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Heidi Vargas – College Commitment 2015

The club is very excited to announce that Heidi Vargas (U18 ECNL) has committed to The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma to pursue a degree and play collegiate soccer for the fall of 2015.  Heidi will be the 23rd student-athlete to commit to play collegiate soccer from this year’s 2015 graduation class.

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Heidi Vargas – U18 ECNL Girls

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“Heidi’s attitude to this year’s U18 ECNL program was excellent.  The club is very excited to see Heidi move on to pursue higher education and a chance to play soccer at the collegiate level.  We are proud of Heidi and the entire 2015 graduation class .”  Andrew Squire, Director of Coaching – ECNL.

Texas Rush Community Outreach – Sally K. Ride Elementary

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The Texas Rush Community Outreach Program Staff and Rush Rhino were once again out in The Woodlands community working with students from a local school. On Monday and Tuesday, February 23-24 the staff visited Sally K Ride Elementary (CISD).  Every student from kindergarten to 4th grade (630 children) had the opportunity to work with the Texas Rush coaching staff in their respective PE lessons.

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“A massive thank you to Mrs Hodge and Ms. Collins for allowing the club to work with the Sally K Ride elementary students this week.  The behavior and enthusiasm shown from the students during their PE lessons was exemplary. Every parent, teacher and staff member that is associated with Ride Elementary should be proud of how their school was represented!”

Stuart Taylor, Community Outreach Director

“The professionals from the RUSH soccer organization did a fantastic job providing developmentally appropriate instruction to the students in a fun manner. It is rare for students to receive small group instruction in physical education, so it was a special treat to have so many clinicians available to grant individual attention to our Ride Challengers. We want students to enjoy and value physical activity.  Several students commented this was the best day of PE EVER!  Thank you for presenting an example of another way children may be active in our community.”  Bridget Hodge, Sally K. Ride Elementary.

Rush Rhino checking out the instructions from Coach Chris Kidd

Rush Rhino checking out the instructions from Coach Chris Kidd

Coach Chriss Kid and students trying to stay warm!

Coach Chris Kidd and students trying to stay warm!

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Rush Rhino sponsored by Sams Flooring Gallery

U18 Boys USSDA – National Media Attention

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ACADEMY QUICK HITS (Feb. 21-22):

Central Conference Update: The Texas Rush U-17/18s rallied from a two-goal deficit to earn a 2-2 draw on the road against FC Dallas. The heated Frontier Division is tight among the top of the standings. Texas Rush is 8-3-4 and in third place at 1.87 points per game, and FC Dallas is in fourth at 7-4-3 and 1.71 points per game.

Full News Release – Across The Academy – Feb 25

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For more information: Contact Coach Dave Dengerink, Director of Coaching – USSDA / Player Development at ddengerink@texasrush.com

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Texas Rush vs. Houston Dynamo (MLS) at Houston Sports Park

Saturday,  February 28
U18 @ 1:00 p.m.
U16 @ 3:30 p.m.
U14 @ 1:00 p.m.

Come on down and support the Rush!

Texas Rush – Community Outreach at Coulson Tough Elementary

Texas Rush Soccer Club ventured to Coulson Tough Elementary along with Rush Rhino the club’s mascot to provide fun and exciting age appropriate soccer activities to 650+ children from the ages of 5-10.  All the sessions were done on February 18-19.

Coach Stuart Taylor with the kids having fun!

Coach Stuart Taylor with the kids having fun!

“On behalf of the club, I would like to thank the students, teachers and parents for the fantastic support over the last two days.  It was superb to see so many kids dressed in their Rush soccer gear at school attending the lessons.”  Stuart Taylor, Community Outreach Director / Staff Coach.

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For more information about the Community Outreach Program, please contact Stuart Taylor at staylor@texasrush.com

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Texas Rush Enjoy Success at Copa Lonestar 2015

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Texas Rush sent 11 teams to San Antonio last weekend to compete in the Copa Lonestar 2015 tournament hosted by Lonestar SC San Antonio. Five girls teams and six boys teams entered the tournament which was hosted at McAllister Park and the STAR Soccer Complex. The tournament provided us with excellent facilities and the 02PA Boys were lucky enough to play their final game at Toyota Field, home of the 2014 NASL Champions San Antonio Scorpions – quite the venue!

With the regular season beginning this weekend for most U11-U13 competitive teams, the tournament served as a final preparation for the upcoming season and a great competitive atmosphere for all of the groups involved. Thanks to Lonestar SC San Antonio for hosting an excellent tournament and we look forward to next year’s event.

Congratulations to all of the teams who competed last weekend!

RESULTS

  

Girls

03/04G Rush Blue – Champions

02/03G Rush – Champions

02/03G Nero Blue – Champions

  

   

Boys

03/04B Rush Blue – Champions

03PA – Champions

02PA – Runners-Up

00/01B Rush – Champions

 

“The Copa Lonestar 2015 tournament provided our teams with good competition and excellent facilities. We were lucky the rain held off on the final day and gave our teams the opportunity to compete in 7 finals – winning 6 of them. We are proud of each team that competed this weekend and happy with the positive results we earned as a club. Thank you to our parents for your commitment and support throughout the weekend – our club was represented exceptionally both on and off the field.”

Jamie Bell, Assistant Director of Coaching – ECNL 

 

Northwest Oral Surgery and Maxillofacial Surgery – College Advisory Program

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Texas Rush Soccer is extremely excited that Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has renewed their corporate partnership for 2015. They will be sponsoring the College Advisory Program, a comprehensive program that assists prospective student athletes (U15 – U18) with the process of finding a college or university that matches their athletic and educational aspirations. Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is proud to be a part of the College Advisory Program. “This is a great resource for Rush Soccer players, and we wish them the best of luck as each pursues higher education,” said Dr. Brian M. Unterman.
Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is a practice of seven board-certified oral surgeons specializing in wisdom teeth extractions, dental implants and other oral surgery. For more information about the surgeons or the six convenient locations, visit texasoralsurgery.com.

NORTHWEST ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY, P.C.

Stephen C. Dwyer, DDS
M. James Clark, DDS
Charles M. Repa, DDS
Daniel W. Williams, Jr., DDS
Brian M. Unterman, DDS, MD
Zahid S. Lalani, DDS, PhD, MBA
Cecil R. Shrewsberry, DDS, MD

Northwest Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery offers the following OMS procedures:

*Dental Implants
*Bone Grafting
*Wisdom Teeth
*Oral Pathology
*Impacted Canines
*Facial Trauma
*Jaw Surgery
*IV Anesthesia

Need Wisdom Teeth Extraction?

Contact Information

4185 Technology Forest Blvd.
Suite 100
The Woodlands, TX 77381

Phone: 281-367-2001
Fax: 281-367-9974

www.texasoralsurgery.com

“Northwest Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a first class organization in their respective field.  Having them partner with the Texas Rush and be able to offer their services to our membership is a win-win for both groups.  They have been a very loyal partner since 2007 and we look forward to working with them again in 2015.”  

Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations

Recreational Soccer – Spring Season 2015

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The Texas Rush Recreational Soccer Program sponsored by Wings ‘n More started this last Saturday with 1,300+ children participating on the opening day at Bear Branch Soccer Complex. The weather was excellent for 80+ games that were played from 8am-5pm on grass and all weather turf fields. It was a great start to the season and we look forward to many more to come.

Recreational Quick Facts

Volunteer Coaching Staff – 180
Teams – 162

Registrants:
The Woodlands – 1298
Conroe – 24
Total – 1322

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“The club is very excited to welcome back all the players to the Recreational Program for another fun season of soccer.  The club continues to grow in this area and we look forward to working and developing the players through the spring season.  I would also like to thank all the volunteer coaching staff that give up so much of their time to help to make a positive impact within the program.”

Michael Quinn, Director of Coaching – Recreational

Texas Rush Hire New Director of Coaching – Goalkeeping Justin Fite

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“I am excited and very proud to be the new Director of Coaching – Goalkeeping for the Texas Rush Soccer Club. I am looking forward to working with the players, coaching staff and administration as we strive to make the goalkeeping area of the program more competitive and providing the players with a detailed GK curriculum.”

Justin Fite, Director of Coaching – Goalkeeping

THE WOODLANDS, TX  – Justin Fite has been hired as the Director of Coaching – Goalkeeping for the Texas Rush Soccer Club, Don Gemmell, Technical Director announced today.  Fite, who most recently served as a goalkeeper assistant at the University of Utah Women’s Soccer Program from 2012-2014, brings two years of coaching experience as an assistant coach at the top NCAA Division I level and four years within the youth soccer environment at the Utah Avalanche Soccer Club.

As a player Justin reached the NCAA tournament in 2006, 2007, 2009 while playing for the University of New Mexico (2006-2009).  He graduated in 2009 with a Bachelors of Arts & Science – Advertising & Business.

“The club is extremely excited to have Justin join our coaching staff to lead our goalkeeping program and take it to another level.  It is a very important, unique position on the field and it is fantastic that we have filled this area of the club so we can move forward in an aggressive fashion throughout the Spring season and beyond.  Justin will have full oversight of the curriculum, be responsible for all of the GK coaching staff and the development of players in this specific position.”

Don Gemmell, Technical Director

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“The club is very excited to have HydroPools as its first full service pool company as part of the Rush family.  We look forward to working with owners Doug Sitton and John Prosser over the next year.”  

Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations.

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Princeton University – Jeremy Colvin

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Q.  What were the reasons why you picked Princeton University to continue your academic and soccer education?

A.  When I started looking at schools, I knew I wanted a smaller student body, a feeling of being on a well-defined campus and a school with high academic standards. Princeton has a huge emphasis on their undergraduate programs, so the level of academic support provided to their students is something that drew me in. I felt really comfortable when I stepped on campus and met the coaches for the first time. The Princeton coaches have been very supportive and we seem to share a common philosophy.

Q.  What are your goals that you are looking to achieve in college? 

A.  I am currently undecided in what I want to pursue academically, so for me I want to try a range of classes and try and find something I am truly passionate about in the classroom. Of course, soccer wise I want to win every game and get into the NCAA tournament.

 Q.  What subject do you intend to study as a major in college?

 A.  I am currently undecided, but open to explore any subject that grabs my interest!

Q.  What do you think will be the hardest thing to adjust to when entering as a freshman at the NCAA Div. I level in comparison to what you are used to doing as a high school student and a USSDA soccer player?

A.  Everything will be taken to a higher level. The academics will be more rigorous and more demanding of my time off the field. The soccer will be faster and more physical. If I go in with the right mindset and am willing to put in a concentrated effort, then I am confident I will do well in the college soccer environment.

Q.  What would you like to accomplish in your final Spring semester (academic) / season (soccer) prior to going off to the college?

A.  Academically, I want to finish the semester strong and stay on the honor roll again. In regards to soccer, I believe we will get into the playoffs and from there anything can happen.

Q. Who and what helped you in the process to make the decision of attending Princeton University?

A. There were a couple reasons that led me to Princeton. First, the coaching staff at Princeton is up there as some of the most approachable coaches I have met. The players at Princeton seemed to love playing for them and playing for the school. When I was on campus, the students seemed so passionate about what they were studying and it seemed like they were all so happy to be there!

Q.  What advice would you give younger prospective student-athletes who also have aspirations of playing collegiate soccer / attaining a degree now that you have committed to a school?

 A.  Good things will come if you work hard and stay focused. Work ethic is the most important attribute I look for in my teammates and have tried to instill in myself. I was lucky enough to see and play with players like Kekuta Manneh, Bubacarr Jobe, and Mitchell Cardenas during my time at Rush. I don’t think its just luck that they are at the levels where they are today. Every time I see them, they are the hardest working ones out on the field. After practice you can see them doing extra exercises trying to push their body and mind. They were willing to push themselves past most people’s limits, and clearly they have achieved great things due to that hard work.

 Q.  How did Texas Rush Soccer Club help in your development as a soccer player and as a person?

A.  Rush has a strong emphasis on trying to create well-rounded people, not just soccer players. Every semester they would request a copy of our grades, because they know that if we don’t have the grades then one’s soccer ability won’t matter when looking to play in college. The Rush core values are a big part of the club and I think they really helped shaped my character over my time here. At practice the coaches are great at creating a very competitive environment, but also managing to keep it positive so you are never allowed to give up.

Q.  What was your most memorable game that you played in for the club and why?

A.  It’s hard to choose just one! If I had to choose, it would be a game back in the 2012-2013 season. We beat Virginia Rush 4-0 in the final game of the December Showcase games and I still remember the pure joy I felt playing in that game. I remember that as a team we were in sync on every pass and each shot felt like it was destined to go in. 

Q.  Who or what would you like to recognize or thank (academic / soccer) for helping you to get to Princeton University?

A.  I have a lot of people to thank. There is no way I could have gotten to where I have on my own. My parents, who pushed me academically and were always there to take me on the hour and fifteen minute drive through traffic every day to soccer. Coach Don, Coach Dave, and Coach Alex, who have always been there as a resource to guide me and to push my limits. There are many others out there who have helped me along as I have developed from my younger days.