Rush Select Academy
The Rush Select Academy is the pinnacle of Rush's youth development pathway and the home base of our club. Through our worldwide network of scouts, Rush Soccer identifies top talent to join us at the RSA and adopt a professional aspiring lifestyle and training schedule, with the objective of reaching our professional Rush teams or the top college levels in the USA.
Education for High Performance Athletes
About Rush Select Academy
Rush Select Academy prepares student athletes for challenges on and off the soccer field. This high-performance soccer academy focuses on optimizing the physical and mental performance of each student accepted into the accredited K-12 program. This internationally-renowned Soccer Academy attracts and shapes top student athletes from around the world.
We are committed to delivering the best-personalized training and education while providing each student with a pathway to success. Our year-round boarding school provides a dynamic learning community that ensures students get the support, training, and education they need to become champions.
Students can enroll on a full-time (year-round) or weekly basis, and select from their choice of boarding or non-boarding options. Full-time and weekly programs are available every week of the year. Additionally, program participants are given the opportunity to train with the best players from around the world, and engage regularly in competition, conditioning, mental training, nutritional guidance, video analysis, and many other player development processes.
Are you ready to bring out the champion within? The Rush Select Academy uses one of the most customized developmental youth soccer training programs in the industry. Our high-performance soccer academy focuses on optimizing the physical and mental performance of each student we accept into our accredited K-12 program. Our internationally-renowned soccer academy attracts and shapes top student athletes from around the world.
The Rush Select Academy uses a periodized approach to help athletes deal with the rigors of training on a daily basis while in the heat and humidity of Florida. This proven methodology uses the individual players goals and divides the program into distinct periods so improvements are made step by step, month to month, and year by year. Using this method students make the greatest achievements in the shortest amount of time while having fun, preventing injuries, and staying mentally and physically fresh.
At Rush Select Academy you will get fit! Performance coaches are dedicated to help prepare you, mentally, physically and nutritionally to compete at peak performance during sporting competitions. Our training process is a comprehensive approach, which include proven scientific principles, promotes long term athletic development and provides an objective based plan that ensures continuous individual growth and success.
Professional Players to Professional Coaches
Meet the Sporting Team
US Soccer A License | National Staff Coach & Instructor | Coach Educator
Tom has extensive experience at every level of US Soccer. His coaching background ranges from Youth to Professional. Tom is highly regarded for his ability to develop players and cultivate talent, respected for his tactical acumen and dedication to the growth of soccer in the US.
Tom has a unique perspective on US Soccer having coached and directed programs with The Tampa Bay Mutiny (MLS), Boston Breakers (NWSL), and Bradenton Academics (USL2), (NCAA) Rutgers and Northeastern Universities DI & DIII, (NJCAA) Union and Richland College, US Soccer U17 National team, The U17 National Team of India, US Soccer Development Academy League and Directing the North Texas and Eastern Pennsylvania State Associations.
Tom comes to the Rush family after a 5 years in the Boston area where led New England Futbol (NEFC) as Club Wide Director and Development Academy Coach. Happy to return to the academy platform in Florida, Tom was the Architect of the IMG Soccer Academy, designing a comprehensive player development plan that produced 52 professionals and hundreds of NCAA Division I Athletes over his 14 year tenure. He is very excited to build that level of success with Rush Soccer and the global vision of the club.
Tom has Coaching Certifications from FIFA World Youth Football Academy, The Irish Football Association (FAI), The Royal Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) and US Soccer Instructor Badge.
Ferdinando De Matthaeis
24yrs of coaching | 16yrs of playing | USSF A License | UEFA A License
The coaching team is led by Soccer Hall of Fame Coach, Ferdinando De Matthaeis, who, since 1999, coached 4 teams in Italy, and 12 teams in the U.S. He has coached multiple all-star teams and brings his wealth of knowledge and passion for the sport to Altitude Rush Boarding Academy. Before coaching, he achieved honors and awards as a soccer player, with accolades ranging from Top Scorer and MVP as well as the captain of an all-star team. Coach Ferdi knows what it takes to train for a successful soccer career, and he can’t wait to help you improve your game. All coaching staff is passionate, certified and experienced in helping you improve your game and have fun doing it!
AFA Pro Coaching License | USSF B License | Sporting Project Director Rush Soccer | Co-Founder Palm Beach Rush Soccer Club
Apart from a very experienced professional in coaching and physical education, he is a graduated Economist with a Master’s degree in Project Evaluation. In his current role, he leads a team of professionals that focuses on the continual enhancement of Rush Soccer’s player development approach and the worldwide implementation of the Rush Way. Pablo has been distinguished for his work designing and implementing a Sporting Project on several occasions by being invited to present at national and international events like the USC Convention.
Global Sporting Director
12yrs of coaching | 9yrs of Pro coaching | USSF A License | UEFA A License
Raoul hails from Germany where he played for several youth Academies before accepting a scholarship at FIU in Miami. After receiving his Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Business and Sport Management he returned to his native Germany and started his Coaching. He coached the U-17 Bundesliga Team of Concordia Hamburg and later started coaching in the U-23 Team of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. After this he returned to South Florida and coached at the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL and Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL/ USL) followed by the Head Coaching position at Rush’s pro team Penn FC in the USL Championship.
After Penn FC Raoul started working as the Global Sporting Director for Rush Soccer.
Director of Recruiting
Stephan von Lattorff
USSF C License | Technical Director AC Delray Rush
Born in Vienna, Austria.
Stephan played 4 years of college soccer in the UK, Oxford Brookes University and Durham.
Technical Director AC Delray Rush since 2015
Prior to his start for Penn FC in the USL, Tiago Calvano played for Minnesota United FC from 2014 to 2016, when the team was a member of the North American Soccer League (NASL). Internationally, Calvano’s career began in Brazil with Botafogo FR before he moved to AC Perugia in Italy serie A(2003), after one season in Italy he moved to Spain and played for FC Barcelona B for two seasons (2003-2005), moved into the Swiss Super League with BSC Young Boys (2005-08), the German Bundesliga with MSV Duisburg and Fortuna Dusseldorf (2008-11), and the Australian A League with the Newcastle Jets and Sydney FC (2011-14).
Champions in the Classroom
The Rush Select Academy model for education incorporates and integrates a blend of resources and materials to create one of the most amazing learning environments in the world. With more than 35 years in education, our blended approach ensures those who participate receive an excellent education, have the opportunity to attend some of the finest universities in the United States, and become life-long learners with a keen interest in high achievement. Rush Select Academy and its principals have placed hundreds of students in colleges and universities throughout the United States, many on athletic and academic scholarships.
On-Site Academic Program
On our campus, we provide a highly-regimented in-class delivery program with a teacher-to-student ratio ranging from 1:4 to 1:8. Utilizing an individualized and blended approach, curriculums are customized using our online course catalog, which provides the academic springboard for our on-site academic coaches to teach, facilitate, and monitor.
Students attending Rush Select Academy have a variety of college prep courses including Honors level and Advance Placement (AP) options. We also offer various programs that can be worked into a student’s core curriculum that allows them to build on skills that can be highlighted during college and professional recruitment. Language, computer science, engineering, and math are just a few existing programs we offer as a focus. And we are growing fast in the area of the arts.
College Placement Program
100% College Placement
Our College Placement program helps guide you through the college enrollment process from start to finish. Every single one of our clients is put into the best position by receiving the guidance of over 20 years of recruiting expertise and close to 2,000 placed students. We believe that we increase the chances of finding the perfect school by exposing students to our network of college coaches built over the last two decades of earning their support and trust in our relationship.
The main aspect of our work is educating in the process of recruitment. The chances of being recruited can be increased immensely by having a more knowledgeable student and parent. We ensure that every Rush Select Academy Graduate receives the highest opportunity to be exposed and find the University of their dreams.
The college enrollment process can be overwhelming, so let us help you get started today as part of our Academic Extra add-on program. Your future is worth it.
100% College Placement
Being part of Rush Select Academy was like no other academy experience ever. Rush Select Academy provided me with everything I needed to achieve the next level. With an elite coaching staff, training sessions twice a day, and multiple opportunities to gain exposure through games and showcases I got the experience and recognition necessary to next my next big step. At Rush Select Academy I have met coaches I now see as mentors, teammates who are now brothers, and a facility that I can happily call home. I will be eternally grateful for everything that the academy has taught me as I move forward in the next phase of my career playing for Division I, Providence College in Rhode Island.
My experience at the academy has been transformational for me as a player. The training structure is rigorous enough to prepare you physically yet functional enough to prepare yourself mentally so that decision-making on the field progresses from decisions to habits.
Apart from the world-class facilities, what makes Altitude Rush special is the coaching. I must credit Coach Tom Durkin for my development as a player and person. It is because of him that I learned what it takes to succeed at the next level. Coach Durkin’s dedication and insight into the game is unlike any coach I have ever played for. You can trust Coach Durkin and the academy to help you reach your goals, whether that be playing collegiately or professionally!
Florida Atlantic University
My experience at the academy is something I’ll never forget. While at times it may feel overwhelming and be quite tough but in reality, the staff is just preparing you for what’s coming. The adversity and the different challenges you will be facing on and off the pitch daily is something that you only understand when you’re in that position.
I’ve been blessed learning and soaking in everything that I’ve been taught by Tom Durkin and applying it to my game which has really helped. Not only has it improved my SOP, technical ability, and knowledge/ability to read the game.
We’re taught to have courage and strength and to fight for each other and push ourselves and each other to the max, to grow as a player and person. To focus on the things we control our Attitude Concentration and Effort. Turn you from a boy to a man and really build character. All of these morals have helped me at the next level in a professional environment. The way I carry myself on and off the pitch. I’m just grateful for all coaches and staff who have got me to where I am today.
Hi, my name is Xavi Csato and I play for Stetson University. I came to the academy my Junior year of high school and lived in Port St Lucie as part of the residency program. I credit my time living at the facilities and playing under coach Tom Durkin and his coaching staff as responsible for preparing me for the demands of playing in college.
Not only did I develop valuable life skills living alone, but the intensity of Coach Tom’s trainings as well as his and the other coaches’ vast knowledge and experience helped me tailor my game to play at the next level. Through his trainings and teachings, Tom helped me understand the game at a tactical level, understanding not only my role on the field but the roles of those around me.
The training also helped me improve my technique, enabling me to play at a faster pace, and make more of an impact on the field. I highly recommend the academy to any aspiring soccer player who wishes to pursue playing soccer at the next level, as Coach Tom and his staff have the knowledge, tools, and connections to get you where you want to be.
Looking back as a College sophomore, I have fond memories of the 3 years I spent with the Academy as part of the residency program.
Arriving from Japan as an International Student with limited English language capability, the immersion in school and sports allowed me to focus on my long-term goal..a Division I scholarship. Don’t get me wrong a made a lot of sacrifices being away from my family, friends, and familiar culture, but the academy staff helped me to adapt quickly. I felt welcomed, I learned about a new culture, and made new friends from all walks of life.
In short, school wasn’t my favorite thing but the teachers and staff stayed with me and pushed me to excel in the College Prep courses and improve my English. On the field, my coaches and teammates were amazing…for us it was like a Soccer University and Laboratory. We were learning and practicing twice a day and we experimented every weekend on match days. The Coaching Staff is the best I have encountered and prepares you with specialists in every aspect of the game.
In addition, they provided lots of exposure for us to college and pro coaches and that is how I landed here at Temple University. These experiences prepared me for college and beyond and if you have the chance to attend I wish you
the same success and experience.
Work Hard, Play Hard
Rush Select Academy is headquartered at Sandpiper Bay Resort in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The unparalleled resort amenities and facilities offer a training experience that is unlike any other. Here, you will ignite your game and bring out the champion within.
3 On Site Restaurants
Student meals are available onsite at one of three restaurants, a buffet style restaurant, an a la carte style restaurant, and a Steakhouse,all of which rate at a 5 star level for quality and selection.
Club Med Sandpiper Bay
A wide variety of activities are available at Sandpiper Bay Resort, offering a home-away-from-home experience like no other. After the work is done, students can relax in a variety of ways, be it active activities or just kicking back and throwing their feet up at one of the pools.
Home Away From Home
As a boarding student, you will have the opportunity to meet new people from other places and different cultures. Student rooms include access to wi-fi and onsite laundry facilities. All of the training facilities are located in one place, with gated security.