Coach Bio: Daniel Richards

Eclipse Director of Instruction – Email

Daniel joined the Eclipse in 2008 bringing his enthusiasm, passion and knowledge of the sport to our coaching staff.

“I am delighted to be at the Eclipse working with some of the country‚Äôs most talented young soccer players as I look to help them be successful both on and off the field.” – Daniel Richards


Laguna Hills SC Eclipse
2012/13 – U14 White Head Coach
2012/13 – U11 White Head Coach
2008-Present Academy Trainer

Laguna Beach High School
2010-Present Director of Boys Soccer Program & Head Varsity Coach
2008/09 Boys Varsity Assistant Coach
2007/08 Boys F/S Head Coach

North Irvine Soccer Club
U15 Boys Head Coach
U14 Girls Head Coach
U14 Boys Head Trainer

UK International Soccer Camps
Camp Director
Coaching players aged 4-18; overseeing the safety, enjoyment and development of up to 200 children per camp
Head of Coaches Clinics, instructing coaches of teams ranging from U6-U16

Community Coach working with various High Schools in the West Midlands of England, conducted in conjunction with Premier Skills Coaching Ltd and the University of Wolverhampton

Working with High School children in London through the Fulham F.C. Care in the Community Office

USSF National B License
NCSAA National Goalkeeper Diploma
English FA National Coaching Badge
Cal South Goalkeeper License
English FA Psychology for Soccer Level 1
English FA Fitness for Soccer Level 1
NFHS (National Federation of State High Schools) Certified
LA Orthopedic Hospital Sports Medicine and Injury Prevention Certified
NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Integrated SAQ Training Certified

BA Honors Degree in Sports Studies from the University of Wolverhampton, England

“My coaching objective is to maximize the development of each and every player, taking into account their individual needs, with particular emphasis placed on technical ability and advancement, tactical knowledge and the reading of the game. I strive to achieve this through a challenging and fun experience.”