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Ogden AYSO Volunteer  Hall of Fame

Inspired by the giving hearts of our Ogden volunteers. This page is dedicated to all those that have served our youth soccer community since 1981. There are many not listed on this page that should be but and we know that you have all helped get our community youth soccer program to where we are today. Thank you!

1st Inductee  - April 2018
David Duran 

April 25, 2018

Volunteer Hall of Fame: Coach David Duran

Article and Interview by: Brittany Litz, Ogden AYSO Region 351

When I first asked to interview David Duran for an upcoming spotlight on our local soccer organization’s website about his years of volunteer service for AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization), he said, “I’m not looking for praise for helping my child plus the other children… I love the sport and seeing kids grow; that is enough for me!” That’s just the kind of guy he is: he puts in long hours before, during and after the kids are on the field, and never expects anything in return.

David has held numerous positions over the 25 years he has volunteered for AYSO, starting out as an assistant coach, then moving to head coach, field administrator and board member. It’s hard to say how much time David has dedicated to the thousands of kids his work has touched, but my estimates are more than 6,000 hours! He not only is the head coach of the 14U Extra boys team, but also a 6U boys team. David has 4 sons that are currently in or have gone through the program, including one who earned a college scholarship without ever playing comp (competitive/select) soccer. He also paints 11 soccer fields every week, helping Ogden earn a reputation for some of the best-kept fields in the state.

Over the years, Coach Duran has never had a losing season as a coach. That is quite the accomplishment for someone who has spent over two decades in the soccer world. He once started with a team that had not won a single game; the kids were demoralized and unmotivated. He explained that they just had not been given any skills or confidence. After working with the kids for a couple of weeks and teaching them the basics and learning where each player performed best, they won every game. That was his only season with equal wins and losses, but he didn’t mind: the reward was on the kids’ and parents’ faces. David says this is why he does what he does: to see kids achieve and believe in themselves.

Even though David is stepping down from his field administrator position due to a knee injury, he is not planning on hanging up his AYSO hat anytime soon. He will continue to volunteer his time and guidance to other young players. His 5- year-old grandson is just starting his soccer career, and David plans to be there to help him improve every step of the way. Not to mention the other teams who may not have someone to volunteer to coach; he has offered to coach the 17U co-ed teams if no one else wants to do it. “Those kids deserve to play, and I don’t mind coaching. If they’re out on the field, they’re not somewhere else where they might possibly be making bad choices. These kids make friendships, learn teamwork, and get exercise. It’s a win-win-win, and I like being a part of that.”

When I asked David about the most challenging part of volunteering so much time, he left me with this piece of advice: “It’s about balancing time with your family. Don’t lose sight of why you’re doing what you’re doing. If you get burn out, then your spouse, kids, and the players you coach will all suffer. Just remember to keep your passion for the sport, and volunteer your time, but don’t lose that balance.” Somehow, he has managed to keep everyone happy on the homefront, as well as those whose lives he impacts by his hard work and dedication to a community soccer organization. Job well-done, Coach Duran. We couldn’t be more thankful for you.

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