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Coach Development

Coach Development

Rush Union prides itself on being a premier youth club for coach development and for providing coaching consistency and continuity throughout the program to manage player development and the overall experience of our players.  In order to make the Rush Union Way a reality on every team for every player, regardless of ability or level of team, we embarked on a major coach development initiative.

Coaching education series
Professional coaches attend mandatory development sessions, where the coaching directors and outside leaders from a variety of sports fields show best practices and help educate the Rush Union staff.  There are a minimum of six sessions per year, that coaches must attend.

Club curriculum and lesson planning
Academy staff follow a set curriculum throughout each season, and submit lesson plans before every practice session to one of the Coaching Directors. This ensures that age appropriate player development is being delivered to every Academy player.  Coaches have the freedom to be expressive in their delivery of the curriculum, as we all learn new ideas and techniques to share among the coaching staff.  

Game reporting

Coaches are required to provide a report by email on each Academy and Select game to the coaching directors. This helps track team and individual development and ensures proper lesson planning for future practices.

Coaching feedback
Written feedback, in the form of twice a year performance reviews and outside evaluation reports, provides coaches valuable feedback from experienced coaches and “another pair of eyes” on ways to continue to improve.   

Coaching mentorship program
Senior coaches are paired with younger coaches to reinforce our principles and curriculum, while providing another avenue for coaches to receive feedback.   

Staff coach retreat
Staff members are encouraged to attend educational trips set up by the club. The staff coach retreat serves as an opportunity to observe and work alongside some of the world leaders in soccer, while also having a chance for team building.

Monthly coaching newsletter/social media articles

With the use of regular newsletters and social media, coaches are constantly kept up to date on new trends, articles and items that can further enable them to promote The Rush Union Way.

Bottom Line

The  Coach Development program is a major investment by our club - one we believe is among our most important as it directly impacts the development of well-rounded youth soccer players.  Providing a well-defined set of player development standards, expecting a high level of professionalism by all coaches for every team, and providing meaningful feedback and support to every coach are the ingredients to being in the position to develop players at all levels of play to best of their ability AND to have fun with soccer in the process. 

We whole heartedly believe Rush Union is a great place to play and coach soccer and we work hard together every day to bring that belief to reality.

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Professional Coaching Staff


Neil McNab Jr.
Executive Director

Playing Experience: 8 Years professional player, Portsmouth FC, Utah Blitzz, Long Island Rough Riders, Syracuse Salty Dogs, Wilmington Hammerheads

Coaching Experience: Chiefs FC Founding member, various youth programs throughout the U.S.

License Level: USSF A, UEFA C, NSCAA DOC Diploma, USSF Grassroots Instructors License

Name: Andrew Crittenton
Staff Coach

Playing Experience: Coastal Carolina (2 years), Southern Polytechnic (1 year)

Coaching Experience: Dunwoody UMC Academy Program (2 years), Assistant JV Coach Dunwoody High and Peachtree Middle (2 Years), Chiefs FC (3 years)

License Level:

Matt Cross
Position: Staff Coach, Girls Academy Coordinator

Playing Experience: Cobb FC, Campbell HS

Coaching Experience
: 1 year at Cherokee Soccer, 3 years at Georgia FC

License Level
: USSF D, Coerver Youth Diploma, NSCAA National Youth Diploma, NSCAA GK Level 1 & 2 Diploma

Michael Spivey
Position: Staff Coach

Playing Experience:
University of West Florida, ADASL Wings
Coaching Experience:
Wesleyan Collage, Georgia Gwinnett College, UGA Soccer Camps, Macon Soccer Club

License Level:
NSCAA Advanced National


Steve Reid
Position: Staff Coach, Director of Recreation Soccer

Playing Experience:
Club, High School, College Club Soccer

Coaching Experience:
TYSA 16 Years, Tucker High School Girls Varsity 1 Year, Chiefs FC 8 Years

License Level:


Tiffany Rodriguez

Position: Staff Coach

Playing experience:
Club, St. Pius X Varsity Soccer, Georgia Gwinnett Women’s college soccer  

Coaching experience:
Chiefs Internship Program, After School Program (2 years), St.Pius X Middle School Girls Coach


Callum Mordey ‬
Position: Staff Coach 

Playing experience: 4 years Georgia Gwinnett college. Former youth player Sunderland, Hartlepool Academy and u16 England Schools National Team. 

Coaching experience: 1 year Chiefs FC, 2 year Chiefs summer camp staff. Emory camp coach. Archer after-school program coach. U9 youth coach in England. 

License level:
FA level 1. USSF G, 7v7 grassroots. 

William Larios
 Position: Staff Coach 

 Playing Experience: 
1 year Trinity Baptist college 

 Coaching Experience: 4 years Providence Christian Academy Varsity Assistant Coach, 4 years   Providence Christian Academy Summer camps, 2 years FCA summer camps

 License Level: 
USSF  D licences 

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