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Professional Coaching Staff

john "shedzy" sheridan

Sporting Iowa Executive Director

As Co-Director of Sporting Iowa Academy, Shedzy shares a passion for elevating soccer to its highest level.

Shedzy joined the Urbandale Soccer Club in August 2001 and brings a semi-professional playing and coaching background spanning over 20 years. During his time in England, Shedzy served as a staff member at English Professional Club, Walsall FC’s Centre of Excellence and was also instrumental in the introduction of an innovative development program for youth players at Leamington FC. 

As a staff member for the Iowa ODP program, Shedzy has been responsible for the program’s oldest girls teams including the '89-'99 teams team. During this time, he has built relationships with many college coaches across the country that has helped in the placement of many student athletes to college soccer programs.  

  • USSF ‘A’ License
  • NSCAA Premier Diploma – Pass with distinction
  • English FA Coaching Certificate
  • ISA Licensing Instructor

Rich bywater

Sporting Iowa Technical Director

Born in Yorkshire, England. Rich represented Yorkshire school boys. Along with having spells at Exeter City F.C. and competing semi-professionally for Frickely Athletic F.C.

Rich came to America to coach for Challenger Sports British Soccer, where he worked for five years. Rich attended Western Texas College both as a player and as an assistant coach until he transferred to Grandview University.

Rich earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management from Grandview University where he was part of the program that reached the national quarter finals two out of his three years.

  • USSF ‘B’ License
  • Level 2 F.A. Coaching Certificate
  • USSF Grassroots Instructor

Tim dobberfuhl

Sporting Iowa Boys Director

  • From: Milwaukee, WI
  • Licenses: USSF 'B' License, Grassroots Instructor License
  • Years Coaching: 14
  • Clubs/Schools worked with: Pella SC, Johnston SC, Urbandale SC, JUSC, ODP, Sporting Iowa
  • Playing Exp: Andromeda, McKinney HS, Central College
  • Favorite Team: Tottenham Hotspur

whitney lewis

Sporting Iowa Girls Director
  • From: Des Moines, IA
  • Licenses: USSF 'C' license
  • Years coaching: 5
  • Clubs/schools worked with: WDMSC, Sporting Iowa, ODP, Iowa State University, Drake University
  • Playing experience: Valley HS, WDMSC, Region II ODP, US National Team, UCLA, Texas Tech, LMU, Ajax FC
  • Favorite team: Ajax

Amanda rush

WDMSC Academy Director

  • From: Des Moines, IA
  • Licenses: USSF 'D' License
  • Years Coaching: 4
  • Clubs/schools worked with: WDMSC, Sporting Iowa, ODP, East HS
  • Playing Exp: Northwest Soccer Club, East HS, Grand View University
  • Favorite Team: USWNT

ryan rink

JUSC Academy Director

  • From: Cedar Falls, IA
  • Licenses: USSF 'C' License, NSCAA Youth Regional
  • Years Coaching: 13
  • Clubs/Schools worked with: Central College, Pella HS, DSM Christian HS, Pella SC, Cedar Valley SC, JUSC, Sporting Iowa
  • Playing Exp: Cedar Valley SC, Cedar Falls HS, Central College
  • Favorite Team: Manchester United

chris rennie

Director of Goalkeeping

  • From: Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Licenses: USSF 'D' License, USC Advanced National, USC Advanced National Goalkeeper 
  • Years Coaching: 11
  • Clubs/schools worked with: JUSC, Sporting Iowa, Grand View U, Drake U, ODP, Des Moines Menace
  • Playing Exp: Falkirk FC, Alloa Athletic, Iowa Wesleyan U
  • Favorite Team: Heart of Midlothian

molly ford


  • From: Appleton, WI
  • Licenses: USSF 'D' License, NSCAA National Diploma
  • Years Coaching: 10
  • Clubs/Schools worked with: Decorah United SC, Presentation College, Luther College, Decorah HS, JUSC, Sporting Iowa
  • Playing Exp: Appleton West HS, Appleton Soccer Club, Luther College
  • Favorite Team: USWNT & Liverpool

sam weeks

Director of Marketing

  • From: St. Albans, England
  • Licences: USSF 'C' License
  • Years Coaching: 10 
  • Clubs/Schools worked with: WDMSC, Sporting Iowa, ODP, Indianola HS, Valley HS
  • Playing Exp: Valley HS, WDMSC, Des Moines Menace, Grand View University
  • Favorite Team: Arsenal

jamie mcquillan

Director of Camps

  • From: Manchester, England
  • Licenses: USSF 'D' License, FA Youth Awards, FA Level 2
  • Years Coaching: 7
  • Clubs/Schools worked with: WDMSC, Sporting Iowa, ODP
  • Playing Exp: Myerscough College, Maine Road FC, Curzon Ashton FC
  • Favorite Team: Manchester United

trevor neary

MSL Director

  • From: Des Moines, IA
  • Licenses: USSF 'D' License
  • Years Coaching: 6
  • Clubs/Schools worked with: JUSC, MCSC, ODP, Des Moines Roosevelt
  • Playing Exp: Soccer West, Northwest, DSM Roosevelt HS, William Penn University
  • Favortie Team: Liverpool

corbin stone

Professional Staff Coach
  • From: San Deigo, CA
  • Licenses: USSF 'A' license, USSF National Youth license, USC Director of Coaching Diploma
  • Years Coaching: 30
  • Clubs/Schools worked with: 15+ Clubs (JUSC, Sporting Iowa, plus many more) Drake U, Uni of Iowa, Augustana College
  • Playing Exp: Region II ODP, Augustana College, North Virginia Royals
  • Favorite Team: Liverpool

Kevin Brennan

Professional Staff Coach/Current Drake U Womens Assistant Coach
  • From: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Licenses: USSF 'B' License, NSCAA Premier Diploma
  • Years Coaching: 14
  • Clubs/Schools worked with: Drake U, Cardinal Stritch University, FC Wisconsin, Sporting Iowa
  • Playing Exp: Cardinal Stritch University
  • Favorite Team: Liverpool

Nate Tiry-ortiz

Professional Staff Coach
  • From: Eau Claire, Wisconsin 
  • Licenses: USSF 'D' License, USC Goalie Level 1, 2, 3
  • Years Coaching: 14
  • Clubs/Schools worked with: Bettendorf SC, Davenport North HS, WDMSC, Drake University, Valley HS
  • Playing Exp: lub de Atlante, Bettendorf  SC, ODP, Bettendorf HS, Scott Community College, Upper Iowa University
  • Favorite Team: Manchester United

James wypych

Professional Staff Coach
  • From: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Licenses: USSF 'E' License
  • Years Coaching: 5
  • Clubs/Schools worked with: WDMSC, Drake University, Sporting Iowa
  • Playing Exp: NZ U17 national team, University of New Mexico, Drake University, Des Moines Menace
  • Favorite Team: Everton