Richard has been the Executive Director of CAYSA since November 2015.
As a youth in the Dallas area, he played recreational soccer, indoor and out, both in organized leagues and in pick-up games with friends. Soccer was set aside while he earned his BA in Linguistics from the University of Texas. When his oldest son’s team needed a coach, Richard became a parent coach with better intentions than coaching skills. Over the years, he has worked on improving that. Through STYSA and the USSF, he has earned the USSF U6-U8, U10-U12, E, and State D licenses, as well as the USYS National Youth Certificate. Through United Soccer Coaches (formerly the NSCAA), he has completed numerous courses including Levels 3, 6, Goalkeeping 2, Reading the Game, and the Director of Coaching diploma.
Before joining CAYSA, Richard had run his own businesses since 1992, as well as serving as a coach, commissioner, Registrar, and Director of Coach Education for a local soccer club.
He is a compulsive teacher and enjoys helping people of all ages discover that they can do things they didn’t think they could.
While running a landscape design company, Richard became a Licensed Irrigator and Texas Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor. He finds great irony in the fact that he spent years developing landscapes using predominantly native plants while trying to kill off Bermuda grass, but now spends time trying to improve the growth of different varieties of Bermuda grass for sports turf. He is currently a member of the Sports Turf Managers Association.
Richard and his wife have two sons, one in high school and one in graduate school working on his PhD in Biology.