Birmingham-Southern College alum David Di Piazza was named the head women's soccer coach by Athletics Director Kyndall Waters in May of 2016.
In his second year, Di Piazza led the Panthers to a historic season, compiling a 15-4 overall record, the most wins in program history. BSC advanced to the semifinal round of the Southern Athletic Association tournament before being eliminated by Hendrix 4-2. Di Piazza was named the SAA Coach of the Year for the first time and six student-athlete earned All-SAA honors, including SAA Player of the Year Taylor Andrews and SAA Newcomer of the Year Abby Kay Choate. He led the Panthers to a 7-10-1 finish in his inaugural season at the helm.
Di Piazza was a volunteer assistant coach with the BSC men's soccer team during the 2006 and 2015 seasons, coming from Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, Ala. During his high school coaching career, he led teams to six state titles (2008-10, 2012, 2014-15), was a four-time National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coach of the Year (2009, 2012, 2014-15), four-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) State Coach of the Year (2008-09, 2014-15), four-time Birmingham News Metro City Coach of the Year (2008-09, 2012, 2014), two-time Ray Woodard Coach of the Year (2002, 2012), Birmingham News State Coach of the Year (2008), and NFHS State Coach of the Year (2015).
He led OMHS to the 2015 7A girls’ title in his first season. Prior to his time at Oak Mountain, Di Piazza led John Carroll Catholic High School, also in Birmingham, to the 2014 5A girl's state championship. He was the head boy's coach at John Carroll from 2002-06 and then 2008-14, leading his squad to the 5A Boy's state title in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012.
Di Piazza has also served as head men's soccer coach at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Ala. (2005), as well as assistant women's soccer coach at Samford University in 1998.
He is a 1998 BSC alumnus, and played for long-time men's soccer coach Preston Goldfarb from 1996-97. Di Piazza was part of two conference championships, a regional title, and two NAIA National Tournament appearances, including a runner-up finish in 1996 under Goldfarb, who retired the summer of 2016.
Di Piazza graduated from BSC with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1998 and went on to earn his Master of Arts in Education from UAB in 1999. He is married to Jessica Di Piazza and has three children, Anna Marie, Micah, and Eleanor.