Niceville, Fla. – FC Dallas-Emerald Coast announced today that it has hired FC Dallas Director of Coaching Louis Richard as its first Executive Director in club history.
“Louis has been acting as our Executive Director for several months, but I'm very glad to formalize his new appointment effective immediately,” said Vice-President Ed Espinoza. “Louis is unique among soccer executives in our region with more than 30 years of background that includes coaching experience at Auburn University and Ole Miss. Louis has a history of building successful youth development programs across the Southeast, has an incredible network of players and coaches, and is widely respected in soccer communities across America. We're all very excited about his expanded leadership role in the club as our Executive Director. Additionally, he grew up here, playing soccer through high school age in Ft Walton Beach, so he's very in touch with the fabric of our community.”
Louis Richard has been with FC Dallas-Emerald coast since 2013. He spent the last 3 years as Director of Coaching as competitive membership grew from 180 to 280 players in the Spring of 2020. In 2017, he took the U17 Girls 2000 team to the Finals of the FYSA President’s Cup and in 2016 he took the U12 Boys 2003 team to the FYSA President’s Cup Final Four.
Prior to joining FC Dallas-Emerald Coast in 2013, he was a staff coach for the club under former names Emerald Coast United and Northwest Florida Force in 2006-2008.
Moving home to the Florida Panhandle in 2005, Louis Richard joined the club soccer scene after starting and operating the Auburn Thunder Soccer Club in Auburn, Ala. and assisted the development of the current 7 field soccer facility in Auburn. Richard spent 6 years with the women’s varsity teams at Auburn University and 2 years with The University of Mississippi. In Mississippi, Richard was Asst. Head Coach and Goalkeeper Coach for the 2000 SEC Western Division Champions.