A Little Bit About CRYSC

Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club (CRYSC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. CRYSC is Colorado’s premier youth soccer experience and the only club in Colorado to offer opportunities from three-years-old to professional, from beginner to Major League Soccer with year-round youth soccer programs of all levels serving 10,000 children across the Front Range seasonally.

CRYSC provides top-quality leagues, camps, and tournaments that serve beginner- to elite-players locally, regionally, and nationally. As a Top 100 Youth Soccer Club in the U.S. and a consistent winner of Colorado’s Top Youth Soccer Club by Colorado Parent Magazine, CRYSC values holistic child development as ‘The Heart Behind the Crest’ and cultivating remarkable coaches. The club prides itself on supporting players and coaches through a number of other programs such as the nation’s largest college placement program, an integrated relationship with UCHealth Sports Medicine, an online digital education platform that serves players, coaches, and parents, and a fully integrated sports psychology program.

With satellite leagues, camps, and tournaments across Colorado, we are confident we can provide your child a fun and enriching home to play soccer.

How We Are Different

  • Professional Team Partnership
  • Holistic Child Development
  • Complete Player Pathway
  • Full-Time Dedicated Athletic Trainer
  • Highest Licensed Coaches Nationally
  • Dedicated Technical Staff
  • Professional Goalkeeper Coaches
  • Partnership with Sport Psychology Consultants

Purpose

Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer is committed to being ‘The Heart Behind the Crest’ by focusing on our player’s development both on and off the field first.

Niche

Our coaches are our number one influencer of a CRYSC player’s participation with the club. Our niche is ‘To Develop Remarkable Coaches’ to create remarkable experiences for our players.

Core Values

  • Win Within: CRYSC strives to become the destination youth soccer club within Colorado for all levels of players. We are constantly striving to improve, in a pursuit for perfection.
  • In & Up: Within CRYSC, we value collectively lifting those up in our sphere of influence through consistent development.
  • Keep it Simple, Keep it Small: As an organization we prioritize delivering complete information to our members as well as giving straightforward feedback on the field to our players.
  • Enjoyment First: Fun is central to all interactions within CRYSC. We understand the importance of finding joy in the good times as well as the challenging in order to continue growing.
  • Moment of Truth: Every moment matters at CRYSC. We will never stop trying to create remarkable experiences for our staff, coaches, players, and members through each encounter.
  • Own It: CRYSC welcomes the responsibility of working with youth across Colorado. We own our role both on and off the field to influence a player’s development.

Board Members

  • Caleb Meyer
  • Evan Husney
  • Stephen Redden
  • Lisa D’Ambrosia
  • Andres Pedraza
  • Sean O’Hara
  • Manny Rodriguez
  • Casey Dugan
  • Robert Klamser

2021 Current Board Members

Andrés Pedraza is excited to join the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club, and bring with him his passion toward the development of young players, and his vast professional experience from working at multiple Fortune 500 organizations. Since he was a child in Colombia, or even as a young adult in the Denver Metropolitan area, Andrés was devoted to the sport of soccer. In fact, like many kids, he dreamt of playing professionally one day, but unfortunately, this never materialized. In his younger years, he experienced first-hand the monetary hardships of playing competitive soccer and the necessity for additional outreach tools for monolingual parents. During college, he attended DU, the University of Miami, and UC Denver where he developed a niche in the creation and the delivery of complex financial strategies. Most recently, he transitioned from managing a multibillion-dollar budget for a supply chain organization to lead very large M&A and restructuring operations of key NBC/Telemundo assets. Andrés is going to focus his energy on breaking down language barriers; in order for all families in our footprint to thoroughly enjoy the Rapids experience. Finally, in his spare time, Andrés loves to watch soccer matches with his wife and his 3-year-old son and hopes to instill in him the same love and passion he has for the sport.

Biography coming soon.

Casey is a healthcare executive for Children’s Hospital Colorado, currently serving as VP of Pharmacy Services, where he leads acute and ambulatory care pharmacy strategy, driving initiatives, and achieving goals that align with CHCO’s mission to improve the health of children through the provision of high-quality, coordinated programs of patient care, education, research and advocacy.  He holds a Doctorate in Pharmacy from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Being a former competitive athlete through his youth and in college, Casey appreciates the impact CRYSC can have on a child’s development both on and off the field.  Also, with a career focused on healthcare, he is passionate about the physical and emotional health of our youth.

Casey is an avid Rapids fan and father to a son who participates in the CRYSC competitive program and a special needs daughter who participates in soccer start and CRYSC outreach programs.  He looks forward to serving another term as a board member, helping support CRYSC’s ambition to be “the” premier youth soccer club in the nation.

Coming Soon

Lisa brings knowledge and experience of various Board positions and her passion for youth soccer and youth personal development to the Rapids Youth Organization.  Lisa and her husband, Greg, have three daughters, two playing soccer in the ECNL program with Rapids and one who has moved on from Rapids ECNL program to play Division 1 soccer.  They both enjoy watching their children grow and develop as soccer players and leaders on and off the field. Lisa received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of the South, J.D. from University of Mississippi School of Law and LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. Lisa is the Managing Director of Minor & Brown, P.C., a Denver law firm, where she focuses on Mergers & Acquisitions and Commercial Real Estate.

Manny is the chief marketing, experience and customer officer for UCHealth, a nationally recognized, nonprofit health care system. Actively involved in the Denver community, Mr. Rodriguez is a member of the board of trustees with Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Boy Scouts of America-Denver Council, President of the CMO Club Denver Chapter, Co-Chair of the Denver 2026 World Cup Host City Bid Committee and he is the Board Chair of the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club. A leukemia survivor, Mr. Rodriguez does public/motivational speaking to raise awareness – and funds – for leukemia research and causes.

Robert has been involved at Rapids Youth Soccer for the last five years as a parent and coach, he is excited to increase his commitment to the club. Born and raised in southern California, he played a variety of sports, but soccer was always his first love. Eventually, his soccer skill couldn’t keep up with his passion, so he hung up my cleats and rowed competitively for Loyola Marymount University, where he earned a Bachelors in Business Administration and an MBA in Finance. He moved to Colorado in 2012 for a better quality of life for his family and to start a legal services company. He’s served on the board of a local school and a program that supported under-served youth by providing access to physical fitness through CrossFit. His passion for Rapids soccer runs deep. With all three kids involved in the program, he’s at a Rapids training or game every day of the week. Rapids soccer has given so much to his family and he’s honored to give back to such an amazing organization.

Sean M. O’Hara is an Architect and a founding partner with EVstudio, a Denver based architecture and engineering firm. He has served multiple terms on the Denver Board of the American Institute of Architects and is currently a board member with the Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council. Both Sean and his wife Stephanie have coached Rapids rec teams for their three children and his daughters currently play for Rapids competitive teams.

Stephen Redden is passionate about helping individuals and organizations achieve and maximize their potential. He has worked in this capacity in a variety of companies and non-profit organizations throughout his career. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University (BS Computer Engineering 1994, MBA 1995) and Dallas Theological Seminary (MA Biblical Studies 2007).

In 2009 Stephen moved to Denver, CO with his wife Kate and his sons Ethan (16) and Andrew (13) to be part of founding New Denver Church, a non-denominational Christian church where he still works today as a pastor. Stephen also leads the Church Cooperative of Denver, a network to foster collaboration among local churches, and does leadership and strategy consulting through Core Ventures.

A lifelong soccer fan, Stephen first got involved with youth soccer in Denver in 2009 through Fusion Soccer, which would later become Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer. He volunteered as a coach with CRYS from 2011 to 2017, coaching teams from U5 to U10.

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    North: 1070 W 124th Ave #100, Westminster, CO 80234

    Central/South: 111 Havana St, Aurora, CO 80010

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