New coaches hope to bring family atmosphere to soccer programs


staff report

Dominic Washington played three years of soccer and two years of football before graduating from Ben Davis in 2017. Now he’s back.
“I want to bring a family-oriented atmosphere to the program,” Washington said of his new job as head coach of the girls soccer program. “I want us to have fun.”

Washington and Ola Ladapo were each named Tuesday as the newest members of the Ben Davis coaching fraternity. Lapado will coach the boys program while Washington takes over the girls.
Washington grew up in Wayne Township and currently teaches fourth grade at Deer Run Elementary in Pike Township. He has several years coaching experience in the USAi club program in Indianapolis. He is excited about returning to his alma mater.
“My goals for the season are to win conference and build a strong team identity,” Washington said. “I want us to have fun while winning and I want the girls to be excited about what we are doing as a program.”

Ladapo brings an extensive soccer background to Ben Davis. He was born in Nigeria and raised in England and has coached at the Indiana club level for years. He became interested in the Ben Davis job as soon as he heard it was open.
“I saw your boys play a few times last year and I was impressed with their work ethic and their progress,” Ladapo said. “I think they have a ton of potential.”
Ladapo stresses an attacking style and is anxious to get started.
“You guys lost on PKs in the last game of the year last year and I have seen that game on tape,” he said. “I will stress an attacking style and scoring goals.”
Ladapo currently works as a Wellness coach and trainer in the Indianapolis area and specializes in helping athletes get to the next level, rather that be a high school player wishing to play in college or an adult looking for a healthier lifestyle.