Testimonials

The Elyria Catholic boys soccer team had the chance to train with The Rising Point for four days. Coach Mutanda pushed us to the limit on and off the field. He challenged our minds and bodies. It was a great experience and I will never forget it.
— Michael: High School Class of 2020, Elyria Catholic. Cleveland, Ohio
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Coach Mutanda’s commitment and dedication, not only to the teaching of the game, but in his preparation to teach life lessons through the game is amazing. The Rising Point has it all, professionalism and excellence.
— Jason Kempton: Head Coach, Elyria Catholic High School. Cleveland, Ohio
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It’s been over two years since Mutanda coached my son in club soccer. The community he built with that team is evident in the relationships we’ve kept since then. His passion for building kids up comes through in how he uses soccer as the mechanism for that end.
— Maritza: Rising Point Parent. Seattle, Washington
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Our Founder & Director: Mutanda Kwesele

Born in Mufulira, Zambia, Mutanda Kwesele grew up in Seattle, Washington where he began his soccer journey. After starting his collegiate playing experience at Santa Clara University, Mutanda graduated from Seattle University in 2008 with a B.A. in psychology while competing with the school's NCAA Division I soccer team. He would go on to play professionally with the Portland Timbers in 2009 and with FC Edmonton of the NASL in 2011. Kwesele received a Masters degree, with a concentration in Teaching, from Seattle University's School of Education in 2016 and also currently holds a USSF National "B" Coaching License. Mutanda has coached youth soccer in Washington State for several years, is the head coach of Rainier Beach High School's boys soccer program, and has experienced the game in more than 10 different countries spanning 4 continents.