There will be a new man in charge patrolling the pitch on the Cumberland County College Soccer field next season. Richard Kessler was named the new head men's soccer coach today according to Director of Athletics Keith Gorman. "We are excited for the future of the program and our men's soccer student-athletes. Richard brings a weath of knowledge as a professional player and as a coach and trainer. His ties in our region are strong and should make an immediate impact in recruiting" said Keith Gorman.
Coach Kessler was asked what he expected to do with the program, "For me, player development is very high on the priority list. There will be a strong emphasis on continuously developing technical proficiency and hopefully seeing our players grow individually while here at CCC. With that said of course I want my players to not only become better footballers but also be consistently striving to become better people, and we'll establish that as a core component of the culture."
Richard had an outstanding collegiate career for Alvernia University where he was a goalkeeper. He is second all-time for career saves in goal for Alvernia. He was a four year starting goalkeeper at Reading High School and Alvernia University where he earned All Conference all four years and acted as the team captain for two of the four. In addition to NCAA playing experience Rich spent time with the Philadelphia Kixx and then the Baltimore Blast of the MISL (now MASL), Reading Rage of the PDL, F.C. Revolution of the NPSL, as well as the Super-Y League and ODP as a youth player.
Coach Kessler is from Reading, PA. Richard graduated from Alvernia University where he graduated in 2011 with a degree in Sports Management with a special focus on leadership. A USSF (United States Soccer Federation) member Richard has coaching experience ranging from early development and club level through NCAA experience where he served as Women's Assistant Soccer Coach at Penn State Berks for two seasons. In addition to serving as the current Men's Soccer Head Coach at Cumberland County College he is a technical trainer and coach at Total Soccer in Warminster and Downingtown, Pa.