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RICHARD BENIGNO

coachbenigno@gmail.com

516-507-8140

Richard Benigno is a native Texan who grew up in Dallas, where he played his entire youth career in the 1st division classic league. From U12-U19, he played for Club America, Comets and The Dallas Longhorns. During these years, he was decorated every year as one of the league's leading goal scorers  

 

After graduating from Jesuit High School, Richard received a full four-year soccer scholarship to attend Oklahoma City University (OCU). He was the first player recruited when the school established a men's soccer team in 1986. In 1990, OCU head coach Brian Harvey became the head coach of the Oklahoma City Spirit of the Lone Star Soccer Alliance. Benigno played two seasons with the Spirit and led the league both years in goals scored. The Spirit won the 1990 Lone Star Soccer Alliance title, defeating FC Dallas 3-0 and Richard was immediately drafted to join the Wichita Wings of the Major Indoor Soccer League

 

At the end of his MISL season, Richard moved to Europe where he played professionally for eight years. His highest level of play was in his 1992/1993 seasons with Karlsruhe SC of the German 1st Division Bundesliga. During his career, he also played professionally with Plymouth Argyle in England, Kehler FV, SV Schwetzinger and SC Heidelberg in Germany. At the end of his career, he went back to school and graduated from the University of Heidelberg in 1998 with an MBA in International Business and Information Technology. 

 

Richard retired from soccer in 1998 and has spent the last 22+ years in cyber security.  His expertise is launching early stage cyber security companies into the market from  inception through IPO or acquisition. Richard is married to his beautiful wife Jessica of 23+ years and has three children: Stefan, Joelle and Daniela. 

 

Richard has his B License and is truly blessed to be able to give back through coaching with the Cosmo's organization and fellow Teammate and close friend, Todd Wallace!