In the next phase of a strategic growth plan, Richmond Hill Soccer Club announces the hiring of Nick Bestor as Executive Director. Nick will provide strategic leadership and manage daily operations of the recreation, academy and select programs. He will begin the position Nov. 1.
Richmond Hill Soccer Club Director of Coaching John Murphy will continue in his role as Director of Coaching focused on curriculum and coaching development and Coach Charlie Moore will continue to serve as Technical Director.
“We are excited to welcome Nick to the Richmond Hill Soccer Club family,” said RHSC President Drew Corbett. “Nick’s background and experience in coaching and club administration will be valuable assets as the club continues to grow.”
Murphy added, “Nick is a fantastic addition to Richmond Hill Soccer Club and I look forward to working with him in the upcoming season and over the next several years.”
Nick comes to RHSC with more than 10 years experience in youth developmental soccer and club administration. He has worked with all ages and levels from U5 recreational to U23 men’s teams.
Nick began his soccer career in 2006 as an assistant soccer coach at Denver Academy High School and with the Arvada Soccer Association. He was the Director of Soccer for Camp Wildwood, a premier residential summer camp in Bridgeton, Maine.
He joined Thompson Soccer Association/United Soccer Club in Littleton, Colorado in 2012 as a Technical Director eventually being promoted to Director of Coaching and Player Development. At Thompson Soccer Association/United Soccer Club he was instrumental in strategically doubling the size of the club and implementing a streamlined registration and curriculum. He also led several teams to state league titles. He led the 03 boys team to 5th place in the Southwest Regional Premier League last season. Most recently, Nick was the Director of Coaching and Player Development at North Mississippi Soccer Academy.
"There is a clear sense of passion towards the sport and Richmond Hill Soccer Club that I have felt from the board, coaches, and community members which I have already met. I am absolutely thrilled to become a part of the Richmond Hill Soccer Club," said Bestor.
In addition to his coaching experience Nick has over a decade of experience working in the youth development field in a variety of settings ranging from alternative youth development programs to serving as a teacher and in administration in traditional schools.
Nick graduated from Western State College of Colorado with a degree in Exercise Sport Science. During his time at Western he also completed all the requirements to earn a minor in the Psychology of Coaching.
In addition to his degree he holds many licenses, qualifications, and diplomas from various coaching education organizations including the USSF, USC, and the Positive Coaching alliance. His highest credential is an Advanced National Diploma from the USC. He is working towards his goal of earning the premier and master coach diploma.
On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, Richmond Hill Soccer Club named Georgia Southern University Men’s Head Soccer Coach John Murphy as the club’s Director of Coaching. Murphy will serve in the role and will continue as Georgia Southern’s head coach.
“The hiring of Coach Murphy is a giant step forward for Richmond Hill Soccer Club,” said Drew Corbett, RHSC Board of Directors President. “The caliber of the Richmond Hill Soccer Club program has grown over the past several years and Coach Murphy’s expertise, knowledge and experience will catapult our program to the next level. We are looking forward to this exciting time in Richmond Hill Soccer Club’s history.”
“I’d like to thank the board of Richmond Hill Soccer Club for the opportunity to work with the players and coaches of the club,” said Murphy. “Now that I am settled into my role at Georgia Southern, I want to branch out and help impact the game at the grass roots level. I have always committed myself to developing young people through the game of soccer, and this role will allow me to continue this in an exciting and vibrant area of Georgia. I look forward to helping Richmond Hill Soccer Club reach their development goals moving forward.”
Coach Murphy will begin his third year as Georgia Southern’s head coach this fall. In 2017, he led program to first winning season since 2006 with a 9-8-1 record. Eagles earned its first regional ranking from the United Soccer Coaches since 2008, finishing 10th. In 2016, the Eagles went 3-1-1 in Sun Belt Conference play, claiming a share of the regular-season league title and earning a bye into the semifinal round of the Sun Belt Championship. This was the first conference championship in the program’s 37-year history. For his effort’s, Murphy was named the 2016 Sun Belt Coach of the Year. All four semesters Murphy has been in charge, the team has earned a 3.0 or better academically and has earned United Soccer Coaches Academic awards in 2016 and 2017.
He has more than 20-year coaching experience, with 10 years coaching in the professional ranks and has served as an assistant coach at Boston College, Clemson and Brown. His dual roles with the New England Revolution and Colorado Rapids saw him develop two comprehensive youth academies as Assistant Coach and Director of Youth Development.
He was also a head coach at Anderson University (S.C.) (2012-13), Livingston FC (2009), Assumption College (1998-2000) and Massasoit Community College (1994), his alma mater. He was twice named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) New England Coach of the Year in 1994 and again in 2000.
Murphy has guided his teams to nine conference titles and has developed three players to Freshman of the Year honors. His Massasoit team earned the 1994 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Academic Male Team award for highest GPA and Assumption College won the 2000 Eastern College Athletic Conference ECAC) Division II championship. Murphy also helped guide the 2014 and 2015 BC Eagles to the NSCAA College Team Academic award for Division I teams with a 3.0 or better GPA.
In 2009, he became the first American citizen to work in British professional soccer as a coach when he was hired by Livingston of the Scottish First Division. During that time, he worked with current standout players Leigh Griffiths (Celtic), Andy Halliday (Rangers) and Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone).
Murphy has also authored two books on soccer and published an instructional DVD set through Championship Productions. As an NSCAA National Staff Coach, Murphy is well known nation-wide as an educator and advocate for the game.
He holds the UEFA Pro Badge from the Scottish Football Association, a U.S. Soccer "A" License and a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. He was the first foreign-born coach to earn an English Football Association "A" Goalkeeper Coaching License in 2003.
Murphy will begin the job May 1, 2018.
Congratulations to RHSC's U16 Premier Classic III Boys team coached by Trey Campbell and the U16 Elite Classic V Boys team coached by Martin Huambachano for winning their divisions this Fall!
Both teams went undefeated.
Out of nine Select teams, seven finished fourth or better including:
RHSC U19 Boys, 4th place, coached by Derek Joshua
RHSC U17 Boys, 4th place, coached by Trey Campbell
RHSC U16 Boys, Premier 1st place, coached by Trey Campbell
RHSC U16 Boys, Elite 1st place, coached by Martin Huambachano
RHSC U15 Girls, 3rd place, coached by Angel Marquez
RHSC U15 Boys, 4th place, coached by Jason Sandt
RHSC U14 Boys, 3rd place, coached by Garth Miller
Congratulations to all the Select teams for a great season!