David Vanole

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David Vanole
Personal information
Full name David Charles Vanole
Date of birth (1963-02-06)February 6, 1963
Place of birth Redondo Beach, California, United States
Date of death January 15, 2007(2007-01-15) (aged 43)
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1981–1985 UCLA
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1990 Los Angeles Heat
1987–1988 Wichita Wings (indoor) 1 (0)
1988 San Jose Earthquakes
1991 San Francisco Bay Blackhawks
National team
1986–1990 United States 13 (0)
Teams managed
1995–2000 UCLA Bruins (assistant – men)
1995–1999 UCLA Bruins (assistant – women)
1997–1999 US U-20 (assistant)
2000 United States women (assistant)
2001–2003 Washington Freedom (assistant)
2003 D.C. United (assistant)
2004–2006 New England Revolution (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

David Charles "Dino" Vanole (February 6, 1963 – January 15, 2007) was an American soccer goalkeeper and coach. He spent his professional career in the Western Soccer Alliance and its successor league, the American Professional Soccer League. He also earned 14 caps with the U.S. national team including appearances at the 1988 Summer Olympics and was a squad member at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

Youth and college[edit]

He attended Aviation High School in Redondo Beach, California where he was a three-sport letterman and a four-time All-Ocean League goalkeeper. Vanole played for UCLA from 1981 to 1985. As a junior, he backstopped UCLA to the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship. In that game, UCLA defeated American University in eight overtimes.


After graduating from UCLA, Vanole played for the Los Angeles Heat from 1986 to 1990. In 1988, he also played for the San Jose Earthquakes.[1] He played for the Wichita Wings during the 1987–1988 Major Indoor Soccer League season. In 1991, he finished his professional career with the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks which won the American Professional Soccer League championship that season.

National team[edit]

Vanole earned his first cap with the national team in a February 5, 1986 0–0 tie with Canada. He would go on to appear a total of 18 times for the U.S. national team; however, only 14 are counted as full internationals. Vanole played 4 games with the U.S. Olympic team, including the 1988 Summer Olympics.[2] While the U.S. national team doubled as the U.S. Olympic team at the 1988 Olympics, FIFA does not count Olympic matches as full internationals. Vanole started 4 of the 5 games played by the national team in 1986 and 1987. However, he shared duties with a string of other goalkeepers in 1988. On April 30, 1989, he made one of the biggest saves of his career: preserving a 1–0 U.S. victory against Costa Rica in a critical World Cup qualifier by saving a penalty kick in injury time.[3] He had regained the position of the top U.S. goalkeeper, but was unable to control of his weight and later that year he lost his starting position to Tony Meola. The clinching moment came in a U.S. game against Italian club A. S. Roma. While the U.S. won 4–3, Vanole's poor performance convinced Gansler to give the starting job to Meola.

In January, 1990, Vanole, under contract to the United States Soccer Federation, sat out the national team's training camp with a contract dispute. However, he was selected as the backup goalkeeper to Tony Meola at the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Here he gained worldwide attention, as he at the bench during the matches wore a cap with a Stars & Stripes-flag.[4] Ultimately, however, he was ordered by coach Bob Gansler to stop wearing it, as it apparently signalled a non-professional attitude within the American squad. Since this tournament, he never played, his last official cap came in 1989.

Vanole played on the Pro Beach Soccer tour for four years and was twice voted the best goalkeeper on the beach. He also played at the 1989 FIFA Futsal World Cup finals.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

Vanole spent six years as an assistant coach for goalkeepers for both the men and women's teams at UCLA; U.S. Women's Olympic and National Teams; and the Men's U-20 team. He also served as the goalkeeper coach for D.C. United of Major League Soccer (MLS) as well as the Washington Freedom of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA).

On May 25, 2000, Vanole became the goalkeeper coach for the United States women's national soccer team.[6]

He was the goalkeeper coach for the New England Revolution of MLS from 2004 to 2006.


Vanole, who lived in New York City, died on January 15, 2007 in Salt Lake City of a heart attack during a family skiing vacation. He is survived by his wife, Kerry Tatlock, the NBA's senior director of global marketing partnerships, as well as by his mother, siblings, and large extended family.


  1. ^ 1988 Western Soccer Alliance
  2. ^ "David Vanole Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  3. ^ "Former US keeper Vanole dies at 43". AFP. 2007-01-17. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  4. ^ "Vanole with his legendary cap". 2007-01-17. Archived from the original on 2007-11-10. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  5. ^ David VanoleFIFA competition record
  6. ^ David Vanole Named Goalkeeper Coach for U.S. Women's National Team; Jan Smisek and Janet Rayfield Named as National Staff Coaches

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