Our Staff Members are truly teachers of life and soccer! Our Directors and Coaches are knowledgeable, loving, kind, caring, ethical, intelligent, dedicated, fun mentors of great character and soccer ability. Parents love the many unique, positive ways in which our coaches get children to learn difficult skills, work hard and achieve their potential. Our trustworthy staff work to a "One of a Kind" proven curriculum.
Owner & Operator, Matt Holdaway has played soccer and worked with children his entire life. Matt played soccer at William Jewell College in Kansas City, helping his team become NAIA Heart of America Region V Champions and reach the Final Four of the 2006 NAIA National Tournament.
The majority of his youth soccer experience was marked by coaching styles focused on one and two-touch passing, emphasizing winning at all cost. It was not until college that Matt was first exposed to playing a style of soccer that emphasized the skill and footwork of the individual player. This past experience adds to Matt's passion for coaching the HappyFeet Legends way.
Matt has a passion for people. He loves working with kids of all ages, helping them to develop into confident, highly-relational young men and women. This has been a theme throughout his life. From church-work and mission trips, to working in orphanages and soccer camps, he has always found life in giving to younger generations.
Matt continued that journey of service to younger generations by joining the HappyFeet Legends organization in Kansas City. It was there that Matt’s passion for developing children and his love for the game of soccer were united. As he studied and experimented with coaching the HappyFeet Legends way, he became more and more confident that focusing on the primary skill of individual foot work was critical to developing children into both brilliant players and people. Matt then had the opportunity to experience running HappyFeet operations during his time as the HappyFeet Program Director for the home office in Kansas City. This responsibility helped prepare him for the transition to operating multiple HappyFeet Legends franchises.
Over the past 10 years, Matt has helped grow a team that operates HappyFeet Legends programming in NW Arkansas, Springfield MO, and Nashville TN. Through the addition of key support positions and systemizing many administrative tasks, we are able to allow our local Directors and their team of coaches to focus solely on what is most important - positively impacting the lives of children in our programs through soccer, the HappyFeet Way!
Studied: History at Harding University
Position: Outside Midfielder & Defensive Midfielder in a 4-4-2 in high school
Philosophy: Our coaching philosophy is always a work in progress – Create an atmosphere where every player can achieve their full potential with hard work and a great attitude.
What do you love about coaching? I love the potential impact I can have on
the kids lives. It is very fulfilling when you’ve been trying to build a player up and develop a specific set of skills and characteristics, and then seeing it come to life on the soccer field.
Max von Rabenau grew up in Glen Ellyn, IL. where he played Junior Varsity and Varsity for his high school soccer team at Glenbard West. He has traveled around the world and played soccer in different countries - Romania, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Sweden, and Belgium. Found a profound love for the sport and continues to play, teach and learn from the game. After his travels, he then attended Colorado Mountain College and earned All-Regional Player Award for both years attended. Where he then transferred to University of Portland to focus his studies on Philosophy
In his second year in Portland, he was hired by the Portland Timbers as a camp coach and started to coach for a local club in Vancouver, WA. In 2015 and 2018 Max was awarded "Coach of the Year"
by the Portland Timbers, and promoted to a Regional Training Center Director and Olympic Development Assistant Coach. During his time in Portland, Max completed his USSF National B License, his USC National Premier Diploma, and National Youth License.
Erin was hired onto the HappyFeet team in 2013 as the assistant director of HappyFeet. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Family and Child Development. She grew up in Tulsa, OK and moved to Bentonville with her husband in 2004. They have two children Hadley and Sutton who keep her busy when she is not at work. She enjoys spending time at the lake and watching her children do what they love
in their sports. Erin’s number one goal while working at HappyFeet is to make the parents, grandparents, and other family members feel informed and well taken care of when they sign their player up for soccer. She is always more than happy to answer any questions you might have regarding your child’s HappyFeet soccer experience.