RICHMOND, VA – (Monday, March 5, 2018) – Richmond United formally welcomes Aaron Brunner as the recently appointed ECNL Director. He previously served as the Richmond Strikers and Richmond United ECNL Director of Operations and as the Head Coach for several ECNL teams. Aaron holds a US Soccer “A”, US Soccer National Youth, US Soccer National Youth and a US Soccer Instructors licenses.
Currently, Aaron is the ECNL National Player Development Program (PDP) Director, Regional PDP Director, and a ECNL National Training Camp Staff Coach. He is also the head coach for the U14 and U17 Richmond United ECNL teams. Aaron has helped catapult the opportunities for Richmond United players in the college game. His track record and assistance for players to gain placement and receive scholarships at some of the top NCAA program in the state, region, and country is tremendous.
Richmond United ECNL has also elevated (7) players into US Soccer Youth National teams, training camps, International Friendlies, CONCACAF Championships, and a U17 Women’s World Cup. Multiple players from Richmond United have represented Richmond United at the ECNL National Training Camps in Portland, OR.
Aaron also worked with US Soccer as a player identification scout for the U14, U15, and U17 US Soccer Women’s National Teams as well as an opponent scout for the U15 and U17 US Soccer Women’s National teams. Aaron was the Head Coach and State Liaison for the U.S. Soccer Training Centers in Virginia from 2015-2017 and received his US Soccer Coaching Education Instructor License (1st Class) in 2017.
In 2003, Aaron joined Prince William Soccer to create and direct the youth development system. During the 10 years at PWSI, the U6-U12 programming produced (8) US Soccer YNT / Pool Players who would eventually participate in U14, U15, and U17 National Teams. These developments led him to the honor of being named the 2009 US Youth Soccer Boys’ Competitive Youth National Coach of the Year.
In 2000, Aaron earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire. Aaron was a four-year starter for the UNH Wildcats and post college he played for the New Hampshire Phantoms in the USL.
Aaron is married to Kristin and they reside in Richmond, VA with their two children, Owen (7) and Sophie (6).
Established in 2014, Richmond United is a collaborative program between the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers, designed to serve the most talented male and female players in the region. The joint venture joined Central Virginia’s top two girls and boys programs into a developmental powerhouse that complete on the national stage under the philosophy of Inspire, Unite, Achieve. Competing in the Elite Clubs National League, the Richmond United girls play on the highest platform for youth female soccer players and teams. Competing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, the Richmond United Boys play in the highest conference in the country alongside Major League Soccer teams including Philadelphia Union, New York Red Bulls and D.C. United.