Most around Rush Nation simply know him as Chris P. But all of Rush Nation should know about Virginia Rush Director of Coaching-Developmental, Chris Panayiotou, who is making big strides starting with the clubs littlest players.
Winning through Development
Every child deserves a good soccer experience, and the Rush Developmental Program offers all children a place to play soccer, regardless of skill level.
“Rush Developmental soccer offers a chance for children to be themselves without the pressures of results, we focus on the process not the outcome,” says Chris Panayiotou, Developmental Director of Coaching Virginia Rush Soccer Club and the Developmental Technical Director for Rush Soccer.
“We focus on developing the person and that naturally evolves into developing the player,” says Chris. “We always put the child before anything else.”
By working as part of a team, dealing with adversity, and growing as a group, children naturally learn life skills they can take with them and can use at home, in school, at work, and in all kinds of relationships.
Every week thousands of Rush players are benefiting from Chris and the hundreds of volunteer coaches who are dedicated to the Rush way of winning through development.
To bring consistency to the developmental programs across all Rush clubs, Chris works with other Rush coaches to develop best practices. Every month developmental directors are encouraged to join conference calls that feature special guests from global youth soccer organizations. The goal is to inspire the Rush developmental coaches, nearly all of whom are volunteers, and help them deliver the same curriculum to players across the country. The curriculum aims to give coaches a path forward for skill and team development all of the way through high school.
Originally from England, Chris has been coaching for 25 years and has been part of the Rush family since 2010 when he joined Wisconsin Rush. In May 2014, Chris transferred to Virginia Rush, and in September of 2014 he accepted the role of Developmental Technical Director for Rush Soccer on a global basis.