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Name: Tom Poole
DOB: 2nd November 1989
Birth place: Birmingham, England. UK
Cell: 720-326-3953

Personal Profile

  • Currently working as the Boys Director of Coaching for Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club

  • Currently working as a West Region Head/Asst. Coach through the ODP program

  • Currently working at the Director of Soccer Operations with University of Denver Men's Soccer Program

  • Previously worked as an Assistant Coach with the Colorado State 2001 ODP Boys team.

  • Previously worked as an Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach & Director of Performance at Regis University, Denver, Colorado.

  • Previously worked as the Technical Director for North Denver Rush Soccer Club, Thornton, Colorado.

  • Previously worked as the Director of Coaching Education & Player Development at North Denver Rush Soccer Club, Thornton, Colorado

  • Previously worked as a Health and Fitness teacher at Cuthbertson Middle School in Waxhaw, North Carolina.

  • CPR/AED and First Aid Certified.


  • 2013- 2015 – Master of Arts – Sport Leadership & Human Performance – Regis University, Cumulative GPA – 3.8.

  • 2008-2012 – Bachelor or Sports Science in Health & Physical Fitness Education - Wingate University, Cumulative GPA – 3.7.

  • 2006-2008 – National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science - Warwickshire College, Henley-in-Arden, England, UK.

  • 2001-2006 – Thirteen GCSE grades of A-C, including Math, Science, English and Physical Education - Colmers School and Sports College, England, UK.


  • FA Level 1 in coaching football

  • FA Level 2 in coaching football

  • UEFA ‘B’ licence in coaching football

  • UEFA ‘A’ licence in coaching football

  • United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Diploma

  • United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma

  • United Soccer Coaches Director of Coaching Diploma

  • Certified Health and Fitness teacher (K-12)

  • FA Safeguarding of children

  • American Heart Association CPR/First Aid certified

Continuous Professional Development

  • UEFA CPD: Behavioral Management

  • UEFA CPD: Counter Attacking

  • UEFA CPD: Creative Attacking Play

  • UEFA CPD: Developing Creativity

  • UEFA CPD: Youth Football Coaching: Developing Creative Players

  • UEFA CPD: Developing Possession Through the Thirds

  • UEFA CPD: Goalkeeper Practices in Restricted Areas

  • UEFA CPD: Technical Principles for Young Goalkeeper Development

  • UEFA CPD: Possession with 5-11 Year Olds

  • UEFA CPD: Respect for Coaches

  • UEFA CPD: Respect for Referees

  • United Soccer Coaches Special Topics Diploma: Advanced Youth Coaching

  • United Soccer Coaches Special Topics Diploma: Managing Your Career

  • United Soccer Coaches Special Topics Diploma: Professional Development Certificate

  • United Soccer Coaches Special Topics Diploma: Technical Development of the Competitive Player

  • United Soccer Coaches Special Topics Diploma: Technical Training and Small Sided Games


Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club
 - Boys Director of Coaching – (November 2019 – Present)

I oversee the entire boys competitive branch with direct oversight of other full time Boys Directors and 40+ staff coaches
Leading all facets of the boys program from continued coaching education and player development, age group appropriate curriculum instruction & implementation as well as camp coordination & facilitation

Staff development, retention, hiring and management.
Direct oversight of budget, goal setting and strategic planning for competitive boys program.

Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club
 - Director of Coaching – U11-U12 Boys (June 2017 – November 2019)

I oversaw the competitive branch for 11U-12U Boys
Leading all facets of my division from continued coaching education and player development, age group appropriate curriculum instruction & implementation as well as camp coordination & facilitation

Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club
 - Teams Coached (June 2017-Present)
U17 ECNL (02)  Head Coach
U16 ECNL (04) Head Coach
U12 Development Academy Youth (08)  Head Coach 
Boys Elite Programming Head Coach
Work in collaboration with MLS Development Academy Staff on player development, talent ID, recruitment and retention

University of Denver Men’s Soccer

 - Director of Soccer Operations (July 2019-Present)
Assist head/assistant coaches in tactical analysis, periodization, scouting and recruitment - liaison between DU and Colorado Rapids


 - Founder (February 2017 – Present)

Deliver individual and small group training to beginner, intermediate, advanced, college and professional players
Design individual development plans based upon players needs and desires

Colorado Rapids
 - U23 PDL Volunteer Assistant Coach (May 2018-July 2018)

Assisted head coach and assistants in any way possible
Lead small group functional exercises when called upon

West Region ODP Coach  – U14-U15 Boys
 - Head & Assistant Coach (July 2018 – Present)

Assistant coach for West Region U14 and U15  Boys via State ODP Program
Travel to ODP Regionals to scout and assist head coach/Director
Lead Regional Camps for talent and recruitment of players into program

Regis University Men’s Soccer
 - Assistant Coach & Director of Performance (June 2013 – December 2017)

Assisted head coach in running a successful college soccer program
Duties include day to day practice, tactical analysis, game and player management and student strength and conditioning


North Denver Rush Soccer Club
 - Technical Director November 2016 – May 2017)
I lead the technical vision for entire club from players ranging 3-18 years old
Hired, developed and oversaw Directors of Coaching,  Director of Operations & Administration and 55+ staff

√   Tactical & Physical Periodization
√   Individual Player Development plans
√   Staff Management
√   Coaching Education & Recruitment
√   Video Editing
√   Scouting & Recruitment
√   Budget Management
√   Strategic Planning
√   Proficiency in Google Drive & Microsoft Office

Tom adopts a holistic approach to coaching soccer. Individual and team development requires consistent and coherent methodologies which encompass the four-pillars of the modern-day soccer player. Tom focuses time and energy on developing the technically gifted, tactically intelligent, psycho-socially resilient and physically capable athletes. This is best achieved through carefully designed training sessions, bespoke to the individual and team needs.

A belief of Tom’s is that players should be guided to learn through self-discovery and in doing so, develop key skills such as problem solving, decision making, stress management and social skills. All of which not only help the athlete become a more complete player but emotionally intelligent individuals.


Andrew Kewley
Alliance Technical Director

Colorado Rapids


Chris Cartlidge
Technical Advisor
Colorado Rapids


Barry Gorman
Soccer Consultant          
Former United Soccer Coaches President, Penn State Head Coach, Technical Director FC Dallas


Steve Trittschuh
Former U.S.A National Team Player
Head Coach USL Pro Colorado Switchbacks


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