Team Information

New Eligibility Process!!!


The RRHS Boys Soccer Program consists of a Varsity Team, a Junior Varsity, and a C-Team, that play a full schedule of games in the fall, from August to early November.  All boys enrolled in Rio Rancho High School are eligible to tryout if they have at least a 2.0 GPA for the Spring semester with NO F’s (except incoming 9th graders), no serious discipline problems, and all of the required paperwork. Players may not play on other teams during the high school season.

PARENTS: By allowing your son to play for RRHS Soccer, you are agreeing to abide by and support the decisions made by the coaching staff on behalf of your son. If your son makes a team, you agree to support the team, the other players, and the coaches, both on and off the field. Remember: playing soccer at RRHS is a privilege and not a right. If you do not trust the coaching staff with your son, please take him out of our program.

“The pain you feel today, will be the strength you feel tomorrow.”



All forms can be downloaded from the RRPS Athletics website (or from and must be turned in before the player can participate! DONE DURING REGISTRATION!!!

All players are required to have a current physical exam on file, as well as other paperwork like insurance, etc. before being allowed to participate in school athletic activities. This physical must be done after April 1st.

  • NOTE: Coach does NOT take paperwork. Turn in all paperwork online (at Registration) or to the RRHS Athletic Office (in the gym), whereupon you will get a Permission to Practice slip, which you will bring to Coach Shepard.


Summer training is an opportunity for our athletes to improve. During the summer, we expect our athletes to improve their FITNESS and their SOCCER. Fitness includes endurance, speed, strength, and agility. Soccer includes technique (skills) and tactics (game play). In June, the athletes will take care of their own endurance work, and the coaching sessions will concentrate on skills and speed/strength/agility.

In July, there are more sessions per week, so we will include all aspects of training, with an emphasis on tactics. At tryouts in August, it will be obvious who worked hard in June and July.


With the huge number of games and practices for club soccer, it is important to take some time off to refresh yourself and get hungry for soccer again. So, if you are playing club soccer in the spring, we want you to take at least TWO WEEKS OFF before coming out to RRHS training sessions. For example, if your team goes to Regionals, we don’t want to see you until July 8 at the earliest. (We’re not even starting until 3 weeks after State Cup is over.)

Vacation, swim, ride your bike, go hiking, read, whatever, just do not play soccer for at least two full weeks after club is over (three or four if you want).

NOTE:  Off-season workouts and camps are optional.  Attendance at summer workouts and/or camps does not guarantee a spot on the team. Tryouts are required.

Friendlies: We will have small number of scrimmages against other schools. These games are by Coaches’ invitation and will provide more playing opportunities. Check the calendar regularly.

Scrimmage Week at Cleveland HS (July 29 – Aug 2)

These are scrimmages against other schools in the mornings at Cleveland HS.

(The full schedule will be found on

We will use these scrimmages to work out some ideas and lineups for the season.

These are mostly, but not all, Varsity scrimmages! Players for each scrimmage will be invited by the coaching staff. All other players should come watch or train on their own. There will be no regular training this week.

: visiting coaches from some of the big clubs in Spain will be conducting a camp at Volcano Vista HS. This is new, but it sounds like a great opportunity. Space is limited. More info on


We are not attending any one camp officially as a team, but we recommend the La Liga Soccer Camp (at VVHS July 15-19) . The camp is conducted by visiting coaches from some of the big clubs in Spain. It is a good camp for a great price ($175 or $155 if you sign up soon), but space is limited, so register soon (and save $20 if you sign up by May 1). The link is on our website.

NOTE: There is a small chance that UNM will be reinstated and try to do a team camp. We’ll let you know as soon as we know.


ABQ Futsal is starting up their summer league very soon. It’s a good opportunity to work on your skills and get some fitness. Find the link on

NOTE: ALL games/scrimmages/friendlies are by Coaches’ invitation ONLY. The RRHS Coaching staff will invite players to play in each game. Other players are encouraged to attend, but are not guaranteed playing time. Some games are designed for Varsity prospects only; others are specifically designed for other groups (i.e. new players, etc.); and some may be mixed. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.



At tryouts, players for the RRHS teams will be selected by the coaching staff based on, but not limited to, the following criteria: FITNESS, SKILLS, SIZE/STRENGTH/SPEED, POSITION, DEDICATION, COACHABILITY, CHARACTER, and ATTITUDE.

NOTE: Players may NOT play on any other teams during the high school season! (NMAA rule)


Upon making a team, each player will purchase at least one Practice Set (shorts, 2 shirts, socks) for around $80. However, if a player makes a team and cannot afford to buy a set, we will make other arrangements.

***Money is not a requirement to play soccer at RRHS***


  • Players and parents may be asked to participate in fundraisers over the summer

  • IMPORTANT: If parents want to do a fundraiser, it must be approved by Coach Shepard and RRHS Athletics

  • Please check the website all summer for fundraising events!


Parents are a vital part of our soccer program.  We want any and all positive participation we can get.

(But remember, by bringing your son to our program, you are trusting our coaches to make soccer decisions involving him.)

PLEASE check this website regularly (and even subscribe to posts on the Announcements page). This is the easiest way to be informed about new events and changes throughout the summer and the fall season!


TRYOUTS!!!: Aug 12-17: (The start of the season is set by the NMAA).

Tryouts are required. You must have all paperwork completed and turned in BEFORE tryouts. (i.e. by Friday, August 9!)

Watch the website for more info.

Show up in good physical condition with Permission to Practice slip; attend ALL sessions of tryouts.

  • Aug. 12 – 16

- Mon – Fri Aug. 12-16, 4:30 – 7:00pm at RRHS Soccer Complex

- Sat Aug. 17, 8:30am - FACILITY CLEAN-UP DAY!!! (Parents and players – not optional)

  • We want to have teams decided (or mostly decided) by Wednesday/Thursday night!

So Thursday and/or Friday evening sessions will hopefully be practice.

School starts Thursday, Aug 12. First Varsity game is Aug 23!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, problems, suggestions, or donations.


Head Coach

John Shepard


Assistant Coach - Varsity
   A. T. Rattanapote
    (505) 660-4912

Assistant Coach 
    Jimmy Wenzel
    (505) 417-2043
Assistant Coach - Head JV
    Dave Hesser
    (404) 313-4425
Assistant Coach -  C-Team
    Eric Diehl
    (505) 480-8808

Where We Practice

Rio Rancho High School

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