David Yates enters his first season as an assistant coach for the UMW men's soccer program.
He comes to UMW by way of Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, where he served for one season as an assistant coach. Among his many responsibilities, Yates led various portions of practice including finishing and progression in the final third. He also helped to identify potential recruits and create scouts for upcoming opponents during the year. VMI was able to secure their first win in almost three years during his one season in Lexington.
Prior to VMI he spent two years at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. Among his many responsibilities, Yates led various portions of practice including goalkeeping, finishing and defensive organization and ran individual training sessions throughout the season. He also identified and recruited players, prepared individual and team video sessions, analyzed individual game statistics and organized team activities and community service. During his time at NEC he was able to help the Pilgrims reach the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history, and coached four 1st Team All NAC, and two 2nd Team ALL NAC honorees. He also coached Michael Skarbelis who was an All-New England Third Team member and All-New England Second Team member in back to back seasons.
Before coaching at New England College he was an assistant coach at the University of Maine at Farmington. During his time at UMF he was able to help them to their first NAC quarterfinal victory in 13 years and coach two second team All-NAC honorees.
He holds a “D” license from the USSF.
Yates played at the collegiate level at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia. He graduated from Lynchburg College in 2015 with a BA in sports management and from New England College in 2018 with a master’s degree in business administration.