David McDonald

Staff Coach

USSF National “D” License

Born in Co. Carlow, Ireland, David has been immersed in soccer from the moment he could strike a ball. In 1999 he made the move from southeastern Ireland to San Antonio, TX where he had early success on the pitch with travel teams, San Antonio X-Press and Alamo Force United. Twice in three seasons, David helped orchestrate State Final cup runs in the Texas Premier Division. With a Texas State Final Runner-Up to his name, David made the jump to San Antonio’s most successful club, Classics Elite Soccer Academy. At the club, he was a member of the Classic’s Elite’s inaugural US Academy Travel team. At the same time David was a standout 3-year letterman for Winston Churchill High School in San Antonio, TX. As a sophomore, David helped the Chargers to the Texas 5A State Title game, losing in a tough 5-4 penalty shootout. During his Junior and Senior campaigns, David was named a team captain and earned a spot on the San Antonio Super Team 2010 as a attacking winger. After claiming the 26-5A District Title in his last season, David attended the University of Texas at Austin to study Economics and minor in Spanish, while also competing for the Longhorns’ Men’s club soccer team.

Returning to his home club, Classics Elite Soccer Academy in 2014, David directed the organization’s “Micro Academy”, for players 3-6 years old. He also trained four competitive U8-U11 teams over his five seasons with Classics Elite. In 2016 David took an expanded coaching role with SA United Soccer Club, managing teams that ranged from U7 Boys to U18 Girls. He lead his U9 Girls to an undefeated PDF League and Tournament Championship, and guided six players to reach their dream of playing NCAA soccer. David again used his experience as a Youth Director to develop SA United’s “Rising Stars” development program for boys and girls ages 3-5 years old.

David moved to Chester Springs, PA with a desire to help every player reach their full potential and future goals when they train. He promotes an aggressive attacking playing style, he enjoys improving players’ 1v1 skill set, incisive passing abilities, and sharing tips on how to always be the best set-piece taker on the pitch.

David will be completing his USSF “C” License and National Youth License this year.