REC Coaching 

General Information

The MN Rush Recreational Program is coached by volunteer coaches looking to positively impact a child’s life. The rec program will have roughly 1500 players per season, and we are only able to service these players with volunteer coaches.

The club will provide Age-appropriate manuals and lesson plans ; in addition, there is ongoing support for all grades from the MN Rush Directors of Coaching. No formal education is required, but it is recommended. We encourage current MN Rush players, non-parents and parents of players to become involved in this program. This is a volunteer position. Total time commitment varies based on the grade you are coaching.

Program Information

This program meets three times per week for a total of seven weeks. This includes two practice nights per week, and a game on Saturday.  The Spring Rec season takes place in the months of April, May and June. The program generally starts the week after the Rochester School District’s spring break, and the last game is typically the weekend that the Rochester School District breaks for summer.  The Fall Rec season takes place in the months of September and October.   The program generally starts the week after Labor Day and the last game is typically the weekend before the Rochester School District MEA break.

8-Week Lesson Plans

Click on the links below for 8-weeks of REC Lesson plans! At any time, please reach out to our Technical Director Neil Cassidy at or by calling 507-280-7584 ext 2


Grade K

Grade 1-3

Grade 4-5

Grade 6-7

Grade 8-9

Steps to Become a Coach

If you would like to volunteer as a Rec coach, please email
Rochester: Paul Keller-
Albert Lea: Leo Barbosa
Winona: MaryKate Franklin- 

Background Check

Complete the annual background check. Background checks are good for one calendar year- 1/1 – 12/31.  Please click here 


Complete the SafeSport training.

The main SafeSport course or the appropriate Refresher course must be completed following the yearly cycle of training listed below.

To access the training site – click here
Use the Safe Sport Enrollment Key:   YC3E-6P5G-YYIL-CS2M

Once you are logged in, select ‘Catalog’.   Then select and complete the appropriate course as listed below.  
Year 1 of coaching – ‘SafeSport Trained – U.S. Soccer Federation’
Year 2 of coaching – ‘Refresher 1: Recognizing and Reporting Misconduct – U.S. Soccer Federation’
Year 3 of coaching – ‘Refresher 2: Preventing Misconduct – U.S. Soccer Federation
Year 4 of coaching – ‘Refresher 3: Creating a Positive Sport Environment – U.S. Soccer Federation’
Year 5 of coaching – Repeat the  ‘SafeSport Trained – U.S. Soccer Federation’ course
Year 6 of coaching – ‘Refresher 1: Recognizing and Reporting Misconduct – U.S. Soccer Federation’
Year 7 of coaching – and so on….


– Concussion certificates are good for 3 years- click here

– If you are unsure if you need a new certificate, please contact Neil Cassidy at

Rec coach’s meeting

April 9Th

Location: Willow Creek Middle School

Equipment pick up: FUAD Shed (9:30am – 1pm)


K- 1st – 2nd grade coaches

Meeting: 8:15 – 8:40

Coaching clinic: 8:45 – 9:30

3rd/4th grade coaches

Meeting: 9:15 – 9:55

Coaching clinic: 10:00 – 10:45

5th/6th grade coaches

Meeting: 10:30 – 11:10

Coaching clinic: 11:15 – 12:00

7th-9th grade coaches

Meeting: 11:30 – 11:40