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SCAA - South County Soccer

Meet Our Staff

Director of Coaching, U14G & U16G – 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, U12B & U14B – 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 – U13B

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

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.

Luis Meneses – 10B, & U14G

Coach Luis hails from La Paz, Bolivia and has been developing young talents in the Northern Virginia area for over 15 years.  While coaching at Team America (Springfield, VA), Coach Luis has lead multiple teams to state cup championships.  While knowing what it takes to get to those team heights, Coach Luis focuses on the technical development of each Player.  "Coach Luis brings many years of experience in developing top players in the Northern Virginia area.  He will be an asset to our program, as will be key in the technical development of our players.", said Darryl Springer, South County Soccer's  Director of Coaching.



Roberto Picha – U12B

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.

Abigail Benner – Goal Keeper Coach

Coach Abby is an English teacher at South County Middle School. Originally from Connecticut, she has over ten years of experience playing soccer at the middle school, high school and collegiate levels. While in Connecticut, she played for several different premier clubs, gaining experience under many esteemed coaches across the region. She spent several years training with the founder of, where she developed her skills in high intensity sessions focused on building a strong mind and body.

As a coach, Abby focuses on developing keepers that are ready to give 110% both in training and in games, creating explosive goalies with fast reactions and strong hands. Abby loves connecting with players of all ages. Her experience in the classroom working with students’ social and emotional needs is translated onto the field. She loves to create innovative and fun sessions that push players to work hard, be creative, and take their training to the next level. She has even been known to hop in the net and dive along with her players from time to time. Overall, Abby’s passion lies in shaping energetic keepers who can tackle challenges both on and off the field.