SEATTLE – Washington head coach Jamie Clark announced today that he has hired Richard Reece for the vacant assistant coach position. Reece has worked with the Huskies the past three seasons under Clark as the assistant/goalkeeping coach, but will now join the Dawgs in a full-time capacity.
“Rich has been a huge part of our team's success over the past three years,” said Clark. “To have him back on staff in a full-time position will be great for our team. In this time of positive momentum for our program, continuity within our team is huge and Rich knows UW and our team better than anyone. He's clearly one of the best developers of goalkeepers in the nation as evidenced by our current group of keepers. Moreover, he's just a great coach. He understands the game and is brilliant with our guys.”
Reece has actually coached at Washington a total of nine seasons, previously working with the Huskies from 2004-09, before leaving to become full-time club director and coach with the Washington Crossfire Club. He returned to UW in 2011 when Clark took over at the helm of the Washington program.
“I am excited and proud to be returning to the UW sideline full-time,” said Reece. “I have been a part of the program now for 10 years and there is nothing greater for me than being a Husky. I look forward to working with Jamie, Jeff and the team on a daily basis and helping this team achieve its goal of winning the National Championship.”
Over the past three seasons, Reece has been a big part of Washington’s ascension to being considered one of the top program’s in the nation, particularly between the pipes. Reece coached Spencer Richey to a Second Team All-Pac-12 nod at goalkeeper in 2011 and then First Team recognition in 2012 when the Dawgs returned to the NCAA Tournament.
In 2013, UW overcame the loss of Richey to a broken leg when Reece coached Ryan Herman and the Dawgs to their best season in school history. UW finished with 16 wins, a Pac-12 title and run to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament with Herman anchoring the defense, leading the conference in goals against average and shutouts.
A native of Cullercoats, England, 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.
During his first stint at UW, he mentored UW goalkeepers Chris Eylander and Rylan Hawkins, both of whom etched their names in the Husky record books earning All-Pac-12 honors and going on to pro careers.
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.