The inception of the North Texas teams and Club began with President and founder, Herve Guilliod. Herve has a soccer history that spans over two decades. Herve played professional soccer, both outdoor and indoor for approximately nine years, and ended his professional career with the Dallas Sidekicks. After being involved in nationwide soccer camps, clinics, and coaching adult teams in New York and Connecticut, Herve settled down in Garland Texas, focusing on youth soccer.
The North Texas Strikers Soccer Club (Club), formerly the Garland Strikers, was founded in July 1994, with one young “84” team made up of a group of ten year old boys. The year 2002 marked the graduation of our inception team. Since this time we have had many of our graduating seniors go on to play collegiate soccer at multiple NCAA collegiate teams and with soccer scholarships including Southern Methodist University, University of North Texas, UTEP, Lamar University, Murray State and many more.
After approximately one year of planning and prayer, on January 16, 1996 the North Texas Strikers became incorporated as a non-profit corporation. With our initial Board of Directors, the Club's first board meeting was held on April 27, 1996. At this initial meeting the Constitution / Bylaws were formally adopted, and on August 8, 1996, The North Texas Strikers Soccer Club was granted tax-exempt status.
The philosophy of the North Texas Strikers Soccer Club continues to be to provide our youth with a high level of competitive soccer and quality instruction at an affordable price. In May of 1997, the Club Scholarship Fund was established to allow youth with the talent, but lacking in finances, to be able to play select, competitive soccer. In the 2001/2002 year, two major changes were adopted by the Board of Directors. These were the establishment of the North Texas Strikers College Scholarship Award and a name change, in which our name was changed from Garland Strikers to the North Texas Strikers. The Club's first recipients of the College scholarship awards consisted of seven players from our Boys 84 team.
In 1998, the Club hosted its first soccer tournament, the Strikers Pre-Thanksgiving Competitive tournament, and a 2nd annual tournament, the Spring Challenge, for recreation and competitive teams, was added in the year 2002. The tournaments continued until the year 2004. The Club’s first annual Golf Tournament began in 2003 and continues today. In the year 2010, the North Texas Strikers adopted the Garland Good Samaritans as fundraiser recipients for the Christmas season. The North Texas Strikers is a family friendly Club. Not only do we focus on quality soccer but we bring the families of the Club together throughout the year for our many family centered gatherings, including our annual Club signing party event held at the Garland Audobon Park wave pool.
On June 1, 2000, the North Texas Strikers Club was donated land by New World United Methodist Church in Garland for the purpose of developing our own practice fields. We are thankful to say that our North Texas Strikers Training Complex has been quite an asset to the Club. In addition, the Club has a partnership with the Dallas East Soccer Association and utilizes the Hobby complex for soccer practice throughout the year.
Our teams have had many successes since the inception of the Club. Many of our teams have played and continue to compete in the Coca-Classic and Girls Lake Highland Classic leagues. The 2011-12 soccer-year, saw an unprecedented number of teams qualify for the highest level of play within the Boys and Girls Classic leagues. Many of our youth players have gone on to play collegiate soccer, with many receiving athletic and academic scholarships. Our Boys 91 team participated in the Dallas Cup from 2003 to their graduation in 2009. The Boys 91 team was able to reach the quarter final play in the U-18 division. Our Club teams have countless 1st place wins in the Coca Cola Classic and Lake Highlands league play and have bought home many 1st place trophies in tournament play. Our teams have traveled to Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, California, New York, and many other states and has even travelled to the Country of Bolivia, to showcase their talent. The Club’s focus on player development is seen by the Clubs annual Spring break mini-camp, our month long June summer camp, individual team skills offered by our Club coaches, and our Academy Development program.
Our Club history continues to be in the making. We have been blessed with quality parents, staff, and youth who have all helped to make the North Texas Strikers Soccer Club become truly the "Rising Stars" in Texas.