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Memoirs of a Soccer Vagabond

Storm Alumni Author Coming to Denver June 25th

By Amy Snider - May 18, 2018

An early contributor to the Colorado Storm, Ron Maierhofer, is an author and will be visiting Denver on June 25th. We are exploring a book signing event during his Denver visit for our members.  Please look through the review below and click on the link for more information on purchasing his books.

Book Review


“Memoirs of a Soccer Vagabond”


Author:      Ronald P. Maierhofer

Publisher:  Sports Club Management

                   5722 Whistling Duck Drive

                   North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582



Reviewer:  Len Oliver

                  Washington, DC

                  May 10, 2018




    Most books on our sport of soccer are in the “How To” category.  We seldom find a treatise of one man’s journey over time as a player, coach, trainer of coaches, and soccer club owner—a “soccer vagabond” as he calls it.   Ron Maierhofer, a good friend, has led

just such a life, and has now written about his own “soccer journey.”  If you are interested in soccer history and one man’s journey, this is a great read.


    Maierhofer, a first-generation American with German immigrant parents, asks early on:  “Have you had dreams of playing for your country?” He did and his memoir covers the period from 1942-2018.  He followed a first-generation American’s dream about playing for the U.S. National Soccer Team when he made the U.S. National Team which played in the 1959 Pan-American games in Chicago, winning a bronze medal.  With a Scottish father, I experienced the same feeling on hearing our National Anthem and wearing “USA” on my chest during the 1963 Pan -American Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Along the way, Maierhofer played soccer in 19 states and 42 cities as an amateur and then as a professional.  Once his playing days were over, Maierhofer turned to coaching teams in six states, and founded soccer businesses that played across 14 states.  He then became owner of the Denver Avalanche in the Major Indoor Soccer League, and the book describes the inner workings of a sports franchise—how to organize the operation, recruit staff, manage the market for a pro soccer team, or as Maierhofer puts it: “how to market the dream.”


    Maierhofer’s book should appeal to players, sports marketers and educators, would-be pro soccer team owners, and sports entrepreneurs in every sport.  The book illustrates what your dreams in sports can lead to. As Maierhofer puts it, “I have strived to achieve my soccer dream,… Telling my soccer story is one of my dreams, a story of a working man’s lifetime in soccer.”   He has done this, perhaps encouraging other soccer personalities along the way to write their own histories.


    Maierhofer has four sons—Scott, Jeff, Tim, and Craig—all of whom played soccer at some time in their careers.  He has eight kids in all, with 19 grandchildren.


Telling His Story


The Buffalo Experience.--Maierhofer’s German immigrant parents settled in Buffalo in 1926.  

Since soccer had flourished in the Buffalo ethnic communities since 1910, Maierhofer was attracted to our game in his younger years in the early 1940s.  For him, “soccer was an everyday event in our family.” For our immigrant population, as it was in Philadelphia and other urban areas, ethnic clubs sponsored soccer teams—from adults to youth teams, with little coaching where we learned the game by example, in ”street soccer,” where we focused on team play.


Military Service and Cornell.--Maierhofer has an excellent memory for names, teams, places, and especially for coaches who influenced his life.  He traces his soccer history through high school, service in the 101st Airborne, and then a soccer scholarship to Cornell, later being named to the Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.   On his awards, Maierhofer admits that “all of the awards were due to my success at playing my sport. A first-generation blue collar, German-

American’s dream, achieved by working hard, perseverance, and luck.”


Moving On.--Maierhofer relocated to Los Angeles in 1963.  By 1966, he had four sons, all eventually playing soccer.  He continued playing with Maccabi in Los Angeles, then his profession of sales management took him to Dayton, Ohio in 1968 where he continued to play.  By 1971, he found himself in Dallas becoming a player-coach for the Richardson-Sparta Soccer Club. As he points out. “Wherever my occupation took me, I was involved with soccer.”   

Blessed with a good memory, Maierhofer cites teams he coached, personalities he met, and soccer exploits.


The Denver Experience


Maierhofer moved to Denver with his Information Handling Services work in 1976.  By 1976, Maierhofer had attained his USSF “B” License, served as Director of Coaching for the

Colorado State Youth Soccer Association, created a bronze statue of Pele which he presented to the Brazilian in New York in 1978 when Pele starred for the New York Cosmos. and wrote his first book, ”No Money Down,” on his ownership of the Denver Avalanche  from 1979-1983.   As he admits, he had always wanted to own a pro soccer team, and the Avalanche fulfilled that dream, playing in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL).  As Maierhofer points out,


“I got enmeshed in the world of taxation and venture capitalism.  Introducing a new product to new fans in a new city was an opportunistic challenge….We were not in the soccer business… but in the entertainment business.”


    The experiment with indoor soccer worked, with the first home game held on November 19, 1980, attracting 8,705 fans.  Maierhofer received great press for the team, which encouraged “a family market,” low ticket prices, a cheerleading team called the

“Snow Cats,” corporate sponsorship including Coca Cola, McDonalds, and Anheuser-Bush, and televised games by Denver’s CBS affiliate, KNGH-TV, one of the first soccer contracts with a national network.  Maierhofer essentially brought “a marketing

philosophy” to soccer.


Continuing to Play and Coach


    Maierhofer played on men’s adult teams wherever he went.  He relocated to Springfield, Virginia in January, 1997 and played on an “Over 30” team in Alexandria.  I know from experience that everyone has a history in these senior teams, with many mutual friends. That makes them more interesting.


A Storm Player for his Entire Youth Career Signs for College

By Amy Snider - May 18, 2018

Goalkeeper Eddie St. Martin signed this week with Aurora University. Eddie has been playing with Storm since the age of 5, and his mom Kelly is an administrator in our club.  Pictured with keep coach, Jeff Oleck and team coach, Jon Jacobs. Congrats Eddie and Kelly!

Tryouts for u11-u18 Competitive Teams (Birth years '08-'00)

By Amy Snider - April 23, 2018

Tryouts are May 29th-31st. We also have Age Group Trainings in each region prior to the actual tryouts for new and current players to meet our coaches and get familiar with their age groups. 

For dates, details, and information please click on your region below:

Fort Collins information Fort Collins Tryout Registration link
North information & North Tryout Registration link
South information & South Tryout Registration link
Castle Rock information & Castle Rock Tryout Registration link

TOPSoccer Spring 2018

By Amy Snider - April 2, 2018

We began our Spring TOPSoccer program on Friday at gates North with 25 participants and 27 volunteer "buddies" helping assist each participant. Special thanks to our Morgan Murray, our TOPSoccer coach and Tommy Alioto, our Storm Recreational DOC, for helping run the program this spring. 

The TOPSoccer program is a recreational soccer program designed to provide a supportive and fun soccer experience for kids living with intellectual and physical disabilities
for age 5-18. The program will incorporate physical activity, soccer skill training, friendship building and athletic competition.

For photos from our first week click here.


Summer Soccer Camps

Storm offers camps throughout the summer to keep you sharp and have fun in the off-season

By Amy Snider - March 19, 2018

Colorado Storm is getting the summer camp schedules set in all regions.  For your summer planning, please refer to the links below to find camps in your region.  Also, check out another region to work with different coaches or get a camp which fits your schedule.


Questions?  Contact Us


TOWN HALL MEETING South Recreational Coaching Directors

By Amy Snider - February 15, 2018


You are invited to attend Colorado Storm Recreational Town Hall Meeting!

Wednesday, February 21st @ 

UCHealth Training Center*
13403 Broncos Parkway
Englewood, Co 80112

Parents of U7, U8, U9 Boys and Girls- 6:00-7:15 PM

Parents of U10 Boys and Girls- 7:30- 8:45 PM

*Parking is available next to the training center on the south side.

The purpose of this meeting is to introduce the Boys and Girls Coaching Directors for the Colorado Storm Recreational Program and to share our vision of development. Our coaching leadership is committed to providing every member an organized progression from the introduction of soccer, through recreational stages, and into our competitive and elite programs. This meeting will share important dates for the spring season and provide an organized explanation of the programs offered in your age group. Time will be dedicated to the following items:

                                *Spring and Fall Programs

                                *Upcoming camps & clinics



We will introduce two additions to our rec program, Mr. Dave Kunitz and Mr. Tommy Alioto, both licensed A coaches. They will be responsible for the boy's program this Spring. They will replace Herman Sullivan and add additional support to the rec program along with Eric Jensen and Felipe Quiroga on the girls’ side. We hope to implement exciting changes to the Rec, Thunder, Thunder Plus and Thunder Select programs.



4th Annual College Night Recap

By Amy Snider - February 12, 2018

The 4th Annual Colorado Storm College Recruiting Night was a great success, and we thank everyone who took the time to learn more about the recruiting process.  We had over 200 Storm members, representing all four Colorado Storm regions, in attendance!  
The night began with recognition of the Storm Class of 2018 as we celebrated their college commitments and provided an example to the younger, college-bound athletes in the audience that there is a college fit for all our Storm players.  With over 60 players graduating from Storm to their respective college programs, we were proud to applaud their accomplishments and wish them luck in their future endeavors!
Following the Class of 2018 recognition, Dr. Rachel Frank was introduced as the evening's honored guest to give the opening remarks.  Dr. Frank is the co-medical director for Colorado Storm through UCHealth and the University of Colorado Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.  She spoke of her experience as a NCAA Division I goalkeeper at the University of Illinois and shared the significant impact that collegiate athletics played in her personal and professional growth.
Once Dr. Frank finished her opening remarks, CAP Director Jeff Oleck took the participants through an interactive presentation about the "Do's and Don'ts of the College Recruiting Process".  This provided direction to the student-athletes, the parents, and also discussed the role that Colorado Storm plays in the recruiting process.  For a copy of the presentation, please visit the College Advisory Program (CAP) page on the Storm website to download a PDF version.
To conclude the evening, a panel of seven NCAA coaches participated in a Q&A with the audience, moderated by CAP Director Dave Kunitz.  Parents, players, and coaches were able to interact with these industry professionals and get their thoughts on specific elements of the recruiting process.  The guidance that these coaches provided to Storm players was invaluable and we greatly appreciate their participation.
Representing all three NCAA divisions, we were pleased to feature the following college coaches:
Kris Peat - University of Denver - NCAA DI
Hank Lewis - US Air Force Academy - NCAA DI
Sian Hudson - University of Colorado, Colorado Springs - NCAA DII
Greg Mulholland - Colorado School of Mines - NCAA DII
Tracy Chao - Metropolitan State University - NCAA DII
Andy Kohel - Johnson & Wales University - NCAA DIII
Amanda Davis - Johnson & Wales University - NCAA DIII
We thank all those who attended and are proud of the proactive steps you are taking in your own college search.  If you have any questions about what was discussed at the College Recruiting Night, please reach out to your regional CAP advisor.

Fort Collins
South and


College Signing Day

62 (and counting) extend careers into college

By Amy Snider - February 9, 2018

We are very proud of the effort of the athletes and their coaches and families for making it to the next level in their playing careers.  We will update this list and our photo gallery page as we continue to finalize our list over the coming months!

Colorado Storm CLASS OF 2018
Gabby MacDonald Colorado State University   D1 Business 18/19ecnl
Reagan McCombs University of Central Arkansas   D1 Pre-Dentistry 18/19ecnl
Savannah Warner University of Wyoming   D1 Pre-Med 18/19ecnl
Keelyn Osoba Air Force   D1 Military and Strategic Studies 18/19ecnl
Sam Studt Colorado State University   D1 Business 18/19ecnl
Morgan Szarka Creighton University   D1 PreLaw 18/19ecnl
Natalie Beckman Denver University   D1 undecided 18/19ecnl
Alesia Garcia University of New Mexico   D1 undecided 18/19ecnl
Camryn MacMillan Denver University   D1 Biological Science 18/19ecnl
Chaynee Kingsbury University of Colorado   D1 undecided 18/19ecnl
Jaelyn Hendren University of New Mexico   D1 Business/Marketing 18/19ecnl
Claire Huston Southeastern Louisana   D1 Psychology 18/19ecnl
LIndsi Jennings MIssissippi State University   D1 Criminology 18/19ecnl
Claire 'Scooter' Ross MIssissippi State University   D1 undecided 18/19ecnl
Emma Billings Johns Hopkins   D3 Biology/Medical Studies 18/19ecnl
Haley Onan University of Northern Colorado   D1 Psychology 18/19ecnl
McKenna Wilson University of Northern Colorado   D1 Business Administration 18/19ecnl
Fabiola Estrada University of Colorado Colorado Springs   D2 Chemistry 18/19ecnl
Ally Swain Colorado Mesa University   D2 Nursing 18/19ecnl
Hanna Chaja University of South Florida   D1 Geological Oceanography 18/19ecnl
Alexis Gaffney Valparasio   D1 Kinesiology 18/19ecnl
Emily Chamberlin Adams State University   D2   00Select
Drew Morrisey Doane University (NE)   NAIA   00Select
Cassidy Brown Avila University (MO)   NAIA   00Select
Katie Evans Fort Hays State University   D2   99Select
Eva Riggs Adams State University   D2   99Select
Kaitlyn Emmons West Virginia Wesleyan   D2 Psychology 99Select
Savannah Mills University of Colorado Colorado Springs   D2   99Select
Macy Boughn Clarke University (IA)   NAIA   CR
Jessica Rost University of Dubuque (IA)   D3   CR
Summer Hatch Colorado State University - Pueblo   D2   CR
Keaton Cloven     D3   CR
Megan Kowalis Southern Methodist University        
Kennedie Brumbelow NorthEastern Junior College   NJCAA   FC
Laramie Lake Western Nebraska Community College   NJCAA   FC
Maraia Rubin Gillete College   NJCAA   FC
Macy McKinney Neosho Community College (KS)   NJCAA   FC
Grant Disselkoen Dordt College (NB)   NAIA   FC
Blair Durant University of the Pacific   D1   FC
Kalen Niedling Univesity of Northern Colorado   D1 Speach Language Pathology North
Franchesska Ramirez Delaware State University   D1 Undecided North
Sabrina Bridwell Colorado State University - Pueblo   D2 Biology North
Erin Gibson Colorado State University - Pueblo   D2 Physical Therapy North
Porsche Nieto Colorado State University - Pueblo   D2 Nursing North
Miriam Caballero Metropolitain State University - Denver   D2 Political Science North
Holly Ciberay Midland University   NAIA Criminal Justice / Sociology North
Ashton Hall Mesa State University   D2 Elementary Education North
Rachel Boyle Adams State University   D2 Biology North
Taylor Wilpolt University of Colorado Colorado Springs   D2 Engineering North
Kayla Hruby Wheeling College   D2 Music North
Meghan Groom Fort Hays State University   D2 Nursing North
Madison Kemp Wayne State University   D2 Business North
Becca Jeambey Adams State University   D2 Nursing North
Chloe Cook Adams State University   D2 Business Management North
Emali Ortega Northeastern Junior College   JUCO Pre-Med North
Ashlee Minne Trinidad State University   JUCO Vet Science/Biology North
Hannah Day Trinidad State University   JUCO Undecided North
Trinity Patrick Millikin University   D3 Biology Pre-Med North
Catherine Klemp Illinois Tech   D3 Aerospace Engineering North
Daisia Knowles Finlandia University   D3 Psychology / Fasion North 

College Recruiting Night

Feb 8th at South High School

Amy Snider

Save the Date!  The 4th Annual Colorado Storm College Recruiting Night will be held on Thursday, February 8th at Denver South High School.  The presentation will begin at 7pm.
This annual gathering of Colorado Storm prospects, parents, and coaches will provide an in-depth look at the college recruiting process and how to best position oneself to be seen by college recruiters.  The format for the evening will include: a brief recognition of Storm's 2018 college commits, "Do's and Don'ts of the College Recruiting Process" presentation, discussion to help college-bound players understand the recruiting timeline, and open Q&A with a panel of current NCAA & NAIA coaches.
This event is free and open to any/all Storm players from any region.  It is strongly encouraged that 2004 and older players attend, as the recruiting process actively involves those age groups.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email your regional College Advisory Program (CAP) Director.  More information on Storm's CAP program can be found here:
For an updated list of college coaches who will be attending, please follow @coloradostorm_gk on Instagram.

Steph Gabbert International Instructor

By Amy Snider - January 10, 2018

Storm 00/99 ECNL coach Stephanie Gabbert is also on the international instructional staff for CONCACAF, the FIFA region that includes North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. As part of this staff she is involved with CONCACAF’s Women’s Grassroots Development Program. This program focuses specifically on growing the game for girls and training female coaches across the CONCACAF region. With a current focus on the Caribbean, coach Gabbert recently lead two coaching courses for women in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in November, and St. Lucia in December, which also included clinics for girls on the islands.

 “It has been such an honor to be a part of the CONCACAF staff and help the federations in these countries provide opportunities for women and girls to continue their growth in women’s
soccer” said coach Gabbert. “To be able to be a part of the learning process with these female coaches and young girls who have such passion for the sport has been so inspiring and a highlight of my coaching career”.