David Giffard is in his first season on the IU coaching staff after working five seasons under former Indiana player and assistant Mike Getman at UAB.
In 2005, under the direction of Giffard, goalkeeper Chris Munroe led the Big Ten in shutouts and goals against average. Overall, Indiana posted 13 clean sheets with a GAA of 0.68. IU was 13-3-6 during the 2005 season, spending part of the year as the No. 1 team in the country.
Giffard worked mainly with the goalkeepers at UAB. During his five-year tenure with the Blazers, UAB went 60-29-16 overall and 28-13-6 in Conference USA. The Blazers also made a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, highlighted by a 2001 run to the Sweet 16. UAB also was ranked among the top 10 in the nation all five years of his tenure.
In his five years, UAB goalkeepers had a goals against average of 1.04 with 36 shutouts. Two goalkeepers (Clint Baumstark and David Clemente) under Giffard went on to sign Major League Soccer contracts.
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 was a first team All-Conference USA selection. In 2001, Baumstark set a school record with nine shutouts and was named the C-USA Freshman of the Year. Baumstark also was a freshman All-American in 2001.
In 2000, Giffard coached David Clemente who went on to set the school record for goals against average in a season and career. Clemente was a first team All-Conference USA selection and the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year.
Giffard also coached the under-16 Vestavia Hills Steamers to three consecutive state championships from 2002-04. The Steamers also were the first team from Alabama to play in the Surf Cup and the Disney Showcase.
Giffard's main focus with the Hoosiers will be similar to his duties at UAB. He will be in charge of daily training of the team's goalkeepers. He also will assist with the training of the field players. His administrative duties will include coordinating home game operations and assisting with academics, recruiting, media relations and compliance.
During the summer, Giffard will be involved with numerous duties of the Indiana Soccer Camp. He will assist with camp preparations including staff selection, field preparation and the coordination of all goalkeepers attending the camps.
Giffard was previously at 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 (ODP) Goalkeeper director for Missouri. Giffard has worked with the state ODP programs in Missouri, Alabama and Indiana. He also holds his United States Soccer Federation (USSF) "B" license and his NSCAA Advanced National diploma.
Giffard earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from MacMurray College. He then received his master's degree in exercise physiology from UAB in 2003.