David Power ’12 is the founder and director of Collegiate Soccer USA, an international soccer recruiting consultancy. Power and his staff help players from all over the world obtain scholarships to colleges in the U.S. He is passionate about recruiting talented players and helping them better their future both on and off the field. This year, the company has placed over 40 international players on college teams.
Power, a native of Dublin, Ireland, is better known to some as Daithi de Paor, his Gaelic name. He had always wanted to play soccer and study in America and first started his career playing at the NJCAA level for nationally ranked Darton College in Georgia. He then transferred to Virginia Intermont.
“I knew of VI’s great success on the soccer field and chose VI because I wanted to be a part of something special,” Power said. “I visited Bristol with my family and we felt at home straight away.”
An Honors graduate in history, Power founded his company while at VI and received advice from his business professors about entrepreneurship and creating a business.
“I have always had a huge interest in history and when I came to VI my interest grew even more,” said Power. “I thought the history department was excellent, and if I wasn’t such a soccer fanatic I definitely would have pursued a career in the history field.”
Power joined VI soccer at a time when the program was being rebuilt.
“Our first win as a new team was a special moment,” he recalled. “We had a very difficult first season so it was nice to be a part of the new program’s first victory.”
A standout player and student, he was a recipient of the NAIA “Champion of Character” award and awarded All Conference soccer and academic honors. He also served as a member on the Student Advisory Committee.
Power recalled fond memories as a VI student, including, “working in the snack bar with my friend and teammate Auzzy, as well as Sandy and Jane, and meeting great people like Randy Smith.”
After graduating from Virginia Intermont, Power served as the spring season coach for the Cobras before moving to Florida where he currently resides with his wife and son and coaches for the Florida Rush Soccer Club.
Power says he looks forward to visiting the VI campus again, and we hope he will come out and cheer on the Cobras! For more information, visit Collegiate Soccer USA.