David Giffard enters his fifth season working with the UAB men's soccer program. Giffard, who works mainly with the goalkeepers at UAB, has had great success during his tenure with the Blazers.
In 2002, UAB goalkeeper Clint Baumstark was selected to the U-20 U.S. National Team, becoming the first-ever UAB goalkeeper to be selected to the National Team. Baumstark then signed a contract with Major League Soccer to become the second goalkeeper under Giffard, and fourth player from UAB, to sign with the MLS.
In 2001, Baumstark set a school-record with nine shutouts and was named the C-USA Freshman of the Year. In 2000, Giffard coached David Clemente who went on to set the school record for goals against average in a season and career.
Giffard came to the Blazers from Westminister College in Fulton, Mo., where he was an assistant coach. Before working at Westminister, Giffard was an assistant coach at his alma mater MacMurray College in Illinois. As a goalkeeper at MacMurray, Giffard led the team to the conference championship in 1997. He holds the school record for saves in a game with 40 in a 1-1 tie against eventual national champion Wheaton College.
He also played two years at Forest Park Community College in St. Louis, Mo, helping them to a third place national finish in 1995.
A nationally renowned goalkeeping coach, Giffard was the state Olympic Development Program Goalkeeper director for the state of Missouri. He also holds his United States Soccer Federation (USSF) "B" license and his NSCAA Advanced National diploma.
Giffard received his Master's degree in Exercise Physiology from UAB in 2003. He and his wife, Julie, live in Homewood.