Own Touch Owners Greg Simmonds and Greg Wharton founded Own Touch on the basic principle of making the individual soccer player better. With that in mind, the two of them put together a curriculum based on quality touches and repetition. In 2010, they opened the doors to the West End Facility and the rest is history.
Greg Simmonds is the President of Own Touch, and brings a rich soccer playing and coaching pedigree to company. Simmonds was a 4 year stand out at Howard University, and currently holds the school’s career goal scoring record. Greg spent a number of years playing in the USL after graduating before playing with DC United in 1999, and signing with the Miami Fusion is 2001. As a coach, Simmonds honed his craft with the Richmond Strikers, Richmond Kickers and Chesterfield United. He served as a head coach for many of their top youth and academy teams over a 10 year coaching career. Before starting Own Touch with Greg Wharton, Simmonds was the Director of Soccer and Futsal at U-Turn for 4 years.
Greg Wharton serves as the CEO of Own Touch. His tremendous knowledge and years of experience as a Chief Financial Officer for many successful businesses, allows him to guide the business side of Own Touch. He is the father of two sons, both of which came through the Richmond youth soccer system. Through his experience as a soccer parent for two stand out players, he was able to gain invaluable knowledge as to the inner workings of Travel Soccer, Olympic Development and the US National Team Program. After going through every tryout evaluation with his sons, he brings a keen insight as to what coaches are looking for in a player.
With the growth of Own Touch over the past 3 years, Greg and Greg decided to open a second location on the Southside of Richmond. With that in mind, they brought Don Hughes in as the Director of Coaching for the Southside facility. Together, the three of them designed and opened the doors on a State of the Art 20,000 square foot facility in Midlothian, VA. Don brings many of the same credentials as Simmonds, having played in the USL and MLS (including DC United). Hughes has spent the last ten years coaching for the Richmond Kickers Youth Club before leaving to join Own Touch.
President | Own Touch
Greg is the founder and co-owner of Own Touch and serves as the Director of Coaching for Own Touch.
Director | Own Touch Southside
Don serves as the Director of Coaching and Training at Own Touch Souhside.