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Colorado Rapids Crookham Featured Speaker at Parents Orientation

Brian CrookhamSr. Director of Soccer DevelopmentColorado RapidsBrian Crookham
Sr. Director of Soccer Development
Colorado Rapids

"thewaveprogram" would like to introduce Brian Crookham Senior Director of Soccer development of the Colorado Rapids. Coach Crookham is a sought after motivational speaker in the United States and all over the world. He will be speaking on the topic “Parenting the Student Athlete” Parent Orientation is Friday, July 6th, at 6:30, in the Pacific Grove United School District (PGUSD) High School Gym

Crookham is the Senior Director of Soccer Development for the Colorado Rapids. He joined the Rapids staff full-time in May of 2007. As Senior Director of Soccer Development, he is responsible for all of the club’s programming related to player development, including the Academy, the Colorado Rapids Adidas Alliance and the Club’s USL and International Partnerships. He is also serving as the Technical Director for the club’s USL Pro Affiliate, the Charlotte Independence.

Under his guidance, the club's Youth Development System has evolved into a fully-integrated player development structure where players have the ability to enter the club as a young player and pursue their dream of one day playing for the Rapids First Team through the MLS Homegrown Player program.

Brian Crookham speaks at a Colorado Rapids soccer functionBrian Crookham speaks at a Colorado Rapids soccer functionCrookham began his career with the organization as the Director of Coaching for the Rapids Academy. During the 2008 and 2009 seasons Crookham also assisted head coaches Gary Smith and Fernando Clavijo with the First Team. He has also served as a color analyst for Rapids television broadcasts on Altitude Sports and Entertainment since 2004.

For the three years prior to coming to the Rapids full-time, Crookham was the Assistant Technical Director for Colorado Youth Soccer. There he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Olympic Development Program and worked in coaching education.

From 1995-2004 Crookham served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach and Assistant Athletic Director at Metropolitan State College in Denver. During his nine-year tenure, the soccer team became nationally-recognized, going from a team that had never before been ranked to as high as number four in the NCAA Division II top 25. In 2000 the program made its first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Crookham coached three All-Americans, 11 All-Midwest Region players and the 2001 RMAC Player-of-the-Year. The program was also recognized nationally with Academic Honor Awards in each of the last three seasons he was there. In his role as Assistant Athletic Director, he was responsible for managing the student-athlete eligibility, academic progress, and NCAA rules compliance for the school.

A USSF "A" Licensed coach, Crookham has served as an instructor in both state and national coaching education programs for US Soccer and frequently conducts team building and development sessions for local business.

Crookham lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with wife Michelle, and three children.

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