Former Olympian and World Cup competitor and current USA Women’s National Team goalkeeper coach David Vanole begins his sixth year as goalkeeper coach for the men’s soccer program.
Prior to coaching at UCLA, Vanole was a Bruin letterman from 1981-85. While guarding the net in the 1985 NCAA title game, Vanole, a 1985 All-Far West selection, held American University scoreless through eight overtimes to give UCLA its first NCAA soccer title. In that game, he fended off 10 first-half shots on goal and made six game-saving saves. In the playoffs that season, Vanole shut out three opponents and gave up just two goals in five games. His GAA in 1985 was a solid 0.77 with 89 saves and nine shutouts.
Vanole still holds several spots in UCLA’s record books. He is ranked second in single season victories (18 in 1985) and in single-season saves (90 in 1984), third in career saves (204) and fifth in career shutouts (22) and career victories (38).
Vanole, also the goalkeeper coach for the U.S. Men’s Under-20 National Team, played on the U.S. National Team from 1986-90 and participated in the 1990 World Cup and 1988 Olympics. He has played professionally for the Los Angeles Heat and San Francisco Blackhawks. Vanole also played on the Pro Beach Soccer tour for four years and was twice voted the best goalkeeper on the beach.
At Aviation High, he was a three-sport letterman and a four-time All-Ocean League goalkeeper.