Coach Rick Ashley
Director of Girls Competitive Youth, FCSC United
United Staff Coach
Fauquier High School Girls Varsity Head Coach
I played club soccer for FPYC from 1971 (I think) to 1982, playing competitive travel from 1974 (I think!) to 1982. We had a very successful team, with us and McLean battling for first and second place almost every season.
I started coaching with FCSC in 1999. Ultimately taking over as head coach for the FCSC Fireballs, my daughters travel team. They were a very successful team, winning a number of tournament trophies and Division titles in ODSL and then WAGS. Their last season in WAGS they finished second in WAGS top division to ODFC with a 7-1 record. They played in many college showcase tournaments beginning when they were U-16s. Although they all had the ability to play at the college level, only four of them chose to do so moving on to play at Randolph-Macon, Roanoke, Christopher Newport and Randolph.
With the large gap between my days of playing competitive soccer and my years as a coach I was always eager to learn and improve as a coach. I have advanced through the USSF coaching curriculum and currently have a USSF B license. The next course I plan to take is the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. I started coaching girls JV soccer at FHS in 2008. I took over as the varsity head coach in 2011. In 2013 the team tied for first place in the Evergreen District with a 7-1 record, but lost the title to KRHS in a playoff. That year they also won their first Regional playoff game since 2004, coming back from a 3-1 halftime deficit to beat Millbrook on the road 4-3. Coaching at FHS has been very rewarding largely because I have been able to see so many FCSC players excel at the high high school level, not just at FHS, but also Kettle Run, Liberty, Culpeper County and Eastern View.
My goals are to help form teams in our girls competitive program in the age groups where we don't have teams, support our existing girls competitive teams, continue my development as a coach, and be a resource and motivator for girls from our competitive program that want to play at the college level.
Caity (my daughter) played for FCSC from a U-6 player all the way thorough to U-18. She played in the competitive travel program from U-9 through U-18. She was recruited by a number of college coaches and ultimately chose to attend Roanoke College, where she was recruited to play soccer and run track. She had an excellent freshman season in soccer in 2013, and averaged about 30 minutes per game finishing as one of the top goal scorers on the team even though she was mostly a substitute. However, she enjoyed even more success in track. She helped Roanoke to a second place finish in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference indoor championships in 2014. She had even more of an impact in the ODAC outdoor track and field championships in the spring of 2014 scoring more points than any of the women's track athletes, winning ODAC Rookie-of-the Year, finishing first in the steeplechase event, and helping her team win its 8th conference championship in 9 seasons. Because of her success in track she decided to run cross country rather than play soccer this fall. In spite of starting the season with an injury and only running in two competitive events before the ODAC Championships, she was able to finish 5th in the ODAC Companionship meet and was awarded first team All-Conference. She will be running in the southeast regional cross country meet in Georgia next Saturday, and her goal is to medal at the National outdoor track and field championships by her senior year.