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Dave Pointon

Technical Director, Head Coach 2006 Edwards, 2005 Crickmer, 2004 Swift
USSF E License
USSF D License

FA Level 2 Certificate

Phone: 7086734024
Email: [email protected]

Dave has coached kids of all ages (3-18) and skill levels. He values work rate and desire more than talent and asks that players give every ounce of effort in both training and games.  In return, he works tirelessly to help players reach their max potential.  He believes that structured training sessions, with both individual and team goals, are paramount to player development and success.

Originally from England, having grown up in South Cheshire, near Manchester, it is no surprise that Dave is an ardent (and lifelong) supporter of Manchester United. He began playing football (soccer) at a very young age and continued playing through college where he represented Nottingham Trent University.  Dave holds a level-C coach’s license (UEFA B/FA Level 2).

Newton Heath represents the fulfillment of a life-long dream for Dave.  He has been a soccer coach in the States for nearly ten years, working his way up the coaching ladder with stops in Utah and Connecticut before finally landing in Illinois in 2009.

Dave was with Downers Grove Roadrunners from 2009 to 2012, when he left to become an Assistant Director of Coaching for LG Celtics.  Dave's accomplishments with Celtics include:

  • launching a competitive program for boys
  • starting the club’s hugely successful futsal program
  • designing  and implementing a comprehensive winter training program for the club’s developing players, which includes playing in a 50+ team league that he assembled
  • developing a comprehensive coaching curriculum
  • bringing more structure and organization to training sessions
  • revamping the tryout process
  • formalizing the player evaluation process

After navigating Celtics through some difficult changes, Dave decided he was ready for the challenge of starting his own club, and Newton Heath was born. He looks forward to bringing passion for the game and for player development to every program that NH offers.

Dave has a two yr old daughter named River and resides in Westchester, IL


Dave has worked with my son Jon for the past 4-5 years as a personal soccer trainer. His dedication to the sport is evident in the way he trains and treats his athletes both on and off the pitch. Dave’s deep understanding of the game gives him the unique ability to dissect a player’s individual skillset  in such a way as to be able to bolster his/her strengths while working on weaknesses.  He is creative in his warm-ups and workouts always making the educational training sessions fun, exciting and competitive so the players never lose interest.  He even attended one of my son’s high school games to see how he was utilizing the skills learned while on the pitch with the rest of his team.  Dave always exudes a positive attitude and excitement about the game of soccer whether discussing a world cup match, a recent high school game my son was involved in or a match between 10 year olds he visited/coached earlier in the day.  This fall, Jon will be playing college soccer and Dave’s expert guidance, excitement and energy along with a lot of hard work made that possible.  I highly recommend Dave as a soccer coach and mentor for any aspiring young soccer player.
--Mark and Debbie

Both our children have worked with Dave since moving from rec to travel soccer over 4 years ago. What is remarkable about Dave is not just his ability to teach the technical aspects, to help in decision-making and strategy, and to provide rigorous training - he does all this flawlessly.  His commitment to our kids has been most remarkable - coming to games to see them in game situations, providing encouragement, and making soccer fun as they develop as players. Our kids love their time with Coach Dave - we cannot recommend him more highly.
-- Peter B.

  • Provides great training and real encouragement.
  • Has been instrumental in our kids' soccer success.
  • Our kids consider Dave to be their personal coach.
  • Great guy, even better coach.
  • Truly listens to and engages with our kids.
-- Terri A.

I wanted to let you know that I think you are doing a really great job with the girls. Specifically, you appear to balance out the desire to make it fun while still demanding a workman-like, accountable approach to the games and practices. Having been in your shoes before, I know that is one of the biggest challenges you face with a team of 11-year-olds.  Regardless of the outcome in any future games, they have come a LONG way since last Fall, and much of that growth has come as a direct result of your hard work, passion, intensity, and knowledge of the game. ...we will not hesitate for a second  to have you as her coach.
-- RC

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