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Richard Reece
Position: Assistant Coach
Hometown: Cullercoats, England
Experience: 10 Years

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Richard Reece just completed his fourth season of his second stint at Washington as an assistant coach working mostly with the goalkeepers. He also spent six seasons as the Huskies' assistant/goalkeeping coach, beginning in 2004 and ending in 2009 when he left the Huskies to become a full time club director and coach for the Washington Crossfire club.

This past season, Reece coached perhaps the most talented group of goalkeepers in the country in Spencer Richey, Ryan Herman and Auden Schilder. Richey, a former Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, returned for his fifth season after missing most of 2013 with a broken leg. He split time with Herman early in the season, before regaining the starting job. Richey finished with 69 saves, four shutouts and a 1.23 goals against average in helping the Dawgs to a No. 14 seed in the NCAA Tournament and trip to the Sweet 16. Washington also earned a No. 1 national ranking midway through the season.

In 2013, Washington enjoyed its most successful season in program history, despite an early season injury in goal. Starter Spencer Richey broke his leg in the fourth game of the year and the Huskies turned to backup Ryan Herman. Reece helped the new starter turn in a fantastic season, posting a 0.83 goals against average, while making 49 saves and securing eight shutouts. The stout defense helped the Dawgs to the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and the program's first-ever trip to the Elite Eight. Washington finished 16-2-4 on the season, including winnin the Pac-12 title.

In his second season back, Reece followed that up by leading Richey to another stellar season where he was named first team All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 Defensive player of the year. Richey ranked 36th in the NCAA in GAA (0.854), 61st in save percentage (0.782) and 82nd in total saves (68). Behind the Washington’s rock in net, the Dawgs advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007, finishing second in the Pac-12 with record of 13-5-3 and advancing to the second round.

In 2011, Reece returned to the Huskies sidelines an assistant coach under new head coach Jamie Clark. During his first season back on the sidelines, Reece helped goalkeeper Spencer Richey to nine shutouts on the year and one of the best seasons by a UW keeper in school history and a season record  of 12-4-2 and second place in the Pac-12.

Reece, a native of Cullercoats, England, mentored UW goalkeepers Chris Eylander and Rylan Hawkins, both of whom etched their names in the Husky record books under his tutelage and earned All-Pac-12 honors.

Eylander went on to have an outstanding career with the MLS' Seattle Sounders, while Hawkins came back from a serious facial injury to post a career year his senior season and establish himself as one of the top keepers in the Pac-12 and was drafted by New England Revolution.

During his time at UW, Reece has coached two players to the Pac-12 player and Pac-12 Freshman of the year awards along with having two Huskies nominated for the Herman Trophy.  He has been involved in bringing in nationally ranked recruiting classes and has graduated numerous players to the MLS such as FC Dallas's George John and All Americans Ty Harden and Mike Chabala, San Jose and Houston respectively.

Reece holds the prestigious UEFA "A" along with the USSF "A" coaching license, a USSF National Goalkeeping License, a USSF Youth license, a NSCAA Premier Diploma, a NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma and NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma.

In addition to his duties at UW, Reece is the Assistant Boys Director for the Region IV Olympic Development Program. He has worked with US youth national teams on both the men’s and women's programs as a GK coach.

As a Director at Crossfire Premier he coaches the ECNL teams and assists with the US Academy Development teams along with directing the clubs goalkeeper program. Reece has lead his nationally ranked teams to  state and league championships along with progressing to regional and national finals. Whilst coaching these teams Reece has produced many collegiate and youth national team players.

Reece is a NSCAA national staff instructor and also served as the NSCAA Technical Director for Washington. He has presented many times at the NSCAA Convention over the last decade.

Reece came to Seattle from Houston, Texas, where he had been the Director of Goalkeeping for the Eclipse Soccer Club since 2001. While coaching in Houston, Reece mentored goalkeepers onto youth national and All-American teams. A goalkeeper himself, Reece spent six years playing professional and semipro soccer. Reece and his wife Brooke reside in Mill Creek with their daughters Jazzy Rose and Charlie Jane.

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