The Urban Soccer Leadership Academy (USLA) is now accepting donations in support of the annual Richard LongfellowCollege Scholarship Fund
Richard (Rich) Longfellow, Jr. was born in 1956, in San Antonio, Texas. He started playing soccer while living in Okinawa, Japan at age 15. He moved back to San Antonio his senior year and attended Brackenridge High School where he graduated in 1974. His coaching career began in 1986 as an assistant coach for his daughters soccer team Strike Force. Soon after he joined the Alamo Heights Ft. Sam Houston Soccer Club as head coach to the Renegades, a volunteer position he would hold for more than ten years.His passion and enthusiasm for the game led him to a coaching position with the Lions Soccer Club in 1998, where he led two teams to compete in Agropoli, Italy. In 1999, he branched out to create the San Antonio Elite Soccer Club, where he served as the director and oversaw the expansion of the program. Under his leadership the Elite Soccer Club captured several state championship titles and won the 3v3 National Soccer Tournament in Florida two years in a row. In late 2001, Rich decided to merge his teams with the Classics Soccer Club forming the Classics Elite Soccer Academy. His decision to merge both clubs helped develop the largest soccer club in San Antonio at that time.
As a coach Rich earned several certifications in soccer, including his NSCAA and Youth National licenses. He also served as a trainer for the Scorpions youth soccer program and continued to offer his services to numerous summer camps around the city. After the Classics Elite, Rich became director of the Boys Academy in Boerne, Texas, where he coached the under 11 boys and under 12 girls teams to a state championship. In 2016 he began coaching for the Urban Soccer Leadership Academy (USLA). Throughout his coaching career Rich impacted hundreds, if not thousands of young soccer players. As a mentor and advocate of higher education, he encouraged those he coached to pursue college and follow their dreams.
USLA is committed to being a world-class soccer academy where all youth discover vision and purpose as life-long servant leaders. USLA is a Texas Non-Profit Tax Exempt 501 c(3)