnership packages are available. If interested in more information, please contact Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations at sboddison@texasrush.com or call (281) 825-8650.

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