Dave Shiells has coached his son’s house (U5 – U7), daughter’s house (U5 – U8) and his daughter’s All Star teams (U8) as well as his daughter’s travel team (U9 and U10). He served as VYS House Commissioner for U7 and U8 girls. He has also played on, and managed, numerous adult soccer teams in the Northern Virginia area competing in local leagues and out of state tournaments. He played soccer for Belvedere College and was captain of the Belvedere College Gaelic football team while also playing for his local Gaelic football club, Clontarf in Dublin, Ireland before moving to the United States in 1986.
He has his USSF National D and the US Youth Soccer National Youth licenses and has completed the Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Coaching course. For the past 2 years, Dave has been an at-large member of the VYS Board of Directors (BOD) and has regularly attended VYS BOD meetings. He successfully worked with Colvin Run ES and Freedom Hill ES to install storage sheds for VYS equipment.
Dave is a licensed professional civil engineer (P.E.) and has been the District Materials Engineer with the Virginia Department of Transportation for the past 17 years. He is responsible for all pavement design, geotechnical engineering and materials used for construction and maintenance of over 15,000 lane miles of roadways in the Northern Virginia district. He manages a staff of 18 employees with an annual budget of over $1 million and several multi-million dollar consultant contracts. He serves on many statewide technical committees as well as national expert panels for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the National Academies of Science.
Dave has over 30 years of playing experience as well as management and coaching experience with a variety of organizations. He has also been an assistant coach for his daughter’s VYI basketball teams and is currently a Co-Commissioner for the OLGC house basketball league (fourth and fifth grade).
I have been playing soccer all my life and have benefited enormously from the many life lessons and long lasting friendships that I have made while playing at all levels. The benefits of soccer extend well beyond the games. They translate into a healthy lifestyle, excellent work habits, respect for others, dedication, teamwork, loyalty and self-confidence. There is nothing like the experience of playing in the pouring rain on a muddy field or on the pristine turf at RFK stadium, the thrill of winning a tournament at the elite level or the agony being eliminated in the first round.
I want to share my love of the game with our young players, allow them to experience the joys of soccer and develop their skills in a safe, healthy and challenging environment.