Arkansas United Soccer Club welcomes David Garcia Hevia as the newest addition to its stellar staff, as Director of Coaching for Boys’ Programs. In the new position of Boys’ Director, Garcia Hevia will lead the competitive Classic and pre-competitive Academy coaching staff for teams aged 9U - 19U. “David is a fantastic coach and leader. We are excited about what he will do to increase the level of play for the boys of Central Arkansas. ” said Michelle Cox, AUSC Executive Director.
David is a native of Mexico City, where he grew up playing unorganized soccer with friends. His love of the game and hard work pushed him to play at all levels of organized soccer, in Mexico City youth premier teams, through four years at ITSEM College Mexico, and professionally for Cruz Azul. He comes to United most recently from the Lonestar San Antonio Soccer Club, after 5 years as Player Development Director, leading their 22 Academy teams.
His coaching career began as many do, as a volunteer coach for his own sons’ teams in youth programs, while raising his family in New York. His passion for the game eventually led him to leave his corporate job to coach full time, growing from 6U to 18U through sixteen seasons with Rochester (NY) Futbol Club and New York West Premier Soccer, including two State Championships, three State Finalists, and nine league championships. “I’m thrilled to join a club with such a rich history - not only as the club with the most Arkansas State Championships, but one that invests in individual player development and provides so much in scholarships to make the game open to many players.”
Coach Garcia Hevia immersed himself in Spanish soccer, with coach education in Spain at Valencia FC, Villareal FC, Malaga FC, Granada FC, and several other pro clubs in Spain and acquiring a CEDIFA Coaching Diploma. David has also embraced the US coaching education, earning a US National Youth License, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, Goalkeeping Diploma and presently is completing the USSF “A” level this month. He is multilingual, speaking Spanish, English, and Italian. He and fiancé Maria will be moving to Little Rock in June, and he will be at the APC State Championship Tournament May 11-12 to meet players and families.
“With the continued growth of our competitive program to 32 teams and development success that’s seeing 13 graduating players going on to play in college next year, the time was right to put individual and dedicated focus on each of our Girls’ and Boys’ programs,” according to Brady Gadberry, VP of Arkansas United Soccer. “Adding a coach and leader like David who will focus on teaching players as they grow from 9 all the way to 19 is the right next step for soccer in Arkansas.”
Brittany Axford, herself an USSF “A” licensed, championship winning coach, who has just earned the prestigious USSF Instructor’s License, will become Arkansas United’s first Girls’ Director. After successfully directing the AUSC Academy programs and staff for both boys’ and girls’ teams, she will now focus on player and coach development for all of the competitive Classic and pre-competitive Academy coaching staff for teams of girls aged 9U - 19U.
Arkansas United Soccer Club is a 501c3 nonprofit youth organization serving our community since 1980. Our principal mission is the promotion of youth soccer, with over 2000 members.. We strive to instill a love for the game in each of our players and to provide an atmosphere where each player may participate and progress according to his or her interest and ability. To learn more about our Recreational, Competitive and Tops Outreach programs, please visit www.arkansasunited.com
Arkansas United Soccer Club formerly known as Little Rock Futbol Club has been a 501c3 nonprofit youth organization serving our community since 1980. Our principal mission is the promotion of youth soccer. We strive to instill a love for the game in each of our players and to provide an atmosphere where each player may participate and progress according to his or her interest and ability. We take great pride in developing our players as athletes, students and responsible young men and women. Our players form life-long friendships with their club mates, acquire leadership, teamwork and sportsmanship skills that ultimately prepare them for life beyond soccer.