West Des Moines Soccer Club


We rely on people, from our skilled support staff who oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization's ever-growing responsibilities. To our professional coaching staff dedicated to producing advanced-level, age-specific training for our various soccer programs, camps and clinics. We depend on Board Members who are not only volunteers but top educators, private business owners, and executive-level specialists in Central Iowa to build a successful roadmap for the club's current and future members. And our parent volunteers, who inspire us everyday by dedicating their time and skills to influence the soccer players of the future to which we are forever blessed and grateful.


Richard Bywater Executive Director Of Coaching

Born in Yorkshire, England. Rich represented Yorkshire schoolboys. Along with having spells at Exeter City F.C. and competing semi-professionally for Frickely Athletic F.C.

Rich came to America to coach for Challenger Sports British Soccer, where he worked for five years. Rich attended Western Texas College both as a player and as an assistant coach until he transferred to Grandview University.

Rich earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management from Grandview University where he was part of the program that reached the national quarterfinals two out of his three years.

USSF 'B' License
Level 2 F.A. Coaching Certificate
USSF Grassroots Instructor

Whitney Lewis Director of Academy Soccer
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Joined Sporting Iowa as a full-time staff member in January 2015 after playing professionally for one of the biggest clubs in Europe, Ajax FC in Amsterdam, Netherlands. During her two seasons with Ajax, Sharpe became the player with the most minutes played and helped her team to win the KNVB National Championship in 2014.

Prior to her professional career, U15-U20, Sharpe was a part of the US National Team earning titles such as NSCAA Adidas All-American in 2006 and 2007, and First-Team Parade All-American in 2008. Sharpe represented the United States in tournaments in Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and domestically. Sharpe was also a part of the Region II ODP team from 2005-08 gaining both national and international experience.

Heading into college, Sharpe was ranked the No. 16 national recruit by Soccer Buzz and played her first two college seasons at UCLA under coach Jill Ellis. She helped the Bruins win the PAC 10 in 2008, and appear in back-to-back NCAA Final Four tournaments in 2008 and 2009. Sharpe spent her junior season at Texas Tech University under Tom Stone where she sustained a season-ending injury but was named to the All-Big 12 Newcomer Team and All-Big 12 Second Team. Her senior season was with Loyola Marymount University where Sharpe was the team captain and named to the Second-Team All-West Coast Conference and West Coast Conference All-Academic Team.

In high school, Sharpe helped lead the West Des Moines Valley Tigers to four-consecutive state championship titles as the school's all-time leading scorer with 58 goals and 36 assists. Sharpe was a three-time member of the All-State Elite Team and two-time Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Iowa.


The WDMSC Development, Recreational and Academy programs rely heavily on its parents to lend their support in the form of coaching and team coordination each season. These programs are coached entirely by parent and community volunteers and we rely on 200+ volunteers to help ensure manageable team sizes and maximum play time for our kids. Our professional coaching staff provides every volunteer with the necessary training, continued guidance and supportive environment to become a successful coach.

Volunteer Coaching programs are as listed:

  • Development U4 - U8
  • Academy U9 -U10
  • Recreational U9 - U19
  • Select U11-U14