David Knapp was born and raised in Tallmadge, Ohio playing soccer most of his life. At age 14 he began playing semi-professional with the Cleveland Kickers competing in the U. S. Open Cup and Lake Erie premier division.
David was invited to train at the IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton, Florida during his senior year of high school competing with the USA Men's National Soccer Team. From the Academy he traveled to Brazil, England, and Spain to train with some of the best professional clubs in the world such as Manchester United and Real Madrid. His experience earned him a scholarship in the highest collegiate level in American soccer and he became a four-year letterman at Division I Xavier University where he attained a bachelor's degree in Sport Management. Additionally, David went on to earn his Master's Degree in Strategic Management from Indiana Wesleyan University.
After graduating from Xavier, Knapp gained professional training experience with the Cincinnati Excite in the AISL and served as the Training Coordinator for Xavier University. For two years he was the President for United FC a non-profit soccer organization focusing on youth soccer development. During that same time Knapp also served as the Assistant Men's Soccer Coach for Lake Erie College. In 2007 he was hired as the Director of Coaching for the Cleveland Whitecaps Premier Soccer Club which develops some of the most competitive teams in Ohio. While in Ohio he also served as an Ohio North ODP Staff Coach and was an Assistant Coach for the USSF Developmental Academy under the Cleveland Alliance Soccer Academy. Knapp was appointed to and continues to serve on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Associate Coaching Staff which focuses on soccer coaching education.
In the summer of 2010 David left Ohio and took on the role of Assistant Coach at NCAA Div III Emory & Henry College with the women's soccer program. In July of 2011 he moved to North Carolina and began serving as a Classic Coach and Academy Coach at Highland Football Club of Ashville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association and also served as the Goalkeeper Coach and Assistant Coach at Mars Hill College with the Men's and Women's Soccer Programs.
David holds the following Coaching Certifications:
Premier Diploma, NSCAA
National/Level III Goalkeeping Diploma, NSCAA
Advanced National Diploma, NSCAA
Speed, Agility, Quickness Specialist, NESTA
Director of Coaching Diploma, NSCAA
National Youth Diploma, NSCAA
National Coaching Diploma, NSCAA
Psychology for Soccer Certification Level 1, English FA
Roediger comes to Montreat after spending last season at Bluefield College where he helped direct the Rams to the third most improved wins/loss women’s team in the NAIA in 2012 with a 9-10-1 mark a (+6.5 improvement) from 2011 when they went 2-16-1.
“I am excited to be a part of the Montreat family,” said Roediger. “I want to thank Athletic Director Craig Jackson and Head Coach David Knapp for bring me to Montreat to be a part of the growing family.”
During the record setting season BC posted all-time program marks in goals scored (40), assists (23), wins (9), fewest goals allowed (39), most shutouts (5), most games played (20), and advanced to the conference tournament quarterfinals and appeared in the NCCAA MidEast Regional Tournament for the first time in program history.
Roediger brings knowledge from the collegiate and club coaching ranks as well as experience as a player, sports information director, and collegiate referee to the Cavalier family.
He began his coaching career in 2003 as an assistant coach for the South Webster High School (South Webster, Ohio) varsity team. While at SWHS, the Jeeps went onto win its first of five straight Southeastern Ohio Conference Championships and advanced to the District semifinal.
He went onto be the driving force in starting the first organized youth soccer club in his native Southeast Ohio area, now known as First Capital Football Club later in 2003 where he served as the director of coaching and staff coach. Roediger saw the club grow from three teams in its first year to over seven teams in his second year as DOC. FCFC now fields over 20 teams for boys and girls in U8 through U18 in MOSSL and the Buckeye Premier league.
Roediger’s club coaching stops have included River City Soccer Club and Extreme SC in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fist Capital Football Club (Chillicothe, Ohio), Cleveland Blues (Cleveland, Ohio), Victory Express SC (Washington, Pa.), Washington County Classics (Washington, Pa.), Steel Town Magic SC (Pittsburgh, Pa.), and West Virginia Chaos (Charleston, W.Va.).
Roediger made stops in the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League working as the director of operations and media relations with the West Virginia Chaos (2007-2008) and the Michigan Bucks (2011).
Roediger joined forces with FS Sports WV, LLC as their technical director in 2008 when the Charleston, W.Va., based company financed and hosted the first Indian National Soccer Team’s trip to West Virginia and the United States. Roediger served as the Indian U16 Boy’s National Team’s liaison and press secretary during their Asian Confederation Cup preparation and exposure tour that summer. In addition, Roediger also helped organize seven fully FIFA sanctioned international friendlies for the national team against Super-Y League, Olympic Development Program, and top club teams from the US.
Roediger played collegiate soccer at both Indiana Wesleyan (1999) and Shawnee State (2001-2002). While in Marion, Ind., Roediger helped the Wildcats to a Mid-Central College Conference Tournament Championship, NAIA Regional Championship Final and a fourth place finish at the NCCAA National Tournament. He then went onto play every match for SSU earning All-American Mid East Conference honors for the Bears as he led the team in game winning goals and finishing third in total points during his two seasons.