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28th Year at Strikers FC Irvine // Technical Director/Director of Strikers FC USSDA
Don has been the Director of Coaching for Strikers FC Irvine for over 25 years, and now serves as the Technical Director for both the Strikers FC Irvine branch and the Strikers FC US Soccer Development Academy program. Under his leadership, the club has captured numerous Cal South State Titles, Far West Regional and National Championships. Don’s success can be greatly attributed to him developing age-appropriate training models and personally overseeing the technical training and curriculum for the Strikers FC Irvine teams. He leads a hand-picked staff of coaches, many of whom played for Strikers FC themselves, that are devoted and deeply passionate about the Strikers FC program.
As a player, Don was voted NCAA Player of the Year at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, in addition to being named Captain of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team, before being selected with the first pick in the 1980 NASL College Draft by the New York Cosmos. Don went on to have a successful career with the St. Louis Steamers of the Major Indoor Soccer League before retiring and settling down in Irvine, CA with his wife Karen.