Testimonials

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Morgan

Cory is a phenomenal coach because I know he is always going to push me to be the best player and person that I can be. He knows how to create a fun and trusting environment for his players and I’ve learned to love the game even more because of this.

FC Virginia

2001

James Madison Univ.

Division 1 Student Athlete

Cory is a big part of where I am and who I am as a person and a player. I have the opportunity to live my dream of playing division I soccer because of how much he helped me with my recruiting process and developing me as a player. He is everyones biggest supporter and is always looking out for everyones best interests. Cory is hard on me to this day because he knows what I am capable of and wants to help me be my best. I am so grateful to have had a coach like that. He is by far my most influential coach I have had in my all my years of playing soccer. I have also had the opportunity to train under Rhys Gully and his Explosive Performance program. Rhys has made me so much stronger physically and mentally, which helps me with my game so much. He is always looking out for me and is someone I can go to as well with any problems or advice I need. Even now, as I am going off to school, he keeps in touch and always wants to know how I am doing and how my lifting is going. Cory and Rhys are huge reasons why I am where I am to this day!!!

FC Virginia

2001

Emma

“Throughout all my years of soccer and all the coaches I have had I have never felt that a coach had truly cared about not only my future in soccer, but my future as a person. Cory has put in so much time and effort to make sure that I have stayed on track. It’s been a long tough battle, but in the end it’s paid off. Cory is a tough person on me, he challenges me and pushed me when he knew that it was past my limit because he knew that eventually I would be able to handle it. Cory has put so much time and effort into not only our team but every single team he has ever coached, he individually cares about each and every one of his players.”

FC Virginia

2001

TBD

Division 3 Student Athlete

I first met Cory about 2 years ago when I joined FC Virginia’s Super Y summer league program. A rising junior, I was already in the midst of the college recruiting process so it was imperative that I keep my skills up throughout the off-season. Cory helped me achieve this and much more. He is dedicated and committed, someone who I could rely on to push me in the direction that I wanted to go.  If I ever wanted to train 1-on-1, he would happily drive 45 minutes out of his way to meet me at a field closest to my own convenience at sometimes as early as 8 o’clock in the morning. That very drive and willingness to make me a better player is why I can always count on him. He’s supportive and most importantly, loves the game and his players, creating an environment that both pushes them and holds them accountable as serious athletes. He’s been a great coach and role model for myself over the past few years and I’m excited for him as he takes this next step to help so many others. 

Maryland United

2001

Catie

“Cory has been the most supportive coach through my ups and downs. He held me accountable for my mistakes and never let me belittle my skills. Without him, I wouldn’t be where I am today. He’s always one call away and never stops caring about every single one of his players. When I played for FCV, he rarely missed one of our games and talked to every college coach he could in order to open the door for us. He is very knowledgeable on the topic of college recruitment as he played in college along with being a partial coach for George Mason University a couple years ago. I remember my Junior year of high school I went to UMBC’s ID camp and as soon as it was finished Cory wanted me to call him. Him being such an influential person in my soccer career has allowed me to grow to the strong person I am today.”

FC Virginia

2000

Former- UMBC

Current Student Athlete 

Thank you, Coach Cory for pushing me to be the best that I can be. I know the sky is the limit with a coach like you. You are a true model for excellence, you never gave up on me. You helped identify my weaknesses and turned them into my strengths. Your advice has helped me to make it beyond what I imagined myself capable of achieving. You have shown me how to grow as a person and learn from each and every mistake, no matter how big that mistake might be. I will always be grateful to you Coach Cory for all the commitment, and dedication to the sport and more importantly for helping me be able to play in NAIA division soccer. You truly serve as an example of selflessness and passion, an example carried on by all those you have taught on and off the field.

FC Virginia

2000

Division 1 Student Athlete

“Cory was my soccer coach for 10 years, starting when I was 8 years old until I was 18 and going on to play college soccer at "Division 1 School". Not many people can say that they had only one coach their entire youth career, but I can. This happened because my family and I chose to play for Cory... because he was an outstanding coach, but because he was an even better person...Throughout my time with Cory as a coach, he not only developed my skills as a player but he instilled values of friendship, teamwork, work ethic, and confidence in me. He worked his ass off to instill values of friendship and family within our team environment and went out of his way on multiple occasions to set up team trips that weren’t just soccer tournaments but team building that was cherished by everyone.  Not many coaches know the importance of relationships with team members and very few know the importance of healthy relationships between coaches and players. I still talk to him today to catch up and ask how he’s doing because I care and he is part of my second family. Cory is one of the most important people in my life and has been since I was 8 years old.

FC Virginia

2000

Division 1 Student Athlete

“Cory is a big part of where I am and who I am as a person and a player. He was everyone's biggest supporter and was always looking out for everyone's best interests. He was by far my favorite and most influential coach I have had in all my years of playing soccer.”

FC Virginia

2002

Division 3 Student Athlete

Cory Hanks will always be my favorite coach. He has done nothing but create an amazing environment on and off the field and has always helped his players get to the next level. I could not have gotten to the collegiate level without Coach Cory. He is a phenomenal coach and an even more phenomenal friend. 

FC Virginia

2001

Division 1 Student Athlete

Cory took control of every aspect of my recruitment process.  Me and my parents were clueless, but we never worried. It took some time but after getting a wonderful scholarship offer, I knew I had left the process in the right hands. 

FC Virginia

2001

Division 1 Student Athlete

Cory has been one of the most influential coaches that I’ve had in my soccer career. He was a phenomenal coach that pushed me to grow and challenged me to believe in myself and my abilities. Cory was a coach that all his players look up to as a coach, mentor, and friend. He created an environment that was fun yet challenging. Cory guided me through the recruitment process and was a huge advocate of my decision. It is because of Cory’s support that I’m able to continue my dream of playing soccer at the collegiate level. 

FC Virginia

2001

Rachel

“Cory was the main reason I moved clubs. I heard of him through a friend and I was so impressed with how she spoke so highly of him. She went off committing to a big D1 school and I knew Cory could get me there as well. Cory was so helpful and has had a huge effect on my skill level this past year.”

FC Virginia

2001

TBD

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