West Chester Native Wears Many Hats as an Assistant Coach in Professional Soccer

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Image via the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
Dan Visser.

West Chester native Dan Visser has had to wear several hats as an assistant coach for the United Soccer League’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds, writes Mark Asher Goodman for Pittsburgh Soccer Now.

In addition to scouting top prospects or directing – and critiquing – play, he can be found helping to move furniture into a player’s apartment or patiently waiting on hold with a uniform supplier while trying to get replacement training tops for his team.

These are just a few of the tasks on a never-ending list of them he must deal with as an assistant in the USL, a second-tier professional league in the American soccer hierarchy behind Major League Soccer.

Visser played the sport at Delco Christian and won three national championships at Division III Messiah College. An injury prevented him achieving his professional dreams as a player.

However, he quickly fell in love with coaching, having held positions at Eastern University, Eastern Nazarene College, and Navy. He has been an assistant with the Riverhounds for the last five years, which means he has been with the team longer than almost everyone else.

“He’s a self-starter,” said head coach Bob Lilley. “He’s proactive. He communicates well, and you could see that from the beginning.”

Read more about Dan Visser at Pittsburgh Soccer Now.

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