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The Austin Aztex are a franchise in the USL founded in 2011, to reestablish a team in Austin after the original Aztex team moved to Orlando. In the first year of competition in 2012, the team made the playoffs, representing the Mid-South Division. Under t...
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has accumulated 30 years of experience as a player, coach, director, and manager in soccer, at the youth, collegiate, and professional levels.
playing career as a goalkeeper includes: being named to the Chicago Sun-Times' All-Time Great Players of the Illinois State Soccer Tournament as a high school player in Lake Forest, IL.; being a four-year letter winner at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
and appearing in two D1 national tournaments; and capturing a professional league championship with the Detroit Express (ASL).
Ric's coaching career at the collegiate level began at the University of Akron; then he founded the Missouri Valley College men's and women's programs; and continued coaching at Chico State (CA) and Southwestern University (TX).
He then began a career in youth soccer starting as the State Director of Coaching for South Texas Youth Soccer Association (STYSA), and subsequent Director of Coaching roles with several youth clubs.
Management opportunities followed.
He has been Executive Director for two youth organizations, the Managing Director for the Minnesota Thunder Professional Club, and Athletic Director at Huston-Tillotson University (Austin, TX).
Presently, Ric is the Director of Operations for the Austin Aztex, a United Soccer Leagues (USL) club.
has authored a very successful book entitled Hey Coach, This Game Is Fun!
He remains active on the field as a STYSA state coaching course instructor and ODP staff member, private goalkeeping trainer, and US Soccer National Training Center staff member.
has earned the USSF "A," National Youth, and Grade 8 Referee Assignor licenses; the NSCAA National Diploma; the National Youth Sports Coaches Association
certification; and a Master's degree in Physical Education.
Contact â€“ Austin Aztex
(512) 527-3048 ext. 101
Coaches â€“ Austin Aztex
Assistant Coaches: Zack Pope, Ben Crawley, Ric Granryd, Junro Narita
Tryouts â€“ Austin Aztex
"Winning the 2013 PDL Championship in just our second season was a great achievement for the club," Aztex Director of Operations Ric Granryd said.
From Left: USL PDL President ...
From Left: USL PDL President Ryan Brooks poses with Aztex Director of Operation Ric Granryd, Founder and Co-Owner David Markley, and Director of Marketing and Communications Jeffrey Burns
From Left: USL PDL President Ryan Brooks poses with Aztex Director of Operations Ric Granryd, Founder and Co-Owner David Markley, and Director of Marketing and Communications Jeffrey Burns.
The Aztex were also recognized as finalists for the Communications Award while Director of Operations Ric Granryd was named finalist of the Betsy McAdams Key Grip Award and team founder and Chairman David Markley was named a finalist for Executive of the Year.