Reece Accepts Position With Local Youth Soccer Club

Dec. 21, 2009

SEATTLE - University of Washington assistant men's soccer coach Richard Reece has resigned his position on the Husky staff after five seasons to accept a full-time appointment with a local youth soccer club.

Reece, who joined the Husky program prior to the 2005 season, was the Huskies goalkeeper coach, grooming current senior Rylan Hawkins into one of the top keepers in the Pac-10 and also coaching current MLS goalkeeper Chris Eylander of the Seattle Sounders.

Reece will now move on to join another former Husky assistant coach, Seth Spidahl, with Redmond, Wash.-based youth soccer club Crossfire Premier. He will serve as the club's goalkeeper director and assistant coach of the PDL Washington Crossfire team.

'The last five years at UW have been fantastic. I have grown as a coach and a person within this program and under the tutelage of Coach Wurzberger. I want to thank Dean and the school for the opportunity to work at UW and for becoming a Husky, which I will be life-long,' Reece said. 'The whole organization at UW is first class and I look forward to watching them continue forward and to win many Pac-10 titles in the future.'

During Reece's tenure at Washington, the Huskies reached the NCAA Tournament twice, each time advancing to the Second Round. Under Reece's tutelage, Hawkins had a career-year his senior season, ranking second in the Pac-10 with just 10 goals allowed in conference matches. Reece helped Hawkins work his way back from a potentially career-ending facial injury to earn honorable mention All-Pac-10 and finish his career ranked fourth all-time in UW history in goals against average and fifth in shutouts. Reece also aided in the development of current Husky junior Stephen Fung.

'The great thing about working at UW has been the players, and they will be what I miss most about being here,' Reece said. 'But I will be able to work with some of them with the PDL team so that will be great. Coaching and recruiting them for the last five years, you make some great friends and special relationships and for that I will always be grateful.'

'Richard has made significant contributions to our Husky soccer program over the past five seasons and he has my full support in his quest to move to a position of more responsibility,' Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'Hopefully UW will benefit from Rich's future work in the local community by continuing to attract the state's best young goalkeepers.'

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