April 9, 2018
SOUTH PRINCE GEORGE, Va. -- Richard Bland College of William & Mary has named Damien Westfield as its new Head Men's Soccer Coach. He succeeds former head coach Eduardo de Souza, who left for an assistant coaching position at NCAA Division I George Mason University. Westfield has been a Volunteer Assistant Men's Soccer Coach and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Young Harris College in Georgia since 2015.
"I would like to thank President Sydow, Provost LaTessa and the search committee for providing me with this incredible opportunity to lead the young men of Richard Bland's soccer team," said Westfield. "I also would like to say thank you to YHC's Head Men's Soccer Coach Mark McKeever for giving me the opportunity to join his coaching staff and to contribute in building a successful men's soccer program both on and off the soccer field. I am excited, honoured and looking forward to building a winning culture at RBC where these young men will be winners athletically, academically and within our community."
At Young Harris, Westfield was involved in training sessions, team travel, fundraising, recruiting, academic monitoring, game management, video analysis, camps, organizing team equipment and opponent scouting. In three seasons at YHC (42-14-3), he was part of a Peach Belt Conference (PBC) regular season championship, two PBC tournament championships, an NCAA Division II Southeast Region championship, a Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight appearance.
Before joining the team at YHC, Westfield served as the Head Men's Soccer Coach at Truett McConnell University in Georgia from 2012-15. After inheriting a team that finished the 2011 season with a 1-16-1 overall record, he led his team to a 4-10-2 finish in his first year. In his second year, his team finished the season with a 9-7-2 overall record for a plus-five-win improvement. That same year, the team finished its conference season third on the table with a 5-3-1 record and a 3-1-1 home record. In his third and final year, his team concluded its season with an 8-11 record. In three seasons at Truett, he had a 21-28-4 overall record, coached five AAC-All Academic Team members, two AAC-All Conference Team players and two SSAC-All Newcomer Team selections.
Damien played NCAA Division I men's soccer at Creighton University in Nebraska from 2002-04. At Creighton, he was a two-year starter as a forward/midfielder and was selected to the 2002 Midwest Region Newcomer Team. In that year, he was instrumental in helping the team to a Missouri Valley Conference Championship, as well as scoring the winning goal to help the program to the NCAA Division I College Cup Final Four. In his second season, the team captured the Missouri Valley Conference Regular Season and made an appearance in the NCAA College Cup Quarterfinals.
Before arriving at Creighton, Westfield attended Young Harris (2000-02), where his accomplishments included: First Team All-Region, Region 17 Most Valuable Player and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) First Team All-American. He also led the nation in scoring (38 goals) during his sophomore year, and he still holds the Young Harris record of 68 career goals scored in his two years. He has been inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame (2012) and the YHC Hall of Fame (2014).
Internationally, Westfield captained the Trinidad & Tobago Youth National U-17 Team and played on the U-20 team in tournaments throughout the Caribbean & North America.
Damien is a native of Trinidad & Tobago and earned his Doctorate in Leadership Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2010), his Master's Degree in Communications Studies from Bellevue University (2007) and his Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Communication from Creighton University (2004). He holds a United Soccer Coaches – Premier Diploma, Advanced Diploma and National Diploma.