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Rivertowns AYSO (Region 324 New York)

Director of Coaching, David Downs

Rivertowns United Scores Former NASL Commissioner David Downs as Director of Coaching

Rivertowns United FC / AYSO 324 has reason to cheer. At the start of the fall 2016 soccer season, the organization appointed David Downs as its Director of Coaching. Downs, former NASL Commissioner, brings a deep professional background and an abiding passion for the sport as well as a quarter-century commitment to youth soccer on the local level.

Downs’ mission is to help Rivertowns United achieve excellence and provide its players with the best possible experience and training. To achieve this goal, Downs will be working directly with the organization’s volunteer coaches, professional trainers, and Board of Directors to phase in a series of recommendations that will evolve its robust program and infuse it with best-of-breed practices, while keeping in mind the community-based philosophy at its core.

Meet Rivertowns United Director of Coaching David Downs

David Downs has coached youth soccer throughout Westchester County for over 25 years and currently serves as the head coach of the Masters School boys JV soccer team.  He is also on the Board of Trustees (and past Chairman of that board) for Everton FC Westchester, a USSF Development Academy club.  Prior to joining the Masters School coaching staff he was Commissioner of the North American Soccer League, and immediately prior to that he was Executive Director of the U.S. Soccer Federation's bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Downs moved to Hastings-on-Hudson in 1985 and began coaching and refereeing as a parent volunteer in AYSO 324 in 1991.  Both his daughter and son played youth soccer and high school soccer in Westchester County, and after they graduated from college Downs began the transition from his career as a sports and television industry executive to licensed professional youth soccer trainer.

For the past four years Downs has served as a trainer for several Rivertowns United teams including the Mustangs, the Spartans, and the Thunderhawks; prior to that he was a trainer working with different clubs in the WYSL.

Downs is a 1977 graduate of Amherst College, where he played soccer for the Lord Jeffs (as did both his children).  Born in the Netherlands, his passion for the game is deep-rooted and those roots include a grandfather who played briefly in the Dutch First Division. 

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Rivertowns AYSO (Region 324 New York)

P.O Box 684 
Ardsley, New York 10502

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