David Yates enters his first season as an assistant coach for the VMI men's soccer program.
He comes to VMI by way of New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire, where he served for two seasons as an assistant coach. Among his many responsibilities, Yates led various portions of practice including goalkeeping, finishing and defensive organization and ran individual training sessions throughout the season. He also identified and recruited youth players, prepared individual and team video sessions, analyzed individual game statistics and organized team activities and community service.
While coaching at New England College he doubled as the U14/15/16 boys head coach for the Hampshire United Soccer Club.
During the 2015-16 season, Yates served as an assistant coach at the University of Maine at Farmington and also coached the U15 boys team at Western Maine United. Prior to his time in Maine, Yates coached the JV boys team at EC Glass High School in Lynchburg, Virginia in 2015 and the U8-10 boys head coach for the CVU Academy.
He holds both an “E” and “D” license from the USSF.
Yates played at the collegiate level at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia. He graduated from Lynchburg College in 2015 with a bachelor of arts in sports management and from New England College in 2018 with a master's degree in business administration.