Hidden Coaching Staff

Programs Director

Sarah was born and raised in Des Moines, IA and knew early on that she wanted to become a coach. Sarah’s father was a heavy influence from a young age. Sarah spent countless hours watching her dad as a wrestling coach and always appreciated the impact a sport can have on kids. “He taught me how to teach a sport and how to deal with life situations at the same time.” Sarah also enjoys the teamwork aspect of the game and the values kids can learn from working with others.

‍ Sarah started playing soccer at the age of four and continued for both the club and ODP soccer programs in Iowa. Her talents enabled her to star in college for both Grand View University and Ashford University. Since graduating from college Sarah has been coaching full time at her childhood club in Iowa (West Des Moines Soccer Club) and Washington Rush. She recalls some of her favorite coaching moments as the various times that she sees players finally doing something they have been working on, and the smile it brings to their faces. She likes watching the Dutch style of building from the back with patience, playing simple, and highly technical players.      

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DA Events
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DA Philosophy


“The Rush Way to Play is based upon movement and activity by both player and ball. Possession-oriented does not fully describe how we play; attack-oriented does. Whether in possession or in defense, we are attacking. Rush Players play with freedom, yet understand the importance of responsibility and the balance between the two. Rush teams are flexible and adapt to varying circumstances. The Rush Way to Play represents both passion and purpose”.

•     Players are to be comfortable with a possession-based passing game, where the team will look to try and play out from the back in a coordinated and controlled manner and is developed through the thirds in order to produce goal-scoring opportunities when possible

•     Players will look to recognize opportunities to play forward and execute counter-attacking opportunities where possible but not at the expense of losing possession

•     Players will, upon losing possession, look to immediately regain possession by defending from the front as a preferred option, or to drop and establish a compact defensive shape when unable to do so

•     Above all, our teams are expected to display a competitive and winning mentality – winning games is of importance; however, this is not at the expense of the playing philosophy

The U12 age group will predominantly focus on technical development incorporating decision-making and consideration for basic principles of play. They will play predominantly in a flexible 4-2-2 formation with players encouraged to rotate positions. The U13 & U14 age groups will focus more toward tactical understanding and technical refinement. Players will still be required to have an understanding of a range of positions but as they progress through this phase should begin to develop a primary position within the team. 11v11 games will adopt a flexible 4-3-3 formation. The key aspect regarding formations is that they are a guide. The style of play is dictated by the playing philosophy and takes precedence overall.

DA Vision
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DA Facilities
Kasch Park

Cavelero Middle High School

Archbishop Murphy High School

Mill Creek Sports Park

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DA Academy Graduates to Sounders FC
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DA Uniforms
As part of our agreement with Adidas, Washington Rush provides all uniform items for Development Academy players. Items included in this agreement are Home and Away Jerseys, Shorts and Socks, Warm-Up Jacket and Pants, Cleats and Runners.