David Hardy has accepted the position as the LCA Soccer Coach. Following a successful elementary soccer camp, LCA will be offering an after school soccer program for grades K through 6th grade. David and Lisa Hardy joined the LCA family in 2010 with their four kids (Michael, Kaley, Jaxon and Sydney). What attracted the Hardy family to LCA was the character in LCA athletes and sportsmanship they witnessed playing against LCA sports program. It was this sportsmanship and dedication to developing Warriors for Christ which continues to their family involvement at LCA.
David works in the IT sector as the Director of Service Delivery and Business Development for Luxoft. He leads a team of consultants in the Big Data and Software Development. Lisa works in the LCA Athletic Office as the Athletic Administrator and Elementary Recess Monitor. Michael graduated LCA in 2015 and will be graduating TSTC with an Air Traffic Controller degree and Dispatcher degree in May 2019. He has been accepted to Texas A&M in the fall pursing a degree in Aviation Management. Kaley graduated LCA in 2017 and will be transferring to Baylor this fall from Collin College to purse a degree in Linguistics. This year Kaley has been working at LCA as the elementary PE teacher and continues to teach as a Jazzercise Instructor while attending Collin College. Jaxon is a freshman at LCA and is involved in Football, Basketball and Baseball. Sydney is in the 8th grade and works as an athletic trainer while playing basketball. Both are actively involved in LCA Athletics and Arts programs.
Soccer has been a part of David's life since he was 5 years old, and it is still part of his discipline every week. He's actively playing on five soccer teams each week both indoor and outdoor, plus volunteering his time refereeing in North Texas area. He started coaching competitive soccer in 1989 and continued until 2015 when he retired from coaching. During his coaching career, he had the honor of returning to his high school Alma mater and coaching the Freshman/Sophomore Men’s team and then promoted to the Women’s Varsity Head Coach while attending college in California. This coaching opportunity resulted in truly learning that soccer is about Building Others Up in Love so they become self-motivated, self disciplined and respectful in everything they do both on and off the field.
Along with coaching recreational, competitive and local private school soccer programs, he had the honor to be the director of the David Hardy Soccer Camp in Madisonville, KY for seven years. With David's parents retiring in K, his father saw a need in the local school and returned to teaching and eventually coaching. One day after watching a local high school soccer game, he saw a need in the community around a development soccer program and a heart to fill it. After a series of phone calls, David and his father outlined a capital campaign and drafted a soccer development program that focused on establishing an elementary and middle school soccer development program which fed into the high school program, where his father eventually accepted the varsity head coach position. Each summer, David and Lisa packed up the family and head to KY for a two weeks soccer camp. The kids would stay with Grandma, while Grandpa and David would head out to run and all day soccer camp.
Soccer is a game of constant movement and support. It is his coaching philosophy that if a player “chooses” to play outside of their assigned role (position), they are still responsible for “getting back” to their position and fulfilling their role they have been assigned.
In his coaching style, everybody plays defense and everybody supports an attack. Soccer is about supporting one another, communication and creating opportunities where you outnumber your opponent on a specific part of the field - “numbers up” - then take advantage of it. Creating these opportunities is best learned in practice with constant reinforcement through drills and scrimmages.
David & Lisa have had the honor of serving with some of the founding families and seeing first hand how LCA athletics changes lives. Seeing first hand how our athletes transforms hearts and minds simply because somebody stepped out of their comfort zone and invested their time in our LCA athletes
Will non-LCA students be able to join the LCA teams?
Yes, the LCA Elementary Soccer program is as much a ministry to the community, along with the teams we will play against. All Players and Parents will be given a "Code of Conduct" to sign as part of the registration process.
Can we bring an existing team elementary team to the LCA Elementary Soccer Program?
Yes, existing teams are welcome to register as individual players with the understanding of our Code of Conduct.
Which time will practice be scheduled?
Practices will be MWF from 3:30pm - 5pm
Will the team be CO-Ed?
This will all depend on the number of players who register. The District play (4th-6th) is Co-Ed so we will have option to combine teams and potentially register multiple teams.
What if my student is playing Club, can he play with LCA too?
This all depends on the "by-laws" or "contract" the club player has signed. If no contract stipulation is written into the contract, we would welcome them to join the LCA Soccer Program. If there is a conflict on game day or practice times, the club activity will be set as the priority.
Can I sign-up for after-school program but not be assigned or play on the LCA team?
Yes, the after school class will focus on developing the skills and field play
The games are the opportunity to see what will need to be taught in the next week classes.
The cost will remain the same for the class if the student plays on the LCA team or not.
Can I sign up for only one season?
No, this first year; we are asking for families to make a one year commitment to the program and work with the coaching staff to continue to refine the program
Will it be ok if my child has never played before?
Absolutely, all skills levels are welcome to join. Drills can be "water-downed" and "Stepped-up" based on skill level to focus on improving a specific skill which would build to improve the overall drill. The key element is a willingness to learn and a positive attitude.
How can I get involved as a parent?
Programs of this size and scale will not run without Parent involvement!! From communications, administration teams, assistant coaching to team managers; the need for volunteer is critical and encouraged. I have seen parent who knew nothing about soccer become some amazing coaches after volunteering as an assistant coach. Parent volunteer sign-up on the LCA Warrior Web Site.
What will the cost be?
We have decided to break it down this way -$350 per season or $600 per year. We would love to have your athlete sign up for the entire year since it is a new program however, we understand that sometimes that is simply not possible.
Will their be a secondary or high school program in the future?
The goal is to build into a middle school and high school program. During this year's LCA soccer camps, it was obvious that LCA has been blessed with some very talented soccer players across the entire spectrum of grades at LCA, including middle school & high school. It is our elementary sports objective to leverage that talent in a direct mentoring program. LCA has been gifted with a multi-generational school structure which allows older students to invest in younger students. This opportunity to serve will allow LCA older students to not only advanced their skills, learn the game with the elementary students and/or invest in in LCA students lives while getting a great workout.
It is LCA Athletics goal to have a secondary team in two years time. This could be accelerated based on commitment from LCA secondary students.
How do I sign up?
Fill out an add form and give it to Dee Privitt in the front office.
Elementary After-School Soccer Program Coming This Fall
The LCA Athletic Department is pleased to announce a new after-school program this Fall for elementary students (Grades K through 6th grade). Following our successful Spring Soccer Camp, LCA Athletics will be offering an elementary after-school yearlong soccer class with two distinct playing seasons ending with elementary district league play:
Fall Outdoor Season
Spring Outdoor League (District)
As you know, sports programs are critical to developing student's character, promoting a healthy lifestyle and practicing the traditional ideals of good sportsmanship. Our goal is to develop Kingdom principles throughout our program and change the culture of sports in our community. LCA has been blessed with some explosive growth in athletics programs this year so we are looking for Warriors to come alongside the coaching staff as we grow our athletic programs to support this growth.
We will be providing more information over the next few weeks on the Warrior Web Site and Renweb. Please be praying for this new program and consider those who are volunteering and staff members standing up this new after-school program.