University of Arkansas Rich Mtn CC

UA Rich Mountain Bucks
1100 College Dr Mena, AR 71953
NJCAA Arkansas South
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Brian Byrd

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Brian Byrd has been involved in soccer either as a player or coach for over 35 years. He came up through the Dallas/Fort Worth soccer club programs such as the Dallas Longhorns, Texas Elite, and Dallas Titans. He played soccer for Mansfield High School and was voted First Team All-District and All-Region as a high school athlete. He’s played professional indoor soccer for the Arlington Arrows, Fort Worth Kicks, and outdoor in the United Soccer League (USL) for the L.A. Salsa and Dallas Rockets. Byrd wrapped up his playing days in 1990 when had the opportunity to play in an international competition in Portsmouth, England.

Byrd has coached for the San Diego Nomads, Mansfield Mustangs, and for 20 years with the American Eagles/DFW Tornado's soccer club where he had the privilege of coaching all ages of club teams within the organization. He was also the head girls coach at Fort Worth Country Day School and the head coach of the Grapevine High School girls’ varsity. While at Grapevine High School, the team reached the playoffs every season and advanced to the regional tournament in 2005.

Byrd spent 7 years as the Men's Assistant Coach at the University of Dallas. In 2007, UD won the NCAA Division III Independent National Championship with a record of 17-1-1. Coach Byrd also spent 9 seasons as the Assistant Coach for the DFW Tornado's Men’s Premier Development League (PDL) and Super 20 Men’s team. During his time with the Tornado's, the team earned 3 trips to the Lamar Hunt Open where they faced the Austin Aztecs, FC Dallas, and the Houston Dynamo. He has coached 14 players that went on to have careers in either the MLS, USL, or international play.

Coach Byrd took over at Coastal Bend College as the Head Coach in July of 2014. Coach Byrd's vision from the start was to transform the program to a level that could compete for a national title on a yearly basis. The Cougar soccer program increased its record in all 5 seasons under his leadership. In 2016, the team won a school record 15 games and beat three nationally ranked teams along with hosting and winning the first ever playoff game in the program’s history. Over that 5-year span, the highlights included several wins, including wins over nationally ranked programs and earning a playoff berth all 5 years with 3 trips to the NJCAA Region 14 Finals. Coach Byrd's most treasured accomplishment at Coastal Bend is sending on 100% of his graduating sophomores to four-year universities on a soccer scholarship.

In January 2019, Coach Byrd began his time at UA Rich Mountain, building both the men's and women's programs as Head Soccer Coach in a semester's time frame. In their inagugural season in 2019, the Bucks men's team won NJCAA Region 2 with a record of 8-4-5. After completing a full recruiting cycle, Byrd looks to continue that success on both his men's and women's team in 2020.

Brian enjoys cheering on the Dallas Stars, being outdoors, fishing, and spending time with his dog, Macy.

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Bruno Guarda

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Originally from Brazil, Coach Guarda moved to the United States while in high school to attend The Oakridge School in Arlington, Texas. He played for the Dallas Texans, winning the Dallas Cup twice. After high school, he played for Southern Methodist University, where he was named to the NSCAA All-Midwest Region first team in 2006. Bruno was also a Hermann Trophy Semi-Finalist and the Conference Player of the year in both 2006 and 2007. He was connected with Bucks Head Coach, Brian Byrd, during his college days and played for Coach Byrd and the DFW Tornados in the USL Premier Development League. After college, Bruno signed with FC Dallas of Major League Soccer and made his professional debut on August 3, 2008, scoring his first goal on

September 21st in a 4-1 victory against the Chicago Fire. After finishing his contract in 2013, Bruno played two seasons with the Dallas Sidekicks.

In 2015, Coach Guarda spent two years in Brazil, taking coaching courses at the Santos Academy. While attending, he coached youth soccer in the State of Sao Paulo. From 2017 until joining Bucks Soccer, Coach Guardo coached three seasons with City FC at the North Texas Youth Soccer Association and High School Soccer at The Oakridge School.

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