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Mar, 2020

Iowa Rush Temporary Furlough Notice

March 27, 2020 

Dear Iowa Rush Members, 

My name is Chip Pritchard and I am the President of the Iowa Rush Board of Directors.  I am writing to let you know the Iowa Board of Directors voted earlier this week to temporarily furlough the following team coaches and support staff beginning Friday, March 27, 2020:  Derrick Bettle, Daryl Brazeau, Ben Dighton, Brian Duax, Fred Frimpong, Mirela Kharimanovic, Will Nurre, and Darby Wesley.  Further, the Board also temporarily furloughed Iowa Rush North Coaches James Price, Jake Rasbeck, and Les Redinbaugh.  These temporary furloughs were necessary due to the current postponement of the Spring 2020 soccer season as result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.  The Iowa Soccer Association set a target date of April 15, 2020 to resume soccer operations, however that date could be extended. 

This was an extremely difficult decision for the Board members.  The Board believes these coaches and staff are absolutely crucial to the past and the future success of Iowa Rush.  We cannot thank them enough for everything they have done for our players and our club.  Unfortunately, the Board was forced to take this action to help ensure the continued financial viability of Iowa Rush. 

It is the Board’s fondest hope we are able to begin the season on April 15, 2020 and bring back our furloughed staff.  Our staff is working very hard to develop contingency plans based on various season start dates to design a meaningful Spring/Summer 2020 soccer season for our recreation, our academy, and our select players and families.  As the stay at home and social distancing directives continue, the Iowa Rush staff will continue to reach out to players and to teams to provide individual or family training opportunities to ensure so the players will be ready to begin the season when we are able. 

If any Iowa Rush North, Iowa Rush Central, or Iowa Rush South players, parents, or coaches have any team related questions or concerns, please direct them to Kirk Artist, [email protected] or Jeff Adamiak, [email protected].  Of course, please feel to contact me at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

This pandemic will eventually pass and we will be able to again enjoy our children as they learn, grow, and enjoy the beautiful game of soccer.  In the meantime, we appreciate your continued patience as we navigate theses changing times.  We will continue to keep our families updated as events change.  Please continue to keep yourself and your family safe. 

Sincerely,
Chip Pritchard
President, Iowa Rush Board of Directors

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