Across New England prep school and club soccer, few coaches have a greater reach than Dushawne "Doc" Simpson (Hartford, Conn.). He’s the director of NEFC’s North Shore region and leads the girls program at Pingree, an Eastern Independent League sides that’s routinely a Class B contender.
Simpson’s also an honest, proud Black man who’s been deeply affected since George Floyd was killed by a white police officer in Minnesota. Nationwide protests calling for racial equality and police reform have followed suit.
To learn more about Simpson’s story, we discussed his encounters with racism in soccer, what the New England soccer community can do better and more. Be sure to also read our piece with Dartmouth head coach Bo Oshiniyi (Boston, Mass.) as we amplify Black voices across the region.