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Hampton University hires Kevin Darcy as women’s soccer coach

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HAMPTON, Va. (Via Hampton University) – The Hampton University athletic department named Kevin Darcy to head the women’s soccer program for the 2018 season. He is the third head coach in program history, taking over for Frank Hughes who spent the last two seasons with HU.

“I am excited and appreciative to be given this opportunity by Mr. Eugene Marshall and Hampton University to take Pirate soccer to the next level. Coach Hughes and Reoyo have laid the groundwork and with the commitment from the school to enter the Big South Conference, the tools are in place for success,” said Darcy. “I have been very fortunate to play and coach at all levels of the game and am ready to return to Division 1 college coaching. The experiences and relationships established throughout the region as a player and coach will serve me well as I dig in to create a fast, competitive environment to challenge the student/athletes daily. Hard work and details will turn things around and I’m ready to get on the field to compete!”

Darcy brings a vast array of knowledge and experience to Hampton as a USSF “A” licensed coach, NSCAA Premier diploma holder and coaching education staff instructor. He most recently served as the head coach of Legacy 76, a member of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), from 2015 through 2018. In addition, he also served as the head coach and general manager for the PDL Virginia Legacy, the PASL Tidewater Sharks men and for the WPSL Tidewater Sharks women’s team.

Darcy led his Legacy 76 squad to the 2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Tournament after winning the Mid Atlantic Conference Championship. His squads also qualified for the regional playoffs in 2016 and 2017.

Darcy coached internationally in Costa Rica and Czech Republic with VA ODP and was selected as one of six coaches nationally to the “USL Experience” staff in 2016, as well as the USL Regional Scouting Series. Proving his success at all levels, Darcy has served as Technical Director for the Legacy, Chesterfield United and the Sharks youth clubs in the region. Named a seven-time high school Coach of the Year in Maryland and Virginia, he has recently completed a four year run at Walsingham Academy as the Technical Advisor coaching the boys and girls varsity programs.

Collegiately, Darcy was an assistant coach for the women’s soccer program at the College of William & Mary from 2009 to 2010. He began his collegiate career in 1992 as the assistant men’s soccer coach at Salisbury University. He held that position until 1995, when he began building his playing and coaching resume at the professional level.

Darcy finished his professional playing career with the Maryland Mania of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) A League in 1999 after spending prior seasons with the Delaware Wizards, Baltimore Bays, and Eastern Shore Sharks of the D3 Pro League.

After a successful soccer and basketball career at Pocomoke High School in Maryland, Darcy began his college playing career at Old Dominion University before transferring to Salisbury State University where he graduated in 1991 with a Bachelors of Arts in liberal studies.

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