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Young Footballers on Bench


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My name is Alex Greenfield. I live in Rexburg with my wife and our three adorable itsy-bitsy girls, ages eight, five, and three. I started late in life with marriage and children, and I turned 50 years old last year. But I would not have it any other way. I feel better than I ever have and count my blessings regularly.

I've been teaching for 25 years. (Wow, that makes me feel seriously old!). I am from New York City. I graduated from Colgate University in 1993. I'm currently the department head for the extended resource rooms at Jefferson Elementary School, an adjunct professor at BYU-I, am in a doctoral program, and own a martial arts dojo. So, if there is one challenge I particularly have right now, it is time management. It absolutely beats being bored, however!

The best aspect of my job(s) is getting to see the smiles and laughter of adorable shining stars who are sometimes overlooked by the world. I love these kids in a way like I love my own kids. It is not easy, but as Boyd K Packer said, “Life was never meant to be easy.”
I started Rigby Free Soccer at RMS five years ago after two guidance counsellor friends (Kim Azbil and Devvin Johnson) gave me the idea. We noticed that certain demographics were underperforming academically and thought that if we motivated them with a sport they love, they might achieve more.


I told the students if they passed their classes, they could be a part of the team. At RMS we still mandate students are passing all classes to participate (if not, they must attend homework help before practice). It seems to be working, and last year the statistics indicated that students who participated in the program had better attendance!

We started out with five students five years ago, and this year had over 180 registrations. The policy has remained the same: no family will ever be asked to pay for their children to participate. We survive on volunteerism and fund raising. Our annual budget is about $6,000. All the funds we raise go directly to the students via coaches, referees, and t-shirts. There are no administrative expenditures, salaries, etc.

IF you feel so inclined, we would love the program to continue, so gladly accept any donations offered. You can find the donation button on our home page and at the top of every page.

Thank you for allowing your kids to participate, and for cheering them on so lovingly. What a great community we have! I want to make sure that this experience exceeds your expectations, so please contact me any time with advice!


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Hello! My name is Rachel Strahl! Playing soccer is something I have enjoyed since I was young. Nothing will bring me greater joy than being able to share the love of the game and the passion I have for it. In addition to coaching, I also work as an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho. This brings me joy by helping me share my other great passion (biology) with students. Not only do I love being active, I love understanding the science behind how the body moves and helping others understand that. I'm looking forward to meeting you and enjoying these activities I love together!


My name is Belen Perry. I'm 20 and I am currently going to school at BYUI. I will be a junior starting this next semester. I love working with kids and I have been playing soccer off and on since I was 4. I have be a referee of all ages for the past 4 years. I'm from Texas and love to travel. My main dream is to travel full time and be paid to do it. Right now I am trying to get a career as a foreign diplomat. This is a little about me and I can't wait to work with y'all. 


My name is Nicholas Patching. I’m currently in my second year at BYUI studying Sports & Rec management. I plan to go into the sports agency business and help athletes make their dreams come true. I was a 4 year varsity starter and played high level select and premier level soccer for 6 years.

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My name is Chad Marcusen. Soccer has been a big part of my life since 1974!


I've played soccer since I was 5 years old and have always had a strong love for the game. I'm from Denver, Colorado and currently attending college in Rexburg at BYUI. 


I am a mom to 6 kids. I love spending time with my family, and I love being outdoors! Soccer has been a love of mine since I was young. I have coached a variety of ages and haven't found an age group I don't like! I think it's essential to learn new skills, make new friends, and have fun when playing sports. 

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