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Coaching Staff Slate 2022-23 (2)

Posted on May 19, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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Due to significant planned growth and expansions the club is very excited to announce the second round of changes and additions to the coaching staff slate for 2022-23. We continue to extend the youth soccer geographic footprint across Houston providing increased opportunities for both player and coaching staff development.  The following coaching staff will have new roles and titles starting in the fall season:
 
  • Diego Copa - Tomball Director
  • Carl Fleming - Boys Academy Coach (MLS NEXT U13 & U14 / ECNL-RL U19)
  • Clodo Cervantes - Boys Academy Coach (MLS U15 / ECNL-RL U17)
  • Cesar Gutierrez - Boys ECNL-RL Coach (ECNL-RL U13 & U14)
"I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve my community as Tomball Director, said Diego Copa. "I look forward to building upon the foundation of the current program, and continue to provide our Tomball members with a soccer program they can be proud of for years to come.”

"The club continues to evolve coaching staff roles and assignments in preparation for the upcoming fall season," said Alex Cardenas, Boys Academy Director. "The Elite Boys Program continues to improve and compete with excellent results both locally and nationally and next season will be no different."

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South Texas Spring Showdown 2022

Posted on May 10, 2022 BY Simon Boddison
 

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The club hosted the 2nd Annual South Texas Spring Showdown, brought to you by AutoNation, May 7-8 at Gosling and Bear Branch sports complexes in The Woodlands, Texas. Over 100 Recreational and Youth Academy teams across south Texas competed over a fun two-day event to provide an exciting wrap-up to their spring season of competition. As part of Mother’s Day Weekend, Dynamo Dash Youth also presented a $200 Academy Sports gift card to Janet Arriazola for winning the club’s social media giveaway.

"I would like to thank all the teams, referees, volunteers, parents, and coaching staff for participating in the 2nd Annual South Texas Spring Showdown," said Stuart Taylor, Tournament Director. "The tournament was a tremendous success and a perfect setting for Recreational and Youth Academy teams to end their season in a fun and exciting competition. We look forward to hosting and expanding this event in 2023."

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Coaching Staff Slate 2022-23

Posted on May 04, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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The club is very excited to announce the first of multiple changes and additions to the coaching staff slate for 2022-23 due to significant planned growth and expansions.  We continue to extend the youth soccer geographic footprint across Houston providing increased opportunities for both player and coaching staff development.  The following coaching staff will have new roles and titles starting in the fall season:
 
  • Josh Smith - Woodforest Director
  • Nigel Vaughan - Director of Coaching - West Senior Boys
  • Bogdan Onut - Director of Coaching - Woodforest Boys
  • Jason Budd - Director of Coaching - Woodlands Senior Boys
"As a Woodforest resident, I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve my community as Director of the Woodforest Program, said Josh Smith, Woodforest Director. "I look forward to building upon the foundation of the current program, and continue to provide our Woodforest members with a soccer program they can be proud of for years to come.”

"The club continues to evolve and develop coaching staff roles and assignments in preparation for the fall season," said Stuart Fitzsimons, Competitive Director. "Based upon projected membership growth, there will be further coaching staff additions and exciting changes to be announced in the near future."


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Girls Academy Showcase - April '22

Posted on April 30, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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The Girls Academy Spring Showcase headed to Bryan Park Soccer Complex outside of Greensboro, NC from April 28-30. The showcase featured U15 - U19 teams who played opponents outside of their conference during the event.  The Dash Academy traveled to the event with a group of 2004/05 players competing in the U19 age bracket and gained three tremendous results against national level competition.  Over three hundred college coaches from across the country were on site to scout the players.

Showcase Results: (3-0)

Opponent Conference Result
South Shore Select 1st Mid-Atlantic Won 1-0
PA Classics 2nd Mid-Atlantic Won 1-0
Michigan Jaguars 1st Mid-American Won 2-1
 

Team: Natasha Budisa, Thaleia Caldwell, Mia Brumlow, Lucy Smith, Caroline Fowlkes, Sophia Dean, Genesis Hernadez, Cadence Sanders, Kathryn Lennon, Olivia Schmidt, Ava Shannon, Lauren Littleton, Ava Gonzales, Haydan Erck, Maddie Ellis.

Coaching Staff: Dave Dengerink, Steven Grave.

"The competition was excellent as there was a really competitive atmosphere especially playing against teams that were an age group older." said Hayden Erck, U17 Girls Academy. "Also, it was a cool experience to be able to coordinate and talk with the college coaches after games and throughout the event going on."

“The event provided a great platform for us to showcase our players in front of the top college programs in the country, said Dave Dengerink, Academy Director.  "It also provided a chance for our future 2004/05 team to play together prior to next season. It was a remarkable experience for the girls and enjoyable in every fashion."

“The team represented themselves superbly in another excellent Girls Academy League showcase," said Steven Grave, Academy Staff Coach. "Playing against U19 teams that are top of their respective conference provided a quality competitive environment with meaningful games that continue to accelerate our player's development. A huge thank you is extended to the players, families and staff for their continued commitment and support to the program.”COLLEGE COACHES ATTENDING


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3v3 Turf Cup 2022

Posted on April 18, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

 

The club hosted its annual 3v3 Turf Cup at Bear Branch Sports Fields in The Woodlands, TX with over 175 teams on-site to celebrate the Easter festive weekend. It was a fun-filled, action-packed day for all the teams that traveled in from across the city of Houston. Activities included over 350+ games along with soccer tennis, live music, an Easter egg hunt, dance competitions and juggling stations. Amongst the fun, we had plenty of presentations and awards handed out throughout the day. 

 "Another great event of soccer in perfect weather conditions during the Easter holiday weekend. We saw a record-breaking attendance of teams and spectators along with some outstanding costumes and an array of festival activities," said Milton Arraez, Tournament Director. 

The club would like to thank Panera Bread and Potbelly for providing food and Memorial Hermann for first-class medical care. Fine Design T-Shirt Company was also on-site, providing a quality product for the members and our guest teams to purchase.

Awards:

Best Team Name: It's About To Get Messi (1st Place), Prepare to Dye (2nd Place)
Best Uniform Winners: Kicking Chickens (1st Place), Dragons United (2nd Place)3V3 TURF CUP RESULTS - CLICK HERE!
 
 
 
Dynamo | Dash will be hosting their final two small sided tournaments of the Spring season with the South Texas Spring Showdown, May 7-8 (registration deadline April 25) and the 5 v 5 Memorial Day Classic, Saturday, May 28 (registration deadline May 17).  
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Coaching Education Spring 2022

Posted on April 11, 2022 BY Simon Boddison
 

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This last week, the club wrapped up its Spring comprehensive coaching education series in partnership with the Houston Dash with a professional training session at Houston Sports Park. Lead by Dash Head Coach James Clarkson, fifty-five licensed Dynamo | Dash coaches observed a training session where they were able to learn from and ask questions of Clarkson and his staff.

Dynamo | Dash leads the way in employing the best youth soccer coaching staff in Houston and across the country which ultimately provides the best personal and professional development for the staff and our players. We invest heavily in the continual education of our coaches, providing paid licensing opportunities, seminar & workshop courses, employee attendance at the annual National Coaches Convention, educational topics presented by guest speakers / internal staff every Thursday along with the weekly Monday's opportunity to connect with the Dynamo Academy Partners in Development series.

"We have a responsibility to provide opportunities for our coaching staff to continually improve their credentials and attend innovative events that help them progress in their personal development," said Dave Dengerink, Academy Director. "The game is constantly changing daily with higher demands. It is up to the club to provide the necessary resources and tools for the staff to continue to lead the youth soccer marketplace in coaching education."

COACHING EDUCATION TOPICS PRESENTER
Coaches Training and Game Day Distractions Dave Dengerink, Academy Director
Season Planning / Mexico Trip James Clarkson, Houston Dash Head Coach
Using Rondos in Training Joan Olivia, LA TPD Elite MLS
Grit Justin Neese, Dash City Director
Video Analysis (Veo) Radojica Ristic & Trey Tesno - West Director / GK Director
Retention, Recruitment & Player Evaluation Alfredo Martinez, Boys Academy Coach
Dash Training Session Observation James Clarkson, Houston Dash Head Coach

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Girls Academy Champions League 2022

Posted on March 28, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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The Girls Academy launched a separate, aspirational competition to add additional quality competition for the most competitive clubs in the GA. Qualification was a reward for a consistent commitment to player development and overall success.

Participants are decided based on final league standings and consist of two (2) clubs from each of the seven (7) conferences. Additionally, the top (2) best-performing and highest ranked wildcard teams at the National Playoff from each age group were added to the mix for a total of sixteen (16) teams per age group. The following elite clubs across the country were present: Colorado Rush & Houston Dash (Frontier), National & Cincinnati United Premier (Mid-America), TSJ-FC & Cedar Stars Academy-Monmouth (Mid-Atlantic), NEFC & South Shore Select (Northeast), Lamorinda Soccer Club & FC Bay Area Surf (Northwest), Tophat Gold & IMG Academy (Southeast), City SC & SC Del Sol (Southwest). Over two hundred and twenty (220) college staff were present along with professional scouts / staff from the USA and Mexico Soccer Federations.  

All six (6) Dash teams qualified for the prestigious event with the following groups highlighting the event:

  • 2009 group finished in 2nd place (lost on penalties, ranked #23 Topdrawersoccer)
  • 2007 group finished in 3rd place (won on penalties).
  • 2005 group finished in 4th place.
The following Girls Academy coaching staff were present throughout the event - Dave Dengerink, Steve Grave, Omar Morales, Marcus Watt, Brittain Rademacher.
 
"Overall the Champions League event was a great experience and a very good chance to showcase your skills in front of coaches," said Madison Taylor, 2007 Girls Academy. "The environment was very intense in a positive way.  I have never had a chance to truly know how it feels being tied in overtime and having to go to penalty kicks or the feeling of winning after a really competitive game that decides if you move on in the event. As far as the exposure, I thinks it’s really good, even though I'm pretty young.  It gives you motivation to go out and play like no one has seen you before. After the trip I couldn’t stop talking about it, and looking back and realizing how much fun I had."

"Had a great time at the Girls Academy Champions League event in Bradenton, Florida last week.  There was a lot of great soccer played by some of the most talented teams in the country, " said Bo Littleton, 2005 Parent. "The girls had a great time and the fields were in terrific shape.  We were very impressed with the amount of college exposure at each game by top NCAA Div. I schools.  This was a fantastic event!"
 
"The Girls Academy Champions League event provided an elite environment for the players. The competitive format, facilities, organization and execution of the event was excellent," said Marcus Watt, Girls Academy Staff Coach.  

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Golf Outing 2022

Posted on March 25, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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The Woodlands Country Club - The Palmer again hosted this year's annual golf fundraiser, it was brought to you by SPB Consulting, on Monday, March 21, 2022. 

Proceeds from the day's activities are tracking to exceed last year's $109K total. Fundraising from this event supports the club's ongoing field expansion and current facilities maintenance, which is vital to the development of 8,400+ youth soccer players within Houston and its surrounding communities. The Bob Bennett Award was presented by Lynn Bennett to Effex Management Solutions (Louis Flory, Bryan Danielle, Jerrid Payton, Craig Heck) with a very competitive overall score of 19 under. The club would like to recognize the following partners that supported the event:

Fifty-four foursomes were present over 27 pristine golf holes of undulating and mounded terrain, surrounded by challenging bunkers and intricate water hazards. The event hosted a raffle, silent & live auction, plus multiple fun course activities:

  • Mike' D-Bo' Dobbyn, Charity Golf International Professional World Long Drive Champion 2014.
  • Six Hole in One Prizes - $10,000 x 2, TV x 2, GPS golf watch / Range Finder & Vertical Charcoal Smoker.  
CONTESTANT HOLE WINNER
Deacon Men's Longest Drive Kevin Toburen
Deacon Women's Longest Drive Catherine Gasper
General Men's Longest Drive Bill Ribbing
General Women's Longest Drive Song Hollier
Deacon Longest Putt Evangeline Treadwell
King Longest Putt Blaine Dowd
General Longest Putt Chris Moring

The live auction consisted of a Crawfish Boil (won by Scott Orr), Milton's Fishing Trip (won by Joshua Sandberg), and Bluejack National foursome (won by Louis Flory). Phil Ebner, Recreational & Youth Academy Director, emceed the live auction. Team Boddison won the raffle team contestant, and the individual contestant winner was Darron Rush.

"We would like to thank all the golfers, sponsors, committee members, teams, club staff, team reps, and The Woodlands Country Club - Palmer Course for their valuable support throughout the event. A huge amount of work went into delivering a first-class outing for everybody involved, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly very positive. We look forward to hosting again next year.”

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Dash Academy Games Host College Coaching Staff

Posted on March 03, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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The Dash Academy hosted teams from the Girls Academy League Frontier Conference this past weekend at Bear Branch and Gosling sports complexes in The Woodlands.  Fifty-four elite level games were played on state-of-the-art turf fields during a three-day period. Participating clubs included: Lonestar Soccer Club (Austin, TX), Kansas Rush (Olathe, Kansas), Lou Fusz (St. Louis, Missouri), BVB International Academy (Carrollton, Texas) and Sporting St. Louis (Maryland Heights, Missouri).  The Dash Academy completed the weekend with a record of 10-4-4.  

Also in attendance were staff from multiple college programs.: Cornell University, Southern Utah University, UTEP, Texas Christian University, Newberry College, West Virginia, University of Iowa, Long Beach State University, Harvard University, Pittsburg University, Bowling Green University, Central Arkansas University, Texas A&M University, South Carolina University, Colorado Mesa University, Iowa State University, Stetson University, University of Utah, Virginia Tech University, Tufts University, University of Redlands, Davidson College, University of Miami, Liberty University, Emory University, Dickinson College, Penn State University, University of Florida, Columbia University, Point Loma University, University of Minnesota, San Diego State University, University of Rochester, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Texas, University of Houston, University of Kentucky, Michigan State University and Rice University.

"I would like to thank all the visiting teams, coaching staff, players, parents, volunteers and referees for making this weekend a tremendous success," said Coach Steven Grave, Girls Academy Coach | Event Director. "The club has a responsibility to continue to showcase and promote our players to college coaches from across the country.  This was accomplished during the weekend by hosting and playing the above clubs on first class facilities."

"When I think of the experience that our club had this past weekend in Houston during the Girls Academy league play, one word comes to mind...quality.  Quality opponents, a quality environment and quality facilities." Daouda Kante, Executive & Technical Director, Kansas Rush Soccer Club.

"Being brand new to the Houston Dash GA team, this showcase over the past weekend was a great experience for me to get more comfortable with my team and show off my abilities to the coaches present," said Abby Onstad, Dash Academy 2006 GK. "I think it was a good experience to showcase myself in front of top colleges because I was able to play with a great team against other elite level programs."

"Great showcase, good competition. I love how Dash reached out and welcomed top college coaches. Many were there to see their current recruits too. Two perfect venues to showcase our talented girls!  Thanks, Dash!" Debbie Staton, event volunteer / club parent.

"By continuing to host events in The Woodlands provides opportunities for our local residents to enjoy their youth soccer experience in their own back yard thus bringing further economic impact to the local community," said Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations.  "I would like to thank The Woodlands Township, our hotel and food partners along with Memorial Hermann Hospital who covered all our athletic training needs for the event."

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Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Renews Partnership

Posted on March 01, 2022 BY Simon Boddison


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The club is extremely proud to announce that Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has renewed their partnership with the College Center for 2022.  The College Center provides free access to 2,300 players with an online platform sponsored by College Fit Finder.  The program then educates the prospective student-athlete through all the aspects of the recruiting process thus providing a wide array of college scholarship / roster opportunities across the country.

Due to Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial's support from 2006, the club has placed five hundred and thirty seven (537) players into college.  Two hundred and sixty (260) of these players have been placed since 2017 with thirty seven (37) players already committed from the 2022-23 graduating classes.

The club will continue to work with all the current players to help guide them through the complicated process of finding the right school based upon what fits their personal goals and requirements.

“We admire these hard-working, gifted athletes and their passion for furthering their education and appreciate Dynamo I Dash’s mission to provide the necessary guidance to match athletes with suitable colleges and universities,” stated Dr. Charles Repa DDS of Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in The Woodlands.

"Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery continue to recognize the importance of education and athletic opportunity for our players," said Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations / College Center Director.  "The generous yearly support has been nothing short of outstanding.  The club looks forward to partnering with Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery over the next twelve months once again."  

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