Serving the Mount Vernon, Fort Hunt, Lorton and South County communities since 1990.

Gunston Soccer Club Welcomes Dave Sanford

Executive Director and Director of Coaching

Gunston Soccer Club Welcomes Dave Sanford


Gunston Soccer Club is pleased to announce the hiring of Dave Sanford as its new Executive Director and Director of Coaching.

Dave comes to Gunston after having spent 12 years at DC United’s Academy, most recently as its Academy Director. Under his direction, DC United’s Academy has excelled on and off the field, with countless number of players for the youth academy having gone on to play at the collegiate level and 16 players that have gone on to sign homegrown contracts with D.C. United and as well as many others playing abroad. 

Dave holds a USSF “A” License as well as the prestigious Elite Formation Coaching (EFCL) from both Major League Soccer and the French Football Federation. Over the past 10 years, while working full time at DC United, he also has served as Boys Director at Player Progression Academy and an assistant coach at Catholic University.  Dave played collegiately at James Madison University, where he received a B.S. in Sports and Recreation Management and had a minor in Business Administration. 

Dave grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and was a standout player at Chancellor High, where he garnered All-State honors and the Washington Post’s All-Metro honors while leading his team to a state championship. Dave lives with his family just minutes from Gunston’s home fields at Grist Mill Park, near the Mount Vernon area of Alexandria.  

“When we set out to hire a new Executive Director, we wanted to find someone who checked all the boxes for us and Dave Sanford was an easy choice,” said Gunston President David Zatt. “Dave has an unparalleled track record of developing players in the DMV while also managing all aspects of DC United’s highly successful Academy program. More importantly, Dave shares the club’s strategic vision of growing organically by providing best-in-class training and playing opportunities for all members of our community. We can’t think of anyone more ready to take Gunston to the next level.” 

As Executive Director and Director of Coaching, Dave will be responsible for managing and growing all aspects of Gunston’s soccer programs to better serve the Gunston community. He will develop a club-wide curriculum and style of play, oversee player development and coaching education, and manage day-to-day operations of the organization.     

“First and foremost, I have to thank the board for the opportunity to bring my expertise in soccer to my home community. We share the fundamental values necessary to building a successful soccer program and I see great potential for the club to continue to grow and remain impactful in the community and beyond. I’m looking forward to meeting all of the players, families, and staff that the club serves and am eager to begin my work contributing to a fun and educational soccer experience for all.”

About Gunston Soccer Club 
Gunston Soccer is a non-profit soccer club that was founded in 1991.  For more than three decades, Gunston has been committed to developing soccer players in a fun and exciting environment. Today, Gunston serves more than 1,800 players in the greater Alexandria community, including Fort Hunt, Mount Vernon, Fort Belvoir and Lorton. While other clubs in Northern Virginia increasingly look to grow their player ranks from outside their home communities, Gunston strives to focus first and foremost on serving its own community. We seek to develop the player and the person and provide memories that will stay with players long past their playing days. Come check us out at and become a part of the Gunston family.  #GunstonSoccerPride

Contact Us

Mailing Address
Gunston Soccer Club
PMB 610
8647 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, Virginia 22309

Executive Director
Dave Sanford