Hidden Coaching Staff
 
Stefan McIntosh

Coach

Stefan McIntosh is one of the newest additions to the Coaching Staff

Stefan McIntosh grew up in the Snohomish area and attended Snohomish H.S. After graduating third in his class he went onto Western Washington University to earn an industrial design degree. He currently works in Everett, but his passion for soccer was always there. At a young age he got involved in multiple sports and was taught the value of work ethic, dedication, and the commitment to excellence by his old football coach. He continues to instill those values in the young soccer players he coaches today.

Stefan got his start in coaching as an assistant for a recreational team his daughter played on. He then eventually took over as the head coach as it was apparent that his background and experience in the game would be a better fit for leading the team. Stefan enjoyed it so much that he has been coaching ever since at multiple levels; recreational on up to premier. He now has over 10 years of experience coaching and has made steps to improve his knowledge of the game. Most recently, Stefan earned his US Soccer “D" level license and holds 5 certifications from the World Football Academy which include different levels of football tactics and analysis.

As a coach one of his proudest moments came when his 06 girls team reached the quarterfinals of the President Cup’s where the narrowly missed out on a semifinal berth. As a Dad, it came when his oldest daughter scored a goal to advance to the finals of Presidents Cup. It so happened that two Rush teams competed in the final that year so Rush won either way! Stefan is a family full of soccer players and are huge fans of the Sounders and try to attend matches when they can. He and his wife continue to play outdoor and indoor soccer and their daughters continue to compete for Washington Rush. They own four dogs (3 boxers and 1 doberman) and when they are not on the field, you may be able to catch them on the mountain snowboarding. Stefan is also a certified snowboard instructor. He is looking forward to the upcoming year as a Washington Rush coach.

“Train like you’ve never won, and compete like you’ve never lost.”

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DA Philosophy

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.

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DA Facilities
Kasch Park

Cavelero Middle High School

Archbishop Murphy High School

Mill Creek Sports Park

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