What is the mission of the Warrenton Youth Soccer Club? The founders of WYSC created the league as a place where children of all ages and abilities could learn about sports while having fun. The emphasis is on learning, teamwork and sportsmanship.
Rick Derflinger has been a member of the area's soccer community for over 40 years. He is a former player at the College of William and Mary and grew up playing club soccer at Annandale Boys Club.
Rick began his coaching career in 1976 as a 15-year-old with the Washington Area Girls Soccer League. Over the course of his career, Rick has served as a travel coach, director of training and technical director for numerous premier soccer clubs to include Braddock Road, Herndon, Burke, NVSC and McLean. His teams won multiple state championships and consistently competed at the national level with many of his players moving on to college and professional teams. Additionally, he served as the trainer for Robinson and Woodson High Schools where he won 7 regional and 3 state championships.
Rick has also served as a club rep for WAGS and NCSL and as a VA ODP coach and evaluator for over 7 years.
He holds coaching licenses from the
English FA- Preliminary
Irish FA- Full Badge
David Smith has been coaching with WYSC since fall 2002. Dave has coached Recreational U6-Boys and Girls, U8 Boys and Girls, U10 Boys and Girls, U12 Boys and Girls, and U14 Boys. Having won 6 championships in divisional play, additionally Dave has coached 3 WYSC Tournament all star teams, U10 Boys, U12 Boys and U12 Girls each achieving runner up in championship games.
For the past 11 years Dave has been coaching competitive soccer. The list of teams is extensive, having coached U12 Boys, U13 Boys, U14 Boys, and U11 Girls, U12 Girls, U13 Girls, U14 Girls and U17 Girls. These teams played in ODSL, WAGS and NCSL throughout Northern Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.
Dave has lead many Mustang teams to divisional championships and obtained promotion to the next higher division of competitive play.
Spring 2013 Dave lead the Mustangs 01 Blue U11 Girls to a championship win in a stunning penalty kick finish in the Battle Field - Columbus Day Tournament.
F - License 2002, E - License 2003, D - State License 2008.
Coach Brain Kotowicz grew up playing youth soccer in Long Island, NY. His teams won league titles as well as High School Championships while he was the starting goalkeeper. He has been a coach with WYSC since 2014. Brian has coached from U6 to U10 along with being the head Goalkeeper Coach for WYSC. He has also coached both U8 and U9 Allstar teams since 2016. His teams have finished as runner up in the Spring of 2017 and in the semi-finals of the Fall of 2017.
Brian played College soccer at West Virginia Wesleyan College and has started and will complete his USSF “D” License in 2018.
Chase Cox has coached locally at the recreational and all-star level for over 10 years. He has assisted with the coaching and training of several travel teams within the last few years, as well. Currently, he is the Assistant Coach for the WYSC Mustangs 04 Boys Team.
Chase grew up in Prince William County and began playing soccer at the age of 4. He played for numerous travel and recreational leagues, and also played for many All-Star teams. Chase was a four year starter for Brentsville District High School’s Varsity Soccer Team. Additionally, he has trained internationally and played for Select teams in Holland, Denmark, and Sweden.
Chase holds a current U.S. Soccer “E” license and is working towards completing his “D”.
Christian Benitez has grown up and played soccer locally his entire life. He started playing with WYSC as a recreational player when he was seven. His first completive coach is the current director of WYSC, Raul Heras, under which he learned a lot. Throughout his soccer endeavor, he has played for travel teams in WYSC, FCSC, and VSA. In his later years, as Christian has gotten too old to play, he has continued with the sport from the sideline. He has coached and helped train U9, U10, U11, and U12 teams.
Mike Vereen grew up in South Carolina lettering in a number of sports in High School.
Mike has been coaching youth soccer since 2008 and coaching with WYSC since 2013. For the past 10 years he has coached boys and girls from U4 to U17. Mike has coached in 6 All Star tournaments and making the finals in 3. Coach Mike most recently coached the High school girls age division making the finals the last 3 seasons and winning the divisional championship twice.
Mike currently hold a:
- USSF-F license 2016
- USSF-E license 2017
- USSF-D license "In progress to be completed by the end of 2018"
Rob Marinohas been coaching with WYSC since 2008, for both boys and girls teams, recreational and travel. Rob has coached in NCSL, ODSL, 3v3, travel, rec, tournament, and indoor soccer competition.
Rob is currently the Head Coach for the U18/HS Girls. Rob holds an "E" certification from US Soccer, earned in 2015.
Rob also serves on the Travel Committee and helps implement the club's concussion baseline ImPACT testing program with his wife Dr. Diana Chalmeta, a local pediatrician