On Giving Tuesday, we ask for your help to contribute to our scholarship fund for our athletes and the community that need assistance! The V&S Foundation is continuing its support of one of Bethesda with a $15,000 dollar-for-dollar match during Giving Tuesday. 

While the club’s most recognizable moments may be its national championships and other outstanding on-field performances, its most important contributions could be the opportunities it provides its scholarship athletes every season.

Bethesda Soccer Club is pleased to offer a scholarship program to help families offset club fees.  The club has a limited number of scholarships available, and the number of players receiving aid and the amount of the scholarship will vary depending on the funds available. Scholarships are funded by contributions, camp, and tournament proceeds.

Bob Jenkins

Jenkins is currently Head of Coach Development for Bethesda Soccer Club. Prior to Bethesda, Jenkins served in a variety of roles with the US Soccer Federation.

A former member of U.S. Soccer’s National coaching staff, Jenkins began as an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team. In 2002, he became a National Staff Coach (Region I), and in 2004 he was named head coach of the Under-18 MNT.

In early 2005, Bob Jenkins was named U.S. Soccer’s Director of Coaching Education and Youth Development. As the Director of Coaching Education and Youth Development, Jenkins was charged with creating a consistent philosophy in National Education Programs and communicating player development concepts and positions. Jenkins was responsible for the oversight of U.S. Soccer’s coaching curriculum and guides all aspects of coaching education, as well as oversaw National Staff Coaches on technical matters. He also served a key role in the creation of U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy.

In 2008, Jenkins was named the Director of Coaching and Player Development for Richmond Strikers. In addition, Jenkins was a Puma/Arsenal TCC Elite coordinator in 2016, which saw him scouting for the best youth across the United States and coordinate and perform coaching education sessions at all Puma-sponsored clubs.

Before coming to U.S. Soccer, Jenkins served as the head coach at American University from 1992-1999, helping the Eagles become a force in the Patriot League. In 1997, Jenkins led the Eagles to a No. 5 national ranking and the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship.

Jenkins was also an assistant at Virginia from 1989-1991 with former U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena.  Bob was a four-year starter from 1980-1984 at Duke University.

Jenkins holds a USSF ‘A ‘License and National Youth License.

Bruce Murray

Bethesda SC – Chief Scout

About Bruce Bruce Murray is the chief scout for both the boy’s and girl’s programs.

Murray was the all-time leader in both caps and goals for the United States National Team before being overtaken in the mid-1990s by Marcelo Balboa in caps and Eric Wynalda in goals. Between his first national team appearance in 1985 and his last in 1993, he played 85 full international games, in which he scored 21 goals.

Murray played in all of the United States’ games in the 1990 World Cup, including the 10 qualifiers in 1988 and 1989 and the three games in the finals in Italy in 1990. He scored the United States’ goal against Austria in the World Cup finals. He also played in all of the United States’ games in its victorious effort in the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup, as well as playing for the United States in the 1988 Olympic Games, the 1992 Intercontinental Cup, and the 1993 Copa America. Murray was also a member of the US Futsal National Team, which placed third, in the 1989 Futsal World Cup.

Murray also had brief spells with first-division Luzerne in Switzerland and with Millwall in England before returning stateside to play professionally with the Atlanta Ruckus.

In addition, Murray won two National Championships in 1984/1987 with Clemson University, won the Herman Trophy for Best College Soccer Player, and was inducted into the Clemson University Hall of Fame in 1993.

Murray was inducted into the US Soccer Hall of Fame in 2011.

Chelsea Cryer

Bethesda SC Head Coach

About Chelsea

Chelsea joins the BSC program after an extensive playing and coaching career. Before joining Bethesda, Chelsea was a head coach at PSA SDFC, NJ Stallions, Maroon Soccer Club, and Match Fit Academy. She was also the Junior Varsity Head Coach at Immaculate Heart Academy. She also played Division 1 soccer at the University of Southern California, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.


Shaun Cryer

Bethesda SC Head Coach

About Shaun

Shaun joins Bethesda after an exceptional youth soccer coaching career both nationally in the state of New Jersey. As the Girls Academy Director Shaun oversaw a program that won multiple prestigious tournaments including the Jefferson Cup, the Bethesda Premier Cup, and the Disney Showcase. In addition, his teams won multiple Region I Championship as well as a US Club Championship. In terms of recruiting, his sides saw 66 players go on to play college soccer at Division 1 and Division 3 levels.


Catherine Madden

About Catherine

As a player, Catherine played all four years at Stevenson University where she was a Spring 2014 Women’s ‘Gold’ Varsity Soccer Team Member-4 years Runner selection, an NSCAA Scholar All-East Region Selection, and a member of the Mid-Atlantic Conference Soccer Fall All-Academic Team in the Fall of 2013.

Catherine graduated magna cum laude with her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Stevenson University in 2014. She then went on to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where she graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2019.


Gus Donolo

About Gus 

Coach Donolo joined BSC in the fall of 2020 after exceptional career both on the pitch and on the sidelines. He started his career as a professional soccer player in Brazil at the age of 16, playing for some of the top teams in Sao Paulo and had appearances for the Brazilian Futsal National Team. He finished his professional playing career by a leading team in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After retiring as a professional athletic, he created Soccer the Brazilian Way Inc. to focus on training athletes worldwide utilizing techniques designed by the best Brazilian soccer academies. He also created KickThru Services LLC to focus on sales, training and other professional services developed for the leading business organizations dedicated to the soccer/football world.


Erica Klein

About Erica

Erica is a Bethesda Soccer Club alum and was a four-year starter for the varsity soccer team at The Bullis School, earning all-league honors her senior year. After Bullis, she spent time playing for Trinity College in Hartford, CT at the Division III level before deciding to focus on my studies. Erica is currently the head coach for the JV team at Walt Whitman High School for the past 4 seasons. Before Whitman, she was the assistant JV coach at Bullis for 2 seasons. In addition to coaching high school soccer, she has coached with Arrington Training and Development (ATD) since 2015, where she has worked with teams of all ages and skill levels. While working with ATD she was the head coach for two MSI teams and the assistant coach for two Maryland Rush teams. She currently holds her F, E, and D licenses through US Soccer and is an accredited interscholastic coach through NFHS.


Eric Cava

Bethesda SC Head Coach

About Eric:

Eric is currently the Head Coach of the Gaithersburg Varsity Boys High School soccer team where in 2019 he was named the MFHS Coach of the Year. In addition, his side were the 2018 MCPS 4A Western Division Champions, going 13-1-1.  In addition to his experience at Gaithersburg, Eric has previously coached the Church Hill Junior Varsity High School, Boys U15 Maryland ODP Head Coach, and Girls U13 Maryland ODP Head Coach. At the club level, he coached at Potomac Soccer from 2010-2021,

As a player, Eric played four years of college soccer at Clemson University where he played in 74 matches. He also participated in numerous Olympic Development Program camps in England, Italy, and Belgium. He played club soccer with FC Delco Crunch and was a member of the 2006 side that won the Pennsylvania State Cup. He currently holds a USSF National ‘C’ Coaches License.


Paul Dowell

Bethesda SC Head Coach

About Paul: Coach Dowell joined the BSC program in the spring of 2021, coaching in the boys YDP program. Before joining Bethesda, Paul served as the Girls Varsity Head Coach at Gaithersburg High School for eight years and as the Girls Junior Varsity Head Coach at Sherwood High School for four years. He has also coached at BSC Academy Coach Kert Mease’s Golden Goal Academy for the past 15 years. As a player, he was a four-year starter at Frostburg State University. Paul has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Teaching from Frostburg and a Master’s Degree in Educational/Instructional Training at Johns Hopkins University.