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I am on Facebook, as "Dave Hillgrove".
Feel free to look me up and/or Friend me.
I rarely do Instagram and I never really do LinkedIn.
My very last parent email ['16] :
It is an honor to work with your children.
I am not a big stats-hound, so if you want SOG's, or CK's or other data, you'll have to track it.
To our newcomers and veteran parents: I am Dave Hillgrove. I retired from classroom teaching with MLWGS in 2014. I am 58. I go by "Dave", even to your players. It's a soccer thing. My wife's name is Dorothy, and she will correct you if she is addressed as "Mrs. Hillgrove".
My contact info: • 804-647-6369 (you are welcome to text me, but please ID yourself in first line?) •
I am on Facebook as "Dave Hillgrove". Have at it. I am FB Friends with several veteran parents.
• I have print-published more than 100 soccer/parenting articles, but my website currently needs an upgrade. Look for it soon. The best reference I can share with you to allay any fears or doubt: I have raised three daughters through adolescence and college. I have not broken any of them.
Today is our eldest daughter's 29th birthday, BTW. (As a moment of pride: she was named Teacher of the Year for her CCPS elementary school! That's why I was dressed like a Premier League manager yesterday.) Two daughters are happily married, so I have F.O.B. tips at no charge . . .
The soccer? This is my fortieth year of coaching soccer. This is also my last. Most coaching posts have been at the HS level. I played soccer at tiny Madison College in 1975. I was not good enough to make the team as a sophomore, but the Coach saw my passion for the game, and he let me coach every year in his Harrisonburg league. I earned my first USYSA Coaching license in the late 1970's. I played adult rec soccer for 22 years—mostly as a GK—until I crushed my shoulder in 2002.
I have worked as coach, player, referee, soccer reporter and columnist, soccer publisher, director of coaching and training, and just a plain, ole loving parent of a player . . . for what seems like forever. This is not my first rodeo.
Ian, Jacob and I are a team, for your players. Please feel free to communicate with me. Let's get this out there: I empower your children to make decisions on the field. I have never been a puppeteer, and I join Ian in pushing your daughters to understand technique, tactics, conditioning and mentality of this beautiful game.
I give our three Captains a great deal of trust and responsibility. For instance, I didn't even visit last night's halftime huddle; your daughters coached/analyzed each other wonderfully. The Captains plan and conduct warm-ups. I consult with the Captains on everything. Ask them.
I am that sideline voice you can hear on Broad St. I don't apologize for the volume. I will post my practice policy later. If you need to know now, your daughters can tell you.