Chief Operating Officer
Rob Ryerson’s international travel to Sweden began in 2004 as he hosted and coached the Mount St. Mary’s University’s men’s soccer team on their first ever international tour of the country. The team spent almost two weeks touring Sweden, with stops also in Denmark and Holland. As a youth player, he has participated in two international tours of Europe and has participated as a member of the US National Soccer Team traveling to Trinidad for a US Olympic Qualifying match in 1989.
A Maryland native, Rob Ryerson has created and established youth soccer programs around the country to promote player development along with enhance coaching education. With his vast experience as a player, educator and coach, he has guided numerous players, teams and soccer programs to success.
Founder and President
Executive Director for the Ellicott City Soccer Club
Tim Ryerson had his first experience abroad in 1988 when he went to see his brother Rich play a professional game in Kinna, Sweden. From that first experience of international travel and love of soccer , a passion combining the two was born. In 2000, the first Ryerson Trip with the Desert United Boys 18 team was a huge success. Tim coached this team and wanted them to experience playing in Kinna. Rich had kept up the relationships he formed while there and Ryerson Soccer was able to arrange matches and sightsee the Scandinavian Capitals. Some of those boys had never been on a plane. Seeing the joy these kids had from that experience made him want to start Ryerson Soccer. Little did he know many trips would be taken and the desire to return would continue.
Rich Ryerson’s international career started in July 1987, with tryouts in Sweden at IFK Goteborg, Orgryte and Gais in the Swedish Allsvensk (first division). He went on to play a total of 10 years in several professional soccer leagues, including two in Kinna, Sweden, which provided the relationships to bring the first group to travel with Ryerson Soccer back to Sweden in 2000. Rich finished his career in 1998 with the Baton Rouge Bombers of the Eastern Indoor Soccer League, where he was named the EISL’s Defensive Player of the Year. Rich has continued to take teams and individuals back to where it all began for him so that others can experience playing abroad and learn about different cultures. Rich Ryerson was recently named the fifth head men’s soccer coach in UNLV program history on April 7, 2010. He took over the helm of the program after spending the previous two years as an assistant coach under former Rebel coach Mario Sanchez.