Thursday July 02, 2015
During his time at the University of King’s College (UKC) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dave Douglas was a fixture at national championships both as a player and as a coach. He now represents UKC at the national level once again as he has been recently inducted into the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA)Hall of Fame.
Douglas, who guided the UKC Blue Devils men’s soccer team to seven appearances at Nationals, will enter the Hall of Fame in the coach category. A six-time Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year, Douglas also earned the CCAA Coaching Excellence Award in 1999.
“His success on the field earned him the respect of his peers, players and the local soccer community,” said Neil Hooper, Athletic Director at UKC. “The University is extremely proud of Dave and believes that this is a fitting tribute to him and a tremendous honor for his family.”
Following his success at UKC, Douglas accepted a coaching position with the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU) Dalhousie Tigers women’s soccer team, who he guided to a national title. In addition to his CCAA and CIAU resume, Douglas also coached first Division Senior (Men & Women), Nova Scotia Canada Games (Men in 1997, Women in 2001), and he was a member of the Nova Scotia High Performance team for a number of years.
Douglas left coaching in 2001 and moved to Vermont to begin a career in Information Technology. He and his wife have been South Burlington residents for nine years. Although he is not currently playing or coaching due to career demands, he proudly shares that his daughters both play sports. His older daughter Kayleigh plays hockey and his younger daughter Gabby plays soccer for Far Post, as well as playing hockey and softball.
When asked about being inducted into the CCAA Hall of Fame, Douglas says, “The award is a testament to the dedication that the university and the players put into the program. It also underscores the value of having strong mentors as young coaches develop. I was lucky enough to work closely for many years with Stephen Hart, the former Canadian men’s national team head coach and current head coach for Trinidad and Tobago.”