Dick Beal

NYSWYSA Member Clubs & Years (Dates) of Participation:
  • Rochester Mavericks: 1976 - 1998
  • Rochester Junior Rhinos: 1999 - Present
Accomplishments, Awards Won:
  • 2005 US Youth Soccer Boys National Coach of the Year
  • NYSWYSA Staff Coach 1976 – 2000
NYSWYSA Coaching Experience:
  • 1976 – 1998: Rochester Mavericks Soccer Club (U10, U12, U15, U16 & U19)
  • 1999 – Present: Rochester Junior Rhinos Soccer Club (U-10 – U14 Boys)
  • 1976 – 2000: Staff Coach Instructing F, E & D Licensing Courses
  • 1976 – 2000: Rochester District Olympic Development Teams (U13, U14 & U16)
  • 1983: NYSWYSA U18 Boys’ Olympic Development Team
  • 1984: NYSWYSA U16 Boys’ Olympic Development Team
High School Coaching Experience:
  • 1986 – 1989: Greece Olympia High School Assistant Varsity Coach
  • 1990 – 2007: McQuaid Jesuit High School Assistant Varsity Coach
Adult Coaching Experience:
  • 1975 – 1986: Kodak Men’s’ Soccer League
  • 1976 – 1985: Irondequoit Adult Soccer League (League Co-founder)
  • 1997 – 1999: Empire Games Open Men’s Team (1997 Bronze Medal & 1998 Gold Medal)
Additional Coaching Experience:
  • 1984 – 1990: Staff Coach for Kodak – University of Rochester Soccer Clinic
  • 1988 - Staff Coach for Kodak Graduated Soccer Camp
  • 1996 – 1998: Coach of Rochester Raging Rhinos Reserve Team
  • 1995 – 2000: Staff Coach @ Rochester Sports Garden Indoor Soccer Facility
  • 1995 – 2006: Staff Coach for McQuaid Soccer Camp
NYSWYSA Coaching Training:
  • 1976: F License Course Instructed by T. Frew & J. Hoffman
  • 1977: D License Course Instructed by D. Popovich
  • 1978: D License Course Instructed by Doug May
  • 1979: C License Course Instructed by USSF (United States Soccer Federation)
  • 1981: B License Course (Audited)
Additional Coaching Training:
  • 1980: Special Dutch License – 2 Weeks with Dutch Football Assn. @ Zeist Netherlands
  • 1985: Advanced National Coaching License – NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Assn.)
  • 1986: Kodak Graduated Soccer Method Course Instructed by Gary McKinley (Creator of Kodak Tapes)
  • 1987: National Coaching License – NSCAA
  • 1999: National Youth License – USSF
  • 2008: Toured Holland with World Class Soccer with Emphasis on Youth Training
Administrative Experience:
  • 1980 – 1998: President & Director of Coaching of Rochester Mavericks Soccer Club
  • 1999 – Present: Vice President of Rochester Junior Rhinos Soccer Club
Professional Associations:
  • 1979 – Present: Member of National Soccer Coaches Association
  • 2005 – Present: Member of US Youth Soccer Coaches Association


Dick Beal is by far one of the most respected and recognizable advocates and supporters of soccer in the Rochester area. He has been actively involved in the soccer community for 33 years, contributing as an administrator and more importantly, as a coach in a multitude of capacities dedicated to the development of youth players. His involvement began with coaching his son Rick in the Rochester Mavericks Soccer Club, the club for which he served as president for 23 years of its existence. Over that time span, he continued to coach in the club in all boys’ age divisions, as well as serve as a coach in the NYSWYSA Olympic Development Program, a program that he strongly believes in and supports.
After the Rochester Mavericks Soccer Club dissolved, Dick joined the Rochester Junior Rhinos Soccer Club in 1999. Since then, he has coached in the club in the younger age divisions and served as its Vice President. Certainly the highlight of his coaching involvement with the Rochester Junior Rhinos Soccer Club was his selection as the 2005 US Youth Soccer Boys National Coach of the Year, the first time this honor was bestowed on a coach in the NYSWYSA.
It is also important to acknowledge Dick’s involvement with coaching school soccer. He was the Greece Olympia High School Assistant Boys’ Varsity Coach from 1986 – 1989 and the McQuaid Jesuit High School Assistant Boys’ Varsity Coach from 1990 – 2007. Over the years, he has also coached at many youth camps and clinics around the Rochester Area, as well as adult soccer leagues. Dick was honored as being selected the coach of the Empire Games Open Men’s’ Team from 1997 – 1999, which took the Bronze Medal in 1997 and Gold Medal in 1998.
Dick’s coaching philosophy reflects his continuous commitment to the development of youth players. “I believe in being prepared for every training session. I also work hard to make sure that the players are stimulated to learn and that they have fun. I believe that if the coach is doing the right things, winning will take care of itself. I coach at the younger ages to try and give the children a positive experience as they begin their soccer careers. I believe that ball control is the key to success and that every player must get a chance to play in every game.”
NYSWYSA Rochester District Commissioner Roger Best said this of Dick. “I am fortunate to have known Dick for most of the 33 years he has been on the soccer scene. I have nothing but respect and admiration of him and consider Dick to be a consummate coach. In his last year of competitive youth soccer, my son Tim had the privilege of playing for Dick. I was able to observe Dick first hand coaching an U19 Boys’ Travel Team. He consistently demonstrated his strong leadership, knowledge of the game and excellent game demeanor. Every youth player should have the opportunity to play for a coach of Dick’s caliber.”
Dick retired from Eastman Kodak in 2003 as a Senior Research Associate after 40 years of service. He currently resides in Ontario, NY with his wife Phyllis, but will shortly move to a new home on Otisco Lake. In anticipation of the move, Dick has already become involved with soccer in the Syracuse area. The Rochester District soccer community will sorely miss him and the Syracuse District Soccer Community is fortunate to gain Dick’s services.