RPS Soccer Staff
Raoul coached the U-17 Bundesliga team of Concordia Hamburg and later coached the U-23 Team of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. He returned to South Florida and coached the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL and Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL/ USL). He also held the Head Coaching position at Rush’s pro team, Penn FC, in the USL Championship.
Pablo hails from Argentina and serves as the Rush Select Academy Director. He is also Rush Soccer's Sporting Project Director & Coaching Education Director.
Pablo is also the co-founder Palm Beach Rush Soccer, a youth soccer club. Apart from being a highly licensed and experienced coaching professional, he is a graduated Economist with a Master’s degree in Project Evaluation.
Pablo is a widely recognized personality within the US soccer industry. His work on designing and implementing a global player development approach has been distinguished on several occasions by being a featured presenter at coaching education events like the USC Convention.
Tom DurkinTechnical DirectorUS Soccer A License | National Staff Coach & Instructor | Coach Educator
Tom has extensive experience at every level of US Soccer. His coaching background ranges from Youth to Professional. Tom is highly regarded for his ability to develop players and cultivate talent, respected for his tactical acumen and dedication to the growth of soccer in the US.
Tom has a unique perspective on US Soccer having coached and directed programs with The Tampa Bay Mutiny (MLS), Boston Breakers (NWSL), and Bradenton Academics (USL2), (NCAA) Rutgers and Northeastern Universities DI & DIII, (NJCAA) Union and Richland College, US Soccer U17 National team, The U17 National Team of India, US Soccer Development Academy League and Directing the North Texas and Eastern Pennsylvania State Associations.
Tom comes to the Rush family after a 5 years in the Boston area where led New England Futbol (NEFC) as Club Wide Director and Development Academy Coach. Happy to return to the academy platform in Florida, Tom was the Architect of the IMG Soccer Academy, designing a comprehensive player development plan that produced 52 professionals and hundreds of NCAA Division I Athletes over his 14 year tenure. He is very excited to build that level of success with Rush Soccer and the global vision of the club.
Tom has Coaching Certifications from FIFA World Youth Football Academy, The Irish Football Association (FAI), The Royal Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) and US Soccer Instructor Badge.
FERDINANDO DE MATTHAEISAssistant Technical Director24 yrs Coaching | 16 yrs Playing | USSF A License | UEFA A License
The coaching team is led by Soccer Hall of Fame Coach, Ferdinando De Matthaeis, who, since 1999, coached 4 teams in Italy and 12 teams in the U.S. He has coached multiple all-star teams and brings his wealth of knowledge and passion for the sport to Altitude Rush Boarding Academy.
Before coaching, he achieved honors and awards as a soccer player, with accolades ranging from Top Scorer and MVP as well as the captain of an all-star team. Coach Ferdi knows what it takes to train for a successful soccer career, and he can’t wait to help you improve your game. All coaching staff is passionate, certified and experienced in helping you improve your game and have fun doing it!
Alex EdenCoachUSSF B License
Alex has worked alongside top coaches in the US youth system, gaining invaluable insights into player development. With a coaching background that includes stints at Palm Beach United (ECNL), FC Florida U23 (USL2), Palm Beach Gardens Predators (D.A), Club Med Academies (UPSL), West Boca Raton High School, and AC Delray, Alex has honed his coaching skills across various levels of the game.
His expertise extends to scouting, contributing to talent identification of the Inter Miami CF Academy. Drawing from his own playing experience at Schulz Academy, Florida Gulf Coast University, and the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Alex combines practical knowledge with a bachelor's degree from Florida Atlantic University to provide a well-rounded approach to coaching.
Director of Health & Performance
As the Director of Health &Performance for the Rush Select Academy, Drew works with our players in all aspects of their physical development. He oversees the strength, speed, conditioning, agility, health monitoring, and sport science initiatives. He works with the players on a day-to-day basis on the field, in the gym or in the classroom help develop our players into elite athletes.
- Masters Degree in Strength & Conditioning
- Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology
- Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
- Certified Strength Coach
- Certificate in Soccer Strength & Conditioning
Nigel is originally from Colorado and has traveled extensively for his studies and career. He's lived in in Texas, New York, Louisiana, Arizona and Florida. Nigel holds many certifications including Certified Athletic Trainer, Performance Enhancement Specialist, and Correction Exercise Specialist. Nigel's experience and professional drive helps keep our athletes healthy and ready for the highest levels of competition.
Sara serves as the Academy's Performance Dietician. She joined the Volleyball Staff as a coach and performance dietician and now heads up the Academy's performance nutrition program.
Sara is an All-American, 4x conference champion, NCAA National Championship Finalist and 4x All-conference team award recipient. She played beach volleyball at Florida State University and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Dietetics and has a Masters in Clinical Nutrition.
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