Richmond United is proud to announce the hiring of Don Hughes as a full-time Academy coach for the 2018-19 season. Hughes will be responsible for the U15 and U16 age groups. In addition, he will be overseeing the Richmond United Futsal component and expanding it to all age groups.
Hughes holds a USSF A-License. Most recently, he has been the coach of the U16 Richmond United Pre Academy team, as well as the Technical Director for the Powhatan Soccer Association. He has a coaching experience of more than 20 years, coaching previously more than 10 years for the Richmond Kickers Youth Club. Don has extensive Futsal knowledge including a US Youth Futsal National License and the United Soccer Coaches Futsal Diploma. Don has been coaching with FutsalRVA for the past 5 years and has served as their Technical Director of Coaching for the past 3 years.
“I am thrilled to join the Richmond United Coaching Staff on the full-time basis. It’s an exciting time to be a part of the US Soccer Development Academy as they look to take youth soccer in the United States to new levels, and doing it with the support of the Richmond United staff makes it even better. As a coach, you strive to make a difference in the players that you get to work with. At Richmond United, I will get to work with some of the most talented players in the Nation while collaborating and learning with some of the best coaches in the Nation.”
Established in 2014, Richmond United is a collaborative program between the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers, designed to serve the most talented male and female players in the region. The joint venture joined Central Virginia’s top two girls and boys programs into a developmental powerhouse that complete on the national stage under the philosophy of Inspire, Unite, Achieve. Competing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, the Richmond United Boys play in the highest conference in the country alongside Major League Soccer teams including Philadelphia Union, New York Red Bulls and D.C. United.