Richmond United introduces Aaron Brunner as club’s ECNL Director
RICHMOND, VA (Via Richmond United) – Richmond United has formally welcomed Aaron Brunner as the club’s ECNL Director. He previously served as the Richmond Strikers and Richmond United ECNL Director of Operations and as the Head Coach for several ECNL teams. Brunner holds a US Soccer “A”, US Soccer National Youth, US Soccer National Youth and a US Soccer Instructors licenses.
Currently, Brunner is the ECNL National Player Development Program (PDP) Director, Regional PDP Director, and a ECNL National Training Camp Staff Coach. He is also the head coach for the U14 and U17 Richmond United ECNL teams. Aaron has helped catapult the opportunities for Richmond United players in the college game. His track record and assistance for players to gain placement and receive scholarships at some of the top NCAA program in the state, region, and country is tremendous.
Richmond United ECNL has also elevated (7) players into US Soccer Youth National teams, training camps, International Friendlies, CONCACAF Championships, and a U17 Women’s World Cup. Multiple players from Richmond United have represented Richmond United at the ECNL National Training Camps in Portland, OR.
Brunner also worked with US Soccer as a player identification scout for the U14, U15, and U17 US Soccer Women’s National Teams as well as an opponent scout for the U15 and U17 US Soccer Women’s National teams. He was the Head Coach and State Liaison for the U.S. Soccer Training Centers in Virginia from 2015-2017 and received his US Soccer Coaching Education Instructor License (1st Class) in 2017.
In 2003, Brunner joined Prince William Soccer to create and direct the youth development system. During the 10 years at PWSI, the U6-U12 programming produced (8) US Soccer YNT / Pool Players who would eventually participate in U14, U15, and U17 National Teams. These developments led him to the honor of being named the 2009 US Youth Soccer Boys’ Competitive Youth National Coach of the Year.
In 2000, Brunner earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire. He was a four-year starter for the UNH Wildcats and post college he played for the New Hampshire Phantoms in the USL. He is married to Kristin and they reside in Richmond, VA with their two children, Owen (7) and Sophie (6).