David Beck Named New Soccer Head Coach
David Beck will be stepping into the role as head coach of the East Central College Men’s Soccer program for the 2019 season. Beck previously spent the last nine years as the assistant soccer coach for Rutgers University in New Jersey.
“Beck is known for his recruiting abilities,” said Dr. Jay Mehrhoff, East Central College Athletic Director. “He assisted Rutgers head coach Dan Donigan in constructing a very successful team that made it to the second round of the NCAA Division I tournament in 2015. That same year, the team collected the second most wins in program history.”
In 2011, Beck was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Assistant Coach of the Year for the Northeast Region. Beck also served as head coach of the U. S Soccer Development Academy.
“Coach Beck is dedicated to the sport,” said Dr. Mehrhoff. “He spends his summers working NCAA Division I camps all over the country: including the University of Connecticut, Akron University, University of Wisconsin, Saint Louis University, Rutgers and Missouri State University.”
Prior to his coaching at Rutgers, Beck spent four seasons at Saint Louis University and helped produce consecutive top 20 recruiting classes. He also served as an assistant coach at Lindenwood University during their 2004 NAIA National Championship season.
A native of St. Louis, Beck played high school soccer at Hazelwood East prior to entering college. He played two years at St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley under NJCAA Hall of Fame Coach Pete Sorber. After his junior college career, he continued playing for Lindenwood University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sport management. He went on to play for the St. Louis Ambush of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL).
Beck lives in Fenton with his wife Laura and their three children, Gabriella, Brooklyn and Joey.