David’s football

David began playing soccer at age 8 for the North Charleroi recreation league and has continued playing some form of soccer–indoor with boards, over-30 outdoor, 7v7, futsal–through this winter at the Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Center. Over the past 32 years he has played for the Dunlevy Redbirds, Charleroi Cougars, Victory Express, St. Vincent Bearcats, North Franklin FC O-30, Azzuri United O-30, Milwaukee Red Devils O-30 and Omnominous.

David began coaching in 2006 with the Plum Area Youth Soccer Club where he worked with the same group of players from U-12 to U-16. First by identifying and developing goalkeepers, then taking on the full team coaching role as he developed the parent coaches to understand the keys to playing a total football game. He continued to assist the team through 2009, when he them went on to aide the Seton Hill University Women’s Team with goalkeeping and finishing.

David began officiating soccer in 2008 as a USSF referee and has maintained his certification to present day. David also has been as certified futsal official with either the USFF or USSF depending on which state he was officiating. In 2014 David became a PIAA soccer official after years of protesting the 3-whistle system and being forced to wear prison stripes instead of referee colors. He was moved into retired official status by the PIAA in 2015 when he moved to Milwaukee, WI. He is currently registered as a WIAA Level 3 official and was active during the boy’s fall season working with both the Southeast Wisconsin (Racine) and Milwaukee referee units before moving back to Pennsylvania. He’s planning to join the Northern Area Officials once the PIAA moves him back to active status for the fall of 2017.

David continues to train in the weight room and pool five days a week  to stay on top of the physical demands of officiating a free flowing game. He often will referee between 3-5 games each weekend day.