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Rick Andre

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Rick was involved in the game of soccer since he could walk. Born in Portugal he played throughout his youth, and later played semi-pro before retiring at the age of 33. Living in Ludlow, he cherished watching his son have his turn to play. With his extensive soccer knowledge Rick eventually became involved in more than just playing soccer. Rick would become a coach of U-19 girls along with the St. Mary’s of Westfield Girls Soccer team, and eventually became the National Cups Commissioner of MYSA. He would later create the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions. As the President of Pioneer Valley, Andre also established the Ludlow Columbus Day Tournament before joining the Board of Directors as Mass Youth Soccer’s secretary. For Rick, the game of soccer is more of an art form than a game, he says there is a magic to the sport and he is privileged to share with his passion for the game with the children that he coaches.

 

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