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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer | August 2, 1994
Jason Dieter and Barry Stitz sat in the back of the room, absorbing Dave MacWilliams' every word during a news conference introducing him as Spirit coach.At 37, they noted, MacWilliams is 11 years younger than his predecessor, Kenny Cooper. And he is an American, a Philadelphia native."The coaching change is good as far as getting an American coach who was a player here," said Dieter, who, like Stitz, will enter his third season with the Spirit."Dave understands younger guys like Barry and me. We had season tickets when he played here in the 1980s.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | October 10, 1997
The first half was No. 2 St. Mary's chance to take control against visiting McDonogh yesterday afternoon.When it didn't happen, the No. 7 Eagles found a second-half opportunity for redemption.McDonogh picked up its intensity in search of the equalizing goal, finding one with a little more than six minutes left in regulation to come away with a 1-1 tie against the Saints in Catholic League play at Weems-Whelan Memorial Field in Annapolis.Sophomore striker Lisa Zanti collected a free kick from senior sweeper Laura Schroeder just inside the penalty area, turned nicely, and found the top-left corner to give the Eagles (8-2-4)
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer | August 1, 1994
Former Blast forward Dave MacWilliams will be introduced today as the Spirit's new coach, sources said.Spirit vice president Drew Forrester declined to confirm or deny the hiring yesterday, saying only, "We'll have a significant announcement at the Arena."MacWilliams, 37, will be the second coach in the 14-year history of indoor soccer in Baltimore, succeeding Kenny Cooper, who resigned April 9. MacWilliams, who will have a two-year contract, and Dallas Sidekicks assistant Billy Phillips were the remaining finalists for the job once Pete Caringi withdrew from consideration when UMBC gave him a five-year contract.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | April 6, 1997
Philadelphia Kixx coach Dave MacWilliams expected a defensive battle against the Spirit.He got it, although the score didn't necessarily reflect it."In the playoffs in particular, the team that makes the fewest mistakes, and plays disciplined, will come out on top," MacWilliams said. "Teams step it up in the playoffs. It's tougher to score."Sure enough, the Spirit had a mere 4-3 halftime lead and went on to defeat Philadelphia, 15-8, in a tense National Professional Soccer League playoff opener last night before 3,419 at Baltimore Arena.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,Staff writer | February 17, 1992
If St. Mary's wrestling coach Brad Best had a nickel for every closematch he's watched his prize pupil Phil MacWilliams win, he'd be a very rich man.Instead, Best will have to be satisfied with the knowledge that thanks to his coaching efforts, MacWilliams yesterday became only the second Maryland Scholastic Association tournament champion in the history of St. Mary's of Annapolis.Best was a nervous wreck, as he squirmed in his mat-side chair during the tournament at Baltimore's Gilman School.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer | August 3, 1994
New Spirit coach Dave MacWilliams doesn't want to hear a peep from returning players about their abilities. He will insist on seeing for himself."Don't tell me; show me," MacWilliams said. "As a player, all I wanted was an opportunity to show my skills. That's what these guys will get."Yesterday, as he studied the Spirit's year-end roster from last season, MacWilliams noted that the status of many players is uncertain.One reason is that the Spirit wanted to let MacWilliams, as the new coach, pick the squad.
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By DOUG BROWN | January 18, 1995
Coach Dave MacWilliams called his players "lifeless." He said they stopped playing. He said they didn't put out even 70 percent.Because of that, because he was so angry about the Spirit's lack of effort in last Friday's 20-6 thrashing by the Buffalo Blizzard, MacWilliams stepped up the practice pace this week. He conducted two-a-days Monday and yesterday and might again today. Indeed, he might hold double practices at least once a week the rest of the season."If I have to make practices so hard that games seem easy, I will," MacWilliams said.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer | January 13, 1995
At midseason, it is clear that the Spirit is becoming an extension of coach Dave MacWilliams.The Spirit is more aggressive than it was at the start, more tenacious, more willing to play team defense. When he was a player, MacWilliams was the embodiment of those soccer qualities.As his team plunges into the second half of its National Professional Soccer League season with tonight's road game against the Buffalo Blizzard, MacWilliams says he has seen marked improvement during the past three months.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer | March 6, 1995
Spirit coach Dave MacWilliams urged National Professional Soccer League commissioner Steve Paxsos to take strong action against Kansas City Attack coach Zoran Savic for his actions Saturday night in a 30-minute, bench-clearing melee in the third quarter of an 11-10 loss to the Attack in Kansas City.The incident was precipitated by Spirit forward Jon Parry's throwing a punch at Attack midfielder Goran Hunjak that resulted in a broken nose for Hunjak.Parry hit Hunjak after the two players had been exchanging words often during the game.
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By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | March 28, 1996
PHILADELPHIA -- Dave MacWilliams, who resigned as Baltimore Spirit coach on Jan. 29, was hired yesterday by the expansion Philadelphia Kixx.MacWilliams signed a three-year contract to coach the Kixx, which will begin play next season in the National Professional Soccer League."
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | November 28, 1996
This isn't the way it's supposed to be. Expansion teams simply aren't supposed to prosper in their first year.But the expansion Philadelphia Kixx is storming through the National Professional Soccer League as if intent on burying the old truism. Ex-Spirit coach Dave MacWilliams' club has the best record (7-1) in the 15-team league.After the Kixx disposed of two East Division rivals, the Spirit and the Harrisburg Heat, last weekend, MacWilliams announced his grand plan."My main goal, seriously, is to be in the championship series," MacWilliams said, meaning not merely the playoffs, but the final round, when only two teams are still standing.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | November 23, 1996
No sooner had Dave MacWilliams arrived in the visiting locker room at the Baltimore Arena than someone asked the Philadelphia Kixx coach how it felt to be back.MacWilliams, who resigned as Spirit coach last January after 1 1/2 seasons, smiled and said, "So far, so good. Of course, I just got off the bus. Ask me again later."There was no need to. MacWilliams had a delightful evening.His expansion Kixx edged the Spirit, 10-8, on Don D'Ambra's goal 5: 45 into overtime last night before an Arena gathering of 3,237.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | November 22, 1996
Dave MacWilliams' final words as the Spirit's coach were as much an indictment of himself as the team.Frustrated and exasperated by the Spirit's unresponsiveness to his urgings, MacWilliams said: "I wasn't getting the response from the players that I would like to have seen."With that, MacWilliams resigned. That was last January, after the Spirit had lost eight of 11 games and plunged from second to fourth place in the National Professional Soccer League's American Division.Within a few months, the man who couldn't motivate one team got a job with another, the expansion Philadelphia Kixx, in his hometown.
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By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | March 28, 1996
PHILADELPHIA -- Dave MacWilliams, who resigned as Baltimore Spirit coach on Jan. 29, was hired yesterday by the expansion Philadelphia Kixx.MacWilliams signed a three-year contract to coach the Kixx, which will begin play next season in the National Professional Soccer League."
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | March 1, 1996
It was in April 1994 that Kenny Cooper recommended Mike Stankovic to succeed him as coach of the Spirit.Not until 22 months later did Stankovic get the job.In an unusual turn of events, the Spirit passed over Stankovic after Cooper resigned and tapped Dave MacWilliams. Five weeks ago, after a 3-8 stretch dropped the Spirit from second to fourth in the NPSL's American Division, MacWilliams resigned, frustrated by the team's lack of response to him.Only then did the Spirit turn to Stankovic, and the turnaround under the 39-year-old player/coach has been dramatic.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | February 1, 1996
No sooner had Mike Stankovic been named the Spirit's coach yesterday than he gave the team a 20-minute description of his notion of indoor soccer in Baltimore.It is not just on the field, it is in the community. It is in the mind. It is a lifestyle."I was loyal to the Blast back then and to the Spirit now," said Stankovic. "I didn't go from club to club. It was the Blast first, Mike Stankovic second. The biggest challenge for me now is to find who on this team wants to go in that direction."
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer | August 1, 1994
Former Blast forward Dave MacWilliams will be introduced today as the Spirit's new coach, sources said.Spirit vice president Drew Forrester declined to confirm or deny the hiring yesterday, saying only, "We'll have a significant announcement at the Arena."MacWilliams, 37, will be the second coach in the 14-year history of indoor soccer in Baltimore, succeeding Kenny Cooper, who resigned April 9. MacWilliams, who will have a two-year contract, and Dallas Sidekicks assistant Billy Phillips were the remaining finalists for the job once Pete Caringi withdrew from consideration when UMBC gave him a five-year contract.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer | November 11, 1994
Despite the rash of player moves since the start of training camp, the Spirit may not be done yet.The Spirit went through last season with a stable roster. The only significant changes were the addition of John Abe when Rob Ukrop got hurt, the activation of Mike Stankovic when Tim Wittman injured his knee and the signing of Joe Koziol late in the season.Five games into this season, the Spirit has matched that.When Jean Harbor decided not to come to Baltimore, the Spirit brought in Brad Smith.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | January 31, 1996
Mike Stankovic, a 15-year indoor soccer veteran, is expected to become the Spirit's coach today.Stankovic, 39, would replace Dave MacWilliams, who stepped down Monday, saying he couldn't motivate the team to play with enthusiasm."
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | January 30, 1996
Frustrated and exasperated by the Spirit's unresponsiveness to his urgings, Dave MacWilliams stepped down as coach yesterday.He and general manager Drew Forrester said the move was by mutual agreement. The Spirit has lost five of its past six games and eight of its past 11, dropping from second to fourth place in the National Professional Soccer League's American Division.The logical successor is Mike Stankovic, an assistant under former coach Kenny Cooper who has been a player exclusively under MacWilliams.
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