Davidson Day taps boys soccer coach
by Staff Writer
Davidson Day School has named Douglas London as its new head boys soccer coach.
London replaces Josh Wagner, who now will be the school’s head junior varsity coach. London comes to Davidson Day following an impressive stint at Alexander Dawson School (Lafayette, Colo.), where he was named the Colorado High School Athletic Association’s Mile High Coach of the Year in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Davidson Day Public Relations Director John Tobias said the Patriots athletics program was happy with Wagner’s performance last season, but when the school learned its new English teacher, London, was also a celebrated coach, the Patriots couldn’t ignore his potential impact on the program.
London was also named 3A Coach of the Year by the Denver Post in 2007 (boys) and 2009 (girls), and he was a finalist for National Boys Soccer Coach of the Year in 2010.
“Doug London has had a stellar career as a teacher and coach at two exceptional schools, and we are thrilled that he will be bring to us 34 years of experience from the classroom and the soccer field,” Davidson Day Athletic Director Michael Smith said in a school press release. “Doug is the consummate educator, and it is clear that for him teaching and coaching are synonymous.”
Before starting at Alexander Dawson School, London was the head coach at the Bullis School (Potomac, Md.), where he led his team to seven league championships and top-10 national rankings twice. In 1993 the Washington Post named him the Washington, D.C. Metro Coach of the Year, and in 2005 he was inducted into the Bullis Athletic Hall of Fame.
“I am really looking forward to joining Davidson Day,” London said in the press release. “During my initial visit to the school, seeing so many students wearing their team gear during the school day seemed a clear indicator of tremendous school spirit. I am looking forward to the opportunity to help improve the boys soccer program as the school continues its growth.”
A native of Scarsdale, N.Y., London earned a degree in English from Kenyon College (Ohio) in 1974. While at Kenyon College, he was a four-year starter for the mens’ soccer team that won the Mid-West Division III Championship.