Donnie Hughes '97 was a four-year soccer student-athlete at Hampden-Sydney. He played in 73 career games, scoring nine goals and seven assists for 25 points.
Years Attending Hampden-Sydney
Owner of Own Touch Southside
Technical Director for Powhatan Soccer Association and FutsalRVA
Academy Coach for Richmond United (member of US Development Academy)
Why did you choose Hampden-Sydney?
"The soccer program was what got me interested in the school, but when I stepped foot on the campus, I knew I was in the right place. After meeting with some of the administrators and the coaches, I had no doubt that I was going to attend H-SC."
What are your greatest memories at Hampden-Sydney?
"Of course, soccer is the biggest one. Just being around the guys and competing day in and day out with them. I'll never forget my teammates and all the great times we had together. I also remember my professors and the staff on campus. You get to know everyone, and it's an amazing community bond that we all share. Even now, 20 years later, that bond is still there. I took my 15-year-old son back to H-SC, and he got to meet my old professors and campus staff...they still remembered my nickname in college and told my son a few stories about his dad. Also, getting to spend my senior year with my brother who was a freshman and on the soccer team. That was pretty special."
How has H-SC helped you in your life after college?
"I hate to say it...but the rhetoric course is one of the most helpful things I have taken from Hampden-Sydney. There has been no greater skill that I have used in my professional life than being able to speak and write in a clear and eloquent manner. It has been my greatest asset as an IT consultant, a soccer coach, and a small business owner."
What advice would you give to the current Hampden-Sydney men's soccer team?
"Enjoy your time while you are there. I know it sounds cliche and like the musings of a 42-year-old man, but it is so true. I was lucky enough to play on teams after H-SC. But once I retired, I looked back and I truly missed getting ready for practice every day in the locker room. Joking around with the team on road trips, post-game celebrations when we smacked Macon around. Those are the moments that you don't get once you leave. That, and do not ever jump in Chalgrove...you will regret it and the smell will take weeks to wash off!"