Goalkeeper Training

Rich Roby is the new GK Director for Winchester United.  He is also the GK coach at Shenandoah University.  Rich's credentials can be found at the bottom of the page.

I hope everyone had enjoyed a wonderful off season and are now ready get the soccer season underway.

This season we will be having a few changes. We will be separating age groups. Goalkeepers from the age 9-12 will be training from 5pm to 6pm. Goalkeepers from the age 13-19 will be training from 6pm to 7pm. All training sessions will be held at James Wood High School Practice field.

At any point this season you have any questions, concerns or goalkeeping situations you need answered, do not hesitate to email.  Lets start of on the right foot and get the season underway.


Please see below for important training information.


The training schedule for the spring season is listed below:

Every Friday beginning September 14:

  • U9-U12 @ 5-6pm
  • U13-U19 @ 6-7pm

All Training sessions will be held at James Wood High School practice field located next to the high school baseball field.


1. All Goalkeepers are expected to be ready to begin training at the assigned time. I understand that the 5PM start time may difficult for some. If your keeper is late, that keeper will join the group directly. Understand that tardiness can affect the rhythm for the group.
2. Goalkeepers upon arrival are expected to greet the coaches by giving their name and shaking hands.
3. It is mandatory that keepers have water, GK gloves, soccer socks, shin guards, long sleeve shirt and pants to change into if necessary. Wear the club issued NAVY training tee shirt.
4. Goalkeepers will be focused and attentive during instruction.
5. After sessions, Goalkeepers will wash their gloves to remove dirt and oder.
     -Use warm water
     - Air Dry
6. If your child requires an inhaler, please make sure that they use it before training and have it in their bag.
Goalkeeping requires determination, courage, commitment and leadership which is great for character building! Work Hard, Work Smart and Have Fun!
NOTE: Coaches, please send no more than 3 keepers to a session.


Same as last season, teams are only allowed to send 3 goalkeepers per training session each week. Coaches may send different goalkeepers each week as long as you keep it to the 3 goalkeepers limitation and provide me with their contact information prior to training. The information needed is as follows:


  1. Goalkeeper’s Name
  2. Age & Team
  3. Parent email & telephone number


Thank you for your time. I am looking forward to seeing and working with everyone this season.


Rich Roby


Former Club and HS Player.

1981: Goalkeeper at Montgomery College.

1986: Goalkeeper at U.M.B.C.

1984-1989: Goalkeeper for Takoma Wolves, Capital Soccer League.



2016 to Present: Hood College Women’s Assistant Coach.

2011 to 2012: Frederick C.C. Men’s Assistant Coach.

2013 to 2016: Frederick C.C. Men’s Head Coach.

2003 to 2004: u-13 Maryland DDP Boys Head Coach.

2001 to 2004: John’s Hopkins University Goal-Coach.

2001 to 2003: Founder and Director of the Damascus S.C. Academy.

1986 to 2017: Youth Club Coach/Trainer/GK Director F.C. Frederick, Potomac S.A., Bethesda S.C., Olney S.C., Montgomery S.C. and Damascus S.C.

1993 to 2000: Damascus H.S. Head Boys Soccer Coach.

1992 to 1996: Maryland ODP Boys Goal-Coach.

1998: Maryland ODP Boys Director of Goalkeeping.



-Two-time State Finalist as coach of Olney S.C. u16 and u17.

-State Champion as Head Coach of Maryland DDP.

-Two-time qualifier for MDJUCO as Head Coach of Frederick C.C. Had to overcome previous negative history for a team that was the worst in MDJUCO. Developed year-round program, recruited and helped players move on to play at four-year schools.

-Built a program at Damascus H.S. that was in the 1stdivision, top seven teams in Montgomery County MD out of 23 schools.



1997: U.S.S.F. “C” Coaching License.

1990: U.S.S.F. “D” Coaching License.

Former M.W.S.R.A. Referee.



1998 to 2000: Damascus S.C. President.