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 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!
I’ve been working with children since age 15; from the field, to the pool, to the classroom and beyond, young people have always been a part of my life. 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 sports, 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!
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 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.
I have been blessed by the game of soccer virtually all of my life. I played in California at UC Santa Barbara and was fortunate enough to participate in the US National team pool before there was a women’s national team. I began my coaching career in college and have been coaching ever since. I am married to Randy, Women’s soccer coach at Cornerstone University, and have 4 children. My 2 oldest boys , CJ and Mitchel play college soccer and Elisha and Jadon love the game as well. As you can see we are a family that is passionate about this amazing game.
I am so excited to share my experiences, knowledge and love for the game to the players at Revolution. I’m also very excited for the opportunity to teach the kids to enhance their performance by teaching them how to move efficiently using speed and agility However, more importantly, I am looking forward to using soccer as a means to teach the kids the value of hard work, dedication, and being a great teammate all while having fun.
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’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 6th year with this great club!
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.
I am grateful to be the husband of the one lady who will forever be of the love of my life, a dad of five irresistible kids, the elementary principal of over 600 amazing children, and the high school varsity coach of 20-plus dedicated girls.
My life is about living out the calling of impacting the lives of the next generation, inspiring kids to write a future story for themselves that involves hard work, perseverance, integrity, team-mindedness, courage, and drive.
I love the platform this great club offers to use competitive soccer to instill success-empowering life lessons for kids outside of soccer and into the future.
I have been playing the sport of soccer since I was 6 years old. I played at East Kentwood High School where I captained the team and lead them to a D1 State Championship. Went on to graduate and committed to Davenport University where we won the D2 GLIAC Championship. Now that I’m 19, I decided to take what I’ve learned so far throughout my soccer career to help the little ones improve their skills/knowledge. As one of Revolution's newest coaches, I am super excited to learn and experience many things.
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.
When I stopped playing soccer, I still had that intense love for the game and the community it brings, but it wasn’t until I signed my daughter up for Little Rascals that I found MFA. This became my new community as a parent, but even more so as I moved into a coaching role. I love the community MFA brings together, the relationships each coach builds with families on and off the field, and the desire to make players better people too. I’m super excited to further join this community of people, continuing to strengthen my relationships with players and their families, and grow the my love for the game while fostering players’ love for the game too!
My love for coaching this beautiful game comes from being able to watch kids development and get better and better day by day and because of the life lessons it can teach you through out your futbol/soccer career.
I came here to Revaluation to learn as much as possible from some amazing people/coaches, on and off the field and I am just so excited for this new journey and opportunity!
Hello, my name is Chris Ahmed. I am 24 years old and spent my time growing up playing soccer every single day here in Grand Rapids. I decided after high school I wanted to join the Navy and after 4 amazing years of serving our country I moved back to be able to kick footballs for Davenport University. Although I received opportunities with another sport, my love for soccer has not and will not go away and I was lucky enough to receive an opportunity to coach for Revolution.
My goal is to help kids become leaders, help them learn and improve their skills and knowledge of the game, and become more confident throughout every season while being apart of Revolution. This club has a deep passion for soccer, I plan to pass that on to everyone that I can!
I was born In Mexico City, Mexico and moved to Michigan when I was 12. Ever since then Grand Rapids has been my home. I studied cinematic arts and sport management and Central Michigan University. I have a USSF Grassroots 11v11, 9v9 and 5v5 licenses, and I am pursuing my USSF D license.
Some of the best memories I have are because of soccer. My closest friends have all played on a soccer team with me at some point. I learned so many valuable things being a part of a team and I aspire to be a mentor to other kids. I focus not only making them better players but also making them better people and inspiring them to love soccer as much as I do. It is a beautiful game that breaks boundaries and borders.
The atmosphere MFA has created with their programs is phenomenal, players gain so much out of it and have lots of fun doing so. All the coaches genuinely love soccer and that love transfers to every practice session.
I fell in love with a new sport at such a young age, I knew what I wanted to do with my life as soon as I touched a soccer ball for the first time. I have played soccer for 14 years, but I have only a year of experience with coaching. I’m so excited to teach the next generation of soccer players the beautiful game and just excited to learn from them as well. Go MFA!
Coaching is a way for me to express myself in the purest way possible. I love soccer and enjoy helping others become the best version of themself. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to play and enjoy soccer, regardless of their ability level or experience.
MFA provides an opportunity for me to accomplish my goals and grow not only as a coach, but also as an individual.
I have played competitive soccer since I was 9 years old and have been coaching since 2013. I have playing experience both here in the US and my home country of England. I am currently a player on the Davenport University soccer team and majoring in Biological Laboratory Science.
I love coaching at MFA because there is a big sense of community at the club that focuses on developing good young people as well as soccer skills. It is a great club with great people that provides a fantastic environment for coaches to pass on our soccer knowledge to the players. I love to watch the progress the players make as they become better soccer players and good people while sharing a love for the beautiful game.
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.
Soccer has always been a big part of my life. Growing up I loved playing the sport and it helped me become the person I am today. I’m thankful I had the opportunity to play and now I have a chance to give back by coaching and passing on what I’ve learned to the future generation. I always told myself I wanted to stay involved with soccer in my life in some way and what better way than to coach and help guide kids as my prior coaches did with me. I’m excited to be a part of the Revolution family and can’t wait to see what’s in store for me as a coach!!