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SCAA - South County Soccer

Meet Our Staff

Director of Coaching, U12B & U15G – Darryl Springer

Darryl Springer has been involved in the game of soccer for over 40 years. He has extensive experience both as a player and a coach at youth, collegiate and national team levels. In Trinidad and Tobago, he played for the Under 19 National Team with the likes of Dwight Yorke and Shaka Hislop. He then played as a four-year starter at Radford University earning Defensive and Team MVP awards. After college Darryl played semi-pro with the Roanoke Riverdawgs, provided assistance to the Radford University Women’s Soccer team and coached boys soccer in the Roanoke Virginia area.

For the past three years Darryl has worked as a coach in the South County community and was instrumental in the launch of soccer for the South County Athletic Association (SCAA).  Darryl is an outstanding coach that has the passion for developing the game of soccer at the youth level.  His experience as a successful college player and former National Team player will be crucial in helping SCAA to continue to develop a soccer program that is a leader in player development.

Darryl is excited about serving as the SCAA Soccer Director of Coaching and continuing to be a part of top level soccer in Northern VA.  Darryl currently holds an USSF National D License.

Technical Director, U13B & U15B – Alex Pinto

Former El Salvador National Team member and current Olympic Development Program coach Alex Pinto has been named as Technical Director South County Soccer. 

Pinto comes to South County Soccer with tremendous coaching experience.  He has led multiple teams to VYSA State championships, regional appearances and has helped developed numerous players throughout this time in the Northern Virginia area. 

“Alex has done a great job the past few years helping us to develop our players and coaches”, said Director of Coaching Darryl Springer.  “He has had tremendous success in our area developing great players and coaching teams that play a great brand of soccer.  Alex will play a key role in the development of our players and coaches.”

Prior to beginning his coaching career, Alex was a member of the El Salvador National Team and played for several first division clubs in El Salvador during his in eight year career.  During his time, his teams earned two Salvadorian League Championships and multiple finals appearances. 

“I’m looking forward to the next challenge in my coaching career.”  Said Pinto.  “South County has great potential and my goal is to help develop our players and teams in our area.” 

Coach Pinto currently holds his USSF “B” coaching license and is a member of the Virginia ODP State staff.  Coach Pinto will also be the Head Coach for South County’s Rising U9 Boys team.

Jaime Valencia – U11B and U14B

Coach Jaime hails from Valparaiso, Chile, where he grew up playing street soccer in the narrow streets of Cerro Baron. At the age of 14, he started defending the colors of Santiago Wanderers Youth System (Chilean First Division).  At the age of 18, Jaime was considered one of the top youth midfielders in Chilean futbol.  

In 1980, as a youth player, Jaime trained with Santiago Wanderers's first team.  Later that year, he led Santiago Wanderers U18 side to a runner up finish in the category's national championships, falling to Colo-Colo, Chile's most popular club.  In 1981 Jaime moved to the United States and earned a full ride soccer scholarship to the University of The District of Columbia.  During that time, Jaime played club soccer for "Espana" (Club Spain), one of the top amateur teams in the country.  In 1985 Club Spain won the US Open Cup Championship. In the mid 90's, Jaime played professional indoor soccer for the Washington Warthogs of the Continental Indoor Soccer League.

Throughout the last 25 years, Jaime has coached NCSL and WAGS teams in MSC, DC Stoddert and McLean Youth Soccer.  He is known for player development.  Jaime helps his players develop their technical ability and tactical awareness of the game.

Edith Hernandez – U11G and U12G

Coach Edith has been an integral part of Northern Virginia girl's soccer scene for over 20 years.  Having develop technically proficient players and helped lead state cup winning teams, in clubs like BRYC and SYC, Coach Edith brings a wealth of experience to South County Soccer.  Coach Edith main goal for her players is to become skilled soccer players, while having fun and competing.

Roberto Picha – U9B and U13B

Coach Roberto Picha is leading the SCAA 2009 Boys Green Team (Under 12 Boys) this year. Roberto is from Arequipa, Peru, where he grew up playing street soccer and eventually joined an organized local club “River Plate MM” at age 11. He played in a high school league, and at age 18, joined Cesar Vallejo in the 3rd Division in Miraflores. He quickly ascended to the 2nd Division, and was then recruited to play in the 1st Division for a town outside of the city. Roberto usually played as a defender most frequently as a left fullback.  Roberto eventually played in a college league back in Arequipa. At age 22, Roberto emigrated to the United States, where he continued to play in several northern Virginia leagues, eventually playing more college ball at the NCAA Division II level for four years.

Roberto first coached a Rockville, Maryland high school girls team in 1993, and the experience was an eye opener as he saw the critical need for players to understand the most basic elements of soccer. He has added those experiences and observations to his coaching over the past 15 years as he coached both NCSL and EDP teams with Burke Athletic Club, often times raising the players from rec level soccer to higher levels of competitive play.

Coach Roberto’s goal as a coach is to instill the passion of the game in his players. He works diligently to develop their technical ability, tactical awareness of the game, and above all, their individual creativity. He believes no game is played the same way twice. Roberto feels moving to coach at SCAA was a great decision, and his personal goal is to contribute his many years of experience to the program here. And he has already contributed a tremendous amount of time coaching not only the U12 Boys team, but with other teams across the club at the rec and travel levels.

Figadelfo Mendieta – U10B 

Andreas Tsaousis – Goal Keeper Coach

Andreas was born and raised in Northern Virginia and grew up playing for both Vienna and McLean Youth Soccer Clubs.  He also represented Virginia’s District and State level Olympic Development Programs (ODP) and finished his high school career playing for DC United and Baltimore Armour Academies; with Baltimore Armour being a top 10 ranked Academy in the country. His team was invited and participated in a four team tournament with the United States U17 Youth National Team (USYNT), Tottenham U18, and Rio Grande Valley Academy at the IMG Academy facilities. His success on the field was noticed and he received many offers to play at the Division 1 & Division 3 levels from schools including: George Mason University, University of Delaware, University of Dayton, Loyola University Maryland, University of Mary Washington, Shenandoah University, Christopher Newport University, Marymount University, and Eastern University. He accepted his offer at George Mason University and has been representing their well-respected Division 1 program for the past four years.

Andreas also spent the last four summers training abroad in Greece with some of the top teams in the Greek Super League (Panathinaikos, AEK) including individual sessions with the Greek National Team goalkeeper coach. These teams qualify for the Champions League and Europa League on a consistent basis and compete against some of the best clubs in the world. His training also included individual sessions with Eric Steele, a former Manchester United and England National Team Goalkeeper coach. Overall, Andreas' experiences playing in the US and overseas have helped him add many different dimensions to his game and coaching style.