Welcome Roy Lassiter to Gulf Coast Soccer



Gulf Coast Soccer Welcomes Roy Lassiter as Director of Coaching & Methodology!

April 7, 2020, Port Arthur, TX. - Gulf Coast Soccer, a leading youth soccer club in Southeast Texas, is excited to announce that MLS Legend Roy Lassiter is joining the club as Director of Coaching & Methodology.  

Before joining Gulf Coast, Roy was the Technical Director of Washington Premier FC where he also coached two ECNL teams, one of which is ranked 7th in the country. During his tenure at WPFC, Roy has been instrumental in creating and implementing the club's game model, curriculum and training methodology throughout the club and according to Soccerwire, the club's boys’ and girls’ programs are now ranked 14th nationally. As Gulf Coast Soccer’s Director of Coaching and Methodology, he will be responsible for implementing a club-wide philosophy and methodology and overseeing player and coach development to lead the club toward its goal of becoming one of the top clubs in South Texas.     

Roy has over 16 years of coaching experience at the college and professional ranks and at the youth level serving in roles as Development Academy Director, ECNL Director, and Director of Coaching. Throughout his career, Roy has developed a reputation for elite player development and has had 15 of his players signed by the Seattle Sounders Youth Development Academy in the last 3 years and has 5 players currently playing with the U14 & U15 US Youth National Teams. He holds the new USSF National “A-Youth” License, USSF “A” license and National “Y” (Youth) License, and earned a BA Degree in Interpersonal Communications from North Carolina State University. He began his coaching career in Texas in 2004 and is looking forward to getting back to the state.      

Roy also had a distinguished college and professional playing career of 14 years including 8 years in MLS (Tampa Bay, Miami, DC United, and Sporting KC), Alajuelense (3 years- Costa Rica 1st Div.), Genoa (1 year Italy Serie A) and 8 years with the USMNT and an alternate member of the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. Roy has also worked with the U20 US Men's Youth National Team coached by Tab Ramos and is still involved with the US Soccer Federation in a network of assistant coaches on call. Until the record was broken in 2019, Roy was the all-time leading single-season goal scorer in MLS history setting the mark in 1996 with 27 goals.


What People Are Saying

Commented Lassiter… ” I chose to join the Gulf Coast Soccer Club because it was an opportunity for me to build and enhance the growth and quality of a youth soccer club that shared the same vision and desire to develop something great. I embrace the challenge and have learned a lot from former club leaders I have worked with and feel it’s time to put my stamp on something by using all my experiences while incorporating good ideas from others. Bringing professionalism to advancing the modern game to players and coaches and instilling a mentality to reach the next level of success is my ultimate desire.”

“We would like to welcome Roy Lassiter to the Gulf Coast family. We are extremely excited for Roy to join our team and truly believe he is a game changer for all youth soccer in Southeast Texas. It is a major accomplishment to have someone of Roy’s caliber working directly with youth players in Southeast Texas. Whether a player aspires to reach DA, ECNL, College or Professional, Roy has a tremendous amount of experience helping players achieve their soccer dreams”…Darren Foust, VP Gulf Coast Soccer

 “We are thrilled to bring Roy Lassiter on board at Gulf Coast Soccer. As a former professional and national team player, he brings an abundance of knowledge, experience, and insight into the game. Having someone of his level is extremely valuable in developing players and teams for success. The same energy, work ethic and enthusiasm he had as a player he brings to coaching and he will have an immediate impact on every player and coach he encounters.” … Marketing Director Daryl Miller, Gulf Coast Soccer

“Gulf Coast Youth Soccer has hired a terrific soccer person in Roy Lassiter. I have known Roy for many years, and his experience, both as a professional player in the MLS and our US National Team speaks for itself, but what is truly important is that Roy has a genuine passion for youth development. He has been a part of helping many young players reach fantastic next levels of their game and he also has worked with and understands all ages, which is so very important for a club. As Partners in Development with Gulf Coast Youth Soccer, it has been a pleasure for us to see the commitment and vision of the club to bring someone like Roy in to lead the Technical side. We are looking forward to helping the club and region continue to grow and develop in the game.” …Paul Holocher, Houston Dynamo Academy

 “Congratulations to Gulf Coast on hiring Roy Lassiter! He was a great teammate on the men's national team, always hardworking and willing to put the team first. He is a great choice and knows how to be successful.” …Marcelo Balboa, former professional and USMNT player 

“Roy was one of the best strikers to ever play in MLS. I have worked with Roy as a coach and his teams enjoy playing for him. He connects with players and his work shows up in how his teams play and interact with each other. His leadership style is built on integrity, morals and high standards”…Rod Underwood, USSF A-Licensed Coach at WPFC

“Roy is knowledgeable, intelligent and passionate about the game. He is a problem solver and understands how to build and grow teams and clubs. He is great at working with people. And he is very good at developing players too!” …Eddie Pope, former professional player, and teammate at DC United and USMNT  

Gulf Coast Youth Soccer Club is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1981. The club is dedicated to providing quality programming across all age groups and playing levels and for consistently developing highly skillful and intelligent players capable of competing at the highest level of the game and in life. For any further questions or inquiries about this press release or Gulf Coast Soccer, please contact Daryl Miller at communications@gcysc.com.