David A. Bulow ’02

David A. Bulow ’02 died on May 6, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. 

(The following was published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch on May 7, 2021)

by Michael Phillips

Former Richmond Kickers player and coach David Bulow died Thursday morning at age 41.

Mr. Bulow suffered a stroke two weeks ago and had been in a coma. He is survived by his wife and three children.

“The Richmond Kickers family is heartbroken to learn of David’s passing,” Kickers chairman Rob Ukrop wrote. “David’s impact on our club will not be forgotten, he served the community well as a player, as a coach of both our pro and youth teams, and more importantly as a friend to so many within the soccer landscape. Our hearts go out to Nellie and his children, Aaron, Cameron, and Lucy.”

Mr. Bulow had 45 goals and 13 assists with Richmond in seven seasons before retiring in 2013.

He went on to coach with the Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club and Richmond United U.S. Soccer Development Academy and, in June 2018, was named coach of the pro club replacing Leigh Cowlishaw, who held the post for 19 years. The Denver native was in the position through the 2019 season.

Current Kickers coach Darren Sawatzky paid tribute to Mr. Bulow last week after the news of his hospitalization was made public.

“It can be a little awkward when you come in and take the job of somebody that moved on, but he made it very easy for me,” Sawatzky said. “We talk regularly. And shattered would be the word that I felt when we found out about this. I would say that David’s been a legend here. He’s a great player, he’s a great coach and an awesome dude.”

A GoFundMe page has been established to help support the family.

The organizers of the page gave notice of Mr. Bulow’s death on Friday.

They wrote: “We have lost an unforgettable soul that will leave a huge hole in all of our hearts. David was an energetic ambassador of a positive outlook on life, of humor, warmth and compassion, and he will leave a long-lasting legacy in both his immediate and extended community.”

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