The Cincinnati Swerve is proud to welcome Rudy Argueta as the new Head Coach of the men’s OVPL outdoor team and Director of the new Swerve Academy program. Coach Argueta brings not only his coaching philosophies to our academy, but also his extensive knowledge as a player – having been a member of the U12 Guatemala Youth National Team, being nominated to his High School Hall of Fame, as well as many collegiate accolades. Coach Argueta is a graduate of NAIA Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky, where he was a four year starter. While at Union, he was the first player in school history to score 40 goals and have 40 assists. Argueta led Union to being ranked as high as 3rd in the nation his senior year. He was a First Team All- Conference selection from 1999-2001, a two-time team captain, team MVP in 2000, and honored with All-Region and All-American Awards in 1999. In addition, he was the 1998 Rookie of the Year and the 2001 Mid-South Conference Player of the Year. Argueta also has played semi-professionally with a few teams and had a slight playing experience with the Columbus Crew. As a coach, Argueta has been the Men’s head soccer coach at Mount St. Joseph University for the past 12 years and it’s currently coaching at this time. He has also coached club for 23 years and has won two United States Youth Futsal National Championships.
Swerve Technical Director Craig Rhodis is excited about adding Argueta to the coaching staff, “As we continue to build our Swerve and Sirens programs, we realized very quickly that we needed to surround ourselves with a quality staff that aligns with our mission and allows us continued growth. Rudy is one of the best coaches in our region and an even better person. We cannot wait to see what he is able to do with our outdoor team and Swerve Academy. We truly feel that our men’s program is in excellent hands with Rudy and our men’s indoor head coach, Manny Adjei.”
Coach Argueta’s first order of business will be the new Swerve Academy program, which will serve boys soccer players ages U13-U18 and launches January 18. Like the current Cincinnati Sirens Academy, youth players will participate in 6-week program that includes weekly training sessions and an 8-game league against other regional academy teams. All sessions will be trained and coached by Argueta and other Swerve players and staff.
“I want our Swerve Academy to be a place where our kids have a chance to grow and become as successful as possible in all aspects of soccer. As the Director of the program, I bring love, passion, knowledge, and a high work ethic for our sport. I want our players, parents and coaching staff to of
course enjoy and love the game, but even more, I want us all to become a family,” says Argueta.
Youth players interested in the Cincinnati Swerve Academy can learn more at cincinnatiswerve.com.