Academy Director of Coaching Luis Usera
Luis Usera is the Director of Coaching for the Black Hills Rapids’ Academy Program. Usera holds the USSF A coaching license as well as diplomas with the NSCAA. He served as Director of Coaching for the Rushmore Soccer Club where his responsibility was player development. At Rushmore, he coached the U18 boys and girls teams as well as provided professional training for the club’s teams. Usera has coached and served in many soccer positions, including the Assistant Men's Soccer Coach and then Head Women's Soccer coach for National American University (NAU). While coaching at NAU, Usera was Region 3 NAIA Coach of the Year leading the team to 5 NAIA playoff appearances and 3 National Tournament appearances. Usera served as the Athletic Director as well as department chair for Sport Management. He has worked with the Olympic Development Program, coached boy's varsity high school soccer for Stevens High School and girl's varsity high school soccer at Central High School. Usera also worked on developing the amateur soccer league in Rapid City, and coaches and trains new coaches as part of his role on the South Dakota State Soccer Association State Staff which he has been on since 1999.
Recreational Director of Coaching Josh Valder
Joshua Valder is the Director of Coaching for the Black Hills Rapids’ Recreational Program. Valder holds a National Youth License, a USSF National C License and was a coach for the the Rushmore Soccer Club. With Rushmore, he coached the U14/U15 girls and was a club trainer. Valder has coached and served in several soccer positions during his time in South Dakota, including coaching for the South Dakota Olympic Development Program, Rapid City Youth Soccer League (RCYSL), and Rushmore Soccer Club. He also coaches and trains new coaches as part of his role on the South Dakota State Soccer Association State Staff. While coaching at RCYSL, Valder was asked to become the acting Director of Coaching for the league during an organizational transition period, and was able to implement new ideas into the RCYSL Academy Program during that time.