Ryan Creager is in his first year coaching the Colorado Rapids SOCO Unified team. The 29-year-old has been the men’s assistant soccer coach at Colorado State University-Pueblo for the past four years, and is also the high school boy’s Director of Coaching for the Pueblo Rangers Soccer Club.
The CSU-Pueblo graduate played soccer for four years winning numerous accolades and was named team captain for two years. After college, Creager played soccer semi-professionally and for the Professional Arena Soccer league. In 2008, he was named to the U.S. National Arena Soccer Team. Creager has worked the last six years as a special education paraprofessional, teaching life skills at Pueblo County High School. He says, “My job is straight-forward: to make sure my students are happy, successful, and smiling. You can teach math, science, or history, but you don’t have to teach people how to feel. So when my kiddos are happy, then so am I.” Creager has coached all ages from youth to high school, and at various collegiate camps.
He has earned his NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and is taking his USSF ‘B’ license this summer. In his free time, Creager enjoys camping, snowboarding, disc golf, and attending concerts. His all-time favorite Rapids player is our gaffer, Pablo Mastroeni. He most admires Mastroeni’s passion, dedication, and his ability to make those around him better players, coaches, and people.