Colorado Rush Soccer Club

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Jan, 2019

2019 Club Leadership at Colorado Rush


Colorado Rush has announced new leadership roles at the club in the new year. Russell Finch has been named Technical Director (TD) for Colorado Rush, while John Carroll has been named Academy Director for the Development Academy. These changes have also created transitions for Antonia Land, former Recreational Director, who will step into the role of Youth Girls Director; and Mackenzie Morris who will remain the Intermediate Director with the addition of her new role as Recreational Director. John Carroll will still oversee the Senior Division leading up to tryouts in the Spring.

Finch began his coaching career in England at the age of 16, volunteering with a U7 team at his local club. After traveling to the United States to play in college, Finch continued to pursue coaching, beginning in Southern California.

“I spent 10 years coaching in SoCal before meeting Tim [Schulz] on a USSF Coaching license, where I learned about the Rush organization,” Finch added.

“I felt a lot of my coaching and teaching beliefs aligned with the club’s philosophy, the ‘Rush Way.’  It was here where I took the opportunity to join the Rush and take the TD job in Georgia. I've been with the Rush Organization nearly 9 years.  I was the Technical Director of Georgia Rush for almost 3 years before coming to Colorado Rush in 2013.”

Finch finds enjoyment and passion in coaching, even aspects such as coaching licensure. After completing his Youth A-License this past year, Finch had the chance to reflect on his favorite course,

“My most enjoyable course to date was the Youth National License, which I took back in 2011; it really changed me as a coach.  The course came from a general cognitive development standpoint and how different stages of child development can be applied to the way we teach young players. It was refreshing at that time in my career.”

Carroll has a strong coaching background similar to Finch, and has been an effective force for the past year and a half after his move to Rush.

“I started coaching in 2003,” Carroll explained.  “I became a full time coach in 2007 when I became the Director of Colorado Storm North Soccer Club.  In August of 2017 I joined Colorado Rush as the DOC for the Senior Division.”

After finishing his USSF A license course this last year, Carroll expanded on what his new position within the club holds,

“I am very excited to be stepping into the Academy Director role.  I see this as an opportunity to continue to grow the Senior Girls DA program into a national powerhouse.  I also see this as a great opportunity to work towards re-entering the Senior Boys Academy in the near future.”

Carroll continued, “There are some exciting times ahead.  I look forward to seeing what the future holds for all of us here at Colorado Rush.”

Morris has been coaching the Intermediate Division at Colorado Rush for the past few seasons and explains how her transition to working with the Recreational Division is an exciting addition to her focus at the club,

“I am so excited to be a part of this [Recreational] division. Our young players are the foundation of our club. This age is such a fun time, where they are developing in growth physically and as young soccer players. I’m really hopeful to provide a lot of enjoyment, opportunity, and growth. I can’t wait to have more young players involved in such a special Rush club culture and I’m so excited to a part of it.”

Land, an alum of Colorado Rush where she played at some of the highest levels under Tim Schulz, is also looking forward to her transition as Youth Girls Director. Land explains, “I cannot express the overwhelming excitement I feel for the opportunity to lead this division. My passion and drive to create great individuals and great players in these young women is immeasurable. I am looking forward to this spring season to work and get to know each one of the players!”

Finch echoes the excitement of Carroll, Morris, and Land for Colorado Rush and Rush Soccer as a whole as he expresses,

“Colorado Rush was my first true love.  I'm more passionate about the Rush "R" than many other things in life.  If I had a son or daughter, I'd want them to play for Rush, not just for the unique player development, but for their personal growth through the 11 Rush Core Values and the constant life lessons day in day out.  As TD, I have many goals for the club. Continuing to create the culture that separates Rush Soccer from every other club around the country, that is important to me, because that's why I believe we are different to everyone else; right or wrong, it's who we are, it's our DNA.  Whether you are a U6 recreational player or a U19 Development Academy player on a Youth National team or anyone in between, the experience at Rush should be the same, to truly feel the Rush Way as it's an unparalleled experience.

The staff in place is among some of the best I've been around since joining Colorado Rush in 2013.  From Admin to Technical, the staff is hard working, passionate and wants to achieve the same goal, to be one of the best clubs in the country.  When you have a team, on or off the field, share the same goals as one another, it's a very powerful thing. I believe 2019 is going to be an important and fruitful year for our club.”


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