Former United, Freedom Goalkeeping Coach Dies

David Vanole, a former goalkeeping coach with both DC United and the WUSA’s Washington Freedom, passed away Monday while on a family ski trip.

  • Most recently, Vanole was the goalkeeping coach for the New England Revolution (2004-2006).
  • Vanole played all 3 games for the USA during the 1988 Olympics.
  • US Soccer president Sunil Gulati: "Vanole was one of the pioneers at the start of a new era for U.S. Soccer. I remember very well his impact on the team at the 1988 Olympics and in helping the United States end a very long World Cup drought in 1989. He should be remembered for that right alongside the other early stars of the sport in our country. At this difficult time, we wish his wife, Kerry, and his family the best and our thoughts are with them."
  • Vanole coached DC United’s goalkeepers in 2003. At that time, they had former UCLA goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
  • Vanole was an assistant with the Washington Freedom’s from 2001-2003.
  • From 1986-1989, Vanole made 13 appearances with the US men’s national team.
  • On April 30, 1989, Vanole made a key PK save against Costa Rica in a 1-0 USA win during World Cup qualifying. He served as Tony Meola’s backup during the 1990 World Cup.
  • Vanole played with the Los Angeles Heat of the WSL and the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks of the APSL.
  • Served as UCLA’s goalkeeper coach in the late 1990s, helping them to a 1999 title with Matt Reis in goal, who he recruited to the Revs.
  • Vanole was a goalkeeper on UCLA’s 1985 team.
  • Vanole was an assistant coach for various US national teams: U20 men (1997-1999), US WNT (1999-2000).
  • Vanole is survived by his wife of 18 months, Kerry Tatlock, who works as the NBA’s senior director of global marketing partnerships. She formerly worked in the WUSA.
  • Funeral services will be held Saturday in New York.
  • A memorial service is scheduled for Jan. 28 in California at the Manhattan Beach Community Church.
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