NEW YORK -- Werner T. Dasbach, a former assistant under Columbia head women's soccer coach Kevin McCarthy and most recently the head coach at New York University, has returned to Morningside Heights as the associate head coach under McCarthy, it was announced on Friday.
"We are very fortunate to have 'Das' on our staff again," McCarthy says of the hiring. "He is a nationally-recognized talent in college coaching circles. His abilities in creating a dynamic training and playing environment are second only to his outstanding character and integrity."
Dasbach led NYU to three consecutive appearances in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Metro Tournament during his four-year tenure with the club, including runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2009.
"I am so thrilled to be a part of an established, model soccer program that has many special, dynamic players and an excellent incoming recruiting class," Dasbach says of the opportunity. "In our quest to be champions and to continue with setting and raising the standard as the premier model soccer program in the City of New York and the Ivy League, this is truly an exciting time for Columbia women's soccer. With less than four months until the start of pre-season camp, I am eager to officially get started and begin the season."
In his first season at NYU, Dasbach opened 2007 with an impressive 10-0-1 record, while posting a shutout streak of 503 minutes and 26 seconds. The season ended with an appearance in the ECAC Tournament, the team's first postseason berth since 2002.
All told, Dasbach's players earned All-University Athletic Association honors 19 times over four years, including six in 2010. The Violets scored an impressive win this past year against the University of Rochester, who went on to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and closed the season ranked 21st in the nation at the Division III level.
Dasbach enjoyed a distinguished nine-year stint as assistant women's soccer coach at Columbia prior to his time at NYU. He was named the 2006 NSCAA/adidas College Assistant Coach of the Year for the Eastern region, after leading the recruiting effors of an impressive first-year class that included 2008 Ivy League Player of the Year Sophie Reiser.
During his tenure, Dasbach was responsible for recruiting, planning practices and strength training, as well as development of community outreach and program fundraising. Dasbach's efforts helped the Lions win two ECAC Championships (1998, 2004) and an Ivy League title (2006).
In 2003, Dasbach founded the Harlem Soccer Foundation, a non-profit New York City organization that enriches children's lives and communities with soccer.
A standout soccer player in his own right, Dasbach graduated from The George Washington University with a B.A. in international affairs in 1993. He was an Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference midfielder and played a vital role on the Colonials' 1989 squad that reached the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 Following graduation, Dasbach played professionally as a defender and midfielder in the USISL and was a captain of the Southeast Region champion Chattanooga Express.
Dasbach is a 2005 graduate of the biobehavioral sciences physical education master's program at Columbia University's Teachers College. He is proficient in both Spanish and Chinese, and holds a USSF National "A" coaching license, US Youth Soccer's "Y" license, and a Premier Diploma from the NSCAA.