Synergy Sports Staff
At Synergy Sports we value the level of coaching provided to ALL our ATHLETES above all else. Between all of our coaches there is over 40 years of combined coaching experience. Together, we work to develop a solid athletic foundation and to build self confidence in all athletes and campers. Passion and respect are the focus of our coaching and punctuate all that we do here at Synergy Sports.
Rylan Adams is the co-owner of Synergy Sports and Director of Coaching as well as Synergy FC Head Coach. He has been in the sports management field for the past ten years. During those years, he has helped grow and develop many programs from the ground up overseeing all areas of a multi-sport facility.
In the past year at Synergy Sports, Rylan has grown our competitive soccer program, Synergy FC, to a total of nine teams in only a year. During the Fall 2015 season, Synergy FC won multiple tournaments and finished in the top two at several other tournaments. Rylan has also developed the Synergy Sports Academy program to provide soccer players in Columbia some of the best foot skills and fundamentals in the game. Athletes are taught the same skills as our competitive players, only at a different pace and level.
For over nine years Rylan has been coaching soccer players starting as young as three. He served as the developmental coach for the U6 & U8 programs at the MAC for over five years. Hundreds of players began their soccer careers under Rylan-- with several of them now playing on college soccer teams. He is known around Columbia for his teaching style and techniques.
In 2013, Rylan became the Director of the MAC and the head coach of MAC SC. He is great with all ages and levels of players from those just starting in the sport to the highly skilled players. Rylan has a way of pushing the players enough to make them better while still helping them love the sport of soccer.
Rylan got his start playing competitive soccer when he was ten years old. He played with Columbia Pride until he joined the Hickman High School Varsity Soccer team where he played for three seasons.
At Synergy Sports Rylan handles day-to-day operations as well coaching and training of our soccer athletes. He is the head coach of Synergy Football Club and leads the Synergy Academy Program. While focusing on the individual development of each player, teamwork is infused into each age group at every level. Rylan coaches with passion and passes that onto his teams on the field.
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Anne Sievers is the co-owner of Synergy Sports, SAFT head coach, head swim coach and Fitness Director. Anne’s career includes four years as the assistant swim coach at Mizzou and over twelve years in the sports management field, coaching and personal training. She has overseen, grown and developed multiple programs and facilities during that time all while coaching swimmers and athletes alike in various facets of their careers.
Anne specializes in sports performance training, swimming and personal training. She has developed our SAFT (speed agility fitness training) program which is a sport-specific training program designed for each sport that helps with endurance, speed, balance, jumping, etc. Anne wants every individual, both young and adult, to achieve their goals by practicing more efficiently, optimizing each movement, and training to the best of their abilities. Anne draws from her experiences working with some of the most elite coaches in the world. She has trained at the highest levels and coached others to become their best.
During the summer months, Anne is the head coach of the West Broadway Swim Club. She has taught swim lessons for over fifteen years in Columbia and St. Louis. Anne has taught hundreds of kids to swim in Columbia. She has helped others to advance their skills to the next level as competitive swimmers and even to go on to earn college scholarships. As a former USA national team swimmer and Mizzou swim coach, she has worked with all athletes at all levels.
As a swimmer, Sievers was a ten-time All-American, five-time Big Ten Champion and named “Female Athlete of the Year” at the University of Michigan. She is the only athlete in Illinois Swimming history to be named “Illinois Swimmer of the Year” on four separate occasions. In the International level, Sievers represented the United States on multiple occasions on several national teams. She was a finalist at the US Olympic Trials in 1992 & 1996, narrowly missing the Olympic team in 1996.
Anne brings passion, drive, and desire to succeed to all areas of Synergy Sports. Anne’s goals are to help athletes perform at peak levels as well as to help fitness enthusiasts perform as athletes.
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Ryan is Synergy Sports head basketball coach. He has been an integral part of starting and building Synergy Sports, especially our basketball program. Synergy Basketball Club came out of the gates in its first season with nine competitive teams where Ryan served as our assistant coach in his first year in the program. His focus on the fundamentals of the game is second to none. He teaches all players footwork, advanced ball handling skills, as well as offensive and defensive skill sets.
Ryan was a varsity player for Chillicothe High School for four years; earning District 16 All-District player, District 16 MVP award, MEC All-Conference player 3 years and Academic All-State honors. Ryan played for one of the biggest AAU programs, Missouri Mavericks, for 2 years traveling accross the country competiting. He receivied All-Tournamnet honors in several tournamnets and was named player of the year for the Mavericks. Played with and against multiple NBA, European leage, D1 & D2 players. Recruited to play basketball, however chose to concentrate on school and attend Mizzou. He is a Junior pursuing a degree in Parks, Rec & Tourism with an emphasis in Sports Management and a minor in Agricultural Systems.
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Synergy Sports would like to introduce Girard Johnson as the newest member of our staff. Girard is going to be our Assistant Director of Basketball as well as serving as a camp counselor.
Since the age of 16 Girard has envisioned being a basketball coach and helping players learn the sport, advance their skills and take their skills to highest level possible. He started his coaching career several years ago while helping his younger brothers who needed assistance and guidance in the sport. Not only does Johnson work on skills and teaching athletes the game, he also tries to instill a love and respect for the game.
Girard started his coaching career as the head manager for the Eastern Michigan University basketball team. Following that he held an assistant coaching position at Romulus High School in Detroit and succeeded that with assistant and head coaching positions with the team known as “The Family”, an AAU team in Michigan. For the past three years, he has been head coach of BGC Elite basketball team, through the Boys and Girls Club of Columbia, where he also served as the Sports Director and Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator.
Johnson is a teacher and a mentor as well, not just a coach. We are excited to have him join our Synergy Team as we continue to take our basketball program to new levels.
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Meet Coach James Graham. James has been on the Synergy Staff for the past year but his role has increased. James is now our Youth Recreational Director of Soccer, Special Events Coordinator and Camp Counselor.
He has loved the sport of soccer for as long as he can remember. He brings his passion for the sport to every practice and game. His goal is that the kids come back wanting to learn more at each practice and gain game knowledge with each scrimmage they play.
James is from Warsaw, Missouri. He attended Central Methodist University where he studied sports management while playing soccer from 2012-14. Graham transferred to Missouri and earned his degree in 2017 in Parks, Rec and Tourism with an emphasis in Sports Management.
As well as his coaching duties, James brings the same enthusiasm and energy to every event that Synergy runs. He has a passion for all sports and loves to share that with all ages. If you want to have an amazing birthday party where your kids play games, have a blast and the parents get to sit back and enjoy themselves, James is who you want to lead your child’s party. Under his direction, our events and camp days are full of fun, activities and games.
We are looking forward to all that James will do to help Synergy grow in all aspects of soccer, camp and events.
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Chris Viers is Synergy Sports Head Coach for Synergy Volleyball Club and our Synergy Sports Academy program. He was previously the assistant volleyball coach for the Rock Bridge Girls High School team. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Education at University of Missouri and started his coaching career in 1982. He is certified to teach elementary and secondary Physical Education. In the past 30+ years he has coached multiple sports, in everything from 3-50 year-old age groups.
From 1985-89 Chris was the Head Volleyball Coach for Columbia College. The Cougars posted a 125-83 record, winning Columbia’s first two conference championships and first three post-season appearances. Coach Viers was the Conference Coach of the year 1988-89. He received his Masters of Education in Human Performance at University of Missouri. His focus was Biomechanics and Sports Psychology.
Chris was a stay-at-home dad for a number of years, during which time he coached the Hickman High School team to a district title in 1991. Next he coached Westminster College for the 2000-2003 seasons. The Blue Jays went to the conference finals all four years-- posting a 72-52 record. Chris also taught classes in the PE department and started Westminster’s Triathlon Club. He served on the NCAA Regional Volleyball Committee and served as a site manager for the NCAA National Tournament from 2002-2003. In order to help Fulton Public Schools with their summer school program, Chris also taught a couple units of 2nd grade PE.
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GAGE BOISE - Birthday Parties/Front Desk Staff
KELLIE FLYNN - Assistant Coach Volleyball Club
KAITLYN FOLEY - Rec Volleyball Coach
SAM GONZALEZ - Camp Counselor
DAVID GRAHAM - Synergy FC Coach
BAILEY INNMAN - Rec Volleyball Coach
COLE MELLONE - Rec Basketball Coach/Camp Counselor
TYLER ROBINSON - Synergy FC Assistant Coach
COOPER SMITH - Synergy FC Assistant Coach
RICARDO VALSIEN - Synergy FC Coach
ANDY VROOMAN - Synergy FC Coach
CHRIS WHITE - Assistant Coach SAFT Coach/Camp Counselor