Coach David Strother begins his third season at the helm of the Itawamba women’s soccer program. Under his leadership, the ICC Women's Soccer team has continued to improve each season, having three players earn MACJC All-State honors as well as NJCAA weekly awards each of the past two seasons.
Last season, the Lady Indians qualified for the playoff for the first time in five years and earned NJCAA Academic Team Honorable Mention with the third-best team GPA in the nation.
During the 2015 season, his Lady Indians were recognized as the NJCAA Women’s Soccer Academic Team of the Year after posting a 3.78 GPA.
Prior to joining the ICC staff, Strother served as head coach for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams at Copiah-Lincoln Community College for three seasons. During that time he coached four players who were recognized on the MACJC All-State Team, nine MACJC South Division All-Star Game participants, two nominees for the NJCAA/Region 23 All-Region Team, nine Academic All-State recipients and four NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-Americans. In 2012, both his men’s and women’s soccer teams were awarded the MACJC Tom Shepard Sportsmanship Award, a first-time accomplishment for both programs.
Prior to Co-Lin, Strother served as the men’s head soccer coach at NAIA powerhouse Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago, Ill. While at IIT, he coached 12 All-Conference award winners (’10 and ’11), six 2011 CCAC All-Academic Team members, two NAIA All-Americans, as well as two National Team members (Venezuela and Philippines).
Illinois Tech became an NAIA Top 25 nationally-ranked program during the fall 2011 season and finished third out of 12 teams in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). The Scarlet Hawks also had a Top 5 ranking in 11 different CCAC statistical categories that season. Coach Strother also mentored Liam Barrett, the 2011 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American for Men’s Soccer, the highest nationally-recognized academic honor for a student-athlete.
During the 2011 season, one of Strother’s players was named NAIA National Defensive Player of the Week, a first time accomplishment for the Scarlet Hawk soccer program, and three different student-athletes earned 2011 Conference Player of the Week honors. From his time in Chicago, Strother also has close ties with the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer.
From 2006-10, he served as inaugural head coach of the men’s soccer team at Southwest Mississippi Community College where he built the program from the ground up. He coached and mentored eight MACJC All-State award winners, two Region 23 All-Region recipients, three NJCAA Academic All-Americans and one NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-American. In 2010, the Southwest soccer team was the recipient of the prestigious Halbrook Award for most improvement in GPAs for NJCAA student-athletes. Also during his time at SMCC, Strother was three times nominated for MACJC Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year
Strother played collegiately for Belhaven University and graduated in 2004 with a B.S. degree in sports administration and marketing with a minor in business. During his career at Belhaven, the Blazers broke into the Top 25 of the NAIA rankings for the first time in four years and advanced to the NAIA Region XIII tournament for the first time in three years. In 2003, he was named an NAIA Academic All-American.
Coach Strother currently serves on the Region 3 ODP Staff and has earned national coaching certifications through both the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and the National Soccer Coaches Athletic Association (NSCAA). He is currently a USSFA-Senior license candidate and also holds an NSCAA Premier Diploma.
He is married to the former Nina Fischer, and they have one daughter, Sidney McCall, and one son, Liam Winfield.