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. He currently has a Level 2 F.A. coaching certificate as well as a USSF B license.

Matt Ream Director of Academy Soccer
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Matt Ream moved to Des Moines in January 2016 and brought with him a wealth of experience coaching at different levels. In addition to his current role with Sporting Iowa, Ream currently serves as an assistant varsity boys coach for Roosevelt HS and as an Iowa ODP staff coach. Ream is also a founding member of Des Moines Wanderers FC, a local amateur men's team.

Prior to relocating to Des Moines, Ream lived in Milwaukee, WI, where he coached with the Bavarian Soccer Club and Elm Grove Soccer Club, as well as four years as an assistant coach at the NCAA D3 level with Alverno College and Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Ream is a proud California native and holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Davis with a minor in education. At UC Davis, he was a member of the men's club soccer team. In 2012, he earned a master's degree in kinesiology with a perfect 4.0 GPA from Cal State Long Beach.

Ream has a USSF 'C' coaching license and an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. In 2014, he was named to the second NSCAA '30 under 30' class.

Ream is married to Libby and resides in West Des Moines with daughters Sophia and Nora.

USSF 'C' License
NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
NSCAA '30 under 30' 2014


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