Our Philosophy

RYSA strives to provide a positive experience for developing players and coaches who have the desire and commitment to excel in the sport of soccer. Our goal is to make it fun, and instill in young players a lifelong passion for the sport.

RYSA Way: Coaching Staff

The experienced coaching staff at RYSA has one main focus – developing your player as an individual.

Neil Cassidy
Director of Coaching

As a native of England, Coach Cassidy has made Rochester, MN home over the last ten years. Cassidy has a variety of experiences involving the game of soccer as both a player and a coach. Cassidy was a semi-professional player in England, and previously served as the head goalkeeping coach at St. Mary’s University (MN).

He is still involved in the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association’s Olympic Development Program and has held head coaching positions within the program as a Region II coach. Holding an “A” license from the United State Soccer Federation (USSF), a “B” license from the European Football Association (UEFA) a Level 3 goalkeeping license from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), and a KNVB Advanced Tactical Diploma, Cassidy provides extensive soccer knowledge and expertise to RYSA.

Chris Belcher
Director of Player Development

Also a native of England, Coach Belcher has been a full-time professional coach for twenty-two years. Belcher’s coaching credentials includes a USSF “A” license, a UEFA “B” license, a US National Youth License and a KNVB Advanced Tactical Diploma. Belcher is a member of the MYSA’s coaching and instructional staff, conducts license courses for MYSA, coaches for the MYSA Olympic Development Program, served as coach of the JV Women’s team at Carleton College, and was the assistant coach to Cassidy for the Rochester Thunder PDL team. Plus, Belcher has extensive camp and training program experience for a wide-range of ages.

Belcher’s experience in England includes being a coach and committee member for Bristol City Council Sport Development – coaching within schools, youth clubs, and for groups with disabilities. He coached both men and women for Bristol City Football Club’s “Center for Excellence” Academy, “Football in the Community” coach for three clubs, as well as Head Coach for Bristol City FC’s Development Center and Bristol University’s women’s team.