David Poggi is going into his seventh season as Sewanee’s head soccer coach.
Having improved since coach Poggi took over, the Tigers will be looking for continued success in the 2013 season.
A year ago, Poggi led Sewanee through its toughest schedule in school history. Even with that, Sewanee placed three student-athletes on the all-conference team while earning the program's third-ever prestigious NSCAA Academic award.
In 2011, Poggi led Sewanee to an 8-7-2. That mark was the best winning percentage since 2004. At the same time, Sewanee played in four overtime games, with seven of its loses coming by only one goal. The Tigers ended last year with 31-20 advantage in goals.
Sewanee thrived in 2009. That season proved to be the Tigers' best finish - in conference and overall - in five years.d
With head coaching experience that spans several decades, Coach Poggi came to Sewanee from Loyola University in New Orleans. He served as the head women’s coach there for two years. After the 2005 Season was canceled because of Hurricane Katrina, Poggi evacuated and served as a trainer with longtime friend and club director Paul Riley (Albertson Soccer Club/Long Island, NY). He served as a U-18 Fury and Academy age group coach. He returned to New Orleans to lead the Wolfpack for the 2006 season. From 2000-2005 Poggi built a Division I women’s program at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
During the 2004-2005 season he led the Ragin Cajuns to best overall record and conference finish in the programs five-year history. In addition, Poggi served as trainer for the regionally prominent Lafayette Burn and Rage Club Teams. He has served as a Region III (South) Boy’s ODP coach during this time as well. Prior to ULL, Poggi was the head men’s coach at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
From 1992-1996 his Fighting Phoenix were Mid-Con Conference Champions, received Top 20 National Ranking (#16) and had a 40-25-10 record. Coach Poggi began his NCAA coaching career at Truman State University. From 1985-1992 Poggi’s Bulldogs were MIAA Conference Champions three times (’87, ’89, ’90), received Top 20 National Ranking (’87 #9, ’90 #14) and were NCAA Div II National Tournament participants (’90). He was named MIAA Coach of the year twice (’86, ’87) and NCAA Midwest Regional Coach of the Year (’89). The Bulldogs had a 77-43-13 record during these years. Poggi has served as a Region II (Midwest) Boy’s ODP coach during this time as well.
In addition to his experience in the collegiate level, Coach Poggi also served as head coach and assistant coach professionally. In 2003, he served as an assistant coach with Sagitun during their BPFL Championship (Belize, Central America). From 1999-2000 he served as the head coach for the Utah Freezz in the World Indoor League. During his two seasons (’97, ’98) with the Lafayette SwampCats (EISL), his teams won back-to-back Championships. In 1996 Poggi served as assistant women’s coach at Brondby IF (Copenhagen, Denmark).
Coach Poggi received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oregon (’82, ’85) and holds an “A” License from the United States Soccer Federation and a National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He is married to the former Michelle Fontham, who is a native of New Orleans and a graduate of the University of Virginia. He has five children; Brook (32), Adrian (29), Michael (9), Dixon, (7) and Emma (4). The Poggis live in Sewanee.