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Dan Highstead - Technical Director
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Dan will be taking on the role of Technical Director at Mountain Rush. Dan is from Essex, England and originally came to the U.S. working summer camps throughout the western states. In 2000, Dan became the Girl’s Director of Coaching for Rio Vista FC in Albuquerque, NM and in 2006 made the move to Colorado Springs and became the Director of Coaching for Seniors at Rush Pikes Peak. In 2008, Dan was named the head coach for Colorado Springs United, a Semi-Pro Women’s team that competed in the WPSL. He was also named the assistant coach for the NCAA Division III Colorado College Men’s soccer team in 2008. After returning to business school at UCCS in 2008, Dan returned to Rush Pikes Peak in January of 2010 to take the position of Director of Coaching - Youth Academy. Dan has his USSF "A" license and his NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma. He is married to Misty.


Morris-Mackenzie-2 Mackenzie Morris - Director of Coaching Girls 
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Mackenzie is taking on the role of Girls Director of Coaching (U11-U19) and Chair of the Community Committee at Mountain Rush. Mackenzie has been with Rush for 4 years. She is the current Recreational and Intermediate Academy Director for Colorado Rush, and coached the top u10 girls and premier level u13 girls as well. She is also the Director of Rush Fest for Rush Soccer, an event exclusive to u12 players from within and outside the U.S. Mackenzie is a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she was a 4-year varsity player at Doherty High School. She then went on in 2008 to play NCAA Division 2 soccer at Eastern New Mexico University, where she began her coaching career in 2012. She then moved back to Colorado where she coached at Wheat Ridge High School and began coaching for Colorado Rush. Mackenzie loves the passion and culture of Rush Soccer and is excited to impact the lives of many young athletes through the game of soccer.


Cooper Huslig - Director of Coaching Boys

Cooper is taking over the role of Boys Director of Coaching (U11-U19). Cooper was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona where he grew up playing the game. After high school he continued playing soccer at Owens Community College for 2 years where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Business before transferring to a NCAA DII program, Northwood University. After college, he moved back to Arizona to pursue his passion in coaching where he was involved with multiple teams at the high school level. Cooper coached the U9 and U12 boys for Mountain Rush last season, while also filling the role as North Denver Rush Development Director for the spring 2019 seasonHe is excited about growing in his career as a coach and director with such a fantastic club.  


Jen Bayliss - Co-Director of Coaching Intermediates

Jen has been with Mountain Rush for 5 years and is Co-Director of Coaching for the Intermediates (U9-U10). Having been charged with developing a love for the game in the little ones, Jen has been a huge part of our success with the WeeKicks program (3-4yr olds) and Intermediates. She is currently coaching the U11 Girls and U10 Girls teams. Jen was born and raised in Massachusetts and played college soccer at American International College NCAA Division II. Jen began her coaching career 15 years ago while attending Regis and earning her Masters degree as a neonatal nurse practitioner. Balancing out her coaching responsibilities, she also takes care of the little ones off the field as a NICU nurse. Jen lives in Thorton with her husband, Andy and three daughters, Reilly, Tara, and Shea who all play the beautiful game.


Steven Drake - Recreational Director & Co-Director of Coaching Intermediates 

Having been with Mountain Rush for the last four years, Steven will now be stepping in as the Mountain Rush Recreational Director and Co-Director of Coaching for the Intermediates (U9-U10) working alongside Jen Bayliss. With multiple coaching licenses, honors, and 16+ years of coaching experience, Steven has spent the majority of his career focused on developing curriculum, programs, and camps for 3-10 year old Recreational and Intermediate players. He is excited to begin building long-standing relationships and ultimately bridges within the community and between the two programs. Currently, he is coaching the U12 Boys Blue, U12 Boys White, and U10 Boys White teams. Steven has been a member of the the Evergreen/Conifer community his entire life; having played his high school soccer at Evergreen HS. He lives in Conifer with his wife, Mia and 4 children.


Jarod Schieler - Director of Coaching Goalkeeping 

As some of you may have already seen on the field, Jarod has stepped in as the Mountain Rush Director of Goalkeeping. He grew up in the Western suburbs of Chicago and played NAIA soccer at Judson University. Jarod had been coaching goalkeepers for Big Cat Goalkeeping and numerous clubs/colleges in Illinois for 7 years before moving to Aurora to get his Master’s degree in Physicians Assistant Studies. His passion for goalkeeping involves providing goalkeepers weekly clips from current EPL games to not only teach players to learn how to watch the game, but to learn to analyze why the professional goalkeeper makes a save or concedes. He believes the holistic training of a goalkeeper, prioritizing game IQ, is more important than solely training a goalkeeper’s agility/reactions. He lives in Aurora with his wife, Amanda. Jarod’s favorite team is Manchester United.


Bowen Taylor - Referee Mentor & Assignor

As many of you know, Bowen has stepped in as our referee assignor and referee mentor for the Evergreen/Conifer area. We want to congratulate him for founding and starting his own initiative to encourage and support new referees into the game through his program, Elevation Referee program. Having played his high school soccer as a goalkeeper for Conifer High School and being last year’s recipient of the Youth Referee of the Year award, we are excited to have him as a member of our staff. 

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