Former UCLA Soccer Player And Coach David Vanole Passes Away

Jan. 17, 2007

Former UCLA goalkeeper and assistant coach David Vanole passed away on Jan. 15 while vacationing in Utah. He was 43 years old.

Vanole, who is survived by his wife Kerry Tatlock, played at UCLA from 1981-85 and earned NSCAA All-Far West honors in 1985. He was instrumental in UCLA's 1985 NCAA Championship run, making six saves in the Bruins' 1-0 8-OT victory in the title game against American University, including one at point-blank range in the opening minutes of the game. In the playoffs that season, Vanole shut out three opponents and gave up just two goals in five games. His goals against average in 1985 was a solid 0.77, and he recorded 89 saves and nine shutouts.

Vanole went on to start for the U.S. team at the 1988 Olympics and was a member of the 1990 U.S. World Cup team. He had a big hand in getting the U.S. team to the World Cup, saving a penalty kick in the 90th minute against Costa Rica in CONCACAF Qualifying. Vanole also played professionally for the Los Angeles Heat and San Francisco Blackhawks and played on the Pro Beach Soccer tour for four years and was twice voted the best goalkeeper on the beach.

He returned to UCLA in 1995 as an assistant coach, assisting both the men's team from 1995-2000 and the women's team from 1995-1999. Vanole helped coach the Bruin men to the 1997 NCAA Championship. His pupil, Matt Reis, earned Defensive MVP honors after shutouts against Indiana in the semifinals and Virginia in the title game. Reis made a school record-tying 11 saves in the 4-OT victory over Indiana and another nine saves in the title game. Vanole also helped lead the Bruin men to the 1999 NCAA Semifinals and the Bruin women to the 1997 NCAA quarterfinals.

In 2000, Vanole was named the full-time goalkeeper coach for the U.S. women's national team and coached the team at the Olympic Games. He was also an assistant coach of the U.S. men's U-20 national team from 1997-99 and an assistant coach of the Washington Freedom of the WUSA from 2001-03. Vanole made his presence felt in MLS as well, coaching the goalkeepers at DC United in 2003 and at the New England Revolution from 2004-06.

Vanole tutored many of the top goalkeepers in the nation, including UCLA, MLS and U.S. National Team goalkeepers Kevin Hartman, Matt Reis and Nick Rimando.

'Dave was a people's person and will be remembered more for his big laugh, his smile and his constant sense of humor,' said UCLA men's head coach Jorge Salcedo. 'The entire Bruin family, and especially the men's soccer program, will miss him dearly. He was a great player, a great coach and an even better friend.'

'Dave would always light up a room,' said UCLA women's head coach Jillian Ellis. 'He was a kind and generous guy, and I feel fortunate to have known him. His players loved him, and his peers had the utmost respect for his coaching ability. Although he has passed at such a young age, Dave lived each day to the fullest and accomplished so much. We will miss him.'

Funeral services will take place in New York City on Jan. 20 at All Soul's Church (1157 Lexington Avenue) at 6 pm. A second memorial service will take place in Manhattan Beach, Calif. on Jan. 28 at Manhattan Beach Community Church (303 South Peck Avenue) at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks to consider making a donation to your charity of choice in Vanole's name (David Charles Vanole).

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