Washington Area Girls Soccer League (WAGS) Welcomes David Noyes
as New Executive Director
Veteran executive with local roots, pro experience handed leading role in developing historic league's new ventures
REISTERSTOWN, MD. - After a year-long search, the Washington Area Girls Soccer League is pleased to announce David Noyes as its new Executive Director.
A Northern Virginia resident with vast playing, coaching and management experience at all levels of the U.S. game, Noyes arrives at WAGS after a pivotal role in founding and running the Future Soccer Club, a development-centric youth project in Maryland which he built out of Real Maryland FC, the United Soccer Leagues club which operated in Montgomery County, Md. from 2008 to 2012.
The former professional player holds a "B" coaching license from the U.S. Soccer Federation, an Advanced National Diploma from the NSCAA and has coached at the Youth, Regional ODP, College and Pro Levels. He will lead WAGS' efforts to develop and expand upon progressive new initiatives like the POD structure, a "club-centric" system for younger age groups designed to improve scheduling for coaches and families and encourage non-results-oriented play in the name of player development.
"This is my favorite Christmas present," said WAGS president Kathie Diapoulis. "I'm just thrilled to welcome David to our staff. He brings an exceptional skills set and deep knowledge of our area's soccer landscape, and we're eager to put his expertise to work on the new ideas our Board of Directors has discussed in recent years.
"We are confident David will help WAGS greatly as we seek to enlarge the POD, further develop our successful alliance with the Washington Spirit and pursue new partnerships in several areas."
Founded in 1974, WAGS is one of the oldest and most distinguished girls' soccer associations in the United States, having fostered hundreds of future stars like Mia Hamm and Ali Krieger. Today's WAGS membership includes hundreds of teams from across the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia ranging from the Under-9 to U-19 age levels.
"I am humbled and honored to have been chosen to help guide WAGS through the ever-changing soccer landscape," said Noyes. "This league will continue to develop numerous players throughout our region for eventual success at the collegiate, professional and international levels, not to mention the game of life."
A Massachusetts native, Noyes was a student-athlete for Stonehill College in North Easton, Mass. where he captained the team, was All-Conference and NEISL All-Star honors after transferring from NCAA powerhouse Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY.
After graduating, Noyes went on to play, coach and manage professionally at various levels in the United Soccer Leagues. During his time on the pro scene, Noyes received his National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced National License and USSF B License.
A disciple of the DiCicco Method, Noyes served as a player, staff coach and later a Director for former U.S. Women's National Team coach and Women's World Cup winner Tony DiCicco.
During seven years with DiCicco's FSA SoccerPlus, he also was the Assistant Head Coach at Bates College and Roger Williams University's men's soccer programs and worked with the Rhode Island state US Youth Soccer ODP and Region I ODP Camp goalkeepers.
Noyes has lived in D.C. and Maryland and now resides in Loudoun County, VA with his wife and daughter.
About Washington Area Girls Soccer League (WAGS)
Founded in 1974 by Mavis Derflinger and Rael Vodicka, the Washington Area Girls Soccer League is one of the premier girls' soccer associations in the United States. Today's membership includes some 600 teams from across D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, competing in a variety of divisions ranging from Under-9 to Under-19 age levels.