Arizona Hammers BOD are pleased to announce the following new Staff for the 2014/2015 season.
Rafael Rios named Girls Director of Coaching.
Coach Rafael Rios is entering his 25th year of coaching in Arizona, having been involved with youth soccer since 1990. His experience includes coaching youth teams, State Olympic Development Program (ODP) teams, and serving as a Far West – Region IV ODP staff coach. He has also coached high school soccer at Xavier College Preparatory and has led his various teams to 7 state titles and 9 finals. Rafael was the Arizona Youth Soccer Association State Director of Coaching from 2005 to 2007 where he taught and certified over 2,000 coaches in the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National “C”, “D”, “E” National licenses and “Y” youth modules. He currently holds an active USSF “A” National license, serves as an instructor for AYSA and coaches at Xavier College Preparatory.
Rafael Rios joins the AZ Hammers as Girls Director of Coaching where he looks forward to using his soccer knowledge and coaching experience to contribute to developing a top club and striving to achieve soccer excellence. His experience and knowledge of the soccer landscape is vast as he has been involved with various clubs from CISCO, West Valley, and others. Rafael has prior experience with the AZFC Hammers as the “Little Hammers Director” in 2001. At that time he was the first Coaching Director in Arizona with both an active USSF “A” license and a National “Y” license.
One of Rafael’s favorite sayings is “Demand excellence, achieve excellence”. He is keen in developing players in the components of the game. With this philosophy he has led many teams throughout the years to compete and be successful.
Tim Marchisotto named Boys Director of Coaching
Tim Marchisotto joined the Arizona Hammers in the spring of 2013 when the CISCO Soccer Club merged with the Hammers. He coaches the Hammers 98 & 97 boys teams and directs the Little Hammers and U8 Academy Programs. He has been named the Hammers Boys Director of Coaching in 2014. Coach Marchisotto is currently Assistant Men's Soccer Coach at Embry-Riddle University, Coach with Arizona Sahuaros and Head Boys Coach at Joy Christian School.
Marchisotto has been coaching club soccer for over 20 years and college coaching for over 17 years. Coach Marchisotto started his college coaching career as the Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach at Bowdoin College (ME) in 1998. He helped guide the Polar Bears to the NCAA DIII Soccer Tournament. He then accepted a job as an Assistant Men’s Coach at Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ) in 1999, helping Stevens turn into a national DIII powerhouse. While coaching at Steven’s Tech, he was also Boy’s ODP coach for the state of New Jersey. His coached his ODP team to a Region I Championship. He also was the Long Island Region Men’s Head Coach for the Empire State Games, winning the Silver Medal. He was also a scout for the MetroStars of the MLS and coached in the Manhattan Soccer Club.
In 2000 Coach Marchisotto was named as both Men’s & Women’s Assistant Soccer Coach at Grand Canyon University. He has helped guide the Lopes’ to CCAA & PacWest Championships, as well as the NCAA DII Soccer Tournament. In addition, Marchisotto has served as Head Men’s Coach at Paradise Valley Community College in 2007-2009, leading them to ACCAC Tournament. He then coached Arizona State University Men’s Club Soccer team in 2009-2011 and guided them to a Southwest Conference Championship and National Tournament appearance. He has also been Boys ODP Coach for Arizona, Men’s & Women’s State Select Coach and has coached with the CISCO and Sereno soccer clubs. He was also Assistant Coach for the Arizona Sahuaros of the D-III Pro League Club and currently coaches them as an amateur men’s team.
Coach Marchisotto is from Syosset, NY and played collegiately at SUNY Cobleskill (NY) and he currently holds a NSCAA Premier license and a USSF C License. He resides with his wife Kimberley in Glendale, AZ, they have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.
The first Arizona Hammers Soccer Club College Night was a great success. With over 50 parents and players in attendance the information was more than anyone expected. Chris Houser, founder of SoccerBean.com was on hand presenting what to expect and what not to expect from Colleges as you prepare.
Keep checking back as we will be hosting more of these events to prepare not only the player for their college experience but also what the parents can and should expect.
Thank you to Chris and SoccerBean.com for coming and sharing with us your knowledge and experience. Also, we would like to thank our host Scott B. at Universal Athletic for their hospitality and support.
They made it into the semi-finals and took 3rd place in the State Tournament and are currently ranked 5th in the State. What a great way to finish off eventful season.
Great Job Girls!!!