Head Coach: Rich Powell
Rich was born and raised in Nuneaton, England; a quiet town based in the midlands. He attended St. Thomas Moore High School and then went on to north Warwickshire and Hinckley College, where he completed a diploma in sport, before receiving his coaching badges and working with the English FA.
After obtaining his UEFA B licenses in England, under the FA, Rich was one of the youngest coaches in the UK to receive a UEFA B license, at the age of 19, and needed to gain more experience and coaching hours to be ready to step into a professional premier academy in England. As such, Rich moved across the pond to New Jersey to further his education in the game.
Rich started his career with Ashley’s soccer in 2006, which later became Soccer Domain Academy, and worked with their youth program and youth academy. He soon moved to the Berkshires in 2007 to lead Soccer Domain Academy in this area and became the director of the program. There, he was the director of coaching and helped create an elite training and coaching program to build professional training to work with players to better their experience in soccer and to create a pathway to collegiate soccer.
In 2014 Rich took a year away from America and traveled to Australia, coaching on the east coast with various clubs and then also worked with West Ham United with their ID program. He worked with the academy directors to identify players that were ready to step into a regional team and provide opportunities to try out at West Ham in England.
Upon his return to the United States, in 2015 Rich started in his new journey with Mark Gillon and Jon Moodey to form the new era of Black Rock Football Club (BRFC) that mixed the two youth programs and the prep academy to form a club. He worked with the U19 an U17 Elite teams and with the PDL program this past summer.
Rich's new role with BRFC is the technical director and prep academy assistant director, along with coaching many of the top teams and elite teams in the program.
His new venture into the prep school coaching world is one met with excitement and focus; to build a competitive soccer program and give players the opportunity to follow their pathways to collegiate soccer.
Scot Beattie | profile
Scot grew up in Williamstown, Massachusetts, exploring the very same mountain ranges that surround the Salisbury campus. He attended Mt. Greylock Regional High School, where he was captain of the soccer team and captain of the nordic ski team. After graduating from Greylock, he went on to attend Williams College. At Williams, Scot played on the soccer team, majored in Political Economy, studied abroad at Charles University in Prague, and wrote his senior thesis on US intelligence reform.
After graduating from Williams in 2008, Scot worked as an equity analyst for a hedge fund in Boston, before deciding to move with his future wife, Susie, to Beijing to teach English. After five months in Beijing, they spent four months in Hong Kong, where they continued to teach English and embrace the exciting, vibrant culture.
Upon returning to the states, Scot and Susie moved to New York City, where Scot rejoined the asset management industry. After three years in NYC, he decided to return to school to transition to his ideal career in teaching. He attended the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics in Spain from 2012 - 2013, where he earned his Master of Science in Specialized Economic Analysis, in addition to eating lots of pintxos, exploring Europe, and cheering on FC Barcelona. Upon graduation, he worked for The World Bank, publishing for the OECD’s Innovation Policy Platform.
In 2013, Scot entered the PhD program in Economics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. At CU, he taught microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistics, and environmental economics. Upon earning his Master of Arts in Economics in 2015, he joined Salisbury School to focus on his passion for teaching. Scot lives on campus with his wife, Susie, and their Australian Shepherd, Izzy. His hobbies include soccer, skiing, cycling, hiking, live music, backyard sports, photography, and travel.
John O'Connor | profile
A graduate of the class of 2012, John is entering his third year here on the Hilltop. He works as an Assistant Athletic Director, Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach, and Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach.
John is originally from Canton, New York where he was a standout three-sport varsity athlete at Hugh C. Williams High School. He first came to Salisbury as a fourth former in 2009. As a student he served as a captain on both the varsity soccer and lacrosse teams. Off the field John was a member of the key society, gospel choir, and a prefect in Ward dorm. At the end of his senior year he was awarded All-WNEPSLA honors for lacrosse, as well as the Key Society Award and Corkery Medal.
After graduating Salisbury John went on to attend the University of Delaware where he studied history and economics. While at Delaware he played lacrosse under legendary coach Bob Shillinglaw. John had an exceptional career as a four-year starter, culminating in earning team MVP honors during his senior campaign. After graduating from Delaware in 2016 John returned to Salisbury where he lives in Payson dorm with his golden retriever Tucker.