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Next Wave Coaching Academy Fall 2018

Contributors:
Kincaid Schmidt - Zone 1 Technical Director (former)
Ben Martisius - Director of Marketing and Communications
Published on: November 02, 2018

Join the Next Wave of Women Coaches

Sport is one of the world’s most powerful social institutions and remains an important platform for shaping the perceptions and expectations of young people.  A lack of exposure to women in leadership roles makes a lasting impression on both girls and boys. While the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club is currently ahead of the industry average when it comes to engagement of women as coaches (23% of full-time, part-time and volunteer coaches at the club are female compared to an industry average of 13.4%), the vision of the club is to become known as an industry leader in the engagement of women as coaches.

 

In partnership with the Women in Youth Sports Coalition, WeCoach, and the DU Center for Performance Excellence (CPEX) the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club presents the Next Wave Coach Academy.  Through this program, the club engages the “next wave” of women coaches by creating an environment where women are encouraged to coach and provided a pathway tailored to each individual.

 

The Next Wave Coach Academy will provide candidates with:

  • All prerequisite USSF courses to prepare for the USSF C License, including the Grassroots Courses and D License
  • A minimum of one season of paid work experience with the potential to work more
  • A dedicated mentor to help guide coaches along an individualized coaching pathway
  • Professional development training including but not limited to resume development, leadership training, sports performance management and other skills applicable to coaching and leadership
  • An actively supportive network of new and experienced coaches

 

Candidates must commit to:

  • Coaching for CRYSC in their desired level of coaching for a minimum of one season (Winter 2018-2019 OR Spring 2019)
  • Completion of two in-person licensing meetings (the first will take place November 9-10)
  • Ongoing mentorship with a veteran coach with a minimum of 3 meetings over the course of 1 season

 

Interested candidates must submit an application in order to officially be considered for the upcoming Next Wave Coach Academy on November 9-10.  Sessions will take place Friday evening and Saturday. Applications must be submitted electronically by October 30.  Acceptances will be distributed via email on November 1. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]. For more information on this topic, visit the Next Wave’s previous blog entry.

Contributors:
Kincaid Schmidt
Zone 1 Technical Director (former)
Ben Martisius
Director 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.

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