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 Woodlands, Texas 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 future.”
Dymond has used his own life experience as a college soccer player and coach to help develop youth players for nearly 20 years.
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 been doing.
“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 the future.”