Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Daryl Dickey, the University of West Georgia Director of Athletics, officially named Chris Davidovicz as the new head coach of the UWG women’s soccer program. Davidovicz is the third head coach in the nine-year history of the program.
“First, let me say that we are very excited about the potential and future of our soccer program,” said Dickey. “The applicant pool and interest for this position has been outstanding, with many applicants who have a strong and diverse coaching background, which is an indication that our program is headed in the right direction.”
Davidovicz comes to Carrollton after a two-year stint as the head coach at Thomas University. Prior to that position, he spent one season as the assistant head coach for the women and men’s soccer programs at Thomas.
“I’m very thankful for the opportunity Coach Dickey has given me,” Davidovicz said. “On our visit, everyone at West Georgia truly made me and my wife feel right at home. I believe there is great potential with this program and we have a great opportunity to rise and be a great program very quickly.”
While at Thomas, his teams compiled a record of 20-15-2 and had back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time in seven years. His 2012 team scored 68 goals, the second-most in program history, and was eighth in NAIA for goals per game (3.47) and assists per game (2.53).
The position is a return to the Division II ranks for Davidovicz, and he brings with him a wealth of coaching experience at the collegiate level. In the 2008 and 2009 seasons, he was the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Georgia College & State University, which achieved its first national ranking and NCAA tournament appearance in fall 2008. There he also coached the goalkeepers and Mary Rob Plunkett, the program’s first ever All-American.
“There is a really strong will within the group that is here,” Davidovicz said. “Playing them in the last few years, they do not give up and that is something to build on. We are looking to put an exciting product on the field and build community support, which is something that’s really important to me.”
Davidovicz has a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, National Goalkeeping Diploma and a USSF D License. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance at Virginia Tech in 2003 while also playing goalkeeper for the Hokies. He received his master’s degree in human performance at GCSU.
“The coaching experiences he has have prepared Chris for this position,” Dickey said. “We are extremely excited about Chris and his wife, Jen, coming to Carrollton. His background and in-depth knowledge of soccer in our state and the energy level that he will bring to the program will be invaluable.”