Orr Selected as Gents Soccer Coach
Tuesday, February 12, 2008

SHREVEPORT—Centenary Athletic Director Dr. Tom Tallach has announced the hiring of David Orr as head coach of the men’s soccer program. Orr is a Centenary alum that both played for the Gents soccer team and served as an assistant coach for four seasons from 1999-2002.


Orr comes to Centenary directly after serving as the Director of Coaching for Texas Longhorns Soccer Club, Inc., based out of Richardson, Texas, in the Dallas area. He spent five years overseeing the management of coaches and assessing 15 staff coaches. He also developed and implemented a college recruiting program and coordinated college seminars for The Dallas Cup, one of the world’s most prestigious youth soccer tournaments.


In 2004-05, Orr was the head coach at Mountain View College and he assisted with all aspects of recruiting, training, budgeting, and scheduling in the four years he spent working with former coach Jed Jones at Centenary. Under Orr and Jones’ guidance, the Gents went from a 4-12 record in 2000 to a 14-5 mark in 2002.


Orr also has coaching experience in the Shreveport area, having formerly been the head coach at Captain Shreve High School from 1995 to 1998. He coached the Gators to two playoff appearances in three years. He was also the goalkeepers coach for the Dallas Texans and played professionally for the Shreveport-Bossier Lions of the USISL.


Orr donned the Gents soccer uniform during his four-year collegiate career, which culminated with his graduation in 1996.


“It is a dream come true and a real honor for me to step into this position and follow in the footsteps of Eric Mayo and former Centenary men’s soccer coaches,” said Orr. “I am very excited about the future of this team. Centenary Gents soccer has a long tradition of success and we have a great group of current players. I know that we are going to work hard to win a conference championship and move on to the NCAA Tournament.”


Orr replaces Mayo, who resigned after four seasons to pursue other career opportunities.


Tallach, himself an alum, is excited that Orr accepted the position saying, “We are pleased to have a Centenary man with such fine coaching credentials taking over our program. David Orr brings with him tremendous energy and a passion for Centenary and this community.”