Northern Colorado Rush

Our Staff

Matt Foster, Director of Coaching

Matt Foster joined NorCo Rush as Director of Coaching September 2019.  Matt comes to us from Overland Park, Kansas where he was the Recreational Program Coordinator/Age Group Director and head coach for five competitive teams (U9 boys-U12 girls).  He brings a driving passion and positive leadership to NorCo Rush . . . we are thrilled to have him.

Our coaches, players, and parents will see a lot of Matt on the field  working directly with teams and/or coaches.  One of Matts many strengths is that players will learn to enjoy the game while developing within a community club.   Matt comments "I’m very excited to be a part of NorCo Rush and value the opportunity to get to know everyone involved.   . I’m confident after meeting with the board and a couple of coaches that this is a great environment for any player and look forward to helping the club grow This is the type of club I want to be a part of and I’m honored to be given such a great opportunity.”

 Education:

- Bachelor’s Degree in Coaching Development from Liverpool John Moores University
- BTEC National Diploma in Coaching Development & Fitness, Priestley College
- FA Level 1 and 2 Football (USSF ’C’ License equivalent)
- USSF ‘D’ License (new curriculum)
- Sports Coach UK – An Introduction to Fundamentals of Movement/Personal Training/Gym Instruction Level 2

Matt is a Manchester United fan, and he loves spending time with his Fiancé, Ashley, her family, and especially their three pups Hoosier, Eleven, and Moose.


John Smario, Assistant Director of Coaching
John Smario was added as Assistant Director of Coaching in September 2020. John has worked with youth players of all ages  in recreational and competitive settings. He holds his National D License and level 1 Futsal Certificate. Matt Foster, NorCo Rush Director of Coaching, commented, "We are very excited to add John to our staff permanently.  He is a fantastic coach and a great addition to the club.  He brings knowledge, passion and a true understanding of the game which ultimately is a big part of  player development.  His energy and enthusiasm for soccer is what we have been looking for. . . . together we are going to do great things for NorCo Rush and the local soccer community!"

John's many responsibilities include evaluating evaluate and leading practice sessions, assisting with camps and recreation/community organizations, planning progressive, age-appropriate sessions, and coaching his own teams.  John shared, "The most impactful lesson I’ve learned through soccer is that every success in soccer or life must be grounded in a positive outlook and an honest, strong self-image.  Building these qualities and training to each player's individual talents and athletic level is the foundation of everything I do."

Experience:
US Competitive Soccer
- Professional Development League, IMG Academy, Florida
- Roberts Wesleyan College, New York; West Texas A&M, Texas
- Texas Olympic Development Program team and SW Regional team

International Play/Training

- Brazil:  Trained with Sport Club Internacional, Porto Alegre
- England:  Umbro International Youth Tournament, Liverpool
- Germany:  Trained with FC Augsburg
- Spain:  Trained with Real Madrid and Valencia

Mason Portalski, Goalkeeper Coach

Northern Colorado Rush is pleased to welcome Mason Portalski as the club’s new Goalkeeper Coach.  Mason, the current Assistant Coach/Goalkeeper Coach at the University of Northern Colorado, brings valuable coaching and playing experience to Norco Rush and will be an exciting addition to the growing organization. Mason was a goalkeeper for the UNC men’s team from 2012-13. He currently holds a USSF “E” coaching license and NSCAA Level I and II Goalkeeping diplomas. 



 

 

Contact

Northern Colorado Rush
4681 West 20th Street, #203
Greeley, Colorado 80634

Phone : 970-351-6255
Email: [email protected]

HOURS

Tues - Wed - Thurs - Fri
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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Virtually 24/7

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