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Irving steps down as Wilmington head coach
by Paul Kennedy, August 21st, 2014 7:21PM

TAGS:  usl


[USL PRO] David Irving, the face of the Wilmington Hammerheads for 15 years, is stepping down as head coach and will no longer be involved in the day-to-day operation of the team. Technical director Carson Porter and general manager Jason Arnold will run the Hammerheads for the remainder of the USL PRO regular season.

USL PRO Coaching Departures:
Justin Evans, Pittsburgh (May 2014)
Sid van Druenen, Dayton (August 2014)
David Irving, Wilmington (August 2014)
Irving was not with Wilmington on Wednesday night when it lost at Sacramento Republic FC, 2-0, for its fifth defeat in a row. The Hammerheads, who are 1-6-6 in their last 13 games, are tied for 12th place in USL PRO, four points out of the playoff zone but with 2-4 games in hand on every team ahead of them in the standings.

“David has been an integral figure in the soccer community in Wilmington for many years and had many successes,” said Arnold in a statement. “He has contributed so much to the Hammerheads and the city of Wilmington, and for that we are very grateful. We wish David all the best and much success in the future.”
Irving steered Wilmington into playoffs in 10 of his 15 seasons as head coach. It was USL Pro Select League champion in 2002. The USL Hall of Famer stayed with the club when it came back after a year's hiatus in 2010.

The Hammerheads have been in the USL pro system since 1996, surviving six league name changes. Irving joined them in 1998. He had by then been coaching for a decade after finishing up a playing career that included stints at four NASL clubs, most notably the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers.

Wednesday, August 20
Charlotte 2 Orlando City 0
Sacramento 2 Wilmington 0

Friday, August 22
Arizona United vs. OKC Energy FC
Saturday, August 23
Richmond vs. Orlando City
Dayton vs. Colorado Rapids Reserves
Rochester vs. Harrisburg
Orange County vs. Wilmington
Sunday, August 24
LA Galaxy II vs. Wilmington
Pittsburgh vs. FC Dallas Reserves
OKC Energy FC vs. Charleston

USL PRO, Standings:
52 Orlando City 16-3-4 44/19
49 Richmond 13-1-10 49/22
48 Sacramento 15-6-3 44/25
43 LA Galaxy II 13-7-4 47/33
33 Harrisburg 9-9-6 37/36
31 Charleston 8-8-7 25/25
31 Rochester 8-10-7 21/24
31 Charlotte 9-13-4 32/36
29 OKC Energy 8-11-5 31/33
27 (-2) Arizona Utd. 8-12-5 28/41
27 Orange County 9-16-0 29/50
26 Wilmington 6-7-8 23/26
26 Pittsburgh 7-12-5 30/42
22 Dayton 6-15-4 27/50

USL PRO, Leading Scorers:
15 Kevin Molino, Orlando City
14 Matthew Delicate, Richmond
12 Aaron Schoenfeld, Dayton
10 Chandler Hoffman, LA Galaxy II
10 George Davis, Richmond
10 Tommy Stewart, Sacramento
8 Jose Angulo, Pittsburgh
8 Kyle Greig, OKC Energy FC
8 Jorge Herrera, Charlotte

Monday, August 25
Seattle Sounders Reserves vs. Arizona United
Wednesday, August 27
LA Galaxy II vs. Real Salt Lake Reserves
Sacramento vs. Charleston
Thursday, August 28
Wilmington vs. Orlando City
Friday, August 29
Charlotte vs. Pittsburgh
Saturday, August 30
Harrisburg vs. Rochester
Charleston vs. Pittsburgh
Wilmington vs. Sacramento
Orange County vs. Richmond
Sunday, August 31
Orlando City vs. Dayton

Monday, September 1
Montreal Impact Reserves vs. Charlotte
LA Galaxy II  vs. Richmond
Wednesday, September 3
Wilmington vs. Orlando City
Thursday, September 4
Sacramento vs. OKC Energy FC
Friday, September 5
Dayton vs. Wilmington
Charleston vs. Harrisburg
Saturday, September 6
Charlotte vs. Harrisburg
Pittsburgh vs. Arizona United
Orlando City vs. Richmond
Orange County vs. OKC Energy FC
Sacramento vs. LA Galaxy II
Sunday, September 7
Rochester vs. Wilmington

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