The Vail Valley Soccer Club is very pleased to announce the Don Dressler VVSC Scholarship. This is the second college scholarship program the Vail Valley Soccer Club has established to support our competitive athletes in their pursuits of knowledge and greatness. The scholarship was named after Don Dressler for his many years of dedication and service to our community and club. Don's passion and love for the game of soccer has enabled our club to grow and flourish over the years. We are incredibly honored to recognize Don and his community service in this way. Please join us in celebrating this important moment in our club's history.
A lifelong enthusiast, Don began playing soccer growing up in Irvine, California. He played in AYSO and club soccer for the Irvine Strikers. At the University of Colorado of Boulder, Don played club soccer before graduating with degrees in Biology and Environmental Conservation. He moved to the Vail Valley to begin a career with the United States Forest Service and currently manages the ski area program for the Rocky Mountain Region.
When Don’s oldest son Todd played soccer as a youngster, Don decided to volunteer for the Vail Recreation District as a coach. In 2008, Don became a coach for the Vail Valley Soccer Club. For the past nine years, he has mentored a group of boys, many of whom have been with him since they were 10 years old, to compete at the highest level in competitive soccer. Many of these individuals are preparing for their high school graduation in the spring of 2017. Simultaneously, for the past six years Don coached a group of girls who recently completed their last year with the club as they are now beginning their final season in High School. Also, in Don’s limited spare time he referees games and gives a hand in any area the club needs to propel the organization forward.
In 2008 he joined the Board of Director’s for the Vail Valley Soccer Club. For six of the past eight years Don served as the President. During Don’s time with the VVSC, the club has doubled in size, the scholarship funding has increased to award over $45,000 a year and they have been able to hire a full time Executive Director and Director of Coaching. With the Club’s growth and success on and off the field, a college scholarship program was launched in 2016 and in 2017 the club will offer two scholarships to graduating high school senior VVSC soccer athletes here in Eagle County.
As a parent, coach, referee and Board member, Don has sought to make a difference through the game that he learned as a child. He has built numerous relationships within the sport which have undeniably made an invaluable impact on the next generation of soccer enthusiasts.
A few notable accomplishments:
2015 President’s Cup State Champion (2015). 1st team from the Western Slope to win this competition.2016 State Cup semi-finalistTwo-time Regional President’s Cup quarter-finalist representing Colorado in California and Washington.Six time Vail Valley Cup champions (4 boys, 2 girls)2013-14 VVSC Coach of the Year
Please join us in honoring Don and his legacy of community service. We are incredibly proud of the work the Vail Valley Soccer Club does both on and off the field here in Eagle County. The Vail Valley Soccer Club is hoping to raise $50,000 for our college endowment this spring. Please consider becoming a partner in our growth and development. It is through the leadership and dedication our community partners and local citizens have demonstrated that we have become so successful.
If you would like to donate to the Don Dressler VVSC College Scholarship, please contact Kerri Thelen at email@example.com or 970-390-7449. Checks may be mailed to VVSC PO Box 2728, Edwards, CO 81632.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL PLAYERS SHOULD BRING BOTH INDOOR SHOES AND CLEATS TO ALL PRACTICES. PRACTICES WILL INCLUDE CONDITIONING. FUTSAL WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE SPORT COURT (BASKETBALL COURT AT THE FIELD HOUSE).
Training begins Feb. 27th and ends April 14
5:30-6:30 All U10 teams
6:00-7:30 All U12 teams (included 30 minutes of conditioning)
7:00-8:30 All U13 teams (includes 30 minutes of conditioning)
5:30-6:30 All U11 teams
6:00-7:30 All 14 and U15 teams (includes 30 minutes of conditioning)
7:00-8::30 U16 Navy team and U19 Navy Centennial Team
5:00-6:30 U19 Navy Champions
5:30-6:30 U10/U11 Drop-In
6:30-7:30 U12-U14 Drop-in
7:30-8:30 U15-U19 Drop-In
This begins March 13th-Ends April 13th
6:30-7:30 U12 Boys
7:30-8:30 U13/U14 Boys
6:30-7:30 U12 Girls
7:30-8:30 U13/U14 Girls
PLEASE NOTE HIGH SCHOOL BOYS WILL BE GIVEN OUTDOOR TURF TIME ONCE PLOWING BEGINS.
VVSC's 2016 Vail Cup Champions! Congratulations coaches and teams.
VVSC in Germany
VVSC Training with Mainz 05 Coaches
2015 President's Cup Champions
As a non-profit organization, we rely heavily on and greatly appreciate the support of our families who volunteer.
The Vail Valley Cup Tournament, Crushing It Night and Sockey Golf Tournament proceeds go directly towards reducing fees for competitive players. Currently each player is subsidized by more than $350 for competitive soccer fees.
Our yearly registration and player fees are considerably less than most clubs in the Denver area. VVSC wants to continue to keep registration fees as low as possible, but it requires volunteer hours from our membership. Each family is required to volunteer three hours per player.
Please contact Kerri Thelen to schedule your volunteer hours.
VVSC is now registered with AmazonSmile. Your holiday shopping can help raise funds for the Club. Please register with AmazonSmile and select VVSC as your non-profit/charity.
Every time you shop with AmazonSmile Amazon will donate to Vail Valley Soccer Club.
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VVSC will make an official call about the fields/games at 6:00 AM, the day of the game. Any updates will be posted HERE on our website. We are sorry we can't provide anymore specific information than that, as weather changes quickly here.
VVSC makes every effort possible to get games played, and it's exceedingly rare for games to be cancelled due to weather.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this fall season.
Coach Bruce and I want to thank all of our goalkeepers who've participated in training, their parents who have worked hard to get them there, along with coaches and managers who have forwarded these weekly announcements on to their teams respective keepers.
Our club goalkeepers have worked hard this season and we have seen great improvement in their development as goalkeepers, leaders, and young people. I want to especially thank Coach Bruce who has been a great addition to our goalkeeping program!
We will resume goalkeeping training in the early Spring.
Questions? Email Coach Rob Wilson
Learn more more about the mission and values that guide VVSC.