June 8, 2023

Henderson Featured in Ultimate Subaru Spotlight

Ultimate Subaru Spotlight; Get to know Men’s Soccer Faculty Liaison Dave Henderson

Each month, a UMW Athletics Faculty Liaison will be featured in the Ultimate Subaru Spotlight. The faculty liaison program partners a UMW faculty member with every UMW intercollegiate athletic team to strengthen support networks and increase resources for student-athlete success. Ultimate Subaru is committed to the growth and education of UMW Eagles, their hometown team and strives to foster the same values of community as the UMW Faculty Liaison program.  Faculty Liaisons will serve as mentors and role models to student-athletes while being involved in team activities. For more information about the program contact Faculty Athletic Representative, Dr. Lynne Richardson.


 Faculty Liaison’s Name: Dave Henderson

 Sport: Men’s Soccer (futbol)

 Years at UMW: 3.5

 Position/Title: Associate Professor of Business

 What was your favorite sport growing up? Briefly  describe your favorite memory playing or watching it. Soccer hands down. My favorite memory of playing soccer is not from the field per se, but from the parking lot of a Manchester United vs. Real Madrid summer exhibition game in Philadelphia is 2003. There was a penalty kick simulation in the parking lot and I put the ball in the upper 90. All of these British guys surrounded me and chanted Scholesey (for Paul Scholes), which is fitting since I’m a ginger just like Paul Scholes.

Where is your favorite place around town to get a bite to eat? Foode or Carl’s.

If you could pick one super power to have, what would it be and why? A super-footballer with the speed of Theo Walcott, the sublime dribbling skills of Messi, the free-kick taking ability of Beckham, and the tenacity of Wayne Rooney.

Other than the sport you partnered with, what is your next favorite sport and why? Soccer practice? Just kidding. Football. I grew up watching the NFL and college football.

If you were a Head Coach and could pick three words to motivate your team and hang in their locker room which words would you choose? Persistence, Determination, Teamwork.

What does a great leader look like to you? A great leader understands him/herself and his/her employees. A great leader models the way.

What is a must read for UMW Student-Athletes? As a soccer fan, I would have to suggest Soccernomics by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski.

What is the best advice you have ever heard given to a college graduate? Do what you love to do and the money will follow.

Finally, if you were hanging out on Ball Circle picking the brains of four professional/famous athletes (living or deceased), who would they be? George Best (Manchester United footballer), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United footballer), Lionel Messi (Barcelona footballer), and Eden Hazard (Chelsea footballer).


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