God. Kids. Soccer. In that order.
Husband to my stunning wife, Caroline. Father to 2 little rascals, Kennedy & Molly.
Passionate about molding kids and growing community. Soccer is a beautiful tool because all you have to do is drop a ball and play. And the fact that you never see the same thing twice fascinates me!
I believe that God has an intricately designed plan that is unraveling itself in this community and I plan on sticking around to play whatever role He has in store for me.
I have a passion for learning and continuing to further my education in both Soccer and Futsal. My motivation to teach the game to young people comes from the lack of opportunity I had to learn Soccer as a kid and why I enjoy the learning process so much. I love that my coaching style is perfectly aligned with River City's holistic approach to life & sports, that’s why I know with absolute certainty that I'm with the best soccer club in Grand Rapids.
I started coaching when I was about 14-15 years old. I was always a very talkative player on the field and my coach at the time thought I would be great with kids. I started with the 4-7 year old program and grew from there. My love for coaching grew bigger and bigger in my college years. Within the last couple years I have traveled to different countries, states, and cities with coaching and playing as well. I am excited to be leading our staff, creating opportunities for teams, as well as growing and developing all of our players!
I am very excited about becoming a member of the MFA family! I see lots of opportunities for the young athletes to practice and perform at the highest level possible.
Revolution has a unique structure, that offers more than just soccer.
Futsal, and indoor facilities allow athletes to play all year round, while bringing a different element to their game.
It’s encouraging to see a club do a lot of extra things behind the scene, to give the players the best experience possible. As Girls DOC, I'm excited to share my love for the game with these future stars!
Rudy or Ben. Grand Rapidian. Educator. Coach. Volunteer. Friend.
I’ve been working with children since age 15, from the field, to the pool, to the classroom and beyond. I coached my first soccer team at age 16 and discovered a passion. Years later, I’m still going. When I’m not coaching, I can be found playing Spikeball, watching my goldfish or taking a long midday nap.
Hi, I'm Cameron Vela, I am 22 years old and I grew up in Grand Rapids. I began playing the beautiful game at the age of 5 and haven't stopped since. I attended high school at Forest Hills Northern and captained the team my Senior year. I’m pursuing an International Business and Spanish double major from Aquinas College. I was a 3 year player at Aquinas. I love working with kids and teaching them the game that provided me with so much joy and freedom growing up. I love helping the development of kids in the club, not only with soccer, but their development as a human's. Very excited to return for my 4th year with this great club!
Soccer. Character. Community. Every day I thank God that I can incorporate all 3 of these passions into my job as #BeyondTheSport Coordinator for Michigan Sports Academies.
I’m blessed to teach soccer to kids everyday and hope to foster a team culture of creativity, confidence, and selflessness.
I consistently dream about our club's future; defined by a people of character, a connected community, and of players who aspire to impact future generations.
Throughout my life (as a player), I've learned so many things of this sport so called soccer. I am excited to start this new journey as a soccer coach and experience/learn many more things. The biggest goal to achieve as a coach is to show the kids all the things I know and see them improve as a player day by day. I am ecstatic about joining River City FC and it is probably one of the best decisions I have made!!
I have a passion for life, soccer, and authentic Mexican food. I love seeing lives changed through the game of soccer. It holds the power to teach and to empower people in a way few things can. My own journey on the field has changed my life in a profound way and I'm stoked for the opportunity to walk alongside kids who have their own journey. I hope to cultivate an unmatched work ethic in my players, develop critical thinkers of the game, ignite passions for soccer and for life, and teach them to lead through serving.
God is doing something special through the beautiful game and I'm humbled to play a very small part in it. What a time to be alive.
My success as a player came from a love for the game and great coaches from start to finish; each pushed me to reach my highest potential. My desire now is to share what I have learned from each coach and from playing, and pass it on to all the players I am fortunate enough to work with. Soccer has given me gratitude, growth, passion, and the ability to overcome adversities both on and off the field. My hope is to share these values with my players so they will find the same benefits in soccer as I have.
I’m very grateful for the opportunity to coach the sport I love in such an integrative club that focuses not only on soccer skills, but also how we can become better humans and build into our community. I’m a Calvin College grad with a degree in Exercise Science and Spanish, currently in grad school for Occupational Therapy. When I’m not running around the soccer field with your kiddos, you can find me hiking, running, traveling, hanging with friends/family, adventuring with my camera, or with my dog at Lake Michigan. I’m excited to return for my 4th year with RCFC!
Soccer is a sport that is always changing and evolving. There are so many different ways players express their individuality. There are also coaches who are always innovating the way the game is managed and how they train. That is why I love this sport. Constantly studying what is going on and catching new details and ideas everyday keeps me pushing myself to be better. I strive to pass that same drive and desire to my players who want it. I give my players the tools to think outside of the box and grow a love for the game because it is what they want, not because it is what I want. That is the most rewarding experience there is for a coach; to see that passion grow from within, not from outside pressure.
I love being outside and being active but soccer is my true passion. I love everything about the sport, especially how it brings people together. I grew up loving the game and always wanting to get out there and play. Coaching has helped me move on in my soccer career, being a leader for kids is the most satisfying thing for me. I hope that through coaching I can pass on my love for the game onto the players at RCFC and help them grow not only as players but as people.
Soccer is a universal language. If you go anywhere in the world you are able to find someone playing, that is why I love this game. I played soccer at Grace Bible College for 3 years and learned so much about the diversity of the game. Working with kids has been a huge passion in my life, and to be able to combine these two loves with coaching is an absolute blessing.
I have played soccer for most of my life and I can't imagine myself playing another sport. I have coached for quite a while and I just love helping kids making them smile and really get them to know the details of the game and improving them not only as a player but as a person also. I'm always active and ready to get down to business with soccer and futsal which is another sport I have played. Joga Bonito is my type of style meaning play beautiful and it was meant to curb players behavior on the pitch in a positive way.
I'm looking forward to getting my feet planted in what seems to be a phenomenal organization. I'm excited to be wowed, amazed and just blessed by any group that I get to spend my time with. Im looking forward to pass the knowledge I know about the game to these awesome kids who one day, will be better than I ever was. I'm just excited to be around people who care about something as much as I do--this is a great group of coaches who are very good at what they do.