Damar Bess Jr

Meet Coach Damar Bess Jr! With nearly a decade of coaching experience under his belt, Coach Damar brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for soccer development to our MLS NEXT Academy. Holding a United States Soccer Federation B License, Coach Damar is on a journey to continually improve and reach the pinnacle of coaching. His professional coaching journey includes two impactful years with Loudoun United in the USL Championship, where he honed his craft at the highest level. But for Coach Damar, coaching isn't just about winning matches; it's about nurturing individual talent and fostering team cohesion.

Coach Damar firmly believes that by prioritizing player and team development, we can produce world-class talent right here in the DMV area. With experience in Development Academy and MLS NEXT coaching, he's committed to preparing our players for success on and off the field. While he's driven to win championships and trophies, he understands that true success lies in preparing players for the long game—college scholarships, professional contracts, and beyond. With a holistic approach, Coach Damar prioritizes building amazing people both on and off the field. He cares deeply about every aspect of the players' lives, from their education to their personal growth. By helping them become outstanding individuals, he believes they can achieve their full potential in soccer and beyond.

Always immersed in the game, Coach Damar is constantly studying, analyzing, and strategizing. He's not just a coach; he's a mentor who breaks down barriers and helps players achieve their full potential. And with an open-door policy, players and parents alike can count on Coach Damar for guidance and support both on and off the field. For Coach Damar, the joy of coaching come from seeing players and teams reach their highest level. And with Alexandria, he's found a place where he can truly make a difference and help everyone be their best selves.

USSF B License
University of Maryland College Park


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