Black Hills Rapids Staff

Executive Director


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Director of Coaching

Dave Sharp is the Director of Coaching for the Black Hills Rapids. Sharp is an USSF National A licensed coach who moved to Rapid City from Phoenix, Arizona and began working with the Rushmore Soccer Club. At Rushmore, Sharp began a U08 program that taught young players basic skills and helped them develop confidence with the ball. Sharp coached the U13 girls who were ranked as high as number 50 nationally, and number three in the region, playing in competitive tournaments against some of the highest ranked teams in the country. In Phoenix, Sharp worked as a professional coach and trainer for SC del Sol for over ten years. In those ten years SC del Sol developed into one of the more competitive clubs in the nation. His teams were invited and played in the prestigious Elite Clubs National League (ECNL). He also coached in the Arizona Olympic Development Program for many years, taking the 93 boys to the regional finals two times. During his tenure in Arizona, Sharp assisted many players who have gone on to play at all levels of college, regional and national teams.

Coach Sharp was chosen as the US Youth Soccer Region II Girls Competitive Coach of the Year for 2014.

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Director of Soccer Operations

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.

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