Partnership with Jason Sisneros
Jason Sisneros founded Rising Star Academy after spending over half of his life coaching youth, middle school, high school and college soccer in the US. Jason coached for the 22-time National Champion women’s soccer program at the University of North Carolina. In his five seasons at Carolina, (2012-2016), Jason served as Director of Match Analysis, Assistant Coach, and Assistant Recruiting Coordinator. During this time, the Tar Heels won the 2012 NCAA National Championship, 2013 ACC Conference Championship, 2016 ACC Tournament Championship and made a record setting 27th appearance in the 2016 College Cup.
While coaching at North Carolina, Jason founded the fifth division semi-professional men’s soccer club, Triangle Brigade FC. Within the club’s first season, Jason led the team to a U.S. Open Cup qualification after winning the oldest organized soccer tournament in the United States, the Werner Fricker Cup. Under Jason’s leadership, Brigade FC was rated a top four adult semi-professional soccer club in the US. The club attracted players from the US, Brazil, India, New Zealand and the UK and placed three players into professional soccer leagues in the United States, India and Croatia.
Ajax St. Louis
Boys U12 - Blue div
Gateway Rush 2010
Real WC Nacho White
Real WC Nacho 2009
St. Louis Scott Gallagher SC
Sporting STL 2012
Boys U12 - Orange Div
Missouri Rush SC
Real WC Nacho Freedom
Real WC Nacho Barcelona
STL Mavericks Liverpool
Meet Adam RagsdaleAdam Michael Ragsdale
12/20/1990 - 8/25/2015
Adam loved most sports, but his true love was soccer. Adam played CYC soccer beginning in first grade with his dad (Ralph) as the coach. Before his first game, Ralph told Adam he would give him $5 for every goal he scored in that game. Adam came home from that first game so angry. When asked what happened, he replied that his dad took him out of the game after he scored six goals! Coach wanted to give the other players a chance to score. Adam said that wasn’t really the reason; he thought his dad didn’t want to pay him more than $30. Needless to say, Adam was wildly competitive and could do math at an early age.
After Adam returned home from college, Nacho asked him if he was interested in coaching a boys’ soccer team for REAL St. Louis. Adam was eager to share his love for the game with the U-10 boys. He spent many hours developing strategies to improve his team. Adam was committed to his kids and loved developing and coaching each player. He loved a win but no matter the outcome, he wanted the boys to love this game he was so very passionate about.
The summer Adam passed away he told his mom (Tora) about something that occurred on the sidelines during a practice. He had to discipline a player for spraying his water bottle while holding it in an inappropriate place. Adam admitted it took everything in him not to laugh. He thought the player was just “being a boy”. This story exemplified Adam’s constant dilemma of whether he was his players’ friend or mentor.
Adam was hospitalized for two weeks prior to his passing. During his hospital stay his brother, Nick, and sister in law, Kim, gave him the news that they were expecting their first child. Adam told them they would name the child after him. We don’t know if he had spiritual insight, but Little Adam was born almost eight months after that day. Little Adam, his brothers, and his cousins are often reminded of stories about Big Adam. Little Adam is excited (and a little nervous) to be helping with the initial kickoff and pulling the scholarship recipient’s name. Adam’s family is indeed humbled and proud of The Adam Ragsdale Memorial Tournament and wish them much success.