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Sep, 2018

Wayne Galloway joins Rush as Director of Club Development

Galloway has been a familiar face at U-20 Men’s National Team domestic camps in the past, but recently returned from an international tournament in the Czech Republic traveling with the U-18 Men’s National Team.

A strictly professional environment follows the U-18 MNT, and Galloway is critical to this atmosphere, providing expertise in areas including scouting of opponents and communicating strategic and tactical changes to U-18 MNT Head Coach Tab Ramos. Galloway’s insight impacts each game the U-18 MNT play, successfully scouting four teams in four matches, coming up with a positive result each game.

After playing in Europe and rising though the youth ranks of the developmental academy with Nottingham Forest FC and Everton, Galloway came to the U.S. with no plans to pursue coaching, but was drawn back into the profession after coaching some of his friends’ kids.

Since 2005, Galloway has coached with the Capelli-owned Cedar Stars on both the girls and boys side, acquiring multiple state and regional club championships.

In addition to Galloway’s veteranship with various U.S. Men’s National Teams, Galloway’s perspective includes the youth and developmental side of the game. As Boy’s Academy Director, Galloway uses his experience in the academies of Europe and the United States to analyze the methodologies and procedures of different clubs.

As the National Staff gains Galloway for the important role of helping Rush clubs grow and develop youth players well, Nik Penn, a veteran Rush Soccer national staff member with experience in many roles, steps into the role of Executive Director.

Penn has worked with every side of the game, being a player, coach, technical director at Rush Pikes Peak, event manager as the Rush Fest Director, and long-time national staff member of Rush Soccer.

“Growing up in England I played from a very young age,” Penn added. “I was injured at 16 and came to the realization that I was not good enough to play at the top level and so I went into coaching.  After competing with Rush (and losing) for 5 years, I investigated the possibility of being part of the expansion program, which in 2003 became a reality and Pikes Peak Soccer Club became Rush Pikes Peak.  I spent 18 months working in Denver as the Director of Youth Boys before returning to Colorado Springs as the Technical Director of Pikes Peak.”

As Penn transitions to this new role, his passion is directed into new areas of Rush, where he will continue to facilitate growth within the club.

“This is more than the x's and o’s. The humanitarian aspects such as REACH, Thunder, and helping at-risk kids, from players being able to experience different cultures and countries to expand their knowledge, as well as understanding that the Core Values and being a good person supersedes all of the soccer, is also important.”

Rush is honored to work with both Galloway and Penn who provide us with expertise, credibility, and passion for the game moving forward.

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