While the majority of BRYC coaches are the mothers or fathers of one of their team members, a few of them are the parents of children who have long since played their final games for Braddock Road. Fewer still are just a couple of years removed from their own years of playing for BRYC. One such coach in the fall 2010 season has been Ricky Ramirez, who, less than a year out of George Mason University, was persuaded by veteran coach John Kelleher to take on the coaching duties for a group of U16 Boys.
Ricky was expecting to have help but that didn’t materialize so, for the last three months, with not much more than moral support from Kelleher and League Director Greg Walsh (pictured, right and left respectively) Ramirez took a team of U16 Boys into their first Suburban Friendship League (SFL) action in September and ended the season with a record of 7-4-0, winning their first two games of the SFL tournament to reach the finals in their division before falling to a strong tream from Prince William County (PWSI) by a final, heartbreaking score of 3-2. Nonetheless, the team took home runner-up honors, earning not just trophies (see below) but the respect of the opposition, not to speak of the young men who played for him and the parents who watched him mature into a fine coach during the season. Congratulations to Ricky and his team for a job well done.