Potomac Soccer Association

Coaching Directors

Rob Ryerson, Technical Director

After 18 years in NCAA Division I coaching at Mount St. Mary’s University, Ryerson, a Maryland native, began his successful career in soccer while playing collegiately at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was a two time All-America selection at Nevada-Las Vegas in 1984 and 1985. He still holds the UNLV career scoring record with 67 goals and 25 assists, and was named to the school's Hall of Fame in 1998 along with having his jersey #10 retired following his senior year.

After being drafted by the San Diego Sockers in 1986,  Ryerson played professionally in both indoor and outdoor leagues with teams such as the Baltimore Blast, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Washington Warthogs, Ft. Wayne Flames and the Maryland Bays as he was a key member of the National Championship team winning the American Professional Soccer League title in 1990.

Having over five years of play with the U.S. Men’s National Team, his most memorable highlight was scoring the game-winning goal in a 1-0 friendly contest against Costa Rica in San Antonio, Texas, (6-14-88).

Ryerson began his coaching career as an assistant at UMBC in 1991 and then returned to UNLV for two years as an assistant in 1993 and 1994. He then came back to his native Maryland to spend 1995 and 1996 as Head Coach at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, before starting his Professional Indoor coaching career with the Washington Warthogs of the Continental Indoor Soccer League in 1996. He then spent 1997 and 1998 as Head Coach of the Baton Rouge Bombers of the Eastern Indoor Professional Soccer League, where he earned 1997 EISL Coach of the Year honors.

Ryerson has obtained the highest level of coaching licenses offered here in the United States. He obtained his USSF National “A” License in 1997, his USSF National “Youth” License in 2000 and his NSCAA National “Premier” License in 2001.  Additionally, he attained his NCSAA “Director of Coaching” License in 2013.  His involvement with youth soccer is extensive as he hosts one of the top residential soccer camps in the region. He also is an instructor for the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association, conducting coaching courses to youth soccer coaches within the State of Maryland.  Rob was recently inducted into the “Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame” in 2006.  Many players Rob has coached have gone on to play at the collegiate and professional levels. Rob is currently a US Soccer Federation National team identification scout and is actively involved in recruiting players from the youngest age groups into the national team player pool.

Brian Wall, Boys' Director of Coaching

 

Brian Wall arrived in Maryland in 1994 and has been coaching club and college soccer since 1998.   Wall has extensive coaching and playing experience. Originally from Smithtown, NY, he grew up playing a high level of club soccer in the Long Island Junior Soccer League.  He also played for various travel select teams including the East Islip Soccer Club, where he won 2 state cup titles at u16 and u17, including advancement to Regional Finals and Semi-Finals respectively. After graduating from Saint Anthony’s High School in South Huntington NY, Wall attended Mount Saint Mary’s University (The Mount) located in Emmitsburg, MD.  He graduated from The Mount in 1998 with a BS in Business Administration along with a MBA in Finance in 2000.

Wall was a four year starter at The Mount, a NCAA Division One university.  He accrued numerous accolades while playing there.  Wall was named team MVP and was a 2 year captain.  In addition, Wall gained All Northeast Conference honors for 2 seasons and NSCAA All South Region honors for one season. He was the recipient of the John M. Kolon Award his senior year which is presented to one male and one female student athlete in recognition for four years of academic and athletic excellence.  In 2012, Brian was inducted into The Mount’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Wall began his coaching career as the Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach at The Mount for Mark Mettrick for one year and Rob Ryerson for one year.  During this time, Wall was also a technical trainer leading player development initiatives in Loudoun County, VA for the Darryl Gee Soccer Academy.  He moved on becoming the Varsity Boys Soccer Coach at Damascus High School for 2 years. At the age of 26, Wall was appointed the first ever Men’s Soccer Coach at Hood College in Frederick Maryland (NCAA Division 3).  After spending 6 months recruiting, Wall guided the Hood Blazers onto the pitch for their inaugural season in 2004. In season two, Hood Men’s Soccer recorded the third-best turnaround in Division III as the team that went 8-4-1 during this season. Wall coached the team from its beginning as an independent program, through its membership in the Capital Athletic Conference, and most recently during the transition to the MAC Commonwealth Conference. Before resigning in 2014, his teams produced seven all-conference honorees on the field. In the classroom, he coached 40 conference academic honor roll members, two CoSIDA Academic All-District picks, and a CoSIDA Academic All-American. 

For the past 14 years Wall has been coaching club soccer for the Potomac Soccer Association where he has coached regional and nationally competitive teams.  Most notably he was the head coach of the Potomac Cougars 93 u17 Maryland State Cup winning championship team of 2010.  In addition, Wall is a former Maryland Olympic Development Program (ODP) Head Coach who guided the U15 boys Maryland ODP team to a Region One Championship and a trip to the National Olympic Development Program National Championship during the 2013 ODP season.  For the past year Brian was the Director of Coaching for the Alliance Soccer Club while also coaching the club's u12 boys team.  Along with his work as a soccer coach and Director,  Brian is a Montgomery County High School teacher at Damascus High School. Brian holds a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.


Dave Kovack, Girls' Director of Coaching

 

Dave has been coaching for 25 years in our area, almost all with Damascus Soccer Club, and a few years with Bethesda Soccer Club. He has been the Damascus Soccer Club Director of Coaching since 2000. Additionally, he has been running college recruiting seminars for about the past 10 years and met with individual players to create specific plans. Started playing organized soccer in 1970 and was a player in MSI in their first year. Played at Peary High School, UNC-Wilmington, and several local amateur teams. Dave currently has the following coaching qualifications;

USSF C License, NSCAA Director of Coaching, Dutch Youth Certificate, Coerver License

NHFS CIC and AIC Certification