Daso Comes Full Circle With Whitecaps

Nick Dasovic officially joins the team he once supported and played for.

For Nick Dasovic, today marked a full circle moment.  The kid who grew up in East Vancouver supporting the NASL team at Empire, then later playing with the USL side at Swangard now becomes a member of Marc Dos Santos’s technical staff with Vancouver’s MLS Franchise.

In between, the 50-year-old husband to Angela and father of two, chased his footballing dreams all around the world. He slept in stadiums through Christmas as an apprentice in Croatia, and enjoyed credible stints in Sweden, France and Scotland where he quickly adapted to new cultures and languages.

He proudly represented his country 63 times, helping Canada win the Gold Cup in 2000. 

The common thread between Dasovic then and now is an insatiable curiosity and fascination with the game, its tactics and the management of those who must perform on the pitch.

A UEFA Pro License Coach, “Daso” was never afraid of a challenge, joining Dale Mitchell on the Canada U20 staff before leading it himself.  His MLS stints with Toronto and San Jose are invaluable for his new role.  After Frank Yallop’s departure from the Quakes, Dasovic became Mark Watson’s right-hand man where they would experience a magical run with the “Goonies” (the Earthquakes nickname earned through several seasons worth of late game heroics). 

But perhaps the truest measure of the man and coach, was his work with young players in both the BCSPL and Provincial programs,  where his teams were both enjoyable to watch and difficult to beat.  It would be hard to find another UEFA pro license holder willing to take on youth football…but that’s Nick Dasovic.  Always learning, continuously evolving, and a perfect complement to what is already a very dynamic staff in Vancouver.

Having spent the past few seasons with TSN as a colour analyst while offering individualized coaching with Andrea Neil, Nick Dasovic is finally where he belongs; at home in Vancouver, working with professionals and young hopefuls, at the club that inspired him as a kid.

From everyone at BC Soccer, congratulations and good luck Daso!

About BC Soccer:

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body with the mission to govern, promote and develop the game of soccer in British Columbia in a professional and progressive manner. Established in 1907, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sports organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer-specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants.  As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues, and districts.

BC Soccer is comprised of more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,200 registered referees, and thousands of volunteer coaches, administrators, and soccer leaders. Working with its 40 member Youth Districts and 11 Adult Leagues as well as their affiliate member clubs, BC Soccer operates under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer’s vision is to ensure every British Columbian has the opportunity to be involved in soccer as part of a lifelong commitment to an active, healthy and involved lifestyle.