About Us
Meet the Coach Development Team

We are all the Rush, and so the Rush Way is made by us all

Nobody is the Rush Way, we build it together. That’s the spirit of the Rush: a club that strives to help its partner clubs, coaches, and players

Through the Coach & Player Development Department we contribute to this end by pursuing three objectives:

  • Developing and promoting The Rush Way.
  • Making top-quality learning resources available for all of our coaches, players, and clubs.
  • Contributing to the extension of career developmental pathways, progressively building our coach  and player developmental pyramid.

We approach these objectives by providing, as you can see on our front page, online programs and learning resources that all of our coaches and players can access, as well as special programs with limited access. 

In person events complement this approach.

Pablo Toledo

Coach & Player Development Director

Pablo Toledo, Rush Soccer’s Sporting Project & Coach Development Director, leads this team by bringing a combination of coaching education and project management skills that reflect in his education and experience.
Once an Economist with a Master’s Degree in Project Evaluation working as a Project Manager for some of the largest corporations in the world, who later on fostered his soccer dreams and achieved multiple USSF, and CONMEBOL licenses, as well as Master’s in Sports Training specializing in Soccer Conditioning and Sports Nutrition.

CHRIS PANAYIOTOU

Developmental Director

Chris is currently the Developmental Technical Director for Rush Soccer and Developmental Director of Coaching at Virginia Rush. He also has experience as a WI and VA Youth Soccer Coaching Education.
Chris runs monthly Developmental webinars/calls with expert speakers and specialists. Chris also has served as MC at the Rush FEST and also runs a free Developmental Camp with Rush staff and volunteers for siblings at Rush FEST. Prior to working for VA Rush, Chris held the Youth Director of Coaching Position at MYSC and now Wisconsin Rush.
Chris holds UEFA “B” License, “Y” License, Premier Diploma, F.A. Preliminary Badge, as well as his USSF “B” and USSF “C” Licenses.

MEGAN MCCORMICK

Coach Education Consultant

Megan M., a remarkable A-Senior license coach with extensive experience in the soccer industry, both as a player and coach, including years of work at the US Soccer Federation, joined the team in July 2020 as a Coach Education Consultant. Bringing extensive expertise to the team, Megan focuses in organizing in person coaching events, online workshops for those eager to develop their skills to their top potential, as well as lead on our Rush Female Coaches Alliance program.

FEDERICO LOPEZ FREY

C&PD Project Coordinator

Federico Lopez Frey joined the Coach Development Department in July 2020 under the role of Project Coordinator. Federico brings multiple years of experience as a soccer journalist and editor and his position is the engine behind all of our programs, covering the multiple roles of journalist, editor, webmaster, and administrative lead, to make sure the entire department runs smoothly and delivers on time, top quality content.

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