Rapids Youth Soccer Authors List

We are fortunate to have a talented staff that knows how to dot the i’s and cross the t’s.

Julie GravesHead Athletic Trainer & Director of Sports Medicine
Ben MartisiusDirector of Marketing and Communications[email protected]719.394.8561

Ben Martisius grew up in Monroe, Louisiana where he played soccer through high school, and attended Louisiana State University to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications. Prior to graduating, he completed a minor in German during a year abroad in Innsbruck, Austria at the Universität Innsbruck. In 2014, Ben moved to Denver, Colorado to attend graduate school at the University of Denver and earn his Master's degree in Strategic Communications. While in school, he took a communications role with the university's alumni advancement team, and has since worked for a local gym as a Marketing Specialist, and multiple clients as the Digital Marketing Specialist for Domoto Brands, LLC. In 2018, he was hired by Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club as the Communications Manager and found a perfect role for merging his passion for Marketing and Communications with soccer. After two years of overseeing communications at the Club, he was promoted to the Director of Marketing and Communications. In his personal life, Ben likes to go snowboarding, enjoy the outdoors during the summer, play guitar, bass guitar, or piano, watch or play soccer, and spend time with friends and family. He's also passionate about travel and wants to see as much of the world and experience as many cultures as possible.

Ben Martisius grew up in Monroe, Louisiana where he played soccer through high school, and attended Louisiana State University to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications. Prior to graduating, he completed a minor in German during a year abroad in Innsbruck, Austria at the Universität Innsbruck. In 2014, Ben moved to Denver, Colorado to attend graduate school at the University of Denver and earn his Master's degree in Strategic Communications. While in school, he took a communications role with the university's alumni advancement team, and has since worked for a local gym as a Marketing Specialist, and multiple clients as the Digital Marketing Specialist for Domoto Brands, LLC. In 2018, he was hired by Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club as the Communications Manager and found a perfect role for merging his passion for Marketing and Communications with soccer. After two years of overseeing communications at the Club, he was promoted to the Director of Marketing and Communications. In his personal life, Ben likes to go snowboarding, enjoy the outdoors during the summer, play guitar, bass guitar, or piano, watch or play soccer, and spend time with friends and family. He's also passionate about travel and wants to see as much of the world and experience as many cultures as possible.

Jeff  OleckDirector of Club and International Partnerships[email protected]303.834.7328

Jeff Oleck has been with Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club since 2016. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, the majority of his coaching development took place on the college side of the game at schools such as Northwestern University, Valparaiso University, and Wabash College. While involved in the college game, he also served youth programs as a coaching/goalkeeping director at Team Evanston, NWI United, Dynamo FC, and Indiana ODP. His passion for coaching comes from a desire to help each player find themselves, both on and off the field, and use soccer as a vehicle to enhance life experiences and personal growth. Oleck graduated from Valparaiso University in 2006 with a B.A. in Biology with a Business Administration minor. He also earned a M.S. in Sports Administration from Valparaiso University in 2011. He holds the USSF National “A” License and the USC Advanced National Goalkeeper Diploma.

Jeff Oleck has been with Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club since 2016. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, the majority of his coaching development took place on the college side of the game at schools such as Northwestern University, Valparaiso University, and Wabash College. While involved in the college game, he also served youth programs as a coaching/goalkeeping director at Team Evanston, NWI United, Dynamo FC, and Indiana ODP. His passion for coaching comes from a desire to help each player find themselves, both on and off the field, and use soccer as a vehicle to enhance life experiences and personal growth. Oleck graduated from Valparaiso University in 2006 with a B.A. in Biology with a Business Administration minor. He also earned a M.S. in Sports Administration from Valparaiso University in 2011. He holds the USSF National “A” License and the USC Advanced National Goalkeeper Diploma.

Katie  PagelDirector of Mental Performance[email protected]360-931-4557

Katie’s work with CRYSC began while she was a Sport Psychology graduate student at the University of Denver. With a passion for youth sport and coach/caregiver education, she knew then that CRYSC was the type of environment she wanted to work in after graduation. Now the club’s first Director of Mental Performance (a position that exists in only a handful of youth sport clubs across the country), she is thrilled to be a part of a club that is committed to not only the physical performance of its athletes, but also their overall mental well-being and psychosocial development. Katie feels lucky to work alongside the innovative and driven staff at CRYSC that continually strive to better themselves and each other while also creating safe, inclusive, and healthy competitive environments for their athletes.

Katie’s work with CRYSC began while she was a Sport Psychology graduate student at the University of Denver. With a passion for youth sport and coach/caregiver education, she knew then that CRYSC was the type of environment she wanted to work in after graduation. Now the club’s first Director of Mental Performance (a position that exists in only a handful of youth sport clubs across the country), she is thrilled to be a part of a club that is committed to not only the physical performance of its athletes, but also their overall mental well-being and psychosocial development. Katie feels lucky to work alongside the innovative and driven staff at CRYSC that continually strive to better themselves and each other while also creating safe, inclusive, and healthy competitive environments for their athletes.

Guest AuthorHunter SoensClinic AssistantProfessional Psychology Clinic - University of Denverhttps://psychology.du.edu/clinics/professional-psychology-clinic

The Professional Psychology Clinic (PPC) is not only a community resource, but also an essential student training center. We have provided low cost, high-quality psychological services to the Denver and surrounding communities for over 40 years, including psychotherapy, psychological and cognitive assessment, and forensic services.

The Professional Psychology Clinic (PPC) is not only a community resource, but also an essential student training center. We have provided low cost, high-quality psychological services to the Denver and surrounding communities for over 40 years, including psychotherapy, psychological and cognitive assessment, and forensic services.

Abby  WoodfordIntern | Sports Psychology