Richard Landis is hired as the next CSM women’s soccer head coach

La Plata, MD The College of Southern Maryland Athletics has announced that it has hired Richard Landis as the next head coach of its women’s soccer program.

Landis brings 35 years of playing experience along with more than 18 years of coaching experience, primarily on the girls’ side, to CSM. His coaching experience includes serving as a volunteer assistant coach at Washington Adventist University in 2020, coaching with the youth and academy programs of two professional clubs (Real Maryland FC and Washington Spirit), coaching with a Girls Academy League (U17 and U19) club and coaching several other top-flight girls in competitive leagues in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Many of the players he coached have won numerous awards and honors, including members of the United States Women’s National Team, Maryland Regional and Olympic Development Program players, a two-time Maryland High School Player of the Year, All-State and All-Conference -Selections (Capital Gazette and Washington Post) and several NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III athletic students. Landis holds a US Soccer “C” license, a United Soccer Coaches (USC) Advanced National Diploma and is currently pursuing his Premier Diploma with USC.

Richard Landis Recognition: College of Southern Maryland

Landis played club soccer with the Arlington Soccer Association in his youth. He attended Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia from 1976 to 1980 and played all four years on the men’s soccer team. He was named the team’s captain in his senior year as they won the league title. The Washington Post named Landis to their All-Met team in two different positions during his senior year — center midfield and center full-back. He graduated from Washington-Lee with 10 college degrees in football, crew and track and field. Landis then attended the University of Virginia from 1980 to 1984, where he founded an association football team with which he played every four years. he received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Landis also earned a master’s degree in social work from the Catholic University of America. He has worked in the behavioral health government consulting industry for the past 25 years.

Landis lives in Washington, DC with his wife. He has three older children, two of whom played club football and were recruited to college.

Landis said one lesson he brings to CSM from his coaching journey is, “A successful team has players who are accountable to themselves, each other, and the school or program they represent. However, I understood that the players need to be involved in developing the team culture – they set the norms and standards and sometimes even the decision-making. The second lesson I learned is that my job as a head coach is to support and nurture the sporting, academic and psychological side of my players and my team. In these roles, my role is to teach football and encourage the development of a supportive and competitive environment where growth is possible. I see the competition as a key factor here.”

Landis added he made the decision to become the next head coach of women’s football at CSM because “I’ve always felt that the community college system has tremendous potential in developing our next generation of leaders while also preparing for many.” To be jobs for those who want to continue their academic and sporting endeavors.”

“I see CSM as an academically oriented, high-level educational institution where the past coaching staff laid the foundation for a successful collegiate women’s soccer program,” Landis said. “I was excited about this for several reasons: first, this opportunity fits perfectly with my coaching philosophy of empowering young women and working at a community college; and second, and most importantly, CSM is poised right now, with the right focus, to become one of the premier Division II junior collegiate women’s soccer programs in the country.”

Landis is already setting goals that he wants to achieve with his program.

“In my first year, I want to build a program that’s focused on culture building and competition — and of course, have a track record,” Landis said. “My three-year plan from there is to compete for regional and national titles at CSM. I want the CSM women’s soccer program to be known to student-athletes who are serious about their academic and athletic achievements, and perhaps also want the opportunity to continue playing collegiate sports and get their four-year degrees elsewhere. I truly believe that when we get it right, our program will be recognized not only for our wins, athletic excellence, titles and awards, but also for how much our players love our program and talk about our program and like us at CSM have created a special culture.”


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