Penguins Coach Profile: David Pocock

David Pocock has been with the Penguins since the summer of 2016 where he has coached the 2020 and 2026 teams. For the past two seasons he was the head coach at Concord Academy and was recently named the head coach at Arlington High School where he will take over for the spring of 2018. David played his college lacrosse at UVA during the 1970’s as a face-off specialist and currently is 4th on the UVA all-time list for face-offs won in a game (22). Before coming back to coaching David was the president of a large apparel company based in South Carolina.

Where did you play college lacrosse and what position? Any other lacrosse experiences?
I played at University of Virginia – midfield and face-off specialist. I was All-American my senior year in high school at the Haverford School (Haverford, PA) and All-State my junior and senior years. In 2016 and 2017, I was Head Coach for the Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse team at Concord Academy. This spring I will be Head Coach for the Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse team at Arlington High School.

You made a career switch recently, what did you do before you came to the Penguins and starting coaching lacrosse?
I was President of Doncaster, a privately held apparel company where I’d worked for 28 years.

Arlington LacrosseWhat has been your most memorable coaching moment as a part of the Penguins?
Last year at the start of a new skills-building session we were throwing the ball around, partner passing… I went around and talked to each of the players, looking at their technique and form… one of the players, about 8 or 9 years old, called out to me, “Hey coach, do you remember me from last year? You really helped me with my catching and throwing!”

What do you like most about the Penguins program?
I love working with kids of all ages that come to play for the Penguins. PrimeTime Lacrosse brings in major lacrosse talent – Hall of Famers – to coach at camps, they run excellent clinics, tournaments are incredibly well organized and executed, and the coaches truly care about the kids, and about making them into good lacrosse players.

What are some values you try to implement in your players?
The joy of play and competition, the advantages of teamwork, the importance of practice, discipline, and being a good teammate, demonstrating sportsmanship, empathy, respect – for each other, for the opposition, for coaches, for the game. Those are all lifelong values as an athlete and as a person.

How would you describe your coaching style?
Supportive, passionate, dedicated, tenacious. As a coach, I can only be myself. I love helping people achieve their goals and improve their skills; I love watching them have fun; I am thrilled when they win and feel the pain when they lose. Even at my age, I am still a student of The Game; there is always more to learn.

Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you originally from? Where do you live now? Any hobbies non-lacrosse related?
I grew up in Villanova, PA but now live in Cambridge, MA. I play the drums, love music, have four
daughters, and am an assistant wrestling coach at Catholic Memorial High School. I sing loudly even (and especially) when I don’t know the words.

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