Virginia Peninsula Community College, which is adding men’s soccer in the fall, has tasked Kevin Darcy with building the program.
“I just really appreciate the trust that not only Chris Moore has to give me this opportunity, but also the hiring committee,” said Darcy, who is well-known in the area's scoccer community. “I feel like the school is very behind athletics, which was an important piece in my decision to take it on.”
Darcy is the director of coaching on the Peninsula for Virginia Rush Soccer Club and the boys’ soccer coach at Hampton Roads Academy. He also has worked with Virginia Legacy, Tidewater Sharks and Chesterfield United in technical director positions.
His collegiate coaching experience includes being the head coach for the Hampton University women, an assistant for the William & Mary women, and an assistant men’s coach at Salisbury State. He has an “A” coaching license, and played professionally in the USL, and in college at Salisbury State and Old Dominion University.
"I have been very fortunate to play and coach at all levels of the game and am ready to return to college coaching,” he said.
There is a lot of talent in the area, and a community college program fills a void, Darcy said.
“It felt like community college-wise this would be a good spot for kids, especially with two campuses and the number of players (in the area),” he said. “I think it’s going to be really attractive to players to take that step, get the general education credits and get a direction, academically, and being able to move on from there.”
Darcy and his wife, Erin, reside in Williamsburg. They have three daughters (Meghan, Allison and Courtney) and four grandchildren.
Virginia Peninsula also is adding track and field/cross country in the fall, bringing to seven the number of intercollegiate sports sponsored. Two more sports will be added for the 2024-25 academic year. A decision hasn’t been made on those sports.
For more information on VPCC athletics, go to vpcc.edu.