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Coaches hired for league-bound RCC

One of Greg Millick’s first orders of business when he was hired as the Rogue Community College men’s soccer coach was to pull up newspaper websites from around the Northwest and gather all-state and all-league teams.

Mind you, the California native was doing this from Missouri, where he currently works.

His intention was to identify top players and tell them of his Osprey program, which along with the women’s club is preparing for their first season as members of the Northwest Athletic Conference.

“I was emailing coaches and clubs and ADs and got a lot of great response,” said Millick, who teaches at Van Horn High in Independence, Mo. “I got a lot of great response. My experience with soccer has led me to a lot of hotbeds of talent, and Southern Oregon has that with places like Medford, Grants Pass and Ashland.”

Millick, 29, was hired earlier in March. Meanwhile, another fellow in Washington — Rusty Veth — was picked up as the women’s head coach. Former North Valley coach John Timlin had guided both club programs that the school created in 2013, marking the first-ever sports teams there. The RCC Board of Education approved the formation after community members approached the school that year. Board members agreed that if the club was successful, it would join the NWAC in 2015.

Veth has similarly been doing his homework.

“I’m leaving no rock unturned at this point,” said the 29-year-old Veth, who is currently in Bellevue, Wash.

Now both Millick and Veth want nothing more than for the local standouts to know that this is their chance to continue playing.

Both programs officially begin practice on Aug. 10. Millick has not yet signed a player but said several scholarships will be available.

At this point, Millick said, the teams may use a combination of the RCC Redwood Campus field, U.S. Cellular Community Park and Mel Ingram Field at Grants Pass High.

Millick would like to have tryouts in late July or early August.

Millick’s playing days included stops at Sonoma County SOL-FC, Gonzaga University club, Whatcom College, the Spokane Spiders FC and the Abbotsford Mariners in British Columbia.

While playing in Canada, he crossed the U.S. border from Washington often, occasionally drawing the attention of border patrol.

“They asked why I didn’t just make a team in the U.S.,” he said with a laugh.

Millick was club and technical director for Diablos FC in Kansas City, Mo., this year and head coach of the boys Diablos program from 2013-15.

He also coached at Van Horn High and at Northeast High in Kansas City.

Millick’s wife, Lauren, currently attends Stanford.

Millick plans to move to the Rogue Valley in June once his teaching duties are complete.

“I’m chomping at the bit to get started,” Millick said.

Veth, a Washington native, holds a coaching certificate with the United States Soccer Federation. His playing experience includes stops at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Iowa, and at Pacific Lutheran in Tacoma, Wash.

He’s coached at Pacific Lutheran, William Woods University in Jefferson City, Mo., Southern Boone High in Ashland, Mo., and with different club teams.

Veth is now working at several soccer camps in Bellevue, Wash., where he also helped coach at Interlake High. He’ll move to the Rogue Valley in May.

Those interested in participating or learning more about the program can visit http://www.roguecc.edu/athletics/

Reach reporter Dan Jones at 541-776-4499, or email djones@mailtribune.com. Find him online at twitter.com/danjonesmt