Discount Coupons from Our Friends at Dick's Sporting Goods

Dick’s Sporting Goods has generously supported BRYC Soccer with items for our training programs and a discount gift certificate for all our players and coaches. They also provide many of the prizes given out in the post-season Coach's Challenge.

Click on the Dick's "Special Soccer Offers" graphic to the right to find coupons for savings on your soccer supplies for this fall.

Help thank Dick’s Sporting Goods for their support of recreational youth sports by forwarding this to your players and parents. The new store in Springfield Town Center is GREAT! Brand new and convenient to all of us!

Thanks so much to Dick's Sporting Goods for their on-going support!

Please Welcome Julia Millward... our NEW Assistant Training Director!

Hello! My name is Julia Millward and I am the new Assistant Training Director. I will be helping Joan with Golden Boot Team Training this season!

The first club I played for was BRYC. I began in U5 and played until U7, then I shifted to travel and played on the BRYC Supernovas from U8-U12. From there, I switched clubs and played for SYC Liberty from U13-U14. After that, I changed clubs again and played for CYA Premier ‘91 from U15-U18. In high school I played on the JV team at W.T. Woodson High School for 2 years. Once I graduated high school, I went to High Point University and played on their newly developed club team for 2 ½ years. Since my graduation last year, I’ve played coed indoor soccer in a competitive adult league.

My coaching career started back when I coached swimming to kids on the community swim team, Canterbury Woods C-Serpents. After I graduated college I decided to swap over to soccer, my favorite sport. So I chose to give back to the club where my soccer life started…. BRYC.

This spring will be my second season coaching for BRYC. I love coaching younger kids because I want to be a role model and someone they can look up to. Watching them develop and grow during the season is very rewarding to me and I know that I was a big part of their life.


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

Hi BRYC Coaches! I'm Joan Smith, and I'm happy to return as the Director of Training for BRYC Recreational Soccer.

For all the new coaches out there, what I'd like you to know is I was in your shoes. James and I started coaching with nothing but good intentions... no soccer background, very limited soccer knowledge, VERY scared with 16 sets of expectant eyes looking to us for guidance and knowledge. I 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, I'd 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