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We are here to provide you and your family with the best youth soccer experience possible! We are proud to bring you a group of highly accomplished coaches in our Player Development Program under our Director of Player Development Academy, Coach Maite Mahoney.

Coach Rick Sylvester

Coach Rick Sylvester has seen Florida soccer from one end of the spectrum to the other.

Coach Sylvester was fortunate enough to play in State Cup Finals as a boy (U16, when he was a U14 player, and U18 when was a U16 player), an NCAA National Championship as a young man at the University of Tampa (where he lettered for four years and three tournament appearances), and a final four appearance in the U.S. Open Cup as an adult. Rick was also blessed with a chance of getting to work, and to grow up, at Tampa Stadium during the heyday of the Tampa Bay Rowdies and the old NASL (North American Soccer League).

Indeed, it was this magical time with the Rowdies, watching warm-ups, fetching drinks for the players, performing in skills contests at halftimes of the games, and just hanging out on the sidelines that still offers some of the fondest soccer memories Coach Sylvester has. As he puts it, “To see the likes of Franz Beckenbauer, Johann Cruyff, Eusebio, GeoffHurst, Trevor Francis, George Best, Gordon Banks, and even the great Pele like we did – in the locker room, prepping for games, playing – it was a dream come true.I learned so much from those guys. It really was an incredible time.”

Coach Sylvester graduated with honors from University of Tampa as the number one English graduate of his class and would later go on to complete his graduate work in English education at USF.

Coach Sylvester has been an adjunct at Gulf Coast State College and coached and taught at Arnold High School, where he amassed over one-hundred wins and both a district and county championship, and at present is a teacher at Mosley High School.

Coach Sylvester has been offering his services at Bay United at numerous levels for a number of years now, coaching both boys and girls of various ages from the U18 boys down to the PDL and advanced PDL/academy teams.“It’s all about the skill,” espouses Coach Rick, “I love imparting to the little ones what I know about that ball and this game, and I love giving back to a beautiful game that has given me so very much."

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