Black Hills Rapids Staff

Technical Director Joe Burger

Joe Burger is the Technical Director for the Black Hills Rapids. In addition to his duties with the Black Hills Rapids, Burger serves as the Head Coach of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology soccer program. Before coming to SDSM&T, he was the assistant coach at Drake University in Iowa. Before that, Burger was the head coach at Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kan.

While at Drake, Burger earned the College Soccer News Top Assistant Coach of the Year for 2008. He was also a finalist for the National Soccer Coaches adidas NJCAA Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2005 and received the Regional and Conference Coach of the Year Award in 2001, 2002 and 2005.

Burger’s experience has covered a broad range of duties, including assistant coach selection, team training, recruiting, game preparation, budget management, fundraising, marketing, team strength and conditioning, and travel.


Executive Director Janell Oberlander

Janell Oberlander is the Executive Director for the Black Hills Rapids. Ms. Oberlander has a diverse professional experience, which includes serving within the higher education field, as well as non-profit and for-profit industries.

Oberlander has served on a variety of executive leadership teams, committees and community boards, including the South Dakota College Personnel Association, Leadership Rapid City, Black Hills Regional Job Fair, and the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development Committee. In addition, she has provided professional development opportunities to groups such as the Black Hills Society of Human Resource Managers, Student Government Associations, Leadership Rapid City and higher education professionals.

Oberlander brings additional expertise in team building, program development, strategic planning and implementation, public speaking, conflict resolution, and policy and procedure development.


Select Director of Coaching Dave Sharp

Dave Sharp is the Director of Coaching for the Black Hills Rapids’ Select Program. 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.


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.