Meet The Cavalry FC - Youth:
G Guerrieri - Technical Director
We would like the soccer families of the Brazos Valley to learn a little more about the coaches and Board of Director members behind The Cavalry.
Below are some questions and answers with the our Technical Director, Coach G Guerrieri
Coach G Guerrieri has been named “Coach of the Year” seven times as a collegiate coach, and is currently the 5th winningest coach in NCAA Division I soccer. He has been very generous with his time over the past 24 years in Bryan:College Station, volunteering for many charitable organizations and community groups. He started the Coach G Charitable Foundation 10 years ago to help local families in need pay their children’s’ medical bills.
1. Tell us where you were born and when did you become involved in soccer as a player, and tell us about your playing career.
I was born in Chicago, Ill, and moved to the Dallas area when I was 8 years old. Soccer was in its infancy in Texas in 1971, with the Dallas Tornado leading the charge as our idols and role models. People like Kyle Rote Jr, Bobby Moffat, Roy Turner, Dick Hall, and Kenny Cooper were my first soccer heroes. All of them were great players but also were very active in getting out in the community to grow soccer as a viable sport for DFW kids. Many of these players became friends of mine as I grew into an adult and decided to become a coach. The Dallas Tornado head coach, Ron Newman, also coached my team when I was a U14 player. Another (Bobby Moffat) started one of the first competitive clubs in Dallas – The Flame Soccer Club. I played against teams in that club in the 70s, and would later become the club’s Director of Coaching in the 90s.
I grew up playing for the then top club in Texas – Sparta Soccer Club of Richardson. I was initially a midfielder, then a defender, and eventually the goalkeeper of our team which won multiple State Cups as well as league and cup championships from 1975 through 1982. I was also captain of my HS team – Richardson Pearce – one of the top teams of that time in the state. When the UIL made soccer an official HS sport, Pearce won the first state championships.
I was recruited by colleges across the country, but signed with the University of Tulsa as their first full scholarship player in 1981. I was the starting goalkeeper all four years at Tulsa, where I was also team captain and set several team records as goalkeeper of the Golden Hurricane. I’m proud that some of those records still stand, 30+ years after my graduation in 1985.
2. What will your role/job be with The Cavalry?
I will be the Technical Director for The Cavalry. Which simply means I will be involved in all the soccer decisions of the club. I will advise and mentor the Director of Coaching as well as all the head and assistant coaches of the Cavalry Youth Academy and all the Cavalry teams.
3. Tell us about your coaching background and your experiences in competitive youth soccer.
OK, here we go… I began coaching as a teenager, working as a sports instructor in the Richardson, TX YMCA while in high school, and went to college specifically to become a coach. While in college I was assistant coach at Holland Hall Prep school in Tulsa, and upon graduating was head boys soccer coach at Cascia Hall prep school in 1986. Later that year I accepted a job at Rollins College (Winter Park, FL) as the assistant men’s coach and head women’s coach. I returned to Texas in 1987 to start the Dallas Express Soccer Club (featuring a top u19 team and semi-pro team). I was also the co-founder of the Lone Star Soccer Alliance (along with Jim Walker of the Houston Dynamos). My club won the initial league championship that year and then I sold my interest in the club as I went back to college to work on my MBA and become the assistant men’s coach at the University of North Texas.
I was named the head men’s and women’s coach at Hardin-Simmons University in 1988, where my women advanced to the NAIA National Championship game; while the men advanced to the Trans America Conference championship game (NCAA D1). In 1990, H-SU announced their decision to bring back football and move all their sports to non-scholarship NCAA DIII, so I returned to UNT for another season as men’s assistant coach and also worked with the NET Challenge Soccer Club as coach of their U15 and U16 boys teams.
I returned to Dallas in 1991 as the head men’s and women’s coach at Richland College (NJCAA), and also as the Director of Coaching for the Dallas Flame Soccer Club. Additionally, I coached the Flame U11 and U16 teams as well as the U19 team for the Sting Soccer Club (girls), and was the goalkeeper coach for all the boys and girls ODP teams in North Texas under then DOC Tom Durkin. Both of my college teams were ranked in the NJCAA Top 10 in 1991 and 1992. I earned my “A” coaching license from US Soccer and my NSCAA Advanced National coaching diploma at this time.
In 1993 I was hired by Texas A&M to launch its new varsity women’s soccer program. I also became a USYSA ODP regional Staff Coach that year, and served as the head goalkeeper coach for girls in Region III (Southern 12 states) until my second child was born in 2001.
Since coming to Texas A&M, I’m proud of the accomplishments of my teams and players, where we have long been the top college program in Texas. The Aggies have won 16 conference championships, are one of only four programs nationally to advance to the past 22 consecutive NCAA Championships Tournaments, and are undefeated against other college teams in Texas for the past ten years.
In my role as head coach at Texas A&M, I recruit players from all around the state and USA, and have deep, strong, and long-standing relationships with many of the top club and college coaches from coast to coast (many of which are former players or teammates). I bring those relationships and the experience of working with coaches from all levels to The Cavalry.
4. What are three of the biggest goals you’d like to achieve as a Cavalry coach?
I’ve seen clubs and youth coaches come and go from Aggieland over the past two decades while youth soccer has become stronger and stronger. I’ve seen great players developed in our community and seen great players achieve incredible things as youth, college, and professional players. I have also seen the shortfalls of competitive soccer in the Brazos Valley and the unique challenges and potential advantages of running a top level club in a community 100 miles outside Houston and Austin. I think this is the most unique time to launch The Cavalry.
I have many more than 3 goals for the club, but among the most prominent are:
Creating a Club that is more than just a business transaction, but something that can be transformational in the development of young men in the Brazos Valley;
Developing and mentoring coaches to be inspirational leaders to our boys so they realize their highest potential as soccer players and future leaders in the community;
Creating a stable Club environment that can inspire, develop, and challenge local players ranging from grade school through high school, and beyond.
5. What do you think makes the Cavalry special for boys in the Brazos Valley?
This is a very unique time for soccer in our community. We have a new PDL team in town which is affiliated with the Houston Dynamo of MLS! We have a group of highly educated and motivated soccer parents who want to develop a strong, stable, and ethical organization to build future leaders through their experience in the world’s favorite sport. And, we have a strong relationship with the recreational soccer organizations around the Brazos Valley (BVYSA), which can help us create a Cavalry Club that will facilitate a better transition from recreational soccer to competitive youth soccer and all the way to the PDL right here in our community, all working together to grow soccer and develop our players toward their highest potential.
Thanks Coach, and we are all excited to have your leadership and guidance of The Cavalry!
Tryouts begin on May 15th, so be sure to get registered!