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UARM Names Coach for New Soccer Program

UA Rich Mountain has a new Soccer program and now the university has its first coach with the hiring of Brian Byrd. Coach Byrd comes to UARM by way of Coastal Bend College in Beeville, Texas. Before Byrd’s arrival at Coastal Bend they had won only one game in 14 years. In his 5 years at Coastal Bend Byrd led them to the regional semis or finals every year. Quite impressive is that he also led them to victories over several nationally ranked Soccer programs. UARM Athletic Director, Morris Boydstun says that UARM has landed “The best candidate we had” and that he was surprised that a coach with trips to multiple divisional and state playoffs championships plus four Championship Cups was interested in the position. Being a new program, Coach Byrd knows he is a behind in the recruiting process and says he has already contacted FC Dallas to inquire about potential recruits. The recruiter for the Major League Soccer club is putting together a list of athletes who would be a good fit for UARM. Byrd has also reached out to the director of Sporting Kansas City to seek out the best athletes who have not committed to a club as yet. Though he may be behind, he is not letting that slow him down. AD Boydstun says that Byrds contacts within Soccer are vast and that he has already made over 120 contacts.

Byrd says he committed to becoming involved in the local community, stating in the UARM press release, “ I want to help build the soccer community from the grass roots level up. I’ll be working with the youth every opportunity I’m given. I will even offer a Soccer 101 class for the entire community.” Coach Byrd has designated February 17th as a day for local tryouts. He would like everyone to keep track of “Bucks Athletics” on social media for more information.

Information taken from UARM press release.

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