Lower Merion Soccer Alumni Association

Lower Merion Alumni Association  

The Coach Davidson Scholarship

The Bob Davidson Award is given each year to the Lower Merion Soccer Boy's Varsity Player who best represents the values that Bob B Davidson has shown over his many years of involvement with LM Soccer. These values are dedication, hard work and sportsmanship.

 Bob B” Davidson has achieved this honor through his work on and off the field, as a player and a coach at any level, and for his commitment and dedication to his teamates, players, and community. Bob Davidson is a true role model for us all to follow and we are honored to carry on his legacy.

 The Lower Merion Soccer Alumni Association, founded by Bob Davidson, was established for the sole purpose of benefiting the surrounding community through soccer. With this  mission statement in mind, a portion of the Bob B Davidson Scholarship will be awarded each year to a Varsity Soccer Player in the City of Philadelphia Proper who best represents Bob Davidson's values of dedication, hard work and sportsmanship.


 The Bob “B” Davidson Scholarship will be divided into three equal parts. The first portion will benefit the Lower Merion Varsity Soccer Player who earns the annual Bob Davidson Award. The second portion will benefit an outstanding soccer player in the Philadelphia City Proper of the LMSAA Board’s choosing. The third portion will benefit the Delco Soccer Special Olympics Team. These distributions will best carry on the ideals and values that Bob “B” Davidson has exhibited during his many years of involvement with soccer.

 Bob (“B”) Davidson played soccer for Lower Merion in the Fall 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 from East Stroudsburg, Bob began teaching physical education in the Lower Merion School District at Merion School. As a teacher he also coached boy’s soccer at lower Merion High for 23 years at the junior varsity, assistant varsity, and head varsity levels. During that time his LM JV teams had a record of 84-29-19 and his varsity teams had a record of 62-28-15 and they qualified for the PIAA District 1 playoffs each year. In his 14 years at the varsity level as both the assistant varsity coach (1983-1990) and head varsity coach (1991-1995) the Aces qualified for the PIAA state playoffs 5 times and the PIAA District 1 playoffs every year but one. Bob also founded the lower Merion Boy’s Soccer Alumni Association that boasts a membership of over 200 former Aces players.

Twenty eight years ago, 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 are all accomplished soccer players.


Please support the campaign by making a donation.

Here is how it can work:

Goal: $25,000 to be collected starting 2013

Total Pledge dollar value for 1 or 5 years

For ex. John Smith is pledging $1,000


2 Options for payments:

1) Pay $1,000 now


2) Pay $200 per year for 5 years (Payment 1 due 6/2013)

·         (Payment 2 due 6/2014)

·         (Payment 3 due 6/2015)

·         (Payment 4 due 6/2016)

·         (Payment 5 due 6/2017)


All pledges should be submitted via email to: jvandusen@lmsocceralum.org

In the email please include the following information:




City, State, Zip:

Phone Number:

Email Address:

Representing Organization (ie. LMSAA OR PA Soccer Coaches):


All checks must be made payable to: LMSAA – Bob “B” Davidson Scholarship

Please mail to: Jim Van Dusen

800 Maple Glen Lane

Wayne, PA 19087


Please if there are any questions call Brian Vernick 215-801-0377