As one of the key recruiters on Akron’s coaching staff at the time, Dave Giffard found himself in – of all places – Lusaka, Zambia in December of 2008; all in the name of replacing the country’s best college soccer player with a kid who he hoped could become one.
Player spotlight on sophomore forward, Jason Johnson
This January, after having recently graduated from an obscure, two-year junior college in Georgia, soccer player Juan Arbelaez was getting ready to commit the rest of his playing days away to a Division II school before he got a ring from Richmond.
Featuring Daniel Haehre, Garret Cyprus, Kharlton Belmar, Leo Kowalski, Juan Arbelaez, Ragnar Leosson
When a coach is hired in athletics, it’s usually because the coach before them was either doing so good they moved up the coaching ladder, or so bad they got fired. And if men’s soccer head coach Dave Giffard had been hired because of the former, perhaps he could have left the squad as is without overhauling it.