Coaches

Head Coach: Raul Herrera

Head Coach Raul Herrera

Raul Herrera enters his 7th season at Richland College. Raul's duties include working with the goalkeepers, running training sessions and recruiting student athletes. Under Raul’s guidance as an assistant coach, the Thunderducks won the 2016 NJCAA National Championship. They also placed 3rd at NJCAA National Tournament in 2013 and 2015. Also, in 2014, he helped the Duck’s to a NJCAA National Runner-up finish. Raul has helped over 45 students/athletes transfer and play at the next level from NAIA to NCAA Division I, II and III. Including 9 players who went on to play at a NCAA Division I program.

Besides working with Richland College, Raul Herrera is one of the academy goalkeeper coaches at FC Dallas. He has trained and helped develop numerous youth national team goalkeepers and has been part of the process of two Academy goalkeepers getting signed to the professional team.

Raul Herrera is a native of Richardson, Texas. He graduated from Berkner High School where he was a 4-year starter on the Varsity soccer team. In college, Raul becomes a 3 time College All-American. His first year as an All-American came in 2006 where he was Head Coach Sean Worley’s Starting goalkeeper on the team that won the 2006 NJCAA National Championship. He later moved on to play at Midwestern State under Coach Doug Elder where he became a 2-time All-American starter and led the team to the NCAA D2 Final Four appearance in 2010. In 2009 Raul Herrera led the NCAA in all divisions with the lowest goals against in the nation with only 5 goals in 16 games.

Raul Herrera currently holds a "D" license from the USSF. He also has a Spanish degree with a minor in Kinesiology from Midwestern State University. He earned his Master's Degree in Sports Administration from Midwestern State University. Email Coach Raul for any information on tryouts or how to become a member of the Richland College Soccer team.

Assistant Coach: Jose Burciaga, Jr. 

Head Coache Herrera, Assistant Coaches Burciaga, and former Head Coach Worley left to right

This is Jose's 1st year on the Richland College coaching staff. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Thunderduck family. Burciaga played youth soccer for the Dallas Texans Soccer Club and graduated from Duncanville High School where he was the 2000 District 7 soccer MVP and two-time All-State. Burciaga was selected 12th overall in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft by the Kansas City Wizards. He played 8 years in Major League Soccer.  His vast professional playing experience will help the players develop and move onto the next level.
(Head Coache Herrera, Assistant Coaches Burciaga, and former Head Coach Worley, left to right)

Assistant Coach: Jesse Suarez

Assistant Coaches Jesse Suarez

Coach Suarez enters his first season with the Richland College men's soccer program. Prior to joining the Thunderducks, Suarez spent a year as an assistant coach at NJCAA D1, San Jacinto College men's soccer program, where he was very involved in the program's success during its final year. Suarez also spent a season with PDL/USL1 side, Houston FC, where he was in charge of goalkeepers and aided in game-day operations. Suarez began his coaching career at LSUA (NAIA) and was the assistant coach for the Men's program. He was an integral part of the program during its first two years in which he wore many hats as the program started to develop. Suarez is a graduate of the University of Houston, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports Administration. A California native, Suarez currently resides in Dallas, Texas.