This Tournament is formerly known as "The Parkside Puma Classic" and after 19 years, RASA and it's Racine United Club program were proud to take over operation of this traditional Spring tournament for it's 20th in 2012.
It is now named in honor of former University of Wisconsin-Parkside Men's Soccer Coach, Rick Kilps. Coach Kilps led Parkside's Mens program for 27 years, retiring in May 2011. For all of those years Coach Kilps not only developed good soccer players but also good men that have gone on to succeed off the pitch due to their time at Parkside. It is because of Coach Kilps' contributions and efforts toward developing young men and the Racine community that we are honored to name this tournament after Coach Kilps.
In 2012, the Rick Kilps Classic moved from the University of Wisconsin Parkside to RASA's SCORe Facility in Franksville, WI. Coach Kilps began this tournament as a fundraiser for the Parkside Men's program and grew it into a unique spring tournament experience for it's attendees. To keep with this tournament's tradition, it continues to be a one day tournament for each age group but we have added U11 - U14 Girls Divisions.
This is a Gotsoccer tournament and attendees can expect a similar experience to our Lighthouse Classic Tournament. Please take the time to read the press release and link to learn more about Coach Kilps and all he has accomplished. We look forward to adding to Ricks' esteemed legacy with his involvement in Racine United for many years to come!
Rick Kilps, soccer coach, has announced his retirement after a 27-year Hall of Fame career. "Coach Kilps has touched so many young men's lives over his long tenure at UW-Parkside," UW-Parkside Athletic Director Tamie Falk-Day said in an article on the athletics web site. "He succeeded in creating a nationally respected program with high academic achievement at its core." Kilps leaves his alma mater as the school's all-time winningest coach recording 363 victories over his career against just 135 losses and 32 ties. His teams were nationally ranked in 24 out of his 27 years as head coach; climbing as high as #1 in the country in 1994. He ranks fourth in all-time victories among men's soccer coaches in the history of NCAA Division II. "This decision is obviously bittersweet," said Kilps. "The most difficult part is leaving the guys on this current team and the great recruiting class we are bringing in. So many quality players have come through this program, and this group will continue to add to that." Read more about Kilps' legendary career at http://www.parksiderangers.com/news/2011/5/11/MSOC_0511111702.aspx
In the spring of 2013, late heavy snowfalls, thaws, and then heavy rains caused fields to flood, forcing us to cancel the tournament.