Richard Reece Named Assistant Men's Soccer Coach

June 1, 2005

SEATTLE, Wash. - Richard Reece has been named assistant coach of the Washington men's soccer team, Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger announced Wednesday. Reece will take over the goalkeeper coaching duties vacated by former assistant Matthew Olson who left the program to pursue head coaching opportunities.

'We are excited to have Richard join our Husky soccer program,' Wurzberger said. 'Another U.S. Soccer 'A' licensed coach with special expertise in goalkeeping will further strengthen our coaching staff. Rich's hire now finalizes our coaching staff for 2005 and we are looking forward to another strong year on the field next fall.'

Reece, a native of Cullercoats, England, brings an extensive coaching resume to Washington. He has served as a goalkeeping consultant for various Division I and Division II colleges, helping programs set goalkeeping coaching curriculums. Reece also has a USSF 'A' coaching license, a USSF Youth license, an NSCAA Premier Diploma and an NSCAA national goalkeeping license.

Reece comes to Seattle from Houston, Texas, were he has been the Director of Goalkeeping for the Eclipse Soccer Club since 2001. While coaching in Houston, Reece mentored two national and two All-American goalkeepers and currently trains 21 of the 26 ODP goalkeepers in the state of Texas.

Reece is also currently a NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) national staff instructor for goalkeeping licenses and is the goalkeeping coach for both the South Texas Youth Coaching Soccer Association and the Olympic Development Program in Texas. Since 2003 he has been the national director of the Star Goalkeeper Academy and since 1997 has worked with adidas Goalkeeping Camps. Reece's coaching career began in 1996, training goalkeepers with the Stevenage Borough Football Club in Herts, England.

Also a standout goalkeeper himself, Reece spent six years playing professional and semipro soccer including stints with Gateshead FC (Vauxhall Conference), Cambridge United FC (English Division Two), Blyth Spartens, Lincoln City and Sunderland AFC.

He had a stellar youth career, playing for the No. 1 youth team in the UK, the Crammlington Juniors. He led the squad to many international tournament wins and was named Player of the Year four times.

In addition to his assistant coaching position at Washington, Reece will also work with Emerald City F.C. in Seattle and will be on the Region IV Olympic Development Staff. Reese and his wife, Brooke, reside in Seattle.

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