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 Director of Coaching
Garry Guyan,

Northern Colorado Rush is pleased to announce that Garry Guyan has been named the new Director of Coaching. He will begin work immediately with our advanced and PDL players, team coaches, managers, and volunteers.   Garry brings extensive experience from all over the world.  He will ensure that our coaches are well-trained and supported while guiding the overall development of our players.  
According to Director of Operations,  Lynda McManus, Garry is a great fit:  “After an extensive search, we are thrilled for the club, players and coaches to have someone of Garry’s caliber at Northern Colorado Rush.  Our players will benefit from his professionalism, education, and enthusiasm, in addition to his international experience. His belief that youth players should be challenged always in a positive learning environment make him a great fit.”
Statement from Garry, "I am very excited about my role as Director of Coaching at Northern Colorado Rush.  After working in professional soccer clubs and organizations both as a player and coach the world over , I feel this experiences will help me shape the future of The Bootleggers. I am eager to meet all the players and staff whilst bringing in new techniques and philosophies to an already established club.”
Garry is new to Colorado arriving in Littleton, Colorado from England on Monday evening, August 1.   He is a native Aberdeen, Scotland with his sports career taking him to Australia, Korea, India, Europe, and Oceania as a Academy Manager, Disability Coach, Technical Director, Coach, Consultant, and Youth Development Director. Session curriculum, match analysis, scheduling, player development is just a very short list of his experience.  Under the England Football Association he holds his UEFA B, FA Youth Module 1, 2, & 3, and FA Futsal Level 1.  In addition he has earned a FA Youth Award and FA Coaching Disabled Footballers Award.  
The Football Association 
  • USSF B
  • UEFA B 
  • FA Youth Award
  • FA Safeguarding Children
  • FA First Aid
  • FA Licensed Coaches Member
  • FA Youth Module 1 
  • FA Youth Module 2
  • FA Youth Module 3
  • FA Futsal Level 1
  • Online Equality and Diversity 
  • FA Coaching Disabled Footballers Award
Football Federation Australia 
  • Junior License
  • Youth License - Advanced Pass

Jay Landham - Director of Goalkeeping

This is a major find for the club as Coach Landham also serves as the Assistant coach/Goalkeeping coach for University of Northern Colorado Woman's soccer program.  His addition will allow every goalkeeper to receive specific training  during their team's practice and execute what they have upon rejoining their team's practice. Coach Landham also has the opportunity to provide relevant sessions as he can view the players in their environment, in game situations and/or scrimmages.

Director of Coaching ,Garry Guyan:  "Since arriving at the club, I identified that goalkeeping, and the training offered to our goalkeepers was something I wanted to improve upon. In Jay, we have invested in not only a coach from the highest collegiate level, but a coach who is educated, enthusiastic and has excellent playing experience.  All these traits match the profile of what I want in a coach at Northern Colorado Rush.  I am looking forward to working with Jay and allowing us to offer the best environment for players to develop in our area.
For the past four seasons, Landham has coached on a myriad of levels throughout the soccer world. He has served as the assistant coach at several high schools, junior and club programs and at the NCAA DII level with his alma mater Union University.
As the Varsity assistant coach and head goalkeeper coach at Union University, Landham was part of the staff that led the Bulldogs to a 2012 NCCAA Men’s Soccer MidEast Region Tournament championship and a third place finish in the National Tournament. Goalkeeper Rainer Pires finished as the All-Tournament Goalkeeper. 
A distinguished goalkeeper in his own right, Landham graduated from Union University in Tennessee in 2012. As the Bulldogs net minder for all four years, Landham earned Freshmen athlete of year, seven conference player of the week awards, three total goalkeeper of the year honors and was elected team captain his junior and senior year. 
Upon graduation, Landham spent two weeks with the Major League Soccer Franchise, the Colorado Rapids. He also received a first-team goalkeeper award the Orange Beach Alabama Men’s Tourbeau Soccer Combine. 
Coach Landham holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science and is currently working on his Master’s degree in Recreation and Sports Science in Soccer at Ohio University in Partnership with the NSCAA. He also holds certificates in crossfit and weightlifting.


Lukas Smith - Player Development Coordinator

Northern Colorado Rush is pleased to announce the addition of Lukas Smith in the newly created role of Player Development Co-coordinator.  He is a former Head Coach of Coerver Colorado were he gained the experience and knowledge he implements in his ball mastery training to improve players technique and skill.  This is a huge benefit for our club . . . for any club.

Lukas was also a coach at Fire FC in Grand Junction, Colorado and was part of their player development program.  He played at Trinidad State Junior College where he gained the recognition of being name 2nd Team All Conference in 2014.
He is currently majoring in Sports Psychology at University of Northern Colorado with a minor in Coaching and Exercise Science. 
Director of Coaching , Garry Guyan said,  "I am delighted to welcome Lukas to our coaching staff. Our coaching staff is continually improving and Lukas will prove to be an excellent addition. His ability to breakdown techniques and skills, coupled with his previous coaching experience shows our dedication to player development.  In the past two months we have added both a Director of Goalkeeping and Player Development Co-ordinator, and I will continue to look to strengthen our team in the coming months"
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