William “Bill” Rider (Class of 2014)
Bill is a career educator both on and off the soccer pitch. After graduating from the University of Richmond in 1984 with his Bachelor’s of Science degree, where he had been captain of the Spider’s soccer team, he earned his Master’s degree in Education at VCU. He was a Referee and youth coach first between 1985 and 1988 before he pursued his greater passion as a scholastic coach first at Monacan High School and then the Collegiate School where he amassed a career record of 279-84-25 in twenty-one (21) seasons as Head Coach of the Girls’ Varsity team. He had attained his USSF Class B Coaching license and an Advanced National Coaching diploma from the NSCA on his way to the Collegiate Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. His teams held the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) state title between 2008 and 2010 and had won consecutive LIS titles from 1996-2011. When he retired from coaching, he was the Vice-president of the VISAA. The Collegiate girls’ soccer team was the first private school girls’ team to compete with the Richmond area public school programs during the VHSL season and dominate their competition. During his tenure Bill was one of the most respected coaches in Virginia. As a teacher of Middle School Mathematics, he rose to the position of Department Chairman at Collegiate. He was an Advisor to the 7th grade boys and also coached Middle School basketball.