Richard Broad is a nationally known coach who has fielded championship teams on the secondary school, club, and intercollegiate levels. After playing intercollegiate soccer at Princeton University and serving as an assistant there and at The University of Massachusetts, he took over the men’s program at George Mason University and built it into a national power. His teams were consistently ranked in the Top 20 and competed in the NCAA Division One Tournament. He was twice named South Atlantic Regional Coach of the Year and was selected Head Coach of the East squad in The Senior Bowl. He is a member of The George Mason Soccer Hall of Fame and the Virginia/D.C. Hall of Fame.
He is especially committed to the development of the serious, highly-motivated soccer player. He conducts seminars on the college recruiting process and provides individual counseling for college bound student-athletes. He has guided over 500 young men and women through their college selection process and contributed substantially to the development of MLS players Michael Lahoud and Abe Thompson as well as United States National Team members Oguchi Onyewu and Clarence Goodson. On the professional level, he has been a scout for The Portland Timbers and for FC Dallas where he played a a major role in the selection of Zac Loyd, Eric Alexander, Matt Hedges, and Ryan Hollinshead, all of whom have had highly successful MLS careers.
Currently, he is working as a television commentator for Fox Sports. Previously, he was a color analyst for ESPN, ESPNU, The Big Ten Network, The American Sports Network and CBS Sports Network. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife Tania and their sons and travels frequently for television and speaking engagements throughout the United States.
Richard provided our family with an invaluable service helping us navigate college soccer recruiting. Before meeting Richard in the fall of our son’s junior year, we had no concept of the complexity of college soccer recruiting. First and foremost, Richard was candid with us and our son about his soccer ability, providing us with a realistic assessment of his capacity to play college soccer and at what level. Second, he listened to our desire to balance soccer and academics and help us pursue academically rigorous schools with competitive soccer programs. Richard also has the relationships and standing to serve as a personal advocate for our son to the coaches at the schools that fit our desired profile. Finally and most importantly, Richard demonstrated genuine concern and support for our son above and beyond soccer. He communicated with our son's school’s college counselor about his academics. He even went so far as to see our son play sports other than soccer. We genuinely enjoyed working with Richard, and we could not be happier with the outcome of the process. We would strongly recommend him to anyone trying to make sense of college soccer recruiting.
- Joe Kenary - Chevy Chase, MD
Richard helped navigate the opportunities for two of our sons who are playing college soccer; we could not have asked for a better experience. He really got to know our boys and took a very hands on approach, attending their games and determining their individual strengths and soccer IQ. He asked questions and most importantly, he listened to what they had to say regarding their specific goals for college athletics, college academics and overall college experience. Richard's connections with NCAA College Soccer Programs speaks volumes of his tenured experience in the soccer world. College coaches appeared at our high school games and on campus meetings were coordinated for our boys with college coaches. Richard advocated for our boys throughout the College ID Process and after decisions were made, he still checked in on them. The moment you meet Richard, you will feel the passion and sense of responsibility that he has for your children in navigating the rigorous process of playing college sports.
- Mary and Tim McCann - Potomac, Maryland