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Technical Director 

Kirk Artist joined the Iowa Rush coaching staff as the Director of Coaching-Senior Boys in 2017.  Artist served for seven years as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Wartburg College.  The Knights qualified for the Iowa Conference tournament each year, made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in both of those years.  Artist coached 29 All-Conference honorees, eight All-Region selections, three All-Americans, and an NSCAA Academic All-American. He was named IIAC Coach of the Year and the NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2014.  Kirk has served on the NCAA Division III National Committee during his time at Warburg.  Artist has his NSCAA Premier and NSCAA Regional Goalkeeping Coaching Licenses.  Kirk currently lives in Ames with his wife Ashley and sons Deacon, Gage, Owen, and Isaac.

  
Director of Coaching
Jeff Adamiak joined the Iowa Rush Select program in 2013 as the Director of Select-Nero teams. Adamiak’s ability to break down technical and tactical ideas has given him a running record of developing quality players across multiple ages for years. Prior to coming to Rush, Jeff worked in the Johnston-Urbandale Soccer Club, spending the last five years as the club’s U9-U10 Academy Director.

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jeff began his coaching career in the Iowa City area after graduating from the University of Iowa.  During his time in Iowa City, Jeff served as the Assistant Director of Coaching for the Iowa City Alliance Soccer Club and the Iowa Soccer Club, in addition to coaching at the high school level with both Iowa City High and Solon HS.  In 1998, Jeff became involved in the Iowa Olympic Development Program (ODP), where he spent twelve years as a member of the Iowa ODP State coaching staff.

Jeff currently holds a USSF “B” License and USSF “National Youth” License.


 


Office Manager 

Jen Young grew up playing soccer for the West Des Moines Soccer Club, as well as Ankeny High School. She originally went to play soccer for the University of Iowa, but was drawn another direction and got into fitness and health in many other ways. She currently works at Ankeny First United Methodist Church as a fitness consultant. Jen has been coaching at Iowa Rush in several of our programs over the past years, and is excited to be more involved in the sport she has always loved. Jen graduated with a Health and Human Physiology degree and has her USSF E coaching license. She lives in Ankeny with her husband Nathan and keeps busy with fitness, soccer, and her two puppies. 





Director of Senior Girls

Jordan Burns, born in Bo’ness, Scotland is our new Senior Girls Director. He played for Syngenta Boys Club, Falkirk FC & Stenhousemuir FC professional youth academies, Scotland U18 School Boys, Bo’ness United and Grand View University. As well as a 4 year varsity athlete, Jordan spent an additional 4 years on the Grand View University Men's Soccer coaching staff as a Volunteer Coach and Graduate Assistant Coach. Jordan started his club soccer coaching career at West Des Moines Soccer Club and Sporting Iowa Soccer Club. He has also coached at the high school level as the Ankeny Boys Soccer Head Coach, Waukee Girls Soccer Assistant Coach, Roosevelt Boys Soccer Assistant Coach, and Meredith Middle School Boys Soccer Head Coach. Jordan is currently the Head Coach for the Iowa ODP G2005 team.

Jordan received a B.A. in Kinesiology and Health Promotions and an M.S. in Sports Management from Grand View University

Coaching License: USSF- D Licence, Iowa High School- Coaching Endorsement K-12.

Favourite team: Glasgow Rangers FC

Favourite player: Barry Ferguson

 




Director of Rec 

Ben Dighton joined Iowa Rush as a staff coach in 2018 assisting the Academy and Youth Girls programs. His vision and dedication to the program led him into the role of Director of Rec in the fall of 2019. 

Ben is a Boone, Iowa native and Iowa State University alumni. Previously he played soccer for Boone Soccer Club, Ames Soccer Club, and Buena Vista University. His past coaching experience includes North Polk Boys Varsity Soccer as an assistant coach, Ames Soccer Club as a skills coach, and Altoona Soccer Club as a Staff Coach.





Youth Select Director

Will began coaching for the Rush in the spring of 2019. He spent his entire youth career (11U-18U) playing for the club and has additional playing experience on Rush National teams and at various levels of ODP. After graduating from Ankeny High School in 2016, Will went on to play at Drake University.


Staff Coach and North Select Director
Luke McClyman joined the Iowa Rush staff in the Fall of 2020.  McClyman coached the past two years in Madison, WI for the Madison 56ers.  Prior to that, Luke coached 5 years out in Grand Junction, CO for Fire FC, out in Colorado he helped with Division 2 Colorado Mesa University both on the Men's and Women's as a volunteer.  McClyman was the Men's Assistant coach at Wartburg College for 2 years.  
 
As a native of Iowa Luke played his club soccer at CRSA and his college soccer at Wartburg College and he also played for the Des Moines Menace.  
 
McClyman has his USSF C License as well as his National Youth License. 
 
Luke is moving to the Des Moines area with his new wife Calli and his dog Lela!





Staff 
Fred Frimpong was born in Ghana, Africa. Fred played for Asante Kotoko S.C., Ankeny Soccer Club, Altoona Futsamba, Iowa ODP, Iowa Rush, and the Rush National Team. He played Division I soccer for the University of Nebraska Omaha for 3 years and for Drake University for 1 year. Fred was an assistant coach for various teams in the Iowa Rush Soccer Club for the past year.

Frimpong received my undergraduate from Drake in Business Management.

Licenses: Grassroots, 7v7, & 11v11





 
Staff

Chris Allen joined the Iowa Rush coaching staff in 2021 after volunteering in the recreational program in 2020. He is also the head coach of the Ankeny Centennial girls' soccer team and was formerly the head coach of the Ankeny High School Hawkettes. While coaching high school soccer, Allen has been honored as a ESPN Rise All-American Team Spring Coach (2013), a NHSACA Coach of the Year Finalist (2019), a USC State Coach of the Year (2018), a Top Drawer Soccer Midwest Region Coach of the Year (2016), and an IAHSSCA Hall of Fame inductee (2019). Prior to coaching, Allen played soccer at Buena Vista University where he helped the program reach the conference tournament two out of his four years, which also coincided with the first four years of the program.

Allen enjoys coaching at all levels of youth soccer and believes in helping players develop leadership and teamwork skills while they grow as soccer players. He holds his USSF D License, NSCAA/USC Level 1 Diplomas, and NSCAA/USC Goalkeeping I and II licenses.



 


Staff
Brian is a former All-Missouri Valley conference player for Drake University who remains in the record books for career goals scored.  In fact, he ranks in the top 5 for career goals scored and career shots taken.  Duax served as the Assistant Varsity coach at Dowling High School for ten years, before becoming Ankeny High School's Head Varsity Coach in 2013. Brian, his wife Kristen, and three children (Ty, Tate and Teresa) reside in Ankeny.

 

Staff
Lindsey attended the University of Kansas to play soccer. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science: Sports Management. She then received her Masters from Drake in Adult Learning and Organizational Performance: Leadership.

Career:
Drake Women's Soccer Assistant 03-08
Drake Women's Soccer Head Coach 08- Current
Iowa ODP Coach 03- Current
Iowa Girls ODP 2009 Head Coach

Coaching License: USSF "A"
NSCAA or now the USC Premier





Staff
Simon Brown was born in Dublin, Ireland. He played collegiate soccer for NIACC and Ashford Univeristy.

From 2015-2017, Simon was Hastings College assistant coach. He then began coaching at William Penn where he recently was hired as the head men's soccer coach (March 2020).

Simon has been the coach of the Ankeny High School Girl's Soccer coach from 2018- present. He also coaches the 2007 girls ODP team.





Staff
Elvir Ibisevic was born in Bosnia and moved to the United States when he was 2 years old. Elvir grew up playing for Johnston Soccer Club, JUSC, and Sporting Iowa. Elvir also participated in the Iowa ODP program, the Regional ODP team and was the first Iowa player to be selected to the USA U17 National Team Residency Program in Bradenton, FL. Elvir played Division 1 soccer at the University of Nebraska Omaha for 2.5 years and left after his sophomore season to sign professionally overseas. Played for NK Celje in Slovenia as well as Chemie Leipzig in Germany. Last year Elvir played for Union Omaha in the USL League One. 

 
 
Staff

Scott was a very active member of the soccer community in Cedar Rapids for over 20 years. Until the fall of 2020 he spent 3 years serving as the Technical DIrector of Coaching for AYSO UNITED in Cedar Rapids. He was instrumental in the formation of this new club. Prior to that Scott served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Heartland Soccer Club for seven years, along with coaching there. His coaching and club management had him serving in various programs around eastern Iowa including the YMCA, Marion Soccer Club, Heartland SC, Eastern Iowa United and AYSO UNITED. He also coached at the High School level as the Assistant Girls Varsity/Head JV Coach for the Xavier Girls program for 2 years of their 8 year High School Championship run. During these times he also had the experience as a proud parent when his daughters were playing at Xavier and during an Iowa State Cup win with his daughter’s Heartland Team. 

Scott currently holds a USSF Coaching National D license, NSCAA Regional Goalkeeper license, Advanced AYSO Coaching license and his Iowa High School Coaching certificate. As a Referee he is certified with USSF, AYSO Regional, Iowa Boys and Girls High School, indoor and futsal.

His goal with Rush is to ensure all players, regardless of level, learn to enjoy a lifelong love of the beautiful game.

 

 Staff

Armin Mujdzic was born in Doboj, Bosnia and Hercegovina. Mujdzic fled to the US from war-torn Bosnia in 1995 with his family. He may have struggled to learn the language at first, but one thing he understood very well was the game of soccer. He settled in Ankeny, Iowa with his family and played soccer for the Ankeny Hawks. While there, he contributed to the team in profound ways. In 2000, he had 13 goals and 8 assists, earning second-team all-conference honors. As a Junior he led the school to their best season in school history at the time, scoring both goals over Urbandale in the opening round of Class 2A substate tournament. By the time his junior year was over, he left his mark. He had a school record of 28 goals and 4 assists. He transferred to Urbandale his senior year, where he was team captain and took Urbandale J Hawks to their Class 2A victory. 

He went on to attend Grandview College where he graduated with a Bachelors in Business while playing soccer. He played for the Des Moines Menace from 2002 to 2013 as well as coaching their U16 team.

In 2021, he became Assistant Boys Soccer Coach for Urbandale Varsity. He still manages to play in a local Sunday league where he hasn't stopped scoring. 

 

 Staff 
Nahomi joined the Rush staff as a goalkeeper coach in the spring of 2021. She played for Iowa Rush for her entire youth career and on the Rush National team. After graduating from Ankeny Centennial High School in 2018, Nahomi played Division II soccer at Tiffin University for 3 years where she earned a bachelor's degree in forensic psychology.

 

 


 



 


Staff

Prior to joining Iowa Rush, Mitch served as the Goalkeeping Director for Minnesota Rush in Rochester, Minnesota for the last 4 years. While in Rochester, Mitch gained experience as an assistant and GK coach with NCAA D3 Saint Mary's University women's team, NPSL Med City FC, staff goalkeeper coach for Minnesota ODP, and as the head coach for a local area high school. Prior to his years in Rochester, Mitch coached for Ames Soccer Club as a staff coach and goalkeeper coach while finishing up engineering school at Iowa State University. Mitch and his wife, Alyssa, have moved back to the central Iowa area to be closer to family and for additional career advancement opportunities.

Mitch holds a USSF C License, and a USC Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma.

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