FCD Youth hire college director
When youth soccer coach Scott Dymond’s wife received an
offer for her dream job in the DFW area, Dymond only called one soccer club
looking for a new job of his own. That
call was to Chris Hayden, Director of Coaching for FC Dallas Youth.
“I called Chris and said, ‘Hey, I want to let you know that
my wife has an opportunity in Dallas
if you guys are looking at all,’” recounted Dymond. “I didn’t call any other club in Dallas.”
Through a little serendipitous timing, it turned out that FC
Dallas was looking for a college director for its Youth program
– a job similar to the one that Dymond had been performing for the Texas Rush Soccer Club in
for the last year. The hiring makes FC Dallas the first MLS team
to create a College Preparation Program for its Youth system.
“This is an unbelievable opportunity for our players,” said Dan Hunt, Vice President of Hunt Sports Group, the parent company of the Hunt family's Major League Soccer interests, which includes FC Dallas. “By
implementing our new College Preparation Program, we are furthering our
initiative to give our players the best opportunities for success in his or her
Dymond has used his own life experience as a college soccer
player and coach to help develop youth players for nearly 20
Dymond said his job will entail three key focuses. “It’s going to be educating players, parents
and coaches, counseling those players and parents, and then providing
opportunities for the players to interact with college coaches,” he said.
He hopes to provide the interaction with college coaches by
bringing showcases, combines and preseason college camps to Pizza Hut Park.
“Those three events will definitely provide opportunity for
our players to interact with college coaches and to be seen by college
coaches,” Dymond said.
Dymond said he believes his expertise will help complement
the work that FC Dallas Director of Player Development Oscar Pareja has already
“I think going through the (college) path, coaching it and providing
opportunity over the last 15 years for players to move on to college, I think
has been great,” Dymond said. “I think I
can bring three things – the education, the counseling and the opportunities – to
the players at FC Dallas.”
In addition to overseeing the FCDY College Preparation
Program, Dymond will coach two FC Dallas Premier Development Program
teams. He said it is important for him
to coach the youth players as well, so that college coaches can trust his
evaluation from both a soccer and an academic perspective.
Dymond also said he believes that “The FCD Way,” the
collective model of coaching and training that is used by the FCD professional team as well as every FCD Youth team, is an
invaluable tool in the training of youth soccer players.
“It’s important that they’re going to put the player first,”
said Dymond. “They’re going to play the
right way and be successful the right way.
I applaud that, because in youth soccer there are too many teams not
doing it the right way.”
Dymond said the College Preparation Program reflects FC
Dallas’ concern for the future of each of the club’s members. In fact, that sentiment echoes throughout the FC Dallas front office.
“It is such an exciting time to be involved in youth soccer,
which is why we have invested so much in our youth program and why we are so
committed to the players,” said Hunt Sports Group Vice President Dan Hunt.
“This is the future of the sport -- they are