Whitfield’s Athletic Hall of Fame would not be possible if not for the energy, passion and dedication of Bill Daues, Whitfield’s longtime director of athletics and boys soccer coach who retired at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.
Coach Daues arrived at Whitfield in 1989 and during his tenure, he led the boys soccer program to seven state championships (’02, ’03, ’04, ’06, ’07, ’09, ’10) and 13 district titles. Bill’s first state championship, also the first in Whitfield history, was in 1994 when he was the head coach of the varsity baseball team. Fittingly, Bill closed out his Whitfield coaching career by returning to the dugout to lead the Warriors in his last season.
In addition to his Whitfield state and district titles, a few of Bill’s individual awards and accomplishments also include:
- St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame Jimmy Dunn Memorial High School Coach of the Year Award
- Class 1 boys soccer Coach of the Year
- National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NISOA) Coach Merit Award
- St. Louis Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee
- Missouri State Coach of the Year
- St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee
Throughout his Whitfield tenure, Bill was known for getting the most out of every player, out of every team he coached. He always played an extremely competitive schedule challenging his athletes to push themselves throughout the regular season in order to be battle tested and ready for a successful playoff run.
In talking with Whitfield alumni athletes both male and female, it’s clear that these individuals love and respect Coach Daues and continue to carry life-lessons imparted from him in all areas of their lives. Inspirational, motivating, positive, strategic, unflappable, competitive, balanced, a positive mentor are just a few of the words his former players use to describe him.
Exemplifying what it means to be a master coach, Bill was also a mentor for Whitfield coaches in both the boys and girls athletic programs. Over the years he helped coaches grow as professionals, teaching the importance of improving interpersonal skills, making thoughtful decisions and being proactive in developing teams.
Bill’s enormous positive impact on Whitfield’s athletic program can certainly be measured in part by the championship banners hanging in this room and the trophies and plaques on display in the cases right outside those doors. However his legacy lives on in the hundreds of student-athletes and coaches who had the privilege of being a Warrior with him during his 26 seasons at Whitfield.