Anchoi Ricardo Headley more commonly known as ‘Coach Ricardo’, is a Jamaican born soccer coach, originating from Portmore, St Catherine. Coach Ricardo currently resides and has been living in PA West for the past five years.
Coach Ricardo is a Licensed soccer coach who's coaching experience started in 2011 as a player/assistant coach while playing college soccer. He was awarded the coaching position after being injured, and successfully led his team to win the D2 College Championship that season.
Ricardo has always loved soccer as a player growing up and has been a leader in his own right from the start, thus coaching was a natural inclination.
Ricardo’s love and passion for soccer was discovered by his mother, Carol Johnson, at the age of 5. As a child, kicking stones and juice boxes was his idea of kicking a ball. His talents, knowledge, and expertise for the game was developed as a youngster playing in competitive soccer leagues and tournaments locally and internationally at club level.
Coach Ricardo's talent was nurtured by several coaches as he played at school and the club level. All this training and discipline led to Ricardo being selected to play with the Jamaica National under 17 (U17) youth team in High School. Shortly before Graduating high school Ricardo then signed his first professional player contract with Constant Spring FC (Jamaica) at the age of 18. Although his love and devotion for the game was evident, physical injuries and life’s constant ups and downs stood in the way of him maximizing his promising potential. Ricardo managed to play professionally for 5yrs before being forced to stop playing because of injury. He did however make a promise to himself to always embrace and find time for the sport, whether he was on the field or on the sidelines.
This self motivation was enough to propel Ricardo to pursue his promise of giving back and so coaching became a part of his daily life.
Ricardo, is currently the Head Coach of two Cup teams at Allegheny Force FC (AFFC), the Head Coach for boys’ soccer at North Catholic High School and also the lead training coach at Ultimate Youth Soccer.
As the founder and executive director for Ultimate Youth Soccer, Ricardo’s diligence, integrity, love and dedication to soccer, has led him to foster youth development through the Ultimate Youth Soccer programs.