David Whitcraft

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David Whitcraft was a four-year starter for the University of Delaware soccer team at goalkeeper and set Delaware records for most career shutouts (20), most career
minutes played, most single game saves (17), most season saves (162), and most career saves (441). He allowed just 68 goals in 57 career games (1.19goals/game) and earned three “All Region” and three
“All-East Coast Conference All-Star” selections (1982-1984). David was voted East Coast Conference (ECC) West “Player of the Year” (1983). He was a two-time third team All-American in NCAA Division I
(1983 & 1984); the first UD player to play in the Senior Soccer Bowl (1984); and was named University of Delaware “Outstanding Senior Male Athlete” (1984-1985). David was a physical player who
used both his size and wisdom of the game to dominate goal. In 1987 he became a teacher and the head soccer coach at Avon Grove High School. After a nine year absence from his playing days at
Delaware, David captained the Delaware Wizards in their first professional season, starting 17 games and posting four shutouts. He was named a “Defensive Player of Week” in 1994, starting 14 games
and posting two shutouts. Whitcraft led the Wizards to the playoffs in 1993 and 1994. He retired after the 1994 season to serve as assistant coach for the Wizards from 1995-1996. David is active in
youth soccer in the Wilmington area and was inducted into the University of Delaware Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.



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