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Rush Education Names Melanie Larson Dean of Schools



[New York, NY, July 1, 2024] – Rush Education, the esteemed education arm of Rush Soccer currently comprised of two academies in Aiea, Hawaii, and Port St. Lucie, Florida, proudly announces the appointment of Dr. Melanie Larson as its Dean of Schools. Dr. Larson brings a wealth of experience and a distinguished career in education spanning over 17 years, marked by her dedication to academic excellence and student empowerment.


Dr. Larson’s journey in education began with her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Inspired by her initial experiences as a 2008 Teach for America Corps Member in Phoenix, Arizona, she pursued further academic achievements, earning a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education and a Doctor of Educational Leadership and Innovation Degree from Arizona State University.


Throughout her career, Dr. Larson has served in pivotal roles including Principal, Assistant Principal, Instructional Coach, and Teacher. Notably, she played a foundational role as the founding high school Principal of Ridgeview College Preparatory in San Tan Valley, Arizona. Under her leadership, Ridgeview grew significantly, achieving milestones such as establishing partnerships with prestigious institutions like Central Arizona College and the National Education Equity Lab, offering a wide array of dual enrollment courses.


Her achievements at Ridgeview also include strategic planning, budget oversight, curriculum development, and fostering a positive school culture conducive to student leadership and academic achievement. Dr. Larson’s commitment to educational innovation and community building has consistently driven her career.


Dr. Larson is thrilled about her appointment saying “I look forward to leading initiatives to further enhance the educational offerings within Rush Soccer’s academies. I am enthusiastic about integrating exemplary academic programs with world-class soccer training, providing students with a holistic and rigorous educational experience.”


As Dean of Schools, Dr. Larson will also lead the expansion of Rush Education into other markets including Colorado, Virginia, and Colombia in 2025. With this growth expected next year, five academies will then live under the Rush Education umbrella.


“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Melanie Larson to Rush Education,” said Justin Miller, CEO of Rush Soccer. “Her leadership, extensive experience, and passion for educational excellence make her an ideal fit for our mission to develop well-rounded student-athletes.”


Dr. Larson’s vision for Rush Education aligns perfectly with Rush Soccer’s commitment to nurturing talent both on and off the field. Her appointment marks an exciting new chapter in Rush Education’s ongoing dedication to empowering the next generation through education and soccer.


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About Rush Soccer
Formed in 1997, Rush Soccer is the largest youth soccer organization in the world with more than 55,000 players in 50 countries. Comprised of 125 clubs around the globe, Rush Soccer has cultivated a reputation of excellence on and off the field all while maintaining a local feel in the communities we serve. This expansive global footprint provides unparalleled opportunities for our entire playerbase to pursue pathways all the way to the highest level of professional soccer. Our breadth and depth of programs support our network of local clubs, coaches, staff, and partners.


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