For over thirty-two years,
Dave Williams demonstrated by word and deed his love for
soccer in North Carolina. As a classic example of progression
within the ranks, Dave started out as a player, then became
a coach, a referee, a referee instructor, and finally a
Dave Williams’ extraordinary
contributions as a referee, instructor, and assessor warrant
the distinction of being inducted (posthumously) as a member
of the eighth class of the North Carolina Soccer Hall of
Fame on this, the twelfth day of February, 2005. Dave’s
wife, Pat Williams, sons Simon and Kevin Williams, and friends
Geoffrey and Pat Scantlebury, will represent Dave at the
Dave Williams’ dedication
to the soccer program of North Carolina was phenomenal.
He organized and administered the first Charlotte Junior
Soccer League in the 1970s; coached teams; refereed high
school soccer (as early as 1977), became a certified USSF
referee (1980) and instructor (1985), and a referee assessor
(1985). Throughout his life, he dedicated himself to build
the infrastructure necessary to help boys and girls and
men and women enjoy the beautiful game. He was a gifted
instructor of both new and experienced referees who wanted
to excel. He became a top-notch nationally known referee
assessor for all levels of competition from youth recreational
referees to United States International FIFA referees.
Dave spent hundreds of hours
each year contributing to the soccer program of North Carolina.
He was directly associated with the soccer referee program,
but his work had an impact on players and games at every
level of play. His goal was to make every North Carolina
soccer referee the very best he or she could possibly be.
The quality of his work became renown, and he also contributed
to the growth of the USSF officiating programs in Region
III and nationally.
Dave grew up in Yorkshire,
England, the son of Welsh parents, and excelled as a "footballer"
at a tender age. He was co-captain of his grammar school
team, the Armthorpe Rangers, which still holds records for
most goals for without a single goal against, then achieved
a goal scoring record of 100-2 on its way to winning four
League Cups. He was recruited by the Royal Air Force, some
say, "in order to bolster the RAF military football
team in its inter-service play." Despite his rigorous
playing schedule, Dave graduated from the RAF as a Pilot
and Education Officer. He played for Sheffield Wednesday
in the First Division of the English Football Association.
A chemist by profession, with advanced degrees in organic
chemistry, Dave rose through numerous companies and acquisitions
and mergers, to become the Director of Quality Management
and Global Strategic Planning of multi-national conglomerate
Hoechst/Celanese. He immigrated to America in July of 1967
on board the SS United States, finally settling in Charlotte
in 1970. He immediately became involved with soccer when
he landed in Charlotte by organizing matches, coaching teams,
and helping to secure funding to build soccer fields.
In 1980 he moved from organizing
Charlotte Junior Soccer to becoming a certified USSF referee.
Upon his retirement in 1998, Dave became the State Director
of Instruction and State Director of Assessment for North
Carolina. For three years he held both titles as the North
Carolina Soccer Referees Association re-engineered its structure
in order to become a seamless educational and development
program. Dave also served as the Secretary of the North
Carolina Adult Soccer Association.
In April 2004, clad in a
North Carolina Soccer Referees Association jersey, Dave
Williams died at home.