At the age of 10, Wilco began playing for his local home town club VFC (Vlaardingse Voetbal Club). At the age of 15 he transitioned to the regional professional club at the time called SVV (Schiedamse Voetbal Vereniging), who's youth program played in the upper levels of the Netherlands.
In 1993 he was recruited by West Virginia Wesleyan College where he was a four-year starter. During his time there he led the Bobcats to the Division II National Championship and received honors for 1st team All-Conference, 1st team All-South Atlantic, Conference Most Valuable Player of the Year, All-American and Wilco was selected to the Collegiate All-Star team of the East, where the top 18 players are picked from the NCAA Division II, III, and the NAIA. Wilco was signed by the Dallas Sidekicks in ’97 and in ’98 signed with the A-League team the Richmond Kickers before returning to Dallas to play for the Dallas Toros and other semi-professional teams for a subsequent 4 years.
In addition to the experience of the reputable Dutch club systems, Wilco obtained a National USSF "A" coaching license in 2001, an NSCAA Premier Diploma and also holds a National Youth Coaching License which are the highest licenses attained by very few career coaches. He has over 15 years of coaching experience with diverse age groups and levels helping 54 players reach the collegiate level of play of which many received scholarships and some went on to play professionally. Wilco resides in Frisco with his wife Kelly and sons Nico and Koen.
Wilco says his favorite moment as a player was the Cinderella story during the US Open Cup when playing for Dallas Roma FC. A team of amateurs took on goliath A-League and MLS professional teams and beat them against all odds.Read More...
Wilco Ravestijn of Dallas Roma FC plays the ball against Miami FC as teammate Alex Funez looks on in their Second Round match in the 2006 US Open Cup. Photo: Dallas Roma FC.
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