Dave MacWilliams

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Dave MacWilliams
Personal information
Full name David MacWilliams
Date of birth (1957-05-20) May 20, 1957 (age 59)
Place of birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1975–1978 Philadelphia University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1979 Tampa Bay Rowdies (indoor)
1979 Tampa Bay Rowdies 6 (1)
1979–1982 Philadelphia Fever (indoor) 106 (92)
1980 Philadelphia Fury 21 (4)
1982–1987 Baltimore Blast (indoor) 162 (115)
1987–1988 Chicago Sting (indoor) 34 (18)
Philadelphia United German-Hungarians
Teams managed
1990–1991 Penn-Jersey Spirit
1994–1996 Baltimore Spirit
1996–1999 Philadelphia KiXX
2000– Temple Owls
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Dave MacWilliams (last name also spelled McWilliams) (born May 20, 1957 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a retired American soccer forward and head coach who played professionally in the North American Soccer League and Major Indoor Soccer League. He is currently the head coach of the Temple University men's soccer team.



In 1975, MacWilliams graduated attended from Frankford High School where he had led the Pioneers to two Philadelphia Public League and City Championships. He then attended Philadelphia Textile, playing soccer there from 1975 to 1978. He was a 1978 second team All American and ranked fifth in career goals and first in career assists.[1][2] He was inducted into the Philadelphia Textile, now known as Philadelphia University, Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985.[3] He was also a member of the 1979 United States Pan-American Games team and 1980 Olympic team.


In 1978, the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League drafted MacWilliams. He played part of the 1978–1979 NASL indoor season with the Rowdies, then six games of the 1979 outdoor season. On November 6, 1979, the Rowdies sold his contract to the Philadelphia Fever of the Major Indoor Soccer League.[4] In the summer of 1982, the Fever went into hiatus. When they did, they released MacWilliams who signed with the Baltimore Blast on August 11, 1982.[5] MacWilliams had several excellent seasons with the Blast, but had knee surgery during the 1985–1986 season. His recovery lasted most of the 1986–1987 season during which he played only six games, scoring four goals. The Blast released him in July 1987.[6] On January 14, 1988, MacWilliams signed with the Chicago Sting.[7] The Sting experienced financial difficulties during the season and released MacWilliams and several others in June 1988 in a cost reduction move.[8] With the Fever, "Mac Attack" was the league's 14th leading scorer in the 1979–80 season, 10th best in 1980–81, and 12th for 1981–82. With the Blast, MacWilliams was the 22nd best scoring in 1982–83 and 13th best for 1983–84. The Blast won the '83–'84 league championship with MacWilliams as captain. He holds the Blast record for play-off games (47) played and play-off points scored (73). He was inducted into the Baltimore Blast Hall of Fame in 2006.[9]


In April 1990, the expansion Penn-Jersey Spirit of the American Professional Soccer League hired MacWilliams as head coach.[10] In August 1994, MacWilliams became head coach of the Baltimore Spirit of the National Professional Soccer League. After coaching for two and a half years and compiling a 37–30 record, MacWilliams resigned as head coach of the Spirit on January 29, 1996. On March 26, 1996, he was hired to coach the expansion Philadelphia KiXX.[11] The KiXX fired him in March 1999. He had a 57–49 cumulative regular season record with the KiXX.[12] In August 2000, Temple University hired MacWilliams to coach the school's men's soccer team.[13] He is also Director of Soccer of the Montgomery United S.C. youth soccer club and head coach of the elite U-17 team of the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association.

He was inducted into the Philadelphia Soccer Hall of Fame in 1998.


  1. ^ 1978 All Americans
  2. ^ Philadelphia Rams soccer records
  3. ^ Philadelphia University Athletic Hall of Fame
  4. ^ MacWilliams Heads Home
  5. ^ FEVER HALTS OPERATION FOR 1 YEAR Philadelphia Daily News (PA) – Wednesday, August 11, 1982
  6. ^ Baltimore may gamble heavily on return of Stamenkovic Evening Tribune (San Diego, CA) – Tuesday, July 28, 1987
  7. ^ Hobbling Sting hopes to end skid vs. Dallas Chicago Sun-Times – Friday, January 15, 1988
  8. ^ Sting cuts 11 – future unresolved Chicago Sun-Times – Thursday, June 2, 1988
  9. ^ Blast Improves to 6–4 after Splitting Home-and-Home Series with the Wave
  10. ^ ASL APPEARS ON SOLID FOOTING AS IT ENTERS 3RD SEASON Times Union, The (Albany, NY) – Saturday, April 7, 1990
  11. ^ Former Spirit coach MacWilliams hired by Philly expansion team
  12. ^ KIXX BOOT MACWILLIAMS , HAND NAMAZI THE REINS Philadelphia Daily News (PA) – Wednesday, March 3, 1999

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