Director of Training
Joan Smith
Phone:    (540) 347-1350 (home)
              (703) 475-6003 (cell)

Hi BRYC Coaches! Im Joan Smith, happy to return as the Director of Training for BRYC Recreational Soccer with my husband, James Sullivan, now the Commissioner of BRYC Recreational Soccer. 

For all the new coaches out there, what wed like you to know is that James and I were once in your shoes. We came up from ground zero... no soccer background, very limited soccer knowledge, VERY scared with 16 sets of expectant eyes looking to us for guidance and knowledge. We often wondered if we were crazy. What did WE have to offer? What we had, and what we still have, is a firm belief that soccer is good for our kids. It teaches life skills on so many levels, how to be a team player, how to get along with lots of different personalities, how to be open-minded and always willing to learn and to try, how to be selfless and most important that "winning" can be defined in many ways, it’s not just the score at the end of the game.

Did I say that soccer was good for our kids? We mean our coaches too, because soccer makes you use all these skills as a coach. The coach always sets the tone for team. Parents and players will all be looking to you and follow your lead through the toughest situations.

We have been coaching for six years now. We’ve learned a lot... sometimes the hard way. What I look to accomplish in the Training Director position is to make it easier for all of you, our coaches. I want you to know that you have resources, and where to find them. I want you to have the opportunity to interact with our other BRYC coaches and share best practices and thoughts. If you are a long-time coach, Id like to pair you up with a newer coach so they have a go-to person for answers and for reassurance. I also want you to have access to professional training yourselves, so that you can grow as coaches... and that, in turn, will make BRYC grow as a club.

As James and I have progressed as coaches, we’ve tried many different things with the team through the seasons. Some worked, some didn’t. But we felt it was always important to try new things, because you never know what will be the thing that makes it "click" for the team. I tell you this so you won’t be surprised when you see new things. We’re switching up some of our programs, trying new things for the kids and for the coaches just to see what "clicks".

We hope that you take advantage of the programs offered, and that you find them helpful. Please don’t hesitate to contact me and let me know what thoughts you have to share.

I look forward to seeing you on the pitch!

Sincerely, Joan Smith

Boy's Coaches Take the Title Again!!
They Best the Girl's 3-2 in the 3rd Annual Spring Coach's Challenge

Another great season of soccer was celebrated in grand fashion at the 3rd Annual Spring Coach's Challenge! Once again, the boy's coaches beat out the girl's coaches to take the title, this time by a score of 3-2.

It's was a GREAT game! Phil Beenhouwer anchored the boy's coaches in the goal, while Charlotte protected the house for the girl's coaches.

Of course, we had family cheering the coaches on from the sidelines. This year they made posters and painted their faces to get in the spirit of the game (and some painted their faces just for fun).

Our coaches game has become an anticipated event, and it gives the club a chance to do something for our coaches and their families who give SO much of their time and talent through the season.

It also gives us a chance to give out some great prizes! The prizes this season were donated by Dick's Sporting Goods and BRYC. The winners were:

  • Pugg Goals:  Joe Wiley, Jim Clark, Nasir Akhtar, Tye McGrath and Adolfo Perez
  • Training Sticks:   Anthony Pagano
  • Soccer Balls:  Amir Ansari, Scott Sarratt, Rob Belloni, Michael Armstrong and Mitch Bennett
  • Coach's Decks:  Phil Beenhouwer, John Connell, Mohammed Diaw and Tom Rezentes
  • $50 Gift Certificate to Dick's Sporting Goods:  Jessie Miller, Thong Nguyen, Jody Shipp, Martin Quiroz and Bob Dixon
  • 4 Tickets to a DC United Game:  Jon Frederick and Craig Willett

CONGRATULATIONS to our BRYC Coaches on another fabulous season of soccer. Thank you for all you do! Have a fun summer... and we'll see you back on the pitch in the fall to kick it BRYC style!!