Photo courtesy of Gerry Wall
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Lees-McRae College head men's soccer coach Rich Wall has been named as part of the 2018-19 30 Under 30 class by United Soccer Coaches, the organization announced today (Thursday, Oct. 18).
Wall is in his fourth season at Lees-McRae College and has compiled a record of 33-31-5, including a 20-15-2 mark in Conference Carolinas to date. His Bobcat teams have made the Conference Carolinas tournament in each of his three seasons.
"It is very humbling to be recognized by United Soccer Coaches," said Wall. "I feel like this is a reflection of all the people I've surrounded myself with throughout my playing and coaching career. My wife, parents, former coaches, current staff and players past and present all have a hand in this honor."
"We are so proud of Rich and this accomplishment," said Vice President of Athletics and Club Sports Craig McPhail. "It's a testament to his hard work and dedication to the craft of being a collegiate soccer coach. Lees-McRae has been a great place for young coaches as Rich joins at least five other coaches who have won this award in our department over the past 20 years."
Launched in 2013, the 30 Under 30 Program is a year-long education and mentorship opportunity designed to support members of the coaching profession who are under and/or up to the age of 30.
Being a member of the class provides an educational scholarship which provides registrations for the United Soccer Coaches Convention and an Advanced Diploma course of the coach's choosing, as well as a travel stipend to cover costs for attending these events. In addition, members of the 30 Under 30 Program are matched with a mentor who is dedicated to fostering their growth in the game and growing their coaching network.
United Soccer Coaches showcases both current and former members of the 30 Under 30 Program throughout the year across a variety of platforms, including Soccer Journal, the United Soccer Coaches Podcast and the association's official social media.