Lower Merion Soccer Alumni Association

Lower Merion Alumni Association  

Bob Davidson

 

 

Bob (“B”) Davidson played soccer for Lower Merion in the fall’s of 1961, 1962, and 1963. During that time the Lower Merion varsity went 30-9-4. In his senior year, the Aces went undefeated in league play, won the Surburban 1 Title, and went on to the District 1 finals, losing to Upper Darby 1-0. Bob led the team in scoring, and was chosen 1st-team All-League, as well as being elected to the Philadelphia All-Scholastic team.

 

After Lower Merion, Bob went on to become a 3-year varsity starter for East Stroudsburg University, leading the team in scoring all three years and into the NCAA Division 1 Tournament his Junior year. He was chosen to the All-Conference team all three years, and named the team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player in both his junior & senior years. As a Senior co-captain, Bob was named to the NCAA Regional All-America team.

 

Upon graduation, Bob took a job teaching physical education in Lower Merion School District. He also coached soccer at Lower Merion High School for a total of 23 years, at the J.V., Assistant Varsity, and Head Varsity levels. During that time his Lower Merion teams had a total combined record of 269-73-74, won 4 Central League titles, 1 District One title, and a PIAA State title. In his 14 year tenure at the varsity level, the Aces qualified for the State Playoffs 5 times, and the District Playoffs every year but one. He also founded the Lower Merion Soccer Alumni Association, that boasts a membership of over 300 former Aces’ players.

 

In 1978, while working for the Lower Merion Township Recreation Department, Bob began an extensive township soccer program that still exists today. It included youth summer soccer clinics, youth winter indoor soccer clinics, as well as high school & open division summer soccer leagues and winter indoor soccer leagues. He also coached for 6 years in the Delco Soccer League, as a club coach as well as a Select coach. He recently retired and is living in Haverford Township with his wife Mary Ann. He has 3 grown boys, who, oddly enough, are all accomplished soccer players