West Des Moines Soccer Club


We rely on people, from our skilled support staff who oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization's ever-growing responsibilities. To our professional coaching staff dedicated to producing advanced-level, age-specific training for our various soccer programs, camps and clinics. We depend on Board Members who are not only volunteers but top educators, private business owners, and executive-level specialists in Central Iowa to build a successful roadmap for the club's current and future members. And our parent volunteers, who inspire us everyday by dedicating their time and skills to influence the soccer players of the future to which we are forever blessed and grateful.

Greg Velasquez Executive Director Of Operations
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Richard Bywater Executive Director Of Coaching
Born is Yorkshire England. Rich represented Yorkshire school boys. Along with having spells at Exeter City F.C. and competing semi-professionally for Frickely Athletic F.C. Rich came to America to coach for Challenger Sports British Soccer, where he worked for five years. Rich attended Western Texas College both as a player and as an assistant coach until he transferred to Grandview University. Rich earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management from Grandview University where he was part of the program that reached the national quarter finals two out of his three years. He currently has a Level 2 F.A. coaching certificate as well as a USSF B license.

Whitney Lewis Director of Academy Soccer & Technical Director
~Image Coming Soon~ Whitney helped lead the West Des Moines Valley Tigers to four-consecutive state championship titles. Sharpe was a three-time member of the All-State Elite Team, and two-time Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Iowa. She played her first two college seasons at UCLA under coach Jill Ellis. And spent her final two seasons at Texas Tech University and Loyola Marymount University. Sharpe represented the United States in tournaments in Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and domestically. Sharpe played professionally for one of the biggest clubs in Europe, Ajax FC in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Whitney currently has her USSF C license.

Sam Weeks Director of Marketing & Professional Club Coach
Sam was born in St. Albans, England. Moved to the US in 2000. He played for Valley High School where he was a three year letter winner and a state champion in 2006. He played for WDMSC from 2000 to 2004. Then played for the Menace from 2004 to 2009. He won 5 state championships while with the Menace. He attended Grandview University, he was a starter for all four years. He graduated with a bachelors in sports management. He currently has the USSF C license.

Aziz Haffar Director Of Recreational Soccer
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Nathan Ortiz Director of Goalkeeping
Nathan played at Scott Community College as a captain from 2002 - 2004 and at Upper Iowa University from 2004 - 2006 where he graduated with a major in Marketing and minors in Spanish and Psychology. He has assisted with goalkeepers for ODP tryouts and is currently an assistant coach at Valley High School, serving as the Men's GK coach since 2011. Nathan has also coached with other clubs and high schools in Eastern Iowa and the Des Moines metro. He holds a U6-U8 National Module, National 'D' license and NSCAA National GK license.

Jamie McQuillan Director of Community Relations & Professional Club Coach
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Amanda Rush Director of Early Outreach & Professional Club Coach
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Chris Scott Professional Club Coach
Originally from Scotland, Chris was a youth player for Dumbarton F.C. in the Scottish Second Division. After coming to America in 2006 he became a four year starter at Grand View University earning four first team All-Conference awards, two-time All-American and the 2009 Midwest Conference Player of the Year. Chris obtained his bachelors degree in Health Promotion from Grand View and has an associates degree in Occupational Therapy from Indian Hills Community College where he was also an assistant coach for their men and women's soccer teams. Currently a holder of the USSF 'D' license, he has been with West Des Moines since the fall of 2013. His soccer hero is Denmark and Glasgow Rangers legend, Brian Laudrup. "Get him Youtubed."

Paul Gruber Professional Club Coach
~Image Coming Soon~ Paul is originally from Council Bluffs and has been involved in soccer for over 30 years beginning his coaching career at Indianola High School as an assistant in 2005. In 2007 he started the girls' soccer program for Carlisle High School. He also worked for the Carlisle Soccer Club holding various board member and coach positions, assisted in developing their training curriculum and led the successful campaign to win grant money from the U.S. Soccer Foundation to help build their facilities. Paul holds a USSF National "B" License, NSCAA Goal Keeper I and II Diplomas, and Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma.

Barry Sheridan Professional Club Coach
Barry began coaching in 2006 at SSSC where he gained a wealth of knowledge from Coach Sean Holmes and Coach Joe Burger. Barry has been instrumental in development of youth soccer players in Des Moines working with recreational teams to coaching in the highest level of the Iowa Premier Soccer League. He assists with the Academy program and currently holds a State D license.


The WDMSC Development, Recreational and Academy programs rely heavily on its parents to lend their support in the form of coaching and team coordination each season. These programs are coached entirely by parent and community volunteers and we rely on 200+ volunteers to help ensure manageable team sizes and maximum play time for our kids. Our professional coaching staff provides every volunteer with the necessary training, continued guidance and supportive environment to become a successful coach.

Volunteer Coaching programs are as listed:

  • Development U4 - U8
  • Academy U9 -U10
  • Recreational U9 - U19
  • Select U11-U14