Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club: Director of Coaching

Rich Ryerson
Richard Ryerson

2007-Present Director of Coaching Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club
2008- Present UNLV Men's Soccer Assistant Coach
United States Soccer Federation “A” Coaching License


1987-University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Management

Work Experience

1998-2006 Athletic Director and Physical Education Teacher

Palm Valley School, Rancho Mirage, California

•        Responsibilities included the creation and implementation of all aspects for a K-12 Physical Education Program.

•        Facilitate the scheduling of games, referees, transportation, and hiring of coaches, for 17 various Middle School and High School programs.

•        2003-05 C.I.F.SS Council Representative for the Majestic League.

•        2005-06 Majestic League, League Coordinator.

•        Teaching Responsibilities: 5 classes of PE daily.

Owner, Atlas Sporting Group Inc

•        A company specializing in International Team Travel, Sports Camps and Clinics,

private team and individual soccer training, and soccer specific consulting.   We have taken trips to destinations including; Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Italy, France, England, China, Holland, Spain, and Portugal.

1994-1998, Athletic Director and Physical Education Teacher

Marywood Country Day School, Rancho Mirage, California

•        K-8 PE Teacher and facilitated the middle school athletic program.

Awards and Honors

*        1998-Eastern Indoor Soccer League “Defensive Player of the Year”

*        1997– Captain, USA Indoor Selection, World Indoor Championships in Mexico City- 2nd Place Finish

*        1987- 2nd round selection to the Baltimore Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League

*        1986- Selected for the National Senior Soccer Bowl, then selected to represent the USA in Bermuda

*        1984, 85, 86, - United States Olympic Festivals

*        1984, 85, 86- PCAA All Team Honors for UNLV

*        1983- “Soccer America Magazine”, Top-Ten Freshman of the Year

*        1981 & 1982- All-South, All-State, All-County, All-City Selections

*        Oakland Mills High School Soccer Team, Columbia, Maryland

*        1982- Parade Magazine, McDonalds and NSCAA Coaches, All-American Selections


Wife Vanes Ryerson-Married 18years, Daughter Vashti-11, Son Payton-8

Soccer Specific Coaching Experience

2004-05Head Coach- Palm Springs Soccer Club Boys U-19

2002-03 Head Coach- Desert United Girls U-14

1998-2002 Head Coach- Palm Valley HS

1996 Coaching Director Desert United Soccer Club*

*Assisted in Desert United “CLUB” creation. Served as an original Board Member,

taught coaching clinics, and assisted in coaching each of the four initial teams.

1991-92 Head Coach- College of the Desert; Named Foothill Conference Coach of the Year

1991 Head Coach- Cathedral City HS Girls Soccer

Playing Experience

1998 Baton Rouge Bombers, Baton Rouge, LA, Eastern Indoor Soccer League (EISL)

1997 Anaheim Splash, Anaheim Pond, CA, Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL)

1996 Indianapolis Twisters, (Team Captain), Indianapolis, IN, CISL

1994-95 San Jose Grizzlies, (Team Captain), San Jose, CA, CISL

1993-94 Cleveland Crunch, Cleveland, OH, National Professional Soccer League (NPSL), League Champions

1993 Los Angeles Salsa, (Team Captain), Fullerton, CA, APSL-League runner-up.

1991 Salt Lake Sting, (Team Captain), Salt Lake City, Utah, APSL

1990 California Emperors, (Team Captain), Redlands, CA American Professional Soccer League (APSL)

1998-89 Kinna IF, Kinna, Sweden

1983-86 University of Nevada, Las Vegas, captain 1986

1980-83 Maryland State Select Team, East Coast Regional Team

1981-82 Oakland Mills High School, Columbia, Maryland

International Experience & richardRYERSONSports

2005 Adult Tour of Marbella, Spain/Portugal

2004 Adult Tour of Sweden, Denmark, and Norway

2004 Youth Tours, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Greece, Italy        

2003 Mt. St. Mary’s College, Men’s Soccer Tour– Sweden, Denmark, and Norway

2003 School Tour to China

2001 Desert United Girls U-19 Selection, Sweden, Denmark

2000 Desert United Boys U-19 Selection, Sweden, Denmark, Norway

1995 Personal training tour with Cambridge United-England

1992 Personal training tour with Bourges FC– France

1989 Personal training tour with Reineng. Fuchse– Germany

1988-89 Two year contract with Kinna, IF– Sweden

1987 Personal training tour with IFK Goteborg, GAIS, Orgryte– Sweden

1981 Oakland Mills HS Tour– Holland and Germany


Functional abilities in basic Swedish.