Originally from Costa Rica, Ricardo Maxwell-Ordain has over 20 years of experience working with children. Ricardo's teaching career includes teaching and coaching at Brooklyn Friends, Berkeley Carroll, Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, The Windward School in Westchester, and United Community School in North Carolina. He also worked as an adjunct professor at St. Francis College. In addition to teaching physical education, Ricardo has coached soccer at the youth level and varsity level for several years with Long Island Rough Riders, New York Red Bulls, New York Cosmos, Westchester Flames, Eastern Football Club, Blind Brook High School, Charlotte Eagles, and currently with LA Breakers FC. His education includes a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology, a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education as well as the NSCAA National Youth Diploma and ATFA Professional Soccer Coach Diploma from Argentina.
Ricardo also played division 1 and high-level professional soccer and has achieved notable achievements including all-conference at St. Francis College, where he was selected captain during his senior year. Subsequently recruited by Long Island University and helped his college win the North East Conference Soccer Championship in 2004-2005. He was nominated as the school's male athlete of the year for his contributions to both their soccer and track & field squads at Long Island University.
His professional career includes playing for Limon FC in Costa Rica and Charlotte Eagles, where he played a key role in the club earning the 2005 USL Pro National Championship Title. Afterward, he played for various clubs in New York.
As the Athletic Director, Ricardo is looking forward to bringing all of his experiences to St. Matthews Parish to help serve and lead the community of student-athletes and coaches. He enjoys spending time with his family, long-distance running, and playing the guitar in his free time.