Ria Denny grew up in Miramar, FL with a passion for soccer since childhood. She graduated from University of Florida in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management where she completed her practicum and worked as a volunteer manager for the UF Soccer team and Camp counselor for the Gator soccer academy. After which she earned her NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma Level 3 in February 2017, followed by her US Soccer National “C” Coaching license, and finally her University of Ohio Master of Sport and Exercise Science with a Concentration in Soccer Coaching in May 2018.
As Head Coach of Coral Springs United, Assistant Head Soccer Coach of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School alongside her duties as Assistant Head Soccer Coach at Johnson & Wales University, Ria Denny is no stranger to hard work and perseverance for the win. Leading Coral Springs United to multiple Championships in the 2014, 2015 and 2017 Seasons for the U-10, U-12, U-13 and U-17 Leagues.
Before this she spent time at J.P. Taravella High School as Assistant Head Coach and The Florida Youth Soccer Association as the Olympic Development Program Staff coach to hone her skills in player evaluation and program development. Gaining an uncanny ability to devise training programs to develop player strengths and minimize weaknesses. In time she also developed her own coaching style which focuses on the big picture and how every action impacts the team’s overall dynamic.
In her spare time, she enjoys painting, cooking, golfing, motorsports and mentoring the adolescents from the high school and club programs she coaches. After the tragic shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School she redoubled her efforts to be available to those who need her.