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David DiPiazza hired to head BSC Women's Soccer program

David DiPiazza (The Birmingham News, Hal Yeager)
David DiPiazza (The Birmingham News, Hal Yeager)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern alum David DiPiazza has been hired as the new Head Women's Soccer Coach, incoming Athletics Director Kyndall Waters announced today.

DiPiazza was a volunteer assistant coach with the BSC men's soccer team this past season, and comes to BSC from Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, Ala. His high school coaching career includes six state championships, including the 2015 7A girls' title in his first season at OMHS in 2015. He was named 2015 National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Region 3 Coach of the Year and NFHS State Coach of the Year, and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) State Girl's Coach of the Year.

Prior to his time at Oak Mountain, DiPiazza led John Carroll Catholic High School, also in Birmingham, to the 2014 5A girl's state championship, and was also named NFHS State Coach of the Year, NSCAA State Girl's Coach of the Year, as well as Birmingham News Metro Coach of the Year. He was the Head Boy's Coach at John Carroll from 2002 to 2006 and then 2008 to 2014, leading his squad to the 5A Boy's state title in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012. DiPiazza was named Birmingham News Metro Coach of the Year in 2008, 2009, and 2012, and Ray Woodard Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2012. He also earned NFHSS State Coach of the Year honors in 2009 and 2012 in addition to the 2014 and 2015 honors, and was 2008 and 2009 NSCAA State Boy's Coach of the Year and 2008 Birmingham News State Coach of the Year.

"I am extremely happy to be returning to my alma mater and taking over the women's soccer program," DiPiazza said. "I believe that soccer is a tool to develop the whole person and to teach real life lesson of selflessness, hard work, and commitment. I know if we follow those core values we will be successful in the classroom, on the field, and, most importantly, in life."

DiPiazza has also served as Head Men's Soccer Coach at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Ala., in 2005, as well as Assistant Women's Soccer Coach at Samford University in 1998.

DiPiazza is a 1998 BSC alumni, and played for long-time men's soccer coach Preston Goldfarb, who retires this summer, from 1996-1997. DiPiazza was part of two conference championships, a regional title, and two NAIA National Tournament appearances, including a runner-up finish in 1996.

He graduated from BSC with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1998 and went on to earn his Master of Arts in Education from UAB in 1999.

DiPiazza will begin his duties on July 1. Current BSC Assistant Coach Linda Amaya will remain on staff, and outgoing Head Coach Sean McBride plans to return to teaching and coaching at the high school level.