The Union Raider football program was started in the Spring of 2010. For several years before that Bryson Warner (Ryle varsity coach) and Rick Scherr (Ryle assistant varsity coach) had engaged in discussions with local youth leagues on ways they might help improve the long term success of the Ryle football. By the spring of 2010 there was sufficient momentum and reason to begin a Ryle based feeder football program. Thirty-three 6th and 7th grade players and their parents formed the original Union Raider team that fall.
The URF has several key goals. First and most important is to serve as an elementary and middle school age feeder program to better the future of Ryle football. The URF does that through excellent coach training done by and with the varsity coaches. The URF uses the current varsity play system which helps transition players into the high school system. URF players play with future teammates and develop a vision for themselves and Ryle football in the future. The URF promotes player development and helping players learn positions that they will play in the future. This also ensures that every generation will be strong at every position.
Since 2010 the URF has grown to over 200 players in the 1st-8th grades. The URF teams practice at Ryle high school and Gray middle school. All home games are on the turf field at Borland stadium (Ryle HS). We have a well trained coaching staff consisting of 25 experienced and professional acting coaches. The URF has a board of directors to oversee policy and ensure direction. The first generation of URF players are going into their sophomore year at Ryle this fall. A large number of them will be having an impact on the varsity squad. We expect the long term goals of the URF to have great fruit over the next decade at Ryle high school.